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 Fighting “I 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.
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 (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.
The highly anticipated UFC 193 goes down this weekend, and GFL will be represented well in Australia!
All four UFC title challengers in the main and co-main event this Saturday night have fought on GFL earlier in their careers, and now Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Holly Holm, and Valérie ” TroUbLe” Létourneau will fight on the grandest stage of them all, live on PPV.
Head over to GFL.tv, and enjoy all the archived fights from these incredible athletes!
Kris McCray with Strike Off Fighting 6 – Being in that cage is kind of like a second home @KrisMccray
Kris McCray has seen more ups and downs in 7 years of competition than most fighters see intheir entire career. McCray (8-5) first burst upon the MMA scene with 15 straight victories across amateur and professional MMA before competing on the eleventh season of the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter TV show. Since then his career has seen him compete in Bellator, CFFC, and the World Series of Fighting. He has not fought since March in 2013, a distinction that makes his return at Strike Off 6 after a 924-day leave of absence all the more intriguing to follow.
Kris spoke to GoFightLive.tv ahead of his main event fight against William Ward (5-5) about his career, staying involved in MMA, and the long journey back into the spotlight after a two year hiatus from competition.
Cameron Morris: Firstly, for the benefit of a lot of our readers on GFL- a lot are familiarwith you from The Ultimate Fighter 11, and they’ve seen you make appearances in a lot of other major promotions in the US like Bellator and WSOF. But you’re coming off a very long from your last fight. This will be your first fight in over two years. Can you tell us a bit about what sparked the long layoff?
Kris McCray: Basically, I had some kids, I moved to Houston after my wife graduated from Columbia. She finished her degree, a master’s degree in Biotechnology in New York. Wanted to start a family so I had a son—Logan—and I have another son on the way, he’ll be here in about 4 days—Liam—so I just wanted to take a break, have some kids, but, you know, my passion is fighting. I do want to get back in the cage… to come back to my home town and, you know, have some friends and family there, you know, get back in there and start over again.
C: To build on that last question, what was the process of getting back to being ready to fight at a professional level again?
KM: I’ve been training within the two years. I never stopped training completely—sometimes I had to, you know, maybe not train as much, you know, pick up the slack here, my wife wasn’t working and stuff like that. But my schedule is a little more routine now, and I have some time available and I’ve been training pretty good for this fight.
I was never removed from the sport completely. I cornered Jimy Hettes a couple times, I still keep in contact with all the fighters, especially theguys from New Jersey, up there with Frankie Edgar and Ricardo [Almeida] andRenzo [Gracie] and those guys. I did some work with Bubba Bush, he’s in theUFC, he’s actually coached my high school wrestling team. I’ve never been totally removed, but I’m just excited to get back in there and have an official fight. You watch it on TV, you miss it, you just wanna get back in there and put some gloves back on.
C: When you were released from the UFC in 2011, one of the main things you spoke a lot about is that you wanted to get that second shot in the UFC one day. Since the time of your release and now, a lot has changed in the UFC since you were last there. We’ve seen a lot of additions in terms of weight classes, and the Reebok sponsorship deal, you’ve seen the expansion of events in Europe, Australia and Asia… Has it been weird to see that sort of growth from the outside, or does it serve as sort of an additional motivation tool to getting back in?
KM: Yeah, definitely, it’s become more mainstream I think. Even though the Reebok and stuff—I kind of believe it’s bad for the fighters, but good long term, you know, I’m not really sure how it’s gonna work out—but I definitely wanted to be part of that organization. I just wanted to get that W in the UFC, you know? So now my goal is—I love this sport, so UFC or not, you know, that’s the pinnacle of what we do, but I’m gonna keep working, man. I like to see stories like Ron Stallings, I trained with him a lot way back, nice guy, he had a couple weird things happen to him in his UFC fights, but I would love stuff like that to happen to me—you know, get that shot, get three more fights, see what happens and just train harder and put in a good show for the fans.
C: We’ve seen a lot of fighters who have had a long journey away from the UFC. They finally get a second chance at fighting in the organization again. Another guy is Joe Riggs—he had his last fight in the UFC in 2006 and he returned over half a decade. Robbie Lawler had a great comeback after rejoining the UFC in 2013- and that was nine whole years. So the precedent is there for fighters to get back after a long layoff, but on theflip side, those guys were all constantly fighting, and their names were still out there. As you mentioned, you were still around the sport, and around with different fighters, but you weren’t at the forefront of the news. This is your first fight back after a long absence, as I mentioned before. A lot of people may have forgotten about Kris McCray, and you’re trying to get them on board for a comeback. As it been tough for you to kind of generate buzz among promoters to kind of get your name out there after all this time?
KM: I mean I’m sure, some promoters, like, they know me, but what value does my name hold now, you know? I can’t hold onto TUF 11 forever, you know, but my career started so fast—I started training, I did ten fights my first year training, my ten amateur fights… The next year I did five pro fights, the next year in the UFC it was like, bam bam bam bam bam, and I really didn’t get a chance to grow as a fighter—just fight after fight after fight. Which was cool until I got to New Jersey and started learning some stuff and doing some things and hitting those roadblocks that fighters have been doing for a while hit.
But I think if you put the time into the sport, it pays you back. So I’m willing to give what I got to the sport, and I’m sure at the end of the day I’ll have no regrets regardless of what happens. I’m gonna give the sport its due because that’s what I love to do and hopefully, I’ll get that call one day and get in there and make some magic happen.
C: For a long time there, you had so much stuff going on with the different fights in such a short amount of time. Not to dwell on The Ultimate Fighter, but during that time, you were fighting like, what, every two weeks or so?
KM: Yeah, every Tuesday I fought. I fought five times in six weeks. And that’s the kind of fighter I am, I can take the hits and I can keep coming forward. That’s how I was raised—just don’t quit. That’s all my dad just told me: “Just don’t quit.” And you never really see me quit in a fight, you know.
I had some fights where I didn’t look as good as the other fights and vice versa. I remember being in a rear naked choke, my legs are bent back, and I’m just like, “I can’t give him this $5000, because if you finish you get $5000 [Submission of the Night bonus].” But I know the more you fight, the more relevant you are, the more fights you have, the more you can generate a buzz. I’m looking to do this one, and maybe some more next year. You know, I’m not a stranger to fighting a bunch of times and I think the more you fight, the more your name’s out there, and there’s a greater chance you have of getting back into the UFC or another big promotion. People will see you and hear about you, and that’s how you generate your buzz. And once you have your buzz… I have the credentials, like Ultimate Fighter, Bellator, WSOF—maybe things will shake up and we’ll see what happens.
C: We talked a little about the different things that have happened in your life since thelast time you fought. How do you feel how you’ve grown over this time as a fighter? Obviously you haven’t had the fight experience, but you’ve had so much time to pick up things over the time.
KM: I just think in the cage there’s a lot of mental going on, and earlier in my career I was fighting to eat, fighting for a paycheck. I was living off my fights; that’s why I was fighting so much, and now it’s not like that. Now I’m calm, I’m in there having fun, just executing what I like to do. Before it felt like it was a rush, I had to grab this guy, I had to squeezehim, make him feel me. Now I’m more of an effective fighter, as you would say.
C: Provided all goes well and you emerge victorious in October, what do you think is next for Kris McCray?
KM: I’m gonna enjoy the holidays and start looking for some new fights next year. I definitely want to stay busy, maybe two or three fights a year—we’ll see what happens. I wouldn’t mind being in my home town or wherever. I just like to scrap and get in there and have fun. I like the whole thing.Cutting weight in training kind of sucks, the fight’s cool, and the lights, and my family, the dinner after you weigh in, all that stuff, it’s like a show every time you have a fight, and I really do enjoy that.
Being in that cage is kind of like a second home.
Undefeated welterweight aspires to be the “Floyd Mayweather of MMA”
By Dante Giannetta
“I’m going to walk right through him. I’m going to knock him out. He can’t survive my storm. My storm doesn’t stop,” says unbeaten welterweight (170 pounds) “Platinum” Mike Perry (2-0) who is certain his main event MMA fight against Preston Parsons will end in his favor at “House of Fame 3: Riverside Beatdown,” which will stream live on GFL.tv from Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, July 10.
“I know what he wants to do is wrestle me,” Perry says with a calculated casualness. “[Parsons] is gonna want to ground and pound and submit me, but he’s dreamin’. He’s not gonna touch me.”
These words were spoken with a measured calmness which Perry later attributes to successfully overcoming anger management issues.
Although Perry is Friday night’s headliner, he feels no pressure about being in the spotlight.
“The bigger the show, the better I perform. If the fight were to go past the first round, I’ll just get more and more comfortable. If it goes into the later rounds, sure it’ll be exciting. But it’s just gonna be all me. I’m gonna find my range, and once I do, I’m gonna knock him out.”
‘Platinum,’ according to Perry, is a nickname that suits him perfectly.
“I’m so absorbent,” he explains. “It’s the most expensive and most desired thing in the world. You can’t hit me hard enough to hurt me – indestructible.”
He laughingly adds, “It’s like ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, but twice the skill.”
And double the ambition. Platinum’s aspirations are inspired by another boxing great. “I want to be the Floyd Mayweather of MMA – go 40-0 and knock ‘em all out!”
With a 2-0 professional record, 38 more wins might seem like a stretch. But Perry is adamant and insists that he his still way ahead of his competition.
“No one has my physical ability. No one trains as hard as me. No one has the strength and speed I do. And look at my physique. I even have a national level bodybuilder’s body and I don’t even try. I don’t even lift weights. I lift people.”
According to Perry, lifting (and throwing) people is easier when he cuts weight. “When I was an amateur, I would bump up in weight and fight the bigger guys. Now I cut weight and when these little guys hit me it’s like a bug bite. I grab them and do whatever I want.”
For Perry, squashing bugs in the cage is all to serve God.
“I’m fighting for God. I want to be strong for Him. I want to be the general of His army. I want to train the angel soldiers to defeat the devil. I’m training for that now.”
Down the road, Platinum is sure he can make it into the UFC, although he admits he may not be ready for a world championship just yet.
“But I have all the tools to get me there,” he says.
“I’ll tell you what,” he continues, “I would like to do some work with Anthony Pettis. He’s a great fighter.”
But then, he warns, “Watch out for ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry on the rise.”
Video: Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella talks nine straight opponents missing weight and being overlooked by UFC
One day before his GPG 20 main event fight against Corey “Koko” Simmons headliner Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella opened up to GFL about the frustration of nine straight opponents missing weight, being overlooked by the UFC and the difficulty of putting in so much for so little in return.
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GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “CAGEZILLA FC” BEGINNING April 6
April 3, 2015
GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Cagezilla FC presents another show stopper with Cagezilla FC featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Ashburn, Virginia. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the Mid-Atlantic region as CFC presents another hard-hitting event anchored by multiple title fights!
Ashburn, Virginia, March 2, 2015 – OO Fights, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area’s most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company, is pleased to announce its newest project, Cagezilla Fighting Championship, featuring the Main Event, a Flyweight (125 lbs.) Championship Title Fight, three other Championship Title Fights and 14 other top-notch MMA fights at its next production:
At the newly expanded and renovated Silver Eagle Group in front of a huge crowd of roaring fight fans, George Billy will enter the Cage against Todd Holshouser for a chance to battle for the Flyweight Championship. These incredibly tough and talented fighters are two of the area’s top Flyweight prospects.
Billy, was a former VA high school state champ is now a top MMA prospect. He is highly skilled in all disciplines of MMA but is an outstanding wrestler that was tough to find an opponent for. He trains with local Professional MMA fighter Brent Hess in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.
His worthy adversary, the very tough Todd Holshouser, is a highly disciplined and well-rounded fighter. He is coached by the very well respected David Morris in Charlottesville, VA.
If this bout is anything like their last battles, this bout between these warriors is destined to become one for the ages in the MMA world and is not to be missed!
The fight card for March 21st will also feature three additional and exciting Championship Title matches.
In the Light Heavyweight division, Middleweight Champ Scott Noble of Ground Control will go for a Title in a SECOND weightclass against, Mike Desantos of Freedom MMA. Scott has the notoriety of being the fighter with “The Head Kick Hear ‘Round the World” as we call it. Scott delivered a 7 second Head Kick KO to Francis Grant in our event in December 2012 that is still popular today, including being voted “KO of the Week” on cagepotato.com, “Best Head Kick KO of All Time” on worldstarhiphop.com and has been seen by millions around the world. These are two phenoms to watch.
A battle of UNDEFEATED fighters will be featured in our Bantamweight Title match. Roque Zapata, who trains under Eric Zamora, will defend his Bantamweight Title belt against MMA Institute’s Shaun Spath, who boasts an 8-0-0 record and was our Flyweight Title Holder until vacating when he moved up to Bantamweight.
Undefeated Lightweight Champ Tevin Cooke of MMA Institute puts his belt on the line versus former Welterweight Champ Raz Syan. Syan recently won his first battle at 155 after dropping from 170 after losing to current Welterweight Champ Esrom Montesino. Raz won his Welterweight Belt in August at the DC Convention center versus Jay Bee and was featured on Inside MMA for putting a huge hematoma on Jay’s forehead in that battle.
Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA fighters, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans of Cagezilla Fighting Championship!
Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Friday, April 10 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, April 10 at 10:00pm
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 11 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, April 11 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, April 12 at 8:00pm ET
CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Cagezilla FC in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.
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
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)
4/13: Broadway Boxing: Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez v Joseph Rios (boxing)
4/20: GPG 19 (MMA)
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.
Order Event – http://www.gfl.tv/event/Fight/MMA/AFC-115/2822
Alaska’s #1 MMA promotion returns to GFL as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” emanating from the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska on April 15. MMA fans, this pro/am card is stacked featuring the top up and coming prospects inside the state of Alaska. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Last Frontier State with several alums moving on to the UFC and AFC continues to produce high quality MMA events comparable to any regional organization across the U.S.
In the main event, for the AFC Women’s Flyweight Championship, Nikki Knudsen (2-2) takes on Michelle Young (1-0). Knudsen has 2 first round stoppages in the first round. Knudsen fights with a high risk-high reward style and has never been to a decision. In her last fight, she gave UFC bantamweight newcomer Holly Holm all she could handle for 2 rounds. Now fighting at her natural weight, Knudsen is looking to make some serious waves in the flyweight division and brings a decided experience advantage into the championship bout. Young has a first round submission win in her debut and has shown an ability to submit high level grapplers. If Young can get the fight to the mat early, it could be a short night.
In the co-main event, for the AFC Middleweight Title, Garrett Morrison (2-0) battles Maika Grant (4-0). Both fighters are undefeated and some will walk out of the cage with their perfect record intact and championship gold. Expect fireworks early and often. Morrison has both wins via first round KO, one ending in 8 seconds. If Morrison connects early and often, he will walk away the champion. Not to be outdone, Grant has all 4 of his wins via first round TKO. Grant can match the power of Morrison and go punch for punch with anyone in the division. This fight is sitting on a powder keg and going to explode. Expect a devastating end to the fight as someone is likely getting put to sleep.
The ladies are represented in full force in the AFC Cage for “AFC 115” in another anticipated bout, this time in the strawweight division. As Katie Halley (1-0) takes on Gabby Walker (0-0) in a matchup of two rising stars. These women are 2 of the most feared athletes in all of women’s MMA in the strawweight division. With the sport of WMMA growing every day, the winner of this bout could easily find herself in Invicta or Bellator before the end of 2015.
You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 15 as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.
Victory Combat Sports returns to midtown Manhattan with three shows this Spring New York, NY
(April 10, 2014) –Victory Combat Sports, New York’s premiere martial arts promotion, was the first to host a legally sanctioned amateur MMA event in New York City. On November 21, 2014 Victory became the first to ever promote an MMA event at Madison Square Garden. That show was also the largest martial arts show in state-history, with over 4,000 fans in attendance.
The promotion has kicked off the 2015 season by announced three dates for this Spring. The first show (Victory VIII) will feature both Muay Thai and amateur Mixed Martial Arts contests and will take place on April 10, 2015 at The Hall (10 Columbus Avenue). Victory IX and Victory X are both scheduled for May of 2015.
The 2015 Finale event for the “The Road to The Garden.” is slated to return to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 20th.
According to Victory President and matchmaker Eddie Cuello “Victory fans will be treated to three title fights on this show and at least two title fights at Victory IX and X. We’re looking to crown as many worthy champs as we can and treat the fans to some of the best Muay Thai and MMA in the northeast.”
Victory CEO Kevin Lillis stated, “We’re excited to be able to produce these shows within a block of Columbus Circle. This will help give these athletes and the sport we love the exposure it deserves.”
The stacked Victory VIII card will feature three title matches- including Victory Combat Sports 105lbs Champion and USKA International Champion Gianna Smith-Cuello, coming off her win at MSG to defend her USKA 105 lb title against local fan-favorite Kit Fung. NJ Mac from Blade Fist Muay Thai is coming off winning the WKA title surviving through multiple challengers. At
Victory VIII he will square up with Canadian Amin Almelik from Warrior Muay Thai camp for the 147 lb title. Finally Welterweight Champ Robert Ovalle from Class One MMA in Brooklyn is finally recovered from his knee injury and eager to defend his title against Eric Taylor, who had an impressive performance at MSG against Bernardo Cano- the same opponent Ovalle beat to win the title in April 2014.
Also on the card, Muay Thai phenom Prairie Rugilo returns to action against hard-hitting Canadian Tiffany Cass and Codie Payne from American Top Team Whitestone takes on Jesus Morales from Mantra MMA. Signature Marketing Partners for ‘Victory VII’ include Sailor Jerry, Tullamore DEW,and In Fight Style. Tickets start at just $45 and are available at www.ticketfly.com locations, at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Victory VIP ticket packages are also available via www.VictoryCombatSports.com, along with the full fight card, fighter information, and other exciting content.
105 lb USKA Women’s Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 147 lb Victory MT Title – NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai) 170 lb Victory MMA Title – Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs
Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs
Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA)
Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT
Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs
Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs
Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone)
About Victory Combat Sports:
Victory includes partners with extensive experience in fight promotion, matchmaking, film production and directing, hospitality, branding and advertising, politics, photography, marketing, finance, and fine dining. Victory’s operations team has produced over 50 boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing and MMA events in six states (including Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington State), including events at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, Jacob Javits Center and Bally’s Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City). Layered into the group are hospitality executives that will focus on improving the guest experience with better food and beverage service, better music and lighting designs, and overall more “fan-friendly” events that make the events a lot more fun and showcase our sponsors better. Finally, the team includes an experienced production team that will provide high-quality video and audio production to allow our fans who are unable to attend the ability to remain on their couch and feel like they are sitting cage or Ring-side.