ALLIANCE MMA TO LAUNCH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PROMOTION
MMA Veteran Eric Del Fierro Joins Alliance MMA to Lead the Formation
NEW YORK, NY – October 27, 2016 – Alliance MMA, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMMA), a mixed martial arts organization offering premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts fighters, today announced their plan to launch a regional MMA promotion in Southern California by partnering with Eric Del Fierro, who will spearhead the formation of the promotion.
Alliance MMA, who earlier this month announced the successful completion of their IPO and listing on NASDAQ, intends to acquire regional promotions around the country and become the leading feeder organization that will identify and develop the next generation of fighters and champions for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator MMA, ONE Championship and other prestigious MMA promotions. The company plans ultimately to promote over 125 events a year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters, through regional promotions operating under the Alliance MMA umbrella.
“While we plan to grow through acquisition, launching a regional promotion in Southern California will help accelerate our positioning,” said Paul K. Danner. “Our mission remains the same – to build a national footprint that includes all the major media markets to attract name brand sponsorships. We are thrilled that Eric Del Fierro has agreed to join our team to head the formation of the new promotion and oversee expansion into the Southern California region. MMA is extremely popular in Southern California, and Eric’s extensive knowledge of the region and industry-renowned success in promoting MMA events make him the perfect fit to lead the charge.”
Eric Del Fierro has coached more than 50 UFC fighters including Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Cat Zingano, Jeremy Stephens and Alex Gustafsson. He opened the Alliance MMA gym with Brandon Vera in Chula Vista, CA in 2007, and was also co-owner of the regional MMA promotion Total Combat, which produced 35 MMA promotions over the past six years, including a Mexico City event that attracted more than 15,000 spectators. Del Fierro is a United States Navy veteran who went on to become a San Diego firefighter and EMT.
“MMA is the world’s fastest growing sport and I am excited to join an organization that is encouraging even more growth,” said Del Fierro. “Alliance MMA provides regional promotions the opportunity to partner with a larger organization that provides extensive support and enhances collective market share and profitability of the business.”
Alliance MMA completed the initial public offering (“IPO”) of its common shares, and the company’s common stock began trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market, under the ticker symbol “AMMA”, on October 6. To date, Alliance MMA has acquired seven companies including five MMA promotion companies, a digital media sports platform, and an electronic ticking platform optimized for marketing MMA events. Those MMA promotion companies comprise Cage Fury Fighting Championship, Combat Games MMA, Hoosier Fight Club, V3 Fights and Shogun Fights.
MMA is a full contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques including, striking and grappling from various martial arts and disciplines including Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate & Muay Thai. Professional MMA fights are legal and regulated by state athletic commissions in all 50 states.
About Alliance MMA, Inc.
Alliance MMA (NASDAQ: AMMA) is a mixed martial arts organization offering the premier promotional opportunities for aspiring mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who wish to advance to the sport’s highest level of professional competition. Alliance MMA’s mission is to identify and cultivate the next generation of fighters and champions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other premier MMA promotions.
With some of the world’s leading MMA promotions under the Alliance MMA umbrella, the organization aims eventually to host in excess of 125 events per year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters. Alliance MMA will also be dedicated to generating live original sports media content, attracting an international fan base, and securing major brand sponsorship revenue for our live MMA events, digital media platform and Alliance MMA fighters.
Alliance MMA, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring businesses that engage in the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA) events. In 2016 the company went public with a listing on the NASDAQ. Alliance MMA is the only mixed martial arts promotion company that is publicly traded, allowing public investment in the world’s fastest growing sport. For more information visit, http://alliancemma.com/.
Full Contact Contender (FCC) 17 RESULTS: Leary defeats Sinclair, McDermott KOs Konecke – Watch Fights and Highlights on GFL.Tv
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WCKC 8 RESULTS – CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS
World Class Kickboxing Championships:
154 lbs.: Paige “Danger” Triola defeated Megan Mazza via Unanimous Decision in three rounds 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 Colon.
Full Contact Contender (FCC) 17: Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair takes on Current FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary -Live on GFL.Tv
Manchester Event City, Full Contact Contender (FCC) 17 features the return of Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair (13-3) as he challenges current FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary (12-7) in what is guaranteed to be an explosive contest. Watch the fights Live on GFL –CLICK HERE.
Sinclair has been absent from competition spanning back to June 2015. However, ‘C4’ brings a wealth of experience to the cage. The former BAMMA Lightweight Champion has faced a who’s who of UKMMA talent and was signed to Bellator before a string of horrendous injuries sidelined him.
“I want to thank Charlie for taking the fight. He could of ducked it and maybe taken an easier fight!! Balls to the kid, he’s kept me out of retirement, he’s given me a fire to look to train, enjoy training.. I know what I’m capable of.. And I’ll be showing it come fight night, 24th September is a bad night for Charlie Leary!!
Reigning and defending FCC Lightweight Champion Charlie Leary is coming off an impressive title defence over Mick Bowman and is looking for his fifth straight win. Leary is understandably excited for this fight: “his is huge in my mind! Rob Sinclair has been the number one guy in Europe since I turned pro; and FCC are right up there as one of the top three promotions in the UK so having their title is a great achievement! But, defending it means everything to me and is a massive step in my career especially given my opponent!”
For UKMMA fans this contest is guaranteed to deliver as neither man will take a backwards step. Couple that with Sinclair’s desire to prove his time isn’t up while Leary wants to show it is his time now!
The Bout Card:
Fight Hard MMA Results from the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. – Click Here to Watch the Fights!
Main Event: Scott Futrell defeated Luke Gwaltney via KO/TKO at the 5:00 mark of Round 3.
Co-Main: Dan Busch defeated Derek Clardy via Unanimous Decision.
Katy Collins defeated Jamie Thorton via Submission at the 1:44 mark of Round 1.
Kyle Noblitt defeated Mike Wasem via Submission 1:08 Round 1.
Luis Pena defeated Chris Petty via KO/TKO at the 4:22 mark of Round 1.
Ronni Nanney defeated Nicole Smith via Submission at the 1:49 mark of Round 1.
Livingston defeated Frank Cortez via Split Decision.
Xcessive Force FC 11 Results from the YK Arena in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Eight great bouts – CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS.
Grey Patino vs. Adam Huckel ends in Draw.
Drew Kirizopoulos defeats Tyson Filenko by Unanimous Decision.
Warrior FC “Caged Chaos” takes place this Saturday at the Harlan Center pitting undefeated Nathan Maness (6-0, 10-0, including amateur record) from North Carolina against hometown Kentucky fighter Brandon Bell for the Warrior FC Lightweight Title.
This bout may seem lopsided but it is far from that. Maness is coming off a tough shoulder injury that he incurred in January and has not been in the cage for almost a year. Additionally Maness is climbing 2 weight classes to fight at lightweight having gone from 135lbs to 155 lbs for the contest. Brandon Bell (4-5) is basically fighting in his backyard and has won three of his last five fights, his last win a first round TKO over Shane Robinson. Though he lost the Lightweight Title to a retiring Matt Metts via decision this past April, he is know to be a tough, strong fighter having never been knocked out.
All said Maness is still the favorite in this bout. He was ranked as the No. 1 pro bantamweight in the Southeast, and had already decided to step in weight well before this bout. In 10 bouts (6 as a pro) since 2013 he has never lost, having finished 5 or 50% of his opponents. His last fight was in 2015 at Coliseum Combat XXXIII, when he knocked out Michael Ricketts with one of the best shots of the year. He also holds wins over other notable fighters, Isaiah Ferguson and Jeremy Pender.
The tale of the tape also seems to be in Maness’ favor as he has youth (25 years to Bell’s 31 years), height and reach advantages. If Maness can quell the hometown crowd and if his shoulder is full healed he should come away with the victory, though do not expect a 1st round finish.
The Bout Card:
TJ Laramie is an 18-year old stud athlete who has looked mighty impressive early on in his MMA career.
The Ontario native is 3-1, having finished each of his first three opponents in under three minutes. In January, Laramie obliterated Yvon Agenord via knockout in just 25 seconds, landing him the No. 1 spot on our GFL top 5 highlights.
Since then, Laramie dropped an razor close split decision to the highly touted Vince Murdock, but the loss will prove to be a great learning experience for the young prospect. Hale has only 5 fights since turning pro in 2009. Though he is only 3-2 he has only fought high level winning opponents. He has had 5 bouts cancelled over the past 18 months, so its clear he is taking his career seriously at this point and needs a win over an opponent like Laramie to propel him.
With a 15 minute fight under his belt, Laramie heads into his bout on Saturday night against David Hale as the heavy favorite. Will the Canadian once again earn another violent finish, or will Hale prove to be another stiff test in the Xcessive Force cage?
Bout of Note: Craig Shintani (5-1) vs. Scott Hudson (5-2-1). Currently riding a 5 fight win streak Shintani will look to fight for the first time in 2016 and will look to capitalize on his spectacular first round KO of Wolfgang Janssen at Hard Knocks 45. Hudson moved to Thailand in 2015 to train at Team Quest Thailand he went 2-0-1 in the far east most recently fighting to a draw at WSOF Global with the then 6-1 Islam Makoev. This is a fantastic match up between two high level strikers looking to make their name in a crowded Canadian Lightweight division.
The Bout Card:
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135 lbs: Ricky Turcios defeated Trent Meaux via Unanimous Decision.
135 lbs: Gerzan Chaw defeated Joel Scott via Guillotine Choke after 3:15 of the 2nd Round.
170 lbs: N. Veretennikov defeated Charlie Ontiveros via in the 1st Round.
265 lbs: Joel Moore defeated Gary Harling via TKO after 2:05 of the 1st.
125 lbs: David Acosta defeated Eric Hendon via TKO Guillotine Choke after 3:15 of the 2nd Round
145 lbs: Daniel Heffernan defeated Carlos Melara via Unanimous Decision.
115 lbs: Sijin Kurian defeated R. Castillo via Rear Naked Choke after 4:09 of the 1st Round
205 lbs: Issac Teran defeated Tim Lashley via TKO after :17 of the 1st.
135 lbs: Emerson Garcia defeated Christian Lira via TKO after 2:49 of the 1st Round.
145 lbs: Cameron Graves defeated Jose Ceja via TKO in the 2nd Round.
155 lbs: Leroy Vasquez defeated Rocky Long via TKO (doctor stoppage) after 1:17 of the 1st Round.
170 lbs: Aaron Reeves defeated Morgan Oriahi via TKO after :13 of the 2nd Round.
155 lbs: Tyler Bradford defeated Nathan Stanton via Unanimous Decision.
145 lbs: Brandon Cancino defeated Darius Gray via Unanimous Decision.
205 lbs: Juan Adams defeated Jordan Zendejas via TKO after 1:24 of the 1st Round.
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MAIN EVENT – LIGHTWEIGHTS – (8)
Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs), Groveland, FL 137 lbs.
“Nice” Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs), Cranston, RI 137 lbs.
CO-FEATURE – SUPER FEATHERWEIGHTS (8)
Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), Braine le Comte, Belgium 130 lbs.
Jose “Shorty” Salinas (9-2-1, 5 KOs), Las Cruces, NM 131 lbs.
“Marvelous” Mykey Williams (3-0, 2 KOs), East Hartford, CT 142 lbs.
David Nelson (3-5, 1 KO), Lawton, OK lbs. 140 lbs.
Irvin Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO), Worcester, MA 126 lbs.
Juan Muniz (0-4), Tyler, TX 129 lbs.
Anthony Laureano (pro debut), East Hartford, CT 146 lbs.
Nahir Albright (pro debut), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 144 lbs.
Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa (pro debut), Hartford, CT 144 lbs.
Demetris Williams (0-1), Philadelphia, PA 144 lbs.
Jon “Jonfer” Fernandez (8-0, 6 KOs), Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain 132 lbs.
Naciff “Chata” Castillo (17-8-2, 5 KOs), Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico 132 lbs.
Wesley Ferrer (11-0, 6 KOs), Brooklyn, NY 139 lbs.
Angel Figueroa (4-3-1, 0 KOs), Lorain, Ohio 139 lbs.
WHAT: “Broadway Boxing”
WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2016
WHERE: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
PROMOTER: DiBella Entertainment
DOORS OPEN: 5:00 p.m. ET
FIRST BOUT: 7:00 p.m. ET
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