GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Hometown Takeover Beginning December 1 on TCN & CSN Comcast

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)
GFL PRESENTS “HOMETOWN TAKEOVER CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING” BEGINNING DECEMBER 1
November 25, 2014
GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as All In Entertainment presents Hometown Takeover featuring a full lineup of fights, emanating from the historic Dar Constitution Hall and Casino in Washington, DC. This event will showcase some of the top up and coming boxers along the Eastern seaboard.
The landmark event will feature the long awaited return of undefeated WBC Youth Welterweight Champion and Washington, D.C. Native, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (23-0, 12KOs) squaring off against Michael Clark of Columbus, Ohio.
Hernandez-Harrison is looking forward to getting back in the ring following an ankle injury that postponed the bout. “I am excited by the chance to fight in my hometown and am grateful to all the fans and my team for their continued support,” said Dusty. Buddy Harrison, Hernandez-Harrison’s father and trainer added, “This was Dusty’s first injury as a professional. He is 100% healthy and ready to go and we are looking forward to the large DMV crowd.”
Jeff Fried of All In Entertainment continues the development and promotion of Hernandez-Harrison’s ring education and even treats the injury and bout postponement as part of Dusty’s development. “Nobody wants to get injured; although at the professional sports level the manner in which an athlete mentally and physically prepares following an injury is a learning phase in and of itself.”
The boxing card will also feature undefeated middleweight Jarrett Hurd (12-0, 7 KOs), among other exciting boxers from the DMV.
Other boxers on the card include Mykal Fox (3-0, 1 KO), Brandon Quarles (13-3-1, 5 KOs), Dwayne McRae (14-3, 8 KOs) and more!
Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Monday, December 1 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, December 5 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, December 6 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Sunday, December 7 at 5:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, December 7 at 4:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Hometown Takeover Championship Boxing in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
12/1: Hometown Takeover Championship Boxing (boxing)
12/8: Greg Cohen Boxing (boxing)
12/15: Battle of the States (boxing)
12/22: Broadway Boxing: Hardy v Hoy (boxing)
12/29: 5-on-5-Team-Fighting-Championship (MMA)

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

It’s official: Pascal taking on Bolonti; Hyppolite, Butler & Ulysse on PPV undercard

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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MONTREAL (Nov. 25, 2014) — Jean Bédard, the president of InterBox, announced
that the NABF Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), will combat Argentina’s Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs), instead of Donovan George (25-4-2, 22 K-.O.) next December 6, at the Bell Centre. This decision was taken after careful consideration following long negotiations with Donovan’s team. Boxing fans will also be thrilled by the undercard, which features locals Shiller Hyppolite (13-1-0, 9 K-.O.), Steven Butler (8- 0-0, 7 K-.O) and Ulysse Jr (4-0-0, 3 K-.O), among others.

Early on in the re-negotiations, InterBox inquired about Bolonti’s interest in going up against Pascal, so Bolonti’s team has been ready from the beginning – only awaiting a positive response from InterBox. The Argentinian, who has been training hard for the last two months, is motivated and looking forward to taking on the considerable challenge.

“There comes a time when negotiations have to stop and you’ve got to move forward. Pascal versus Bolonti was a scenario we’d already considered, and we think it’s the right one. Plus, it’s important for Jean Pascal to fight so he can direct his career,” Bédard explained.

“This time, I was lucky to have a good, long-term training camp for combat outside Argentina,” Bolanti said. “It would have been a shame not to have the opportunity to fight. Although his style is different than Bute’s, Pascal is just as big a challenge for me.”

So, these two fighters who were going to be in the ring with other opponents on the same evening, will – in the end – fight each other in a grand finale at the Bell Centre. Though they lost their respective adversaries, Pascal and Bolonti are both eager to win. Roberto ‘the Beast’ Bolonti comes into the fight with imposing record: 35 wins including 24 by knockout.

A striking undercard

Steven Butler vs. TBA
Never having been beaten, Steven ‘Bang-Bang’ Butler (8-0, 7 KOs) is definitely a rising star in the boxing world. This former Canadian senior champion, who will be in the ninth fight of his career, has been pretty busy since he started professional boxing on March 28 of this year.

Shiller Hyppolite vs. Norbert Nemesapati
‘Batman’ had to pass on his fight scheduled for November 21 in Sorel-Tracy, as his adversary bowed out. Now Montrealers have a chance to see him strut his stuff in the ring; this time against Norbert Nemesapati (15-1, 14 KOs). Shiller has also made it clear he’s gunning to take on Bolonti soon.

Joel Diaz Jr vs. Pedro Navarrete
The protégé of the Jean Pascal Promotions stable, Joel Diaz Jr (17-0, 13 KOs), will weigh-in on Canadiens’ territory for the first time, against Mexico’s Pedro Navarrete (28-19-3, 17 KOs).

Bogdan Dinu vs. Mickael Vieira
The scion of Stéphan Larouche and InterBox, now settled in Montréal with his family, will be concentrating on keeping his perfect record when he goes up against Frenchman Mickael Vieira (14-4, 7 KOs).

Ulysse Jr vs. Lukasz Janik
Poland’s Lukasz Janik (12-7-1, 6 K-O.), having already gone up against Jo Jo Dan, will be fighting the so-far-unbeaten boxer known for his lightning fists: Ulysse Jr (4-0, 3 KOs).

Zewski
InterBox is currently awaiting confirmation that Mikaël Zweski will be at the Bell Centre on December 6, rather than in Vegas.

Tickets on sale
Tickets for the December 6, 2014 boxing gala are available at www.evenko.ca; by phone at 1-855-310-2525 or at the Club de Boxe Champion 514.376.0980.

PPV in North America

The Canadian light heavyweight doubleheader card is also being distributed in the United Statesby Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8:00 p.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DirecTV, DISH, and Vubiquity for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.

The Dec. 6 card in Montreal, featuring Bute and Pascal in co-main events, will be available on a pay-per-view basis in Canada on Indigo and Bell in French and English, as well as via Rogers, Shaw and Sask-Tel in English only.

For additional information please visit www.IntegratedSportsnet.com or www.InterBox.ca, follow on Twitter @IntegratedPPV @InterBoxCA @InterBoxBute @JeanPascalChamp.
ABOUT INTEGRATED SPORTS MEDIA: North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events has presented World Championship and world-class boxing matches featuring Gennady Golovkin, Carl Froch, Erik Morales, Vitali Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Cristian Mijares, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Jr., Tomasz Adamek, Paulie Malignaggi, Ivan Calderon, Rocky Martinez, Nicolai Valuev, Amir Khan, Marco Antonio Barrera, Arthur Abraham, David Haye, John Ruiz, Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., Brian Viloria, Giovani Segura and Ruslan Chagaev, as well as World Championship and world-class mixed martial arts shows featuring Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Bobby Lashley, Mirko Filipovic, Bob Sapp, Jeff Monson and Roy Nelson, in addition to In addition, Integrated Sports Media has distributed numerous International soccer matches featuring teams like Real Madrid, Club America of Mexico and the National Teams of Argentina, Honduras, El Salvador and the USA. For more information on upcoming Integrated Sports events visit www.integratedsportsnet.com or follow on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.

ABOUT INTERBOX: InterBox was founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1997 and acquired by Groupe Sportscene in 2004. InterBox is internationally recognized as one of the most respected boxing organizations in Quebec and throughout the World. InterBox’s main objective is to organize top quality events, both locally and internationally. InterBox’s success is due in large part to a growing pool of elite athletes and top quality trainers to support them and their ascension to the elite. InterBox promotes, produces and presents first quality events on a regular basis thanks to the very important corporate sponsors Videotron, the Cage-aux-Sports restaurant chain, Coors Light and Mise-O-Jeau.

CONTACTS:
Doug Jacobs, Integrated Sports Media, 201.610.1500, doug@integratedsportsnet.com, @IntegratedPPV
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Dead Serious 13 Preview

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Hard hitting MMA action returns as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 13” on December 13 from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship is planning to blow the roof off with this mega card. Be there for every punch, kicks and submission.

In the main event, Michael Kim (2-1) battles O’Brayan Ramirez (3-0). Kim is a well-rounded MMA fighter with solid submissions and very technical striking. Kim likes to come forward with an aggressive style and loves to get his opponent into a dog fight. Ramirez remains undefeated early in his career in large part due to his punching prowess. Ramirez is a heavy handed fighter who can change the flow of a fight with one punch. Ramirez will be happy to trade punches with Kim and if that happens fans will be in a barnburner.

In the co-main event, Matt Firneno (4-0) battles Nestor Negroni, Jr (4-2-1) in the 145 lb division. Firneno is a solid wrestler that loves to grind down his opponents and wear them out over 3 rounds. Firneno is coming off a second round TKO in his last fight and has put together a string of impressive wins. Negroni is coming off a tough loss for the Dead Serious Featherweight Title in his last bout and looks to get back on track for another title shot. Negroni is a wrestling specialist and has solid submissions, especially from the top. Negroni also has solid cardio to go full speed for a whole fight. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line.

Michael Main (2-0) takes on Ron Templeton (3-1). Main is an upcoming prospect in the bantamweight division and looks to continue his success against his toughest test to date in Templeton. Main is a strong grappler who always goes for the submission when he is on the ground. Templeton is on a 3-fight winning streak, all wins in Dead Serious. Templeton will look to set a fast pace early on and try and get Main into deep waters in the final round.

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on December 13 as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 13” exclusively at GFL.tv.

Champs at the Chase – Round Two Review

November 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of John DiSanto and PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Philly southpaw Ray Robinson continued his impressive climb up the welterweight rankings with a sharp and emphatic TKO victory over Daniel Sostre Friday night in the main event at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. Robinson used an aggressive body attack to set up the win that earned him the WBO-NABO regional welterweight crown after Sostre retired in his corner after round six.

Robinson won every round of the fight, mixing his pointed right jab, lashing left hands and that ever-constant body abuse to chip away at Sostre in a fight that was never in doubt. A hard right at the end of the second hurt Sostre. In the following round, Robinson dropped an off-balance Sostre to the floor.

This trip to the canvas seemed to invigorate Sostre, a Puerto Rican native fighting out of New York. He traded with Ray in the fourth round, and landed his share. However he never came close to gaining control. Everything Sostre threw, Robinson managed to better.

Around this time in the fight, Robinson doubled-down his focus to the body and it quickly brought him benefits. Although Sostre remained feisty over the next two rounds, Robinson’s thudding body blows slowed down Daniel considerably. Ringsiders could see the discomfort on Sostre’s face as the attack continued and he squirmed against the ropes. Although he kept fighting, Sostre was beginning to reconsider things which each new body blow.

Robinson kept punching away and followed every instruction shouted by his trainer Bozy Ennis, to the letter. When Ray relaxed his body attack, Bozy called for more, and Robinson picked up his pace. With Ennis barking from the corner, Robinson blasted away downstairs until the bell ended the sixth and prevented him from finishing a quickly fading Sostre.

Seconds later, when Sostre returned to his corner, the fight was stopped before the seventh round started. Enough was enough.

This was a rematch between the pair who met long ago at the start of their careers. That original fight went the four round distance. Robinson won again this time, but now seven years later, he was in a totally different class.

The victory raised his record to 19-2, 9 KOs. It was his eighth consecutive win, and the WBO-NABA belt he added, was the fifth state or regional title in his collection. Sostre went home with a 13-10-1, 5 KOs record. It was his fourth loss by stoppage.

Robinson looks more than ready to compete at the next level. Let’s hope the pace of his often frustrating career – with all its injuries, business issues, and difficulty cornering significant opponents – picks up steam with this nice win.

In the scheduled 10-round cruiserweight co-feature, Alex Guerrero won a bloody bout against Philly’s Tony Ferrante to claim the vacant NABA title. Ferrante won the first round, but as the fight unfolded, Guerrero, of Salisbury, MD, was just too big and too athletic for the fearless Ferrante, and ultimately butchered him in an 8-round stoppage.

Beginning in round two, Guerrero established his superiority by setting the pace with his long and effective jab, and slowly chopping away at Ferrante’s constitution. Ferrante kept his hopes alive with his occasional bombs, but he never could stop Guerrero’s momentum in the fight.

Before long, Ferrante’s face began telling the story of the fight. It started with a couple of small bruises around his eyes and a general reddening of his face. Eventually there was blood smeared everywhere. No cut was obvious, so this early blood must have been coming from his nose or mouth.

Guerrero continued to land while Ferrante tried to get under his skin with taunts and other verbal abuse. To his credit, Guerrero just kept working and let the damage that his punches were doing carry the fight to its inevitable ending.

Just before the bell ended round six, Guerrero jolted Ferrante with a harsh right that sent the Philadelphian sprawling down, tangled halfway through the ropes. Ferrante got to his feet, but he was clearly hurt and looked shaky as he staggered to his corner.

The fight went on and Guerrero returned to his well-working script. In rounds seven and eight Guerrero’s punches began breaking Ferrante’s flesh and blood was everywhere. It came from cuts over his swelling eyes, from his battered nose, and leaked from his mouth. Ferrante did his best to turn the tables, but his return punches began fading in strength and frequency.

When Ferrante returned to his corner after round eight, the ringside doctor called referee Shawn Clark over and asked him to stop the fight. Ferrante didn’t like the call, but he must have felt relieved.

The result went in the books as a TKO at 3:00 of round eight.

Guerrero extended his unbeaten streak to 12-0-1, 6 KOs. Ferrante was coming off last month’s impressive KO of tough Venroy July, but that was his only win in a seven fight stretch that included tonight’s loss. His record falls to 13-7, 8 KOs.

Cecil McCalla remained undefeated and stretched that streak to 20-0 with a quick win over Francisco Reza in a scheduled 8-rounder. The Randallstown, MD fighter jumped out at the opening bell and dropped his Mexican foe twice in the first. Both knockdowns came from a volley of punches, but in both cases a blistering left hook by McCalla did the most damage.

As Reza fell for the second time along the ropes, referee Vic de Wysocki stopped the fight. McCalla needed just 47 seconds to grab his 20th victory (7 by KO). Reza slid to 13-11, 10 KOs. It was his 7th loss by knockout.

Indiana lightweight Antoine Knight stepped into his fight with Delaware local Joey Tiberi at the last minute, and appeared poised to issue the fan favorite a surprise. He rocked Tiberi with a left hook during the first three minutes, but by the end of the round, Tiberi had fully warmed up and was tossing plenty of leather himself. The first featured plenty of two-way action, and by the end of the round, Tiberi had gained control of the bout.

In round two, Knight rebooted and began building another early lead. However once again, Tiberi stormed back with his crowd-pleasing brawling, and marked Knight’s eye before the bell. The fighters butted heads in the third, and Tiberi came away with a nasty cut that streamed for the rest of the fight. Tiberi wobbled Knight just before the bell, and cruised through the final round to claim a solid – although difficult – points win.

All three judges, Brian Costello, Anthony Dean and Mark D’Attilio, scored the bout 40-36 for Tiberi, 13-2, 6 KOs. Knight, who won the first round on my card, fell to 3-12, 1 KO, but offered the house fighter a good scrap, at least for three rounds.

In an unruly cruiserweight fight, Lamont Singletary, Dover, DE, dished a systematic beating to an over-matched but gutsy Brian “Wildman” Donohue of Philadelphia. Singletary used a potent body attack to wear down Donohue, but the Philly Wildman kept surging forward, regardless of the punches that came crashing into his face.

In round three, Singletary hurt Donohue with a vicious right uppercut and then again later with a hard overhand right. But Donohue kept coming, hoping to land a punch that would turn the fight around. In the 4th round, Singletary was firing away comfortably with Donohue tiring badly when referee Shawn Clark stepped in to mercifully end the contest a little earlier than scheduled. The time was 1:44 of round four.

Always ready for more, Donohue, 3-11-2, was outraged with the stoppage. Singletary improved to 7-1 with 4 KOs.

Wilmington cruiserweight David Murray battered a stamina-challenged Jihad St. John in their scheduled 4-rounder. Murray repeatedly landed his power shots against St. John from the start, and it didn’t take long for the Canton, Ohio fighter to start wearing down.

As early as round one, St. John, who was making his professional debut, was huffing and puffing with his mouth wide open, gasping for breath. As the fight continued, Jihad, either accidentally or as a tactic to gain rest, began losing his mouthpiece during the action.

Referee Vic de Wysocki repeatedly paused the fight to have the fallen mouthpiece rinsed and reinserted, but each time he did he offered a sterner warning to St. John.

By round three, exhausted and behind on the cards, St. John spit the mouthpiece once again. Ref de Wysocki repeated his routine, but this time he issued a penalty point. Moments later it happened again, and the referee took another point. Finally when the mouthpiece hit the canvas for the third time in the round, de Wysocki halted the fight and awarded the TKO victory to Murray. It wasn’t exactly the three knockdown rule, but it was close enough.

The time of the finish was 2:49 of the 4th and final round. Murray improved to 2-1, 2 KOs. For St, John it was a disastrous pro debut.

The breezy-paced show attracted a solid crowd of about 1,000, and was the second offering from Champs Promotions, a Delaware group led by former world title challenger Dave Tiberi.

Victory VII – Muay Thai and Amateur MMA Review

November 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Kyle Carroll & mymmanews.com

History was made at the Garden Friday night when Victory Combat Sports invaded the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Victory Combat Sports Victory 7 event Friday night was the first ever MMA event to take place at Madison Square Garden. Over 3,800 roaring fans supporting their fighters as they went to war. Victory Combat Sports put on a terrific show featuring 20 amateur MMA and Muay Thai fights.

The fights took place inside a ring that nearly had everything a fan would want to see all jammed packed into one night. There were submissions, knockouts, draws, decision victories, and an incredible amount of action. Fans couldn’t get enough action as they were pulled out of their seats cheering.

Thomas Doyle and Mike Kelly made history as they were the first ever MMA fight to take place inside Madison Square Garden. The bout wasted little time for the fighters to engage in combat. Kelly handled Doyle in the first round with a takedown and top control. Doyle took the back of Kelly and sunk in a Rear Naked Choke that would force Kelly to tap out. Doyle won the first MMA fight ever at MSG by a Rear Naked Choke in round 1 at 1:45.

The second bout of the evening was an exciting one as Ibrahim Farag slammed Chris Borders through three rounds of the amateur fight. In the first round Farag scored a big head kick then took down Borders. After taking his back he went to work. Borders was taking a pounding on bottom as he fought off a submission attack and suffered a great amount of ground and pound. The highlight of the round was the belly-to-back suplex that had the fans screaming in excitement.

Farag took Borders for a ride twice with huge back suplex. Borders’ face was pouring blood out like a faucet through three rounds. After giving up takedown after takedown throughout the fight, Borders survived the submission attacks and managed to last until the final bell. Farag defeated Borders by unanimous decision.

In another exciting amateur bout, Eric Taylor of Kai Next Level MMA NYC displayed excellent grappling skills and tremendous power as he defeated Bernie Cano of UFC Gym NYC. Taylor went for a takedown early in the fight and after a scramble Cano found himself in top position. Taylor locked in a tight triangle. In an attempt to escape, Cano pulled a rookie mistake of slamming someone whom has him locked in a triangle. After slamming Taylor, Cano made the triangle even tighter and Taylor went to work with hammer fists from his back. Taylor clobbered Cano from his back until the UFC Gym NYC fighter was out cold and the referee stopped the bout. Taylor earned the exciting TKO victory in the first round at 2:21.

Chike Obi and Ariel Abreu put on a thrilling fight for the fans at MSG. These two amateur MMA fighters displayed strong takedowns, solid grappling skills and heavy power punches. Obi came out early scoring a fast takedown. Abreu then scored a takedown of his own and transitioned into full-mount. Obi then reversed his opponent with a roll to take top guard. The round ended with Obi in half guard landing punches.

Round two continued with the great action as Abreu scored a slam to a takedown, moving into side control. Obi gained top and side control where he landed knees to the body from side control. A couple more roll reversals have Abreu inside control then Obi in guard on top. They would continue to wrestle around until the end of the second round.

In the third round the power of Obi showed as he landed a solid left jab ad a flush left hook to knock out Abreu at 0:14. Obi won an exciting fight over Abreu by knockout in the third round at :14.

Katalina “Kick-Kat” Morales did exactly what she told My MMA News reporter Kyle Carroll before the fights. “There will be fireworks” Morales said. “Fireworks” is what happened when Morales stepped into the ring. Morales appeared to be unstoppable as she attacked Victoria Makarova in the opening moments of the round with a few strikes and a strong takedown.

Morales another product of Kai Next Level MMA NYC scored the hard blast double taking the top position. After Makarova stood back up, Morales took her down once again. From side control she looked for a Kumora. After not being able to finish her opponent with the submission attempt, she went from full mount, where she landed several strikes, to quickly transitioning into a nasty Arm Bar. She earned the submission victory in the first round at 2:03.

Morales is a talented young woman with solid grappling skills and a strong frame. She will be a tough opponent for any foe that steps into the cage against her. Keep an eye on her, as she has a bright future in MMA ahead of her.

In the eighteenth fight of the night, Chad Hernandez battled Anthony Giacchina in a three round war. A fast start to the fight, both fighters showed strong takedown defense early. Giacchina finally earned a takedown and slid into butter guard and eventually back to their feet where they exchanged fists as the round ended.

The second round was full of knees, hard power punches, and another takedown. The two put together an action packed fight that the fans absolutely loved. After three rounds of back and forth action, the bout went to the judges score cards. All three judges saw it as a unanimous decision in favor of Giacchina.

Victory Combat Sports Victory 7 was a historical event with an action packed fight card of amateur MMA and Muay Thai fights. Visit their website for information about their upcoming events.

The full fight card results below.
Thomas Doyle def. Mike Kelly via Rear Naked Choke in Round 1 at 1:45.
Ibrahim Farag def. Chris Borders via Unanimous Decision.
Juan Cortez def. Sam Santiago via TKO in Round 2.
Adam Pakiela def. Hassan Hope via Arm Bar Submission in Round 2 at 1:14.
Stephen Pritchett def. Riko Rivera via Rear Naked Choke in Round 1 at 2:25.
Will Watson def. Chanon Kuldraree via Major Decision.
Gianna Smith def. Gabi Maxwell via Unanimous Decision.
Codie Payne def. Adam Amro via Major Decision.
Eric Taylor def. Bernie Cano via TKO in Round 1 at 2:21.
Jason Van Oijen vs. Paul Banasiak via DRAW.
Jessica Cavagnaro def. Nicole Richiusa via Unanimous Decision.
Chike Obi def. Ariel Abreu via KO in Round 3 at :14.
Erick Castro def. Nick Haines via Unanimous Decision.
Katalina Morales def. Victoria Makarova via Arm Bar Submission in Round 1 at 2:03.
NJ Mac def. Carlos Nunez via Unanimous Decision.
Aaron Sifflet def. Yuting Hong via Arm Bar Submission in Round 1 at 1:11.
Pawel Zawistowski def. Manny Casais via Unanimous Decision.
Anthony Giacchina def. Chad Hernandez via Unanimous Decision.
Ulbino Guzman vs. Stephane Smarthe – DRAW.
Chris Kwiatkowski def. Spencer Grekoski via KO in Round 2.

Australian Fighting Championship 11 Review

November 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Australian Fighting Championship presented “AFC 11″ from the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia. The thrilling event featured 8 bouts with 4 finishes featuring some of the best of the best from the country of Australia.

In the main event, Zein Saliba defeated Maui Tuigamala via technical submission due to an arm triangle choke in round two. Saliba showed off a huge grappling edge as he scored a takedown midway through the round and put Tuigamala on his back. Tuigamala did little to improve his position as he tried to wrap up Saliba with his arms. Saliba was content to work from half guard but then with less than 30 seconds left in the round, Saliba quickly transitioned to side control then finished off with a standing guillotine submission attempt as the round ended. In the second round, Tuigamala tried to keep his distance and score with punches but Saliba was able to close the distance and clinch up and get a takedown. Saliba moved to mount where he scored with punches. Tuigamala was able to get back to his guard and looked to setup a kneebar, but Saliba used that positioning to transition to an arm triangle and put Tuigamala to sleep with it. Saliba showed off a great set of tools on the ground and proved to be a handful for any future opponent.

In the co-main event, Kit Campbell defeated Chris Birch via rear naked choke in the first round. Campbell and Birch exchanged leg kicks and Birch connected with an overhand right while Campbell connected with a short right hand that dropped Birch. Campbell followed up with strikes on the ground and finished Birch off with a RNC. It was a quick fight that ended in dramatic fashion and left fans stunned at the swift outcome.

In other action, Lance Ettia defeated James Londrigan via TKO in the first round and John Belrouti finished Chris Lindner via TKO in the second.

Australian Fighting Championship proved once again why they are Australia’s premier MMA organization. AFC always plays to a packed in house crowd and now fight fans across the globe are in luck as this blockbuster event is available live to a worldwide audience on the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv. Order now and own it for life!

Showdown Fights 15 Review

November 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Showdown Fights returned to action on GFL from the UCCU in Orem, Utah with “Showdown Fights 15: Castillo VS Marunde”. The action packed 9-bout card delivered 6 finishes and once again raised the bar on the regional MMA scene as Showdown Fights presented another top tier, world class card.

In the main event, UFC vet Bristol Marunde (15-9) defeated Dave Castillo (18-6) via unanimous decision after three rounds in a welterweight clash. Marunde landed some hard leg kicks in the early going while Castillo responded with overhand rights and body shots. Marunde switched it up and scored a takedown in the center of the cage. Castillo made his way back to his feet, but Marunde also scored a knockdown via left hook in the first and took the round on the score cards. In the second, both men opened up more with the striking as Castillo connected with leg kicks and left hooks. Marunde responded with getting the fight to the mat again. Marunde ducked a punch from Castillo and scored another takedown, getting to side control. Marunde kept the fight on the ground for the remainder of the round as he pinned Castillo up against the cage. In the final round, Marunde once again showed off his wrestling advantage by getting the fight to the ground. Castillo snatched a guillotine choke and fell to his back, but Marunde used it to his advantage and got side control. Marunde moved to the north-south position and went for a keylock that Castillo defended but Marunde stayed heavy on top and would not let Castillo get back to his feet as Marunde powered through and kept the fight on the ground until the final bell. It was a solid win for Marunde who went into Castillo backyard of Utah and won a decisive decision against the gritty Castillo.

In the co-main event, in a lightweight #1 Contender bout, David Putvin (7-0) defeated Jordan Clements (10-2) via guillotine choke in the second round. The taller Putvin scored with several short left hooks as Clements would come in with combos at odd angles, attacking both the body and head. Clements continued to wing his punches and scored with overhand rights as Putvin remained compact and displayed more technical striking. Putvin was able to bust open the face of Clements near the end of the first round and scored a takedown. In the second round, both men continued their fast paced fight as they traded punches back and forth. Clements was bloodied up in the face, but that didn’t deter his fighting spirit as each man landed hard shots in the pocket. Putvin landed several hard knees during the exchange that dropped Clements. Putvin added some punches on the ground then grabbed a guillotine and sunk it in forcing Clements to tapout.

In other action, WSOF vet Lucas Montoya (8-3) defeated Bellator vet Koffi Adzitso (20-11) via split decision. Both Montoya and Adzitso hit each other with some solid shots and it was a back and forth fight for three rounds. Both men showed a ton of heart and determination and made a good showing of themselves in this action packed bout.

Eric Wahlin, Olly Bradstreet, Skyler Frazier, Eit Palu and Mike Jones all won their fights via KO or TKO.
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Global Wrestling Championship – Howe vs Dake Review

November 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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In his first competitive match after undergoing surgery, Kyle Dake added another achievement to his resume – Global Wrestling Championships welterweight champ. Dake earned a 2-0 cumulative advantage in the three round bout against Andrew Howe, fueled by a takedown in the opening period just before time expired. The second and third stanzas ended 0-0, although both wrestlers had opportunities to score.

“It was absolutely amazing coming back here at Cornell,” Dake said after the match. “I love the fans, I love being here. I used to be up in the stands watching. It’s great to be back.”

Earlier in the afternoon, the first two Global Wrestling Championships titlewinners were crowned – Tony Ramos and Tervel Dlagnev.

Ramos, this year’s Team USA representative at the World Championships, won the flyweight crown over Sam Hazewinkel. The former Iowa Hawkeye rode four takedowns and exposure to a 10-0 cumulative advantage, while winning three of the three-minute rounds. (The two other rounds were scoreless).

In the heavyweight division, Tervel Dlagnev recorded a takedown in the waning seconds of the opening round to go ahead 2-0. He then added a pushout and TD in the second to take a cumulative 5-0 advantage. It was the same story in the third, as Dlagnev clinched the belt by capturing his third consecutive round and a 9-0 victory.

The event began with a number of matches in a dual meet between Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and Finger Lakes Wrestling Club.

Coming out on top for TMWC were the following wrestlers: Joe Colon (61 kg, over Dalton Macri), Montell Marion (65 kg, over Joe Galasso), Nazar Kulchytsky (70 kg, over Nate Carr Jr.), Deron Winn (86 kg, over Ben Bennett) and Wynn Michalak (97 kg, over Enock Francois).

Former NCAA champ starting professional amateur wrestling group

November 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of By Dave Meltzer & mmafighting.com

Wayne Boyd is more passionate about wrestling than almost anyone, and his latest goal is to succeed at something that everyone else that has tried and failed: the idea of running a promotion doing professional amateur wrestling.

Boyd’s new venture, The Global Wrestling Championships, debuts with a Saturday afternoon show with three main event matches, featuring six of the country’s top wrestlers. The event brings four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake back to Cornell University. It will be a combination of prelim matches streaming for free at 2 p.m. Eastern time on GoFightLive.tv and the championship matches as a $6.95 Internet pay-per-view if ordered in advance, at 3 p.m. ET.

Boyd’s goals are ambitious. He wants to present real wrestling, with the country’s best wrestlers, in a professional sports league team format. He wants to present the shows like MMA, with interviews, storylines and grudge matches. The idea is for the teams to be from the ten to 20 best wrestling clubs in the country, doing dual meets. The goal is to generate enough revenue that 88 of the best wrestlers in the country would be able to earn $50,000 per year with the hope it will help sustain them so they won’t have to work a full-time job while preparing for international competitions. They also want the U.S. team to surpass Iran and Russia for the top spot in the world. It would also gives those so inclined the experience of competing in a sports league and learning to promote matches before moving into MMA.

It’s something that is the reverse of two decades ago, when people like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Mark Coleman and Tom Erikson originally started fighting in MMA as a way to earn money to support their Olympic wrestling dreams.

For Saturday’s event, the prize money will be $7,500 to the winner and $2,500 to the loser, for three championship bouts.

In marketing, Boyd wants to change terminology. He doesn’t like the term amateur wrestling. And he wants to use boxing and MMA terms for weight classes.

When Sam Hazewinkel, a member of the 2012 Olympic team, faces Tony Ramos, who won the NCAA title last year for Iowa, they’ll be battling for the GWC flyweight championship, complete with a title belt. The actual weight of the competitors isn’t even decided, but it will be something in the neighborhood of 126 or 127 pounds.

Dake, the only man in history to win NCAA titles in four different weight classes and the best U.S. college wrestler in recent years, will battle Andrew Howe, a former NCAA champion from Wisconsin, for the welterweight title, which will be at around 163 pounds. The two went into triple overtime last year when they were in a tournament for a spot on the U.S. team in the world championships.

The heavyweight championship will be decided with Tervel Diagnev, who placed fifth at the last Olympics, facing Tyrell Fortune, a former Division II national champion who lost to Diagnev in the finals of the tournament in 2013 to make the U.S. team for the world championships. Both men will be about 285 pounds, and Boyd wants to go back to the past the make the heavyweight division an unlimited weight class, bringing back the days of the behemoth 400-pound heavyweights.

Boyd, 68, won an NCAA title in 1969 while going undefeated in dual meets during his college career at Temple University. He’s finishing his 57th year in the sport, and still trains twice a week. He notes that in 1981, he became the only man to ever pin Victor the Wrestling Bear. After the age of 45, he won seven age group national championships, the most recent being in 2009. He’s also produced movies about wrestling, most notably the 1996 movie, “One More Shot.”

The idea of a professional league for amateur wrestlers isn’t new. A number have sprung up in the last 40 years, usually lasting very little time. The AGON promotion tried it in recent years.

The most visibility any of these projects got was nearly a decade ago, when Real Pro Wrestling had a run on national television. RPW was on both PAX TV (now Ion) and Fox Sports Net, but folded after one season, with minimal ratings and an inability to get sponsors. But that league featured some of the best wrestlers in the country at the time, who a decade later are now names in MMA, including 184-pound champion Muhammad Lawal (King Mo) of the Oklahoma Slam, teammate Daniel Cormier, who won the 211-pound championship, and 264-pound champion Patrick Cummins. Also in the promotion was current Bellator bantamweight champion Joe Warren.

“It’s a real challenge,” said Boyd, about the promotion. “I’m really hoping we can do what UFC accomplished. We’re looking to give wrestling a bigger audience, more entertainment value and get more media interest. That’s what we are looking for. For years, we’ve called ourselves amateur wrestling. If you call yourself amateur, how do you expect to get any attention?”

The amateur wrestling community has constantly been trying to figure out a way for its top stars to be able to earn a sustainable living while full-time training for national and international competitions. And it’s come full circle, because Boyd is in discussion about putting on a second show in conjunction with the annual amateur wrestling spectacular held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, on Dec. 21. He talked about getting Lawal and Warren to wrestle on the show, and wants to get in touch with Tito Ortiz.

Ultimately, he’s talking about major arenas and pay-per-view, and hoping to be a circuit where guys can make some money, make a name, and then some would then transition into the UFC or another MMA promotion.

They are experimenting with rules. On the first show, each match is a series of a best-of-five series of three-minute rounds, calling them rounds and not periods. The rounds will be scored both separately and together. If there is a pin, the match is over. If not, the first person to win three rounds takes it. However, if the loser wins his rounds stronger, enough to where after four or five rounds, he has more cumulative points than the winner, they go into a three round overtime to decide the championship. If that fails, they stand up and have a sudden death, first person to score round. If neither man scores after three minutes, there will be three judges who decide the champion.

“We’re pushing scoring more points, wrestling longer and wrestling harder,” said Boyd. “Our guys, if they go to the world championships, when they wrestle the Russians and Iranians, they’ll have trained for 15-18 minute matches, so they’ll have a little edge in conditioning. We want the U.S. to dominate wrestling and dominate Russia and Iran.”

“I need to see what happens after ten minutes,” he said. “We need to see how it looks when they’re exhausted. I may find the magic number is 12 minutes, not 15, maybe nine, but I want the matches to be longer. Whose ever heard of an entertainment event that lasts six minutes?

He’s talking to NBA owners, with a goal to get exposure by putting on wrestling matches at halftime of games.

“People call me crazy, but without vision, you’ll just do the same things over and over,” he said. “We’ve never been able to pay our athletes. We’re looking at being a bridge to UFC. If I can sit down with Dana White, we can map something out.”

He looks back at the early 1900s, when Frank Gotch was one of the biggest sports heroes of the time, and battled George Hackenschmidt before 29,000 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago, or when Joe Stecher battled Earl Caddock in Madison Square Garden in legitimate matches for the world championships.

“I’d like to do a match in Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, a big match where the lure is that the winner would get $1 million,” said Boyd. “If people knew two guys were fighting for that much money, they would get interested.”

He thinks that will lead to more participation in the sport.

“The characteristics of being great in any sport are common in wrestling,” he said. “Any ten year-old boy, or ten year-old girl should experience wrestling for at least one season. It’ll make him a better baseball player or a better football player. It builds character. It’s the world’s oldest sport, the original sport of the ancient Olympics, and it’s a natural teacher of life experiences.”

Undefeated Lightweight Sultahn Staton to take on Ramon Ellis this Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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For Immediate Release

VALLEY FORGE, PA (November 21, 2014)–Tomorrow night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, undefeated Lightweight Sultahn Staton will take on veteran Ramon Ellis as part of a big card promoted by Kings Promotions.

In the main event, Dennis Hasson (16-1, 6 KO’s) will take on Taneal Goyco (6-8-1, 3 KO’s) in a battle of Philadelphia based Light Heavyweights.

Staton of Philadelphia has a record of 3-0 with two knockouts and he has been very impressive by using an aggressive crowd pleasing style.

“I have had a good training camp, “said the 23 year-old Staton.

In Ellis, he is facing a solid veteran and despite his record 4-13-2 with two knockouts, Ellis is one of those fighters who should have more to show as he been on the wrong end of some bad decisions and has also faced seven undefeated fighters and has wins over Tim Witherspoon Jr. (8-2-1) and Luis Castro (3-0).

“I know that Ellis is taller and longer. I see he has a good left hook but we will be ok if we just box and stay on out toes.”

Staton is looking to improve on his performance of his last fight when he went the distance for the first time as he scored a 4-round unanimous decision over Mike Erosa on February 7.

“My last fight was not a good performance. I know because I am still undefeated that people are gunning for me. I have been off for nine months because nobody will fight me but now since I didnt have a great performance, we got an opponent. As soon as people see you slip, I guess they think the can jump on an opportunity.”

I know that come November 22, I will still be undefeated and give a good show for the crowd.

6 Round Bouts:

David Grayton (9-0, 8 KO’s) will take on an opponent to be announced in a Welterweight bout.

In Four Round Bouts:

Carlos Rosario (0-1) of Pennsauken, NJ will battle Eliezar Mendez (1-0) of Reading, PA in a Jr. Lightweight fight.

Martin Lagunas Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) of Ruskin, FL will take on an pro debut Diamond Mitchell in a Welterweight fight.

In a featherweight contest, Johnnie Rolon of Florida will make his pro debut against fellow pro debuter Ruben Swain of Ohio.

Samuel Berman of Collegevile, PA will square off with Jamikey Woods (0-1) of Stateville, NC in a Welterweight bout.

Tickets for this great night of boxing are priced at $100, $75 and $50 and can be purchased by calling Kings Boxing at 610 587-5950

For more information & media credentials,

Contact Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

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