Tru Form Entertainment Returns with a Massive MMA Card; Stevenson takes on Miglioli!

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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On August 28, Tru Form Entertainment is hosting JOE STEVENSON VS GABRIEL MIGLIOLI at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim in the headliner of a full on night on exciting MMA action. The main card is posted here to provide individual information on each fighter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fight Card Includes:

Undercard Samson Yang vs. Maikel Perez
As a bonus, there are rumblings behind the scenes that the promotion will be adding one more suprise bout to the card last-minute that is apparently aimed to excite the fans in attendance.
Don’t miss the suprise, GFL will be streaming this whole fight, LIVE, here: http://bit.ly/TRUGFL

Shupe and Kozorosky Headline a Hard Hitting Night of Fighting at PA Cage Fight 25

August 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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PA Cage Fight 25 @ GFL: Edward Shupe v. Jacob Kozorosky 

Jake Kozorosky at 6-0 will be defending his PA Cage Fight Lightweight championship and putting his undefeated 6-0 record on the line when he faces a talented fighter in Eddie “Shuperman” Shupe. Jake defeated Brandon Dolan in round 2 by rear naked choke to win PA cage fight amateur lightweight title this past March.

Jake’s since winning his first 4 bouts by decision he has finished his last 2 opponents by submission via rear naked choke. It appears Jake is honing his skills as he prepares to make the transition to the professional ranks. He is ranked the top amateur lightweight in Pennsylvania (out of 105) and ranked 3rd out of 516 lightweight prospects in the entire Northeast.

His opponent Edward Shupe has a 6-6 record, however he is riding a 2 fight win streak. This will be his 4th fight in 2016 and he 3-1 so far this year, with his only loss to an undefeated Jonathan Cruz.

Both fighters have gone the distance a combined 10 times over 18 bouts. These fighters are technically skilled. Don’t expect this fight to end with a quick KO.  Shupe is the more experienced fighter, however, Kozorosky is a very tough opponent who currently holds the title that Shupe is seeking.  With a strong win Jake Kozorosky could be headed to the pros with the potential for a quick assent in the lightweight division. If you like to watch 2 fighters with solid technical skills this has the makings for a great bout.

Additional Note: The promotion added a 4 man Heavyweight (265lb) Tourney with the winners competing at PA Cage Fight 26. Derrick Babcock will face off against Michael Erb and Lance Moore with battle Daiqkwon Buckley.  Erb and Babcock are each seeking their first win. Moore is 1-0 and Buckley is making his debut. Heavyweight tournaments are always fun to watch.

 

 

 

XCC Fight To Watch: Alexandre Bezerra vs Dimitre Ivy

August 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Spotlight Fight:
Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (18-4) vs. Dimitre Ivy (6-2)

It might not be quite what Xtreme Caged Combat originally had in mind when it scheduled the headliner of its 25th event, but Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra remains on the card against a new opponent. Bezerra was slated to meet Artur Rofi, a 7-1 prospect, in the finals of a four-man featherweight tournament. However, Rofi was forced to withdraw from the bout, therefore leaving XCC to find a new foe for Popo. The Philadelphia-based promotion secured the services of Dimitre Ivy, whose 6-2 record isn’t quite as shiny as Rofi’s mark, but comes pretty darned close.

If Bezerra’s name sounds familiar, it’s because it should. The Brazilian had a nine-fight stint in the Bellator organization from 2011-13. The Daddis MMA Academy product entered Bellator after accumulating an 8-1 record since debuting in 2008. He won his first five fights with the organization, including a featherweight tournament quarterfinal contest against Kenny Foster, before suffering a split-decision loss to Marlon Sandro in the tourney’s semifinal round. He claimed two more victories and advanced to another tournament semifinal, only to lose again, this time to Mike Richman. The loss signaled the end Bezerra’s stay with the organization. He won a regional fight in Brazil and then split a pair of appearances under the Cage Fury Fighting Championships banner, where he defeated Levan Makashvili to capture the league’s featherweight crown before subsequently losing to Makashvili in the pair’s rematch. He then moved to the XCC, where he defeated Frank Caraballo in his promotional debut. The 28-year-old has a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was a member of the Brazilian national wrestling team. He has 11 submission wins and five stoppages via some form of knockout.

The 26-year-old Ivy enters this fight as a relative unknown outside of his home state of Texas. The Texas Powerhouse MMA export debuted in 2010 and suffered losses in two of his first four pro fights. He righted the ship when he made his first and only Legacy FC appearance in 2013. Ivy scored a second-round submission of Matt Mazurek to kick off a four-fight winning streak. His other recent victories, all choke submissions, came under the Fury FC and Hero FC banners. Overall, Ivy has four submission finishes and two victories via strikes. He has only seen the scorecards once in his pro career.

Despite Ivy’s lack of star power, this is a very intriguing match-up. Bezerra has a proven track record. He’s only lost to the aforementioned Sandro, Richman and Makashvili, as well as UFC standout Charles Oliveira. Ivy, meanwhile, has a well-rounded game that makes him a significant threat to turn in a breakthrough performance against an established veteran. Ivy is aggressive on the feet, where he can batter opponents with knees in the clinch, and on the ground, where his ground-and-pound and submission arsenals make him an overwhelming force. Popo is obviously no slouch in these departments either.

This contest could be an action-packed affair with plenty of momentum swings. Neither man can afford to land on the bottom when the fight hits the mat, because the other is just too good in that realm. It’s just as dangerous on the feet, where both men have proven to have plenty of power and a variety of attacks. The real difference here is Bezerra’s experience. His long stay in Bellator gave him the opportunity to clash with plenty of strong fighters. He even pushed Sandro and Richman to split verdicts, and he submitted Oliveira. While Ivy poses a significant threat, Bezerra is a veteran who is quite capable of stifling his younger opponent’s offense and answering back with plenty of offense of his own. Neither guy is easy to finish, though, so this one might end up going to the scorecards before the Brazilian has his hand raised.

[h/t Bryan Henderson, CombatPress.com]

GFL Reaches the Best Fighters in Canada as Twelve (12) Fighters on UFC 89 Fight Night Have Fought on GFL.Tv in Their Rise to the UFC.

June 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Twelve of the Fighters on the UFC 89 card have fought at various promotions who have partners with GFL.Tv. Below is a list of the fighters and where they previously fought. You can catch the best up and coming fighters every week “LIVE” on GFL.Tv.

  • Patrick “The Predator” Cote – RingSide 10.
  • SEAN “THE REAL OC” O’CONNELL – Showdown Fights.
  • OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER – Ringside MMA 12.
  • Jason Saggo – AFC19, Ringside MMA 12.
  • Leandro Silva – Untamed 2.
  • MISHA CIRKUNOV – HK41,43.
  • Chris Beal – Bamma 3,5,6,7.
  • ELIAS THEODOROU – School of Hard Knocks 12, 14.
  • JOCELYN “JUSTICE” LYBARGER – TuffNuff.
  • COLBY COVINGTON – Richmond Rumble.
  • JONATHAN “DISTRICT” MEUNIER – Fight night Medicine Hat.

GFL preview: Top 5 fights to watch on Go Fight Live this weekend

June 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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No Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) or Bellator this weekend? No problem!

GoFightLive.tv has a great slate of action from the regional scene this weekend, featuring some very intriguing UFC prospects, and a ton of highly anticipated bouts.

Once again, as a gift to MMAmania readers, GFL is offering 20% off any event using the exclusive coupon code GFLMania.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five fights to watch on GFL this week:

5. Brian Kerr vs. Davis Crowe – Warrior Fighting Championship

The Warrior FC Lightweight Championship title is on the line as Brian Kerr takes on David Crowe in a highly anticipated battle between hometown favorites.

Kerr is looking to redeem himself after being submitted in his last bout, and has a great opportunity to do so with a championship victory. Coming into the fight with both the height and weight advantage, Kerr could prove to be a difficult puzzle for Crowe to solve.

Strangely enough, Crowe is also coming off a loss, and yet has been gifted the opportunity to fight for gold as well. Crowe is the heavy underdog but if he finds a way to walk out of the Kentucky Kings Mountain Memorial Center as a champion, there will be no stopping his momentum.

I hope the folks in Kentucky are ready for a war.

4. Richard Gates vs. Mervin Rodriguez – PA Cage Fight 24

In a battle between two strikers, expect fireworks at PA Cage Fight 24.

Lightweight competitor Richard Gates has been on a role since hitting the MMA scene. Boasting a 3-1 record, Gates has won his last three bouts convincingly, knocking each man out in brutal fashion.

Fight fans can expect Gates to be looking for the home run early and often, but Mervin Rodriguez is no slouch on the feet.

Point blank, Rodriguez does have quite the challenge in front of him, as Gates is a UFC caliber prospect, but he does have the tools to win this fight.

The main issue for Rodriguez could very well be ring rust, as he has been out of action for over a year. “Marvelous” is also stepping up a weight class to battle the heavy-handed Gates, so the cards really are stacked against him.

Still, five career finishes is nothing to scoff at, and Rodriguez is looking to make a major statement this weekend.

3. John DeVall vs. Kevin Gray – Dynasty Combat Sports 26

Dynasty Combat Sports 26 promises to be a great show, and with John DeVall and Kevin Gray set to battle for the Flyweight title in the main event of the evening, you can expect a high-paced fight.

DeVall is looking to add another piece of gold hardware to his mantelpiece, but getting through a very tough Gray will be a difficult task.

DeVall has ton of experience under his belt, but his 11-8 record is far from jaw dropping. The truth is, DeVall is a fighter who is always looking for the finish, which often puts him at risk against his opponents.

If DeVall plays that game against Gray, he could be the victim of a brutal knockout.

After winning his last two bouts via unanimous decision, expect Gray to look to make a statement with a finish victory. Sure the Flyweight championship can be won via decision, but Gray is ready to finish the fight within the distance.

This fight has all the makings of an instant classic.

2. Zak “The Barbarian” Ottow vs. Craig Eckelberg – Pure Fighting Championship 4

This will be a battle of style and flare.

Zak Ottow is walking into the Panther Arena in Wisconsin with an impressive record of 12-3, and three straight submission victories. Out of his three career losses, two came against UFC veterans in Jacob Volkmann and Mike Rhodes.

In his last seven fights, Ottow is 6-1 with six finishes. A win over Eckelberg could be his golden ticket to UFC.

Craig Eckelberg isn’t a stepping-stone for anyone, and should be a great challenge for Ottow this weekend. Hailing from the lauded Roufusport, Eckelberg is looking to represent the world-renowned gym by winning in convincing fashion.

With a 6-1 record, Eckelberg is a noted BJJ specialist with four victories via submission.

If this fight hits the mat, expect some wildly entertaining grappling exchanges.

1. Kayla Stricker vs. Trisha Cicero – XFN 9

If you have yet to hear Trisha Cicero’s name, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon.

The XFN Flyweight champ is among the most talented women’s fighters outside the UFC today, and it seems to be only a matter of time before she gets a shot in the big leagues.

Cicero has been dominating the XFN competition as of late, securing a 3-0 record and earning herself championship gold.

Standing in Cicero’s way this weekend will be the durable Kayla Stricker.

“The Bulldog” has more experience than the champ, boasting a 5-1 amateur record, including two finishes.

Fighting out of Mississippi, Stricker is a firecracker inside the cage. In her previous bouts, it seems Stricker’s opponents underestimated her due to her size, but she has proven to be a tough out for even the toughest competitors.

In terms of amateur fights, this is just about the best match up fight fans could ask for, pitting two legitimate MMA talents against each other early on in their careers.

Who will leave the cage as XFN champ? Tune in to find out

TOP 5 Finishes of the Week features CFFC 56, AFC 122, Unified MMA 26, Ring of Combat 54, USFFC 26, and VFC 48

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TOP 5 FINISHES OF THE WEEK FROM GFL

We are halfway through the month of March, and the mixed martial arts (MMA) community has been treated to several outstanding events thus far. While the majority of the focus falls on UFC, Bellator, and World Series of Fighting, our friends at GoFightLive.tv are showcasing the best regional promotions and fighters on a weekly basis. Check out their latest top five finishes video, featuring Justin Scoggins’ younger brother, and UFC veteran Tim Hague.

Ring of Combat 53 Full Results: 4 Titles – 6 Finishes

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Another great card from Ring of Combat! Bouts were well matched with great action. Full fight recap coming soon. See below for quick fight results provided by New York Fighting.

Main Card
1. Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim (Universal/ECF Elite) vs. Travis Foster (The Edge Hoboken) – Hakim def. Foster Unanimous Decision 30-27
2. Guram Mestvirishvili (Serra-Longo Fight Team) vs. Jay Silva (RVCA) – Silva wins unanimous Decision 29-28
3. Nick Fiore (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Scarola BJJ) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (Brooklyn MMA) – Nekruz wins unanmous decision. 29-28
4. James Gonzalez (Serra BJJ) vs. Mike Trizano (Tiger Schulmann’s MMA) – Trizano def. Gonzalez unanimous decision
5. Tony Gravely (Tech Top Team) vs. Paul Grant (Jungle Gym) – Gravely wins TKO reef stoppage due to strikes from back mount in round 3.
6. Zach Fears (Rich Clement’s Gladiators Academy/St.Charles MMA) vs. Max Bohanan (Ricardo Almeida BJJ) – Bohanan wins via Split Decision
7. Leo Perez (Bonebreaker Gym) vs. Frank Buenafuente (Carnicella MMA) – Frank Buenafuente def. Leo Perez via unanimous decision 30-27
8. Matt Church (Navone Next Level MMA vs. Pat Defranco (Serra-Longo Fight Team) – Matt Church wins by submission (heel hook) in round 1
9. Mike Elshamy (Madama Jiu Jitsu) vs. Thomas Dibernardo (Mymidon Martial Arts) – Elshamy def. Dibernardo via unanimous decision.

Title Fight
10. Lester Caslow (Nick Catone MMA) vs. Mike Santiago (Team Top Notch) – Santiago wins by submission in the first round via rear naked choke. Retains ROC Featherweight Title
11. Eddie Lenoci (Serra-Longo Fight Team) vs. Bradley Desir (AllStar MMA) – Desir wins via TKO round 1 for the ROC National Lightweight Championship
12. Julio Arce (Tiger Schumann’s MMA) vs. Brian Kelleher (Maxim BJJ) – Kelleher def. Julio Arce via submission due to guillotine choke Round 3 (The 135 lb. ROC Title is still vacant because Kelleher missed weight.
13. Jose Chepe Mariscal (Dutch Style MMA) vs. Gregor Gillespie (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Scarola BJJ) – Gregor Gillespie def. Mariscal via TKO due to strikes from back mount in Round 1.

Fight Coverage: Grabriel Toribio

Ring of Combat 53: Recap

November 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of NewYorkFighting.com:

This past Friday night, November 20, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Ring of Combat 53 delivered a memorable evening of action for MMA fans in attendance, made all the more exciting by the presence of UFC President Dana White, attending as part of his new “Looking For A Fight” web series. He was seated at a cageside table alongside his friends Matt “The Terror” Serra, and Nick “The Tooth,” both featured in the web series, as well as Ring of Combatpromoter Lou Neglia, all of whom took in the fights in the hopes of finding an undiscovered prospect. Speaking to New York Fighting before the start of the main card, Dana White said that although he is mainly looking for Light Heavyweights and Heavyweights (there were none on this card), he is “always looking for anyone that stands out.” The fighters clearly came to impress, and brought their A-games to deliver a number of thrilling knockout and submission finishes.

In the main event, which was billed as a superfight, veteran Northeast MMA fighter  made quick work of Sidney Outlaw, finishing the fight by choking Outlaw out cold with a high-elbow guillotine choke, at just 46 seconds into the first round. Fighting out of Woodbridge, Virginia, and representing Gold Medal Grappling, Harshbarger was coming off of a dominant performance over Pete “Drago” Sell. Outlaw pressed aggressively for a takedown against the cage early on, and Harshbarger was able to lock up a deep guillotine. Outlaw appeared to land the takedown and escape, but Harshbarger readjusted in the scramble and tightened the choke from a standing position to finish the fight. “The Hero” was jubilant in celebration, while Outlaw appeared to have injured his left arm, possibly in the scramble to defend the guillotine. Harshbarger improved his pro record to 9-5 with this win.

In the evening’s only title defense, defended his ROC Welterweight Championship in impressive fashion by delivering a pair of hard knees to KO professional kickboxer Robbie Plotkin at 4:23 of the first round. Hailing from the country of Jamaica by way of Queens, NY, the Budokan Martial Arts representative upped his pro record to 6-0, all by stoppage, and used this fight as an opportunity to engage in a striking battle. Both fighters exchanged crisp techniques for most of the round, with Plotkin preferring an array of kicks and Brown looking to land his crosses and counters.

Midway through the round, Brown executed a takedown from the clinch, advanced to mount, and delivered some hard strikes before Plotkin was able to regain his vertical base, while Matt Serra provided instruction from Plotkin’s corner, having left Dana White‘s side before the previous fight. From there, the striking battle continued, until Brown caught his opponent ducking down and delivered the knees for the finish. While celebrating the victory, Brown addressed Mr. White at cageside, and the UFC President was seen mouthing “You earned it.” After the event, White was spotted in Randy Brown’s dressing room with his camera crew, speaking to the victorious fighter, but he would not provide New York Fightingwith more detail on the conversation or his impressions of any particular fighter.

The featured lightweight bout between Serra-Longo product Eddie Lenoci and Allstar MMA‘s Bradley “Featherstone” Desir was supposed to be for the vacant ROC Lightweight championship, but was switched to a non-title bout when Desir weighed in heavy at 159 pounds. Nevertheless, the two fighters pulled out all the stops looking for the win, before Desir emerged victorious in the second round with a punch-induced knockout of Lenoci while he stood against the fence. Lenoci had his moments in the first round, after being staggered by a knee early on, and was able to execute takedowns and achieve some dominant positions while defending strong armbar attempts from Desir.

While the first round was back-and-forth, the second saw Desir hurt Lenoci early on with elbows while defending the takedown against the cage, similar to the elbows Travis Browne famously landed on Josh Barnett in the UFC. From there he kept the pressure on, and when Lenoci regained his vertical base, Desir put him away in short order. Speaking to New York Fighting after the victory, he said “I think I could have finished him in the first round with that knee, I think I backed off a little too early. I had a little bit of an adrenaline dump in that first round, but the second round was mine.”

The first title bout of the evening saw “Mr. Mid Atlantic” Jonathan DelBrugge claim the vacant ROC Regional Welterweight championship over the ever-tough Whitney “Da Bully” Jean Francois with a rear-naked choke submission at 3:39 in the first round. Brooklyn‘s Jean Francois had his chance early in the round when he launched a right head kick that landed with the knee as DelBrugge ducked, sending the Lloyd Irvin-trained fighter into desperation mode. DelBrugge recovered on the ground and achieved a standing clinch against the cage, before scoring a big double leg takedown. He then advanced easily into mount, dropping heavy punches, and cinched the choke when “Da Bully” turned belly-down.

Fresh off his upset victory over former ROC Bantamweight champion Julio Arce, Brian “Boom” Kelleher returned to Ring of Combat in a big way, living up to his nickname by knocking out North Carolina‘s Josh “Short Stack” Robinson with a spinning backfist at 24 seconds into the third round. Kelleher, from Selden, NY and training out of Maxum BJJ, won the first round on the strength of a takedown and ground and pound, while Robinson fought more competitively in the second when the fight remained mostly standing. In the third, Kelleher uncorked a perfect spinning backfist which immediately separated Robinson from consciousness and brought the crowd to its feet.

Overwhelmed by the thrill of victory, Kelleher bounded over the top of the cage towards Dana White’s cageside seat screaming “I want my chance!” Although Mr. White seemed surprised and a bit uncomfortable being approached by a screaming fighter, he still seemed impressed, having been brought to his feet by the finish. Robinson, when awoken by the referee and his cornermen, was irate, and was overheard saying “Why? What the —- happened?” It was then announced that Kelleher would defend his Bantamweight championship in a rematch against Julio Arce, at the next Ring of Combat event on March 4.

In a considerable upset, the unheralded Jose Mariscal fought off a highly technical ground assault from touted prospect Max “The Cobra” Bohanan to claim a unanimous decision victory after three hard-fought rounds. Bohanon brought his considerable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills to bear on Mariscal during the first round, even pulling guard to use his submissions to sweep into top position. Although the finish seemed near at times as Bohanan showcased beautiful technique, Mariscal was able to survive. Both fighters had their moments in the second round. “The Cobra” appeared to have atriangle choke locked in, then transitioned to an armbar, but Mariscal escaped. As Bohanan tired in the second round, Mariscal was able to press the action and mostly maintain top position while landing strikes. By the third round Bohanan was exhausted, and Mariscal repeated his second round strategy, doing enough to pull off the upset. Afterwards he told New York FightingI knew he was a Jiu Jitsu guy, so that’s all I had to watch out for. That first round I knew I just had to weather the storm a little bit.

After having opponents pull out of his previous two scheduled Ring of Combat fights, Michael Elshamy had a disappointing return asEric Roncoroni claimed a TKO victory due to a cut, in a battle of two New Jersey-based fighters. Elshamy controlled the first portion of the fight, landing repeated takedowns, taking dominant positions, and at one point achieving back mount with one of Roncoroni’s arms trapped behind his back. In the second round, Roncoroni landed an illegal elbow on Elshamy, which led referee Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro to deduct a point and restart the fighters standing rather than in their previous position. This decision, which drew vocal protests from Matt Serra siting cageside, put the fire under Roncoroni as he came out with aggressive elbows, opening up a bad cut on Elshamy’s forehead and leading to the TKO cut stoppage at 2:32 in the second round.

In other action, East Coast veteran and Ricardo Almeida BJJ / Miller Brothers MMA representative Sean “Shorty Rock” Santellamade easy work of Milwaukee, Wisconsin‘s Jay Pressley, finishing with a rear-naked choke at 2:10 of Round 1. Santella quickly executed a single leg takedown, took the back, and locked up a body trianlge. Pressley tried his best to defend, but after about a minute of work, Santella achieved the tap.

Earlier in the night, Frank Buenafuente (Carcinella MMA / Garfield, NJ) scored a brutal KO over David “Man of God” Moore(Dambakly MMA / Hamstead, NC) at 0:42 of Round 1, leaving Moore to be carried out on a stretcher. Lester Caslow (Nick Catone MMA / Toms River, NJ) snagged a surprise guillotine from a seated position to put away Kenny Foster (Maxum BJJ / Cortland, NY) at 2:04 of Round 3. Ryan Munger (Spa City Jiu-Jitsu / NJ) knocked outGregy Styles (Animals MMA Yonkers / New Rochelle, NY) with a punch at 22 seconds into the first round of their welterweight bout. And in the evening’s opening contest, Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim(Universal/ Queens, NY) claimed a unanimous decision over Yazan Janeb (K Dojo Warrior Tribe / Amman, Jordan).

After the show, Dana White told New York Fighting that he thought it was a great night of fights with some great finishes, and there were definitely some fighters that impressed him. He was later seen entering the lockerroom of Welterweight Champ, Randy Brown, where he told “Rudeboy”, he was ” very interested”, and he’ll “be in touch”.  Time will tell who gets the call up to the big show, the UFC.

 

Legendary Ring Of Combat 53 Event Not Soon To Be Forgotten

November 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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If Dana White, Nick the Tooth, and Matt Serra came to Atlantic City “Looking for a fight” they choose the right event to attend. Ring of Combat 53 not only delivered to their star-studded audience but raised the bar for future MMA cards. Each fighter gave his all hoping to catch the eye of the UFC’s President, and what resulted was arguably the event of the year.

In the first of two title fights, Jonathan “Devastator” Delbrugge took on Whitney “Da Bully” Francois. Early in the fight Francois made use of his size and superior striking. After eating some damaging strikes, Delbrugge shot in and landed the takedown. He calmly passed guard and postured up in mount. The “Devastator” rained down blows until Francois gave up his back. Delbrugge quickly snatched the rear naked choke and established himself as the new Welterweight champion. 

Jonathan “Devastator” Delbrugge def. Whitney “Da Bully” Francois via RNC at 3:39 of the 1st round. 

The next exciting matchup of the night was between Bradley “Featherstone” Desir and Eddie Lenochi. They both rushed to the center with Lenochi taking the lead early on. Desir caught him with a huge front kick, before Lenochi was followed to the ground, eating some frantic punches before he scrambled and got to his feet. Both men exchanged blows with ill intent, but it was Lenochi who broke up the action with a nice takedown. Desir used the opportunity to show off his submission game with an armbar, but the attempt was shook off. Lenochi was still able to retain top control, landing big punches in the process. When Desir finally made it it to his feet, he succumbed to another take down just moments before the round ended.

As the second round began, Desir opened up and started to find a home for his hands. Lenochi found himself taking damage on the ground, but somehow got back up hoping to regroup. Desir didn’t let up and Lenochi crumbled to the mat. He celebrated as the crowd called for Dana’s attention. 

Bradly “Featherstone” Desir def Eddie Lenochi via TKO at 1:41 of the second round. 

In the last title fight of the evening, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown took on Robert Plotkin. Brown started the match strong with a lead front kick right to the face of his opponent. Plotkin tried to even the score but narrowly missed with multiple head kicks. Both men held back nothing in their technical war. Plotkin attempted to put Brown’s back against the cage but found himself there instead. After a takedown and some brutal ground and pound by Brown, Plotkin was able to escape to his feet. The heated battle continued until Brown caught Plotkin with a fight ending knee. Again the crowd chanted for Dana’s attention. The UFC seems a natural progression for this truly talented and undefeated Welterweight Champion. 

Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (6-0) def Robert Plotkin (1-2) via TKO at 4:23 of the 1st round.

Last but not least, was Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger vs. Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw. In what seemed like an automatic brawl both men swung hoping for a highlight reel KO. Outlaw caved and shot in for the takedown but found himself in his opponent’s guillotine choke.

Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger def Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw via Guillotine in just :46 of the 1st round.

If you missed Ring Of Combat 53, watch the entire event on VOD right now on GFL: bit.ly/ROC53GFL

Global Proving Ground 22 Features Three Title Fights, UFC and Bellator Veterans

November 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Global Proving Ground (GPG) announced today its 22nd live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, featuring a collection of the Philadelphia area’s top professional fighting prospects, on Saturday, November 21, live on Go Fight Live (www.GFL.tv), from the promotion’s all-new venue, the GPG Sports Complex, in Mount Laurel, N.J. 

Tickets for GPG 22 are priced from $45 and are available for purchase at LocalMMATickets.com. The event will also be streamed live on GFL.tv, priced from $16.99.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter in Global Proving Ground’s growth, in a new venue that can comfortably accommodate our rapidly expanding fanbase, and give spectators the exciting experience they look for when they attend a fight,” said Global Proving Ground President James J. Jefferson. 

The event features three title fights, including the inaugural Global Proving Ground middleweight (185 pounds) championship bout in history, aggressive-minded, four-time Bellator veteran Jesus “Chavo” Martinez (9-6) of Philadelphia will square off with Tony Parker (11-11) of Fairfield, Ohio.  To date, all but 1 of Parker’s 11 career victories have come by way of submission.

After injuring himself prior to his expected Bellator debut, knockout artist Lorenzo Hood (12-2) returns to Global Proving Ground to battle for the Heavyweight strap as he takes on Shelton Graves (3-3).

Ontario’s best MMA talent will also be represented well come fight night, as Ryan Dickson (10-4), Andrew “The Animal” Cseh (6-4), and more are set to battle. 

In preliminary bout action, unbeaten Peter “The Joker” Petties (3-0) of Columbia, Md. will lock horns with Brandon Kaiser (8-5).  The 24-year-old Petties soared to internet fame when a video of his Aug. 23, 2014 amateur bout with Jeff Melvin, in which Petties unleashed a series of strikes that forced Melvin to vomit, went viral.

In a meeting between two flyweights (125 pounds) making their respective, professional debuts, Gabe Ruiz (0-0) of Woodland Park, N.J. will take on Vladimir Kazbekov (0-0) of Welland, Ontario.

UFC and Bellator veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (11-6) will also be featured on the main card.

Doors at the venue will open for GPG 22 at 6 p.m. on November 21, and the first preliminary bout and live GFL.tv stream will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG)

Global Proving Ground is a New Jersey-based professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise that was designed to unearth and build new fight talent in the North Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of The United States and to provide an exciting entertainment experience for combat sports fans.

Launched in 2012 by marketing executive James J. Jefferson along with several, original pioneers of MMA, the company operates its own combat sports venue, the GPG Sports Complex, where it hosts all of its events that are distributed live on Real TV as well as PPV on Go Fight Live (GFL.tv) with its syndication deal on a tape delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet and the Comcast Network GPG is not only creating new fighter talent but is developing its own loyal fan base.

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