Sean Santella Returns to Defend his CFFC Title at the Mennen Arena on April 19th, 2014!

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Atlantic City, NJ –Almost a year after defending his CFFC flyweight crown, Sean Santella returns to the CFFC cage on April 19, 2014 when he looks to defend his title for the fifth consecutive time when he takes on veteran Nick Honstein at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, New Jersey on April 19, 2014.  This will mark the organization’s debut at the Mennen Arena.  “We’re excited to have the number one flyweight prospect in the world defend his title in our North Jersey debut,” said CFFC CEO Robert Haydak Jr.  “We plan on making a home up here and this is a great way to kick things off!”

While preparing for another title defense, Santella tore his LCL which required surgery that sidelined him for nearly a year.  “My road to recovery was good,” said Santella.  “The injury made me concentrate on weaker areas of my game and I had a lot of time to break things down. I think it made me a better fighter.” 

“Shorty getting hurt has been a setback but he rehabbed better than I have seen any other fighter do before and he will be back stronger and better than ever,” said CFFC President Mike Constantino

“It’s always an honor defending my belt,” stated that current CFFC flyweight champion.  “I know CFFC always brings in the top guys and I’m excited to have my skills tested.  My opponent is a tall scrappy striker that has a good jits game. Should be a tough test but I’m predicting a TKO.”

For the Colorado based fighter, Honstein, traveling to New Jersey will not faze him one bit.  After capturing a title in Australia, Honstein wants to add another to his resume.  “First of all, I’m very honored and this opportunity could not have come at a better time,” said Honstein. I have been training consistently for over two years with my team at Factory X and am fully prepared to take on the flyweight division with guns blazing. I am also about to be a father and the thought of focusing on my fight career and defending my title this summer instead of dealing full-time with my construction business is exciting.”

Santella will be a huge test for Honstein but with consecutive wins coming from submission, Honstein isn’t backing down.  “He is obviously a decorated Jiu-Jitsu player and in 16 fights he has yet to be finished,” continued Honstein.  “I’m up for that challenge.  My game plan is the same for this fight as it has always been; push his ass into the cage, take him down, damage, damage, damage, then submit.  There’s usually a detour to adjust to but either way this match ends with the CFFC Flyweight title around my waist.” 

“Honstein is a very dangerous fighter who likes to come out very fast,” said Haydak.  “He has to know that Sean’s time away from the cage could play in his favor.”

The co-main event will feature a featherweight bout that will have title implications when TUF alumni, Andy Main takes on Brian “Boom” Kelleher.  For Main, this fight is close to home considering his last two fights were in Japan.  “I’m excited to be fighting in my backyard,” said Main.  “Being the co-main event and fighting alongside my training partners, Sean Santella and Claudio Ledesma, is awesome. It’s great having everybody gearing up at the same time. CFFC is a great show I had a great experience the first time and hope I can put on another show for the fans.”

“Andy Main is truly one of the most talented 145-pound fighters in the world and we are lucky to have him on our CFFC roster,” said Constantino

In regard to his opponent, Main knows the issues his opponent can bring.  “Brian Kelleher is a tough dude,” said Main.  “He’s a grinder, no doubt. I have to fight smart and play my game and not fall into his.  It’s as simple as that.  I know Brian is going to bring it, so I just have to be on point with every part of my game on the 19th.” 

 Kelleher is no stranger to the CFFC cage and has fought for the organization six times with only one of those fights going to a decision.  His last fight was a submission victory over Lester Caslow in February of this year.  “I’m very happy to fight in the co-main event for CFFC,” said Kelleher.  “In fact, I’m always happy to fight for CFFC.  It’s a great promotion that treats fighters well. 

“Kelleher is a tough, gritty fighter,” continued Haydak.  “We love him here at CFFC because he always shows up and puts on a show.  He has never been out of fight and has come so close in his losses.  2014 is a new year and a win against Main gets him right back in the hunt.”

“My opponent, Andy main, is a tough opponent,” continued Kelleher.  “I respect all of my opponents.  Without an opponent there is no fight or reason to continuously improve.  He’s got great jiu-jitsu but I’m not one to sit and worry about my opponent.  Instead, I focus on myself and my skills and mindset going into the fight.  I predict that I show up and fight to win and go for the finish. I won’t stop going forward.  I want the CFFC belt at 145 or 135 or both!”

Here is a look at the rest of Saturday night’s card:


Main Event CFFC Flyweight Title:

Nick Honstein vs Sean Santella


Co-Main Event:

Brian Kelleher vs Andy Main


Main Card

Emmanuel Walo vs Cheljean Erwin-Davis   

Lewis Rumsey vs Mike Stewart   

Marcio Bittencourt vs Claudio Ledsma  

Mike Wade vs Shedrick Goodridge  


Preliminary Card:

J.A. Dudley vs Plinio Cruz

Joshua Key vs Bradley Desir

Jorge Martinez vs Robbie Flores  

Shane Manley vs Noel Arcibal  


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About Cage Fury Fighting Championships

Cage Fury Fighting Championships ( is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the east coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past and current champions have competed at the highest level.  Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions.  That legacy remains the same today.  Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Charlie Brenneman are currently on the UFC roster.  Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC.  Also, CFFC helped jump start the career of internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer.  CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.


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Sparta Combat League – Army VS Marines Preview

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Sparta Combat League returns on GFL with “Army VS Marines”, a stacked MMA card on April 26 from the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado.  This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as these pros and amateurs will do battle in the cage.

The SCL Bantamweight Title will be on the line when Josh “Hellboy” Huber (11-7) fights Ricky “Furioso” Johnson (10-4).  This will be a rematch as Huber defeated Johnson via split decision in 2013.  Huber is a scrappy fighter who has won 3 of his last 4.  Huber looks to add to his championship collection with a win here.  Huber is an aggressive fighter who always comes right at his opponent.  Look for Huber to waste no time and bring the fight to Johnson.  Johnson won his last fight and is anxious to get back in the cage with Huber and bring home the gold.  Johnson believes he won the first fight and aims to not leave it in the hands of the judges this time.  Expect Johnson to try and get the fight to the mat where he can work for a submission.

In a 185lb Pro Thai fight, Sgt US Army Charlie Brown takes on Brian Scraper.  Brown likes to close the distance in his fights and let his hands go.  Expect Brown to walk forward and try and avoid strikes by throwing hooks and uppercuts of his own.  Brown’s best weapons are his fists and he has a granite chin to go along with dynamite in his hands.  Look for Scraper to stay on the outside where he can let his high kicks and straight right hands go.  If Brown does get inside, expect Scraper to be waiting with knees in the clinch.

Shannon Sinn (0-0) battles Courtney Himes (0-1).  This will be Sinn’s pro debut after she captured the SCL Flyweight title in her last fight. Sinn is unyielding with her pressure as she will look to mix up her attacks and get Himes off balance.  Expect Sinn to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Himes as Sinn is known for her wrestling, grappling and standup game.  Himes is looking for her first pro win and plans to match Sinn’s activity inside the cage as Himes is known for a motor that never quits.  Himes is a skilled striker and her grappling is underrated.  Look for Himes to make this a brawl in the opening seconds.

On the prelims, the always tough Jorge Rangel fights the durable Paul Valdez in a lightweight scrap.  This fight could steal the show.

Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition.  Order “Army VS Marines”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.

Conflict MMA – Havoc Preview

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Conflict MMA Promotions returns to GFL on April 26 with “Havoc”, a mega card, emanating from the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia.  “Havoc” promises to tear the house down with 14 bouts and multiple title fights as all the top fighters from the Dirty South will be squaring off in the cage in front of a rabid audience.

In the main event, for the Conflict MMA Heavyweight Title, Champion Nick Smiley (6-2) fights Adrian Henderson (4-0).  Smiley won the title last May after a TKO victory in less than a minute.  Smiley has a well-rounded game including some solid submissions for a heavyweight.  His ground and pound is where he is most dangerous as he drops hammers with both fists.  Henderson comes into the bout undefeated and is well-versed in all aspects of MMA.  He can match Smiley’s power in the striking department and Henderson is also a solid grappler with under rated submission skills.  Smiley has never been out of the first round and Henderson has only gone to a decision once.  Expect dynamite to explode when these two hook up.

In the co-main event, Muhsin Corbbrey (12-8) battles Terry House, Jr. (6-8) in a lightweight scrap.  Corbbrey won his last 2 fights and looks to put on a show and raise eyebrows with his performance.  Corbbrey is a WEC, and Elite XC vet and is ready to put his skills to the test with the UFC.  Look for Corbbrey to go all out and try and get an early submission in spectacular fashion.  House is a gritty fighter who brings heavy hands into the fight.  House has defeated 4 of his opponents via strikes and will look to put his hands on Corbbrey early in the fight.  Don’t blink when these two lightweights start throwing bombs in the cage.

In other action, Lindsay Rowse (4-3) takes on Arnold Adams (2-6) at heavyweight.  Rowse is a fast starter and is always in attack mode as he is constantly looking for a KO or submission if the fight hits the mat.  Rowse is usually a light heavyweight so this fight he will be significantly smaller but quicker.  Adams is a heavy puncher and can turn the tide of a fight or even end a fight with a single punch.  Adams will have the strength advantage and look to use that in striking and trying to get top position if the fight hits the mat.

Conflict MMA Promotions is back with another epic card in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network.  Watch “Havoc” on April 26.  If you can’t be there live, stream the show online at

USFFC 18 Preview

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USFFC returns to on April 26 with “US Freedom Fighter Championship 18”.  USFFC has made a mark for itself in the Southeast and “USFFC 18” will surely tear down the house from the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  These pro/am fighters are looking to make a name for themselves on a global basis and that’s just what they will do as they go to battle inside the cage.

In the main event, Adam Townsend (6-3) battles Keith “The Rockstar” Richardson (10-6).  Townsend is a phenomenal athlete who has excelled in other sports including playing a year of football in college.  Townsend is looking for a spectacular win in this fight as he believes he is ready for a title shot.  Look for Townsend to use his wrestling and athleticism to try and push Richardson into making a mistake that Townsend can capitalize on.  Richardson is a submission specialist with 6 wins via tapout.  Look for Richardson to use his striking to get inside on Townsend and work a takedown so he can be at his best on the mat grappling.  This fight promises to be a chess match in the cage as both fighters are veteran combatants and have tons of talent.

In the co-main event, Bobby Gurley (2-3) takes on William Baptiste (2-1).  Gurley looks to improve his record to .500 and will be looking for a stoppage.  Gurley is one of the most exciting fighters on the circuit as he has never been to a decision and has only been out of the first round once.  Gurley goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on April 26.  Baptiste fights with the same relentless style and has KO power in both hands.  Baptiste will be there in the center of the cage ready to bang, so expect fireworks from these two.

In other action, Stephanie Skinner takes on Angela Hill while Kris Kennedy battles Sam Burns and Gary Wingfield fights Craig Hill and much, much more.

Get ready for some All-American beat downs as “USFFC 18” is sure to seek and destroy all the other competition. Watch exclusively on and own it for life.  Order now.

CFFC 35 Preview

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships brings championship MMA to Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 26 with “CFFC 35″.  Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast will compete on this stacked card featuring a title fight in the main event.  CFFC has expanded their stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.

In the main event, CFFC Featherweight Champion Scott Heckman (17-4) defends his title against the undefeated Levan Makashvili (7-0).  Heckman is an expert grappler with a strong wrestling base, but also likes to throw hands and is dangerous from anywhere in the cage.  He is one of the top 145 lb fighters in the world and will continue to come forward no matter what.  Heckman is as exciting as they come, and that is why he continues to be a fan favorite wherever he fights.  Makashvili is a knockout specialist with an astounding 4 KO’s in 7 fights.  Makashvili loves to bang and he can end a fight with one punch from either hand.  Look for these two to collide in the center of the cage with explosive consequences.  Hands will be flying and these two are bound to blow the roof off with their style of fighting.

In the co-main event, Mike Winters (7-3) takes on Jonavin Webb (5-0) in a welterweight tussle.  Winters has dominated former opponents with his well-rounded striking mixed with impressive takedowns that keep his opponents on the defensive.  Once on the ground, Winters is very active, advancing his position, landing strikes and pushing the pace.  Webb is a blue chip prospect from New Jersey and has never tasted defeat in either his pro or amateur career as a mixed martial artist.  Webb is a submission specialist and if the fight hits the mat he will be comfortable in any position the fight goes.  Look for Webb to try and outwrestle Winters in the early going and get the fight to the ground where he can work his grappling game.

In other action, Jimmie Rivera (12-1) fights Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-6-1).  Rivera, a Bellator and TUF vet has faced a who’s who of the East Coast’s best, is on a 4 fight win steak.  Rivera will look to utilize his strong wrestling base to nullify Stevens’ attacks.  Stevens’ last fight was in Japan for the top organization in Asia, ONE Fighting.  Stevens returns to the United States ready to raise his stock on his home soil.  A victory over Rivera would do just that.  Stevens is relentless in the cage, and mirrors Rivera’s fighting style in that both fighters are strong wrestlers who never get tired and like to push the pace.  Look for Stevens to try and score with some ground and pound if the fight hits the mat and he is on top.  This fight could main event most cards on the regional level so fans are in for a treat.

Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 26 as “CFFC 35″ throws down the gauntlet on pay-per-view exclusively at See the established and rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network.

Tuff-N-Uff April 11 Review

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Tuff-N-Uff returned to GFL with another stellar show this time from the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tuff N-Uff is one of the premier proving grounds for amateur MMA and always has stacked cards featuring the rising stars from the most famous gyms around.  The 10-bout card featured 6 stoppages and was also the first round of the four-woman 115 lb strawweight tournament where the winner gets a chance to fight in the premier women’s organization, Invicta.

In the main event, Jaime Moyle (4-2) defeated Jianna Denizard (5-3) via TKO in the second round to advance to the finals of the 115 lb tournament.  Moyle was strong from the get-go as she took control of the fight with her wrestling and striking.  Moyle got a takedown and worked from the top scoring with punches from half guard and side control as Denizard tried her best to get back to her feet.  In the second, Moyle got a double leg takedown and began her attacks again.  Moyle went for an arm triangle but Denizard escaped the submission.  Moyle went back to ground and pound and got the mount where her punches were very effective as Denizard covered up.  After several punches and no attempt made from Denizard to improve her position the ref stopped the fight as Moyle moves on in the tournament.

In the co-main event, Molly Wren-Holmes (5-0) defeated Laura Uyeda (5-1) via unanimous decision to become another finalist in the 115 lb tournament that will lead to a shot with Invicta for the winner.  This was a great fight as both Wren-Holmes and Uyeda went toe to toe for three rounds.  The fight turned into a kickboxing fight with both women connecting with some big shots.  Wren-Holmes seemed the stronger in the clinch and landed more combos which might have swayed the judges’ decision but Uyeda was right there connecting in volume too.

In other action Shane Shapiro (2-0) defeated Darnell Bumpus via rear naked choke in the second round.  Shapiro scored with a nice body lock takedown then attacked the back of Bumpus and secured the choke a minute into the round.

The night also had its share of quick knockouts as Ian Lujan (3-1) broke an all-time Tuff-N-Uff record by knocking out Tyler Denniston (2-3) in 4 seconds while Javier Guzman (4-4) KO’d Chris Flores (3-5) in 46 seconds.

Don’t miss this stellar card featuring The Future Stars of MMA fighting today and representing themselves and some of the top gyms around.  Watch all of these fights on pay-per-view only at!

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Battle For The Border III – Nations Collide Review

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Battle For The Border III “Nations Collide” made its debut on from the Cranbrook Memorial Arena in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Battle For the Border knocked down the door on the world stage as they presented their brand of MMA! The 9-bout pro/am card featured 7 finishes showcasing several rising stars along with a UFC veteran in the co-main event.

In the main event, in a light heavyweight scrap, Alfonso Gonzales (5-0) defeated WSOF vet Mike Kent (10-5) via TKO in the first round.   Gonzales and Kent started exchanging punches from the opening seconds and Gonzales landed a straight right hand flush on the jaw of Kent who crumbled to the mat.  Gonzales followed up with a few punches on the ground and it was over.  It was a mild upset as Gonzales doesn’t have the experience or name recognition like Kent.  This performance is sure to change that very quickly as the undefeated Gonzales continues to improve each and every fight.

In the co-main event, UFC veteran Cody McKenzie (15-5) defeated Mark Dobie (5-7) via rear naked choke in the first round.  McKenzie shot in immediately for a takedown while Dobie tried to score with elbows from his back.  McKenzie improved to side control where Dobie was able to scramble off the bottom as McKenzie looked for a guillotine.  McKenzie then switched positions and dragged Dobie down from the back to the ground again where he slapped on the fight ending choke and showed why he is a top ranked fighter.

In a heavyweight battle, Jordan Tracey (4-3) defeated Dan Amyotte (1-1) via rear naked choke in the first round.  Tracey got a takedown then moved to mount where Amyotte turned his back to avoid the punches.  Tracey then attacked the exposed neck of Amyotte and sunk in the choke in less than a minute into the fight.

In the amateur ranks, Ryan Rohovich (5-0) defeated Donovan Hack (4-1) via rear naked choke to win the Welterweight title in the third round.  Both me scrapped from the opening bell and had the marks on their face when it was all over to prove it.  In the third round, Rohovich took an advantage by attacking Hack’s back on the ground.  Hack fought tirelessly to pull down on the choke that Rohovich was trying to apply, but Rohovich also added a body triangle with his legs and it finally wore Hack down enough for Rohovich to sink in the rear naked choke and become the new Battle For the Border Amateur Welterweight champion.

In other action, Adam Wills, Dustin Luke and Clayton Schira all won their fights via stoppage.

Don’t miss Battle For The Border III “Nations Collide”. Tune in to see the blue chip prospects of North America’s upper West Coast. Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today. Order this event and own it for life.

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Off The Chain 4 – The Storm is Coming Review

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Off the Chain (OTC) returned on GFL with “OTC 4 – The Storm Is Coming” from the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This event brought together all of the top fighters in Arkansas and the surrounding area as OTC put on another stacked pro/am card for the rabid fans of the area.

In the main event, David Lindsay (6-7) defeated Dave Burrow (8-5) via kimura lock in the first round.  Lindsay used great technique to get the tapout and has continues to get better each and every fight.  It was a fast paced fight with both men looking to get a stoppage.  Lindsay got a takedown a minute in to the fight and remained tight on Burrow who was on the bottom.  Burrow went for the kimura on bottom but then had it reversed by Lindsay who got the tapout win.

In the co-main event, Dawond Pickney (4-1) defeated Jimmy Van Horn (7-12) via TKO in the first round.  Pickney was the stronger fighter and scored with some punches on the ground in the early going while Van Horn looked to catch Pickney in a submission from the bottom.  Pickney got up to his feet and created distance and when the two resumed the fight, Pickney scored with a series of punches including a nice body shot that ended the fight.  Van Horn had complained about not being able to see when he stood up which played a factor but Pickney did what he needed to do and took the fight to Van Horn and got a solid win against a tough competitor.

In other action Nolan Norwood (6-2) defeated Christopher Anthony (3-2) via armbar in the first round.  Norwood caught Anthony on the ground after Anthony had scored with some big shots in the standup.  Norwood weathered the storm and when the fight hit the ground because of nice double leg takedown by Norwood the tide turned in his favor.  Norwood scored from the top and then when Anthony improved his position, Norwood was right there with an armbar.

Don’t miss “OTC 4 – The Storm Is Coming” presented by Off the Chain. Watch all the action and witness the champions of tomorrow as they fight today on VOD on the GFL Combat Sports Network.

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XFE 39 Review

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Xtreme Fight Events returned to the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with “XFE 39″. XFE is the #1 MMA organization in Pennsylvania and has expanded across the Northeast and now also the Southeast. The 12-bout card featured 4 stoppages and had constant action from the first fight to the last fight.

In the main event, Bellator veteran Brett “Youngblood” Martinez (7-1) defeated Josh Booher (3-3) via unanimous decision.  Martinez dominated the fight with his wrestling as he got several takedowns and was in top control for most of the fight.  Martinez wouldn’t let Booher work from the bottom and kept continual pressure on Booher for three rounds by grinding him down and working him over with some ground and pound and wrestling superiority.  Booher continued to fight back, but Martinez was too strong on the mat and negated almost all of Booher’s offense.

In another featured pro fight, Christopher Pintado (1-1) defeated Stephfond Ewins (0-1) via split deicison.  Pintado pressed the action and threw more combos on his way to victory.  Ewins was able to get multiple takedowns and score with punches on the ground but Pintado landed the heavier punches in the standup.  It was a close fight and both fighters came to battle.

In a lightweight scrap, Timothy Kunkel (5-1) defeated Dean Lavin Jr. (2-7) via KO in the first round.   Both fighters threw leg kicks to start the fight and Kunkel was able to catch a kick of Lavin’s and get the fight to the ground where Lavin used a close guard and held the arms of Kunkel.  After more than a minute of no action, the ref stood the fighters up and Lavin went back to throwing high kicks while Kunkel landed a left hook that knocked Lavin out.  Kunkel followed up on the ground with one extra punch that was partially blocked by the referee who stepped in to stop the fight.

Jason Heflin, Leonard Simpson and Pat Ton all won their fights via stoppage while Thad Frick defeated John Mosley to become the new XFE Lightweight Champion in the amateur division.

Xtreme Fight Events returns with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “XFE 39″ on April 12. Stream the show online at and own it forever.

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GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents BAMMA USA: Bad Beat 12 Beginning April 14 on TCN & CSN



April 11, 2014

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as BAMMA USA presents a top notch card with BAMMA USA: Bad Beat 12 featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California.  This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the West Coast including a title fight in the bantamweight division.

In the main event, “Badbeat 12” will mark the inaugural BAMMA USA bantamweight title bout between Eric “E-Money” Winston (5-1) and Terrion “Flash” Ware (10-2).  Eric Winston will make his fifth appearance in the BAMMA Cage at Badbeat 12. In his last fight, Winston recorded a submission (armbar) win over Marvin Madariaga. E-Money enters the title fight on a three fight winning streak. A word that can describe Terrion Ware’s 2013 is active. He fought six times in the past calendar year, and started off 2014 with a win over Zac Chavez this past January. The Systems Training Center product will look to add the BAMMA USA bantamweight belt to his resume and continue to build on a five-fight winning streak.  The bout between Ware and Winston is a regional MMA fan’s dream. Both rising prospects continue to grab attention from bigger promotions. Ware is showing he is a finisher, with four stoppages out of his last five fights; and Winston is prepared to show his ever-evolving striking skill set will compliment his dangerous ground game. Four of his five wins have come by submission, but they’ve ranged from an armbar, rear-naked choke, triangle choke and heel hook.

In other action, after taking his talents to The Ultimate Fighter reality show Bantamweight prospect “The Real Deal” Chris Beal (7-0) returns to face newcomer Keith Carson (2-1).  Beal is looking at continuing to build his name but it will be a tough test against the gritty Carson.

Air times are listed below:

The Comcast Network (TCN) (Mid Atlantic):  Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly):  Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Philly):  Friday, April 18 at 9:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic):  Saturday, April 19 at 11:00pm ET

TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic):  Sunday, April 20 at 1:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, April 17 at 11:00pm ET

CSN Philadelphia Replay: Sunday, April 20 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest, CSS and CSN Bay Area will also be airing BAMMA USA: Bad Beat 12 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

CSN Philadelphia


CSN Washington

CSN Baltimore

CSN New England

CSN Northwest

CSN Bay Area

Upcoming Events on Comcast

4/14:  Bamma USA: Bad Beat 12 (MMA)

4/21:  XFE 39 (MMA)

4/28:  CFFC 34 (MMA)

5/5:  CFFC 35 (MMA)

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    • 20,000 more seats to be sold for Froch-Groves II April 16, 2014
      The super middleweight title rematch between Carl Froch and challenger George Groves on May 31 at Wembley Stadium in England was already going to be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history. Now it is going to be even bigger.
      Dan Rafael
    • Titleholder Garcia files suit against Top Rank April 16, 2014
      Junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia, declaring that his promotional agreement with Top Rank is illegal and also expired, sued the company in California State Court in Riverside County on April 8.
      Dan Rafael
    • Mendez, Barthelemy will meet in rematch April 15, 2014
      Junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez and mandatory challenger Rances Barthelemy will meet in a rematch of their controversial first fight at a date and location to be determined.
      Dan Rafael
    • Trinidad reaches debt deal to halt payment April 15, 2014
      Puerto Rico boxing star Felix Trinidad has reached a debt deal with a local bank following alleged losses of $63 million that he blames on a former financial adviser.
      Associated Press
    • Alvarez, Lara to meet in nontitle bout July 12 April 14, 2014
      Former 154-pound titleholder Canelo Alvarez and reigning titlist Erislandy Lara will meet in the main event July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after agreeing to terms over the weekend, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy told on Monday.
      Dan Rafael
    • Pacquiao decisions Bradley to win WBO title April 14, 2014
      Manny Pacquiao took it to Timothy Bradley throughout the fight before 15,601 on Saturday night at the electric MGM Grand Garden Arena and was rewarded for his efforts.
      Dan Rafael
    • MTR: One-On-One With Bernard Hopkins April 13, 2014
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    • MTR: Hopkins-Shumenov Preview April 13, 2014
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    • Vargas takes title away from Allakhverdiev April 13, 2014
      Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas certainly didn't have his best night but he was good enough in the eyes of the judges to outpoint Russian southpaw Khabib Allakhverdiev to win a junior welterweight world title on Saturday.
      Dan Rafael
    • Provodnikov to make defense against Algieri April 12, 2014
      Ruslan Provodnikov hoped to kick off 2014 against another marquee opponent so he could not hide his disappointment when his first defense on June 14 was finalized this week against undefeated but largely unknown Chris Algieri.
      Dan Rafael