Dead Serious 12 Preview

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Hard hitting MMA action returns as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” on October 4 from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship is planning to blow the roof off with a mega card and multiple title fights. Be there for every punch, kicks and submission.

Eric Jones (3-0) battles Anthony Genovese (4-2). Jones is an undefeated fighter who loves to grind his opponents down over the course of a full fight. Jones also has an underrated grappling game and can finishing the fight on the ground with a submission. Genovese has won 4 of his last 5 fights and looks to put the first L in the lost column of Jones. Genovese has twice the fights of Jones and will bring an experience advantage into the cage. Look for Genovese to try and land shots from the outside to set up his takedowns. Genovese has a strong clinch game and can land shots or get a takedown from the position. Don’t blink when these two lock horns in the cage.

The Dead Serious Featherweight Title is on the line when Champion Jack Cordero (5-4) takes on Nestor Negroni, Jr (4-1-1). Cordero is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to defend his title for the first time. Negroni is a wrestling specialist and has solid submissions, especially from the top. Negroni also has solid cardio to go full speed for a whole fight. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line.

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on October 4 as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” exclusively at GFL.tv.

HK 38 Preview

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Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38”, on October 3 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Canada. Hard Knocks Fighting is the fastest growing promotion in Canada with shows in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Regina, Estevan, Prince Albert, and expanding quickly to new cities. The action packed 11 bout pro/am card will feature many of the established and top up and coming superstars of the Great White North.

In the main event, for the HKFC Lightweight Championship, Ryan Dickson (9-2) takes on Dave Mazany (11-4-1). Dickson is a relentless wrestler and will also stand in the pocket and bang. His grappling is top notch and he has dispatched several of his opponents via submission. In fact, 8 of his 9 wins have come via tapout. Dickson is feared in the region for his ability to push the pace and make his opponent fight at a speed they are not accustomed to. Mazany goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on June 13.   Mazany has KO power in both hands and fights out of one of the best gyms in the world, with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Be ready for a shootout in this title fight.

In the co-main event, in the welterweight division, Ryan Machan (22-9) fights CJ Marsh (7-6). Machan is a veteran to the Canadian MMA scene having fought since 2006. Machan is on a 4-fight win streak and holds a title with another organization. Machan has only gone to a decision 3 times in his career and is an extremely fast starter ending the majority of his fights in the first and second rounds. Marsh fights with a high risk-high reward fighting style and you never know what he is going to do next which makes him a tough draw for anyone.

Other matchups include: Justin Schmit VS Adam SmithandCraig Shintani VS Mike O’Neill.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38” on October 3 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.

NAAFS Rock N Rumble 8 Preview

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The North American Allied Fight Series will return to Canton, Ohio this October 4th with yet another loaded professional fight card. This will be the promotions fifth event in the Hall of Fame city which also serves as NAAFS home base. “As most NAAFS fans know, I was born and raised in Canton which is regarded as a tough, gritty, blue collar city that loves its sports,” stated NAAFS CEO and Canton native Greg Kalikas. “We usually try to load up these cards when we come to Canton and deliver the most exciting event possible which I believe we will deliver once again. The Civic Center is one of the best arena’s we visit and it should be rocking come October 4th!”

This particular event “Rock N Rumble” will be the leagues eighth annual installment and will feature musical guest Mike Owens performing live during intermission but make no mistake about it, it’s the loaded fight card fans will be in attendance to see this fall. The main event features a rescheduled super fight between former NAAFS champion Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-7) and current champion Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (13-7) who will put his featherweight title on the line. With both fighters having already tasted NAAFS gold, a win on October 4th could propel one of these warriors right back into prominence on a global scale. Regardless of the outcome, this is one fight local fans have been waiting to witness for nearly seven years when both of these fighters were tearing up the NAAFS amateur circuit.

The nights co-main event will be for the prized NAAFS bantamweight crown when former featherweight contender Antonio Castillo Jr. (8-4), drops to 135 lbs to face current champion Bryan Goldsby (18-14). Goldsby has won four of his last five including capturing the NAAFS bantamweight title back in March of 2013 in Canton. Meanwhile Castillo has reeled off four straight wins and six out of seven with his lone loss coming during his title fight with current champ Caraballo. This is another fight with perhaps a bigger prize at the end of the rainbow besides the coveted NAAFS belt.

Rock N Rumble 8 will see the return of Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (4-0) to the NAAFS cage when he takes on the always dangerous Charles Stanford (5-2). Garbrandt has gotten off to a 4-0 start to his pro career under the tutelage of team Alpha Male head coach and former world Champion Urijah Faber who will be in Garbrandts corner in Canton. Many insiders speculate that Garbrandt could be one big win away from a shot with the UFC or another major organization. Stanford will look to steal Grabrandt’s thunder to make his own name on October 4th and has good reason to be optimistic. Stanford has won four of his last five fights with his only loss a decision to perhaps the country’s top bantamweight prospect at that time in Isaiah Chapman. Chapman has since gone on to sign with the World Series of Fighting while Stanford sees this as his chance to put his stamp on the bantamweight division and place his name among the sports elite prospects.

The pro card will also feature a heavyweight collision between NAAFS veterans in former HW champ Big John Hawk (9-5) and former #1 contender Bobby Brents (14-4). This could be a title fight in most situations and the winner may find himself in that position after this crucial NAAFS bout. Both fighters are known for their aggressive styles and great chins which make this a fight no true fight fan will want to miss.

West Virginia’s “Wild Wild” Wes Hanson (3-0), perhaps the Midwest’s top young featherweight prospect, returns to Ohio looking for his fourth straight win to kick off his professional career. Hanson will face Canada’s Matt DiMarcantonio (5-4) who makes his NAAFS debut and looks for career win number six as a pro.

Jeff Hughes (0-0) makes his professional debut against Devon Wilson while RJ Buck (1-0) looks to go 2-0 as a pro coming while posting an impressive 12-4 record as an amateur.

Sparta Combat League Fall Brawl Review

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Main event: Brian Maronek vs. Brian Camozzi in a 170 lb. professional fight. The fighters immediately traded hard and fast strikes and a counter punch by Camozzi dropped Maronek. Camozzi followed him to the mat and Maronek tried for multiple submissions before Camozzi let him stand. On their feet there was again several back and forth exchanges until Camozzi dropped Maronek to give Camozzi the KO win at 1:18 of round one

Sam Fernandez vs. Randy Rowland in a 150 lb. fight. The fighters came out and traded crisp combinations with both mixing power strikes both in and out of the clinch. Each fighter was able to rock the other and in the end it was Rowland that dropped Fernandez and with 1-2 follow-up GNP strikes Rowand got the TKO win at 2:06 of round one.

Charles Summers vs. Anthony Adams in a 170 lb. fight. The fighters traded strikes then clinched and SUmmers landed a knee to the groin. On the restart the fighters again traded technical strikes until Adams took it to the mat. On the ground Adams controlled position and worked GNP then a reverse triangle choke that was defended until the bell ended the round. Round two went to the mat after Adams initiated the clinch and on the ground he controlled positon and scored with GNP until the referee stopped giving Adams the TKO victory at 1:58 of round two.

Max Madorsky vs. Mike Vandemark in a 150 lb. fight. MAdorski landed early strikes that stunned Vandemark. Vandemark clinched and tried for a takedown but as the fighters hit their knees Madorsky secured head control, stood and closed off the standing guillotine for the submission victory with the tapout coming at :43 of round one.

Josh Duran vs. Nate Roberts in a 205 lb. fight. The fighters immediately engaged in a hard and fast flurry of strikes until Roberts scored a takedown. On the mat Roberts took top control to flurry with GNP until he landed an accidental, illegal punch to the back of the head. On the restart the fighters again flurried and Roberts took it to the mat. The fighters scrambled back to standing and Duran scored with a combination that hurt Roberts and the follow up flurry got Duran the TKO win at 2:24 of round one.

Eddie Griffin vs. Adam Vigil in a 160 lb. fight. The fighters touched gloves and immediately Vigil flurried with punches to knock down Giffin. On the mat Vigil followed with strong GNP to get the TKO win at :20 of round one.

WFC 28 Review

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Hard hitting MMA and Muay Thai action returned as WFC presented “WFC 28″ from the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. WFC events are premier MMA shows, promoted across the United States as a proving ground for tomorrow’s future stars and established veterans looking to mix it up. This huge card featured several up and coming fighters from the region along with multiple title fights.

In the main event, for the vacant WFC Middleweight Title, Byron Cragg (4-0) defeated Jumoke Hunter (0-1) via triangle choke in the third round. In the first round, it was all striking with Cragg scoring with leg kicks and knees while Hunter managed to bust open Cragg on the forehead with an overhand right. The cut turned into a swollen knot but Cragg showed no signs of it interfering with his fight. Round two was more of the same as he used his reach advantage to continue to score with leg kicks and strikes from the outside. Hunter answered with left-right combos with his fists as he was able to find his mark. Hunter got a takedown in the corner and worked from inside of Cragg’s guard in the corner of the ring until the bell sounded. In the third round, Cragg scored with a right hand that wobbled Hunter and they both went down to the ground where Cragg isolated an arm of Hunter then moved to a triangle choke and got the tapout and with it, the title.

In the co-main event, for the WFC 147 lb Muay Thai Title, John Cabrido (7-2) defeated Willy Wipple (8-5) via unanimous decision after 5 tough rounds to win the title. Cabrido used an aggressive style to dictate the pace, particularly as the fight wore on, and score with punches to the body as well as leg kicks that found their mark. Wipple fired back with hooks and uppercuts, but the volume striking of Cabrido was too much to overcome as he would throw combo after combo. Cabrido damaged the leg of Wipple and it was evident that those strikes took their toll and wore down Whipple and made him an easy target for some of Cabrido’s punches and kicks in the championship rounds.

The WFC Featherweight Championship was up for grabs when Champion Hernan Avila (8-1) defeated Jeremy Caudillo (7-4) via TKO in the first round to retain his title. Avila scored two big leg kicks in the early going then followed up with a nice hook to the jaw. Avila got a takedown, ended up in mount and began to unload with punches. The ref stepped in to stop the fight as Avila defended his title in impressive fashion against a tough challenger.

MMA and Muay Thai on GFL delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action on video on demand as WFC presents “WFC 28″ exclusively at GFL.tv.

Unified MMA 20 Review

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Unified MMA returns on GFL with “Unified MMA 20″ from the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This 8-bout card featured 5 finishes and 2 title fights!

In the main event, for the Unified MMA Heavyweight Title, Tanner Boser (6-0) defeated Jordan Tracey (3-3) via TKO in the third round to win the title. This fight had the fans on their feet the entire time. Boser used solid wrestling and grappling on the ground to wear Tracey out, round after round. Boser’s top game was strong and once he got to side control or mount it was one-sided. Tracey worked in Boser’s guard in the first round and that was his best opportunity to do damage as he scored with some ground and pound. Over the next two rounds Boser showed off his wrestling control almost to perfection. In the third, Boser kept up the pace while Tracey was exhausted. Boser landed dozens of punches on top and finally moved to mount where he scored with hammer fist after hammer fist. Boser then threw several hard elbows between the defense of Tracey that found their mark and followed up with more hammer fists as the ref stopped the fight. Both men were exhausted from their effort and Boser showed why he is the #1 heavyweight in Unified MMA and remains unbeaten. Even in defeat, Tracey showed a ton of heart in not giving up when most would have.

In the co-main event, for the Unified MMA Featherweight Championship, Parwez Ghulam (5-1) defeated Bellator and WSOF vet Behrang Yousefi (6-5) via armbar in the first round to win the title. After a brief feeling out process, Ghulam clipped Yousefi with a short left that dropped him. Ghulam followed up on the mat with punches before moving to mount and securing the armbar. Ghulam showed off an impressive submission game as he took the arm of Yousefi with no trouble and finished the fight with a damaging armbar.

In other action, WSOF vet Mark Drummond (6-2) defeated Jarid Bussemakers (4-3) via unanimous decision after a tough fight in a battle of huge welterweights. Drummond won the fight with his wrestling as he had Bussemakers on his back for the majority of the fight. Drummond did damage from inside the guard of Bussemakers, but more than anything he controlled the tempo and pace of the fight as he scored takedowns when he needed to and worked from top control.

Mike Scarcello had a quick night as he defeated Leo Constant via TKO in the first round. Gurjeet Bilkhu also had a first round TKO victory after stopping Robert Jaggard.   Aaron Bosiak defeated Shadey Yellowbird via TKO in the second.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring some of the top regional mixed martial arts talents from around Canada. Watch all of the fights anytime on video on demand (VOD) and own it for life as Unified MMA presents “Unified MMA 20″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv!

Triple A MMA IX Rock Solid Review

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Andrew Vasquez vs. Hosay Batts – 158 lbs. Catchweight

R1 – Batts lands a big punch follows to the ground an finishes with a few morre hammer fists.

Result- Hosay Batts by TKO (punches) 0:55 R1

Josh Morales vs. Marcus Leyva – Featherweight

R1- A fast pace. Leyva tried to make it a brawl , Morales answered back with a take down countered by a Leyva guillotine choke that led to a standing restart. Leyva tagged by a punch an scores a takedown ends the round on top had a stong head an arm choke.

RR2-Leyva with a big right knocks down Morales after getting a stall an restart Morales then cimes back hurt s Leyva. Leyva backsto the cage and 2 punches more land and Leyva is down an out!

Result- Josh Morales by KO ( punches) 1:50 R2

Dennis Garcia vs. Daniel Sandoval – 175 lbs. Catchweight

R1- Garcia throw down Sandoval took the bsck, sunk in the hooks an got the choke for the tap.

Result- Dennis Garcia by submission ( rear naked choke ) 0:40 R1

Jagger Kaber vs. Prudencio Hurbina â?? 175 lbs. Catchweight

R1 – Jagger Kaber scores takedown an Hurbina gives up the back after a few defended chokes Kaber works for an g et the finishes with strikes. From the back mount.

Result- Jagger Kaber by TKO ( punches ) 2:44 R1

Henry Barahona vs. Brandon Trujillo (14) – 149 lbs. Catchweight

R1- Guns blazing and Trujillo is gret the better of the striking, Barahona clinches gets the fight to the fence and gets it to the ground.

R2- Trujillo scores takedown in scramble finds himself in a backwards triangle. Trujillo escapes to half guard, Barahona in the get up takes tthe back, Trujillo spins to his back, Barahona goes for the armbar, Trujillo escapes an ends the round on top dropping hammer fists

R3- Both fighters are tired a lazy front kick from Barahona, Trujillo scores a takedown and Barahona locks in a triangle choke, switches to an armbar, Trujillo escapes. Barahona scores takedown, Trujillo scores his own and takes the back. Barahona slips a choke pushes Trujillo down andngets the mount to close out the round.

Result- Henry Barahona by (30-27, 30-27, 30-27 ) unanimous decision

Rudy Kennedy (1-1) vs. Joseph Veloz (0-1) – Flyweight

R1 -Veloz pressures low knee. They restart Veloz lands 2 to the chin, scores the takedown, from guard Kennedy throws up his legs rapes the arm an gets the verbal tap.

Result- Rudy Kennedy by submission ( armbar ) 3:18, R1

Joel Whitney (0-1) vs. Isaac Barnes (0-0) – Featherweight

R1- Big swing an miss from Barnesm Whitney scores takedown to mount Barnes bucks around gives his back stands an Whitney sinks in the choke for the tap.

Result- Joel Whitney by submission ( rear naked choke ) 1:20 R1

Russell Wilson (2-3) vs. Jonathan Lopez (4-5) – 14lbs. Catchweight

R1 – Wilson comes out letting the hands go and then shoots in for a takedown, Lopez counters with a guillotine choke. They scramble Wilson relentless on th e take down against the cage pulls Lopez away from the cage takes the back. Lopez fight off the rear naked. Lopez gets out an moves to mount. Wilson with power stands closes the distance an scores another takedown, Lopez gives his back turtles up receives a few hard knees and then Wilson jumps around to the front pulls down on the choke, Lopez tries to roll through but is forced to tap.

Result- Russell Wilson by submission (guillotine choke ) 4:56 R1

Natalie Roy (2-0) vs. Nohime Dennison (1-1) – 120 lbs Catchweight

R1- feeling out on the feet, Dennison shots in an scores the takedown. Roy puts feet on hips pushes Roy is back standing. Dennison beating up the left leg with kicks.

R2- Dennison lands leg kick, Roy fires back punches, Roy in for the takedown Roy defends, Dennison drives through the roll and Roy lands on top. Dennison kicks Roy off. Dennison lands with the leg kicks, Roy is pushing forward with punches, Dennison clinches fires knees and keeps beating up the left leg.

R3- Roy gets on the the inside lands 3 punches, Dennison circles away and again lands a leg kick. Sharp jab from Roy low then high kicks from Dennison. Roy comes forward knees Dennison against the cage. Roy with a straight right, Dennison doubles on the leg kick. They clinch an exchange punches. Two front kicks from Dennison and a spinning back fist.

Result- Nohime Dennison by ( 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) unanimous decision

Defiant FC 2 Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned to GFL as “Defiant Fighting Championship 2″ brought down the house at the Grand Texan in Midland, Texas. The card was filled with a who’s who of amateur MMA fighters from the region all looking to gain valuable experience and take that next step up the ladder in their MMA career.

In the main event, for the Defiant Lightweight Championship, Taylor Reynolds (3-0) defeated ElRay Dockins (2-2) via rear naked choke in the first round. Reynolds got a takedown immediately and gained top control. Reynolds went for punches while Dockins tried to catch him in an armbar. Reynolds transitioned to the back of Dockins and sunk in the choke quickly after.

In the co-main event, in a submission only gi match, JP Fernandez defeated Alston Riggins via Ezekiel choke in the first round. Fernandez got a takedown and stayed on top the whole fight. Because they were wearing gis, it made it easier for Fernandez to grab his lapel and sink down on the choke. Fernandez was originally scheduled to compete in MMA in the event, but his fight fell through so it was good to see him be able to compete in some fashion.

For the Defiant FC Flyweight Title, Jarrod “Captain Caveman” Trotter (2-1) defeated Chris Arreaga (0-1) via decision. In the first round, both men grappled in the clinch looking to toss the other one to the ground. With less than a minute left, they hit the mat and Trotter had the back of Arreaga. In the second, Trotter got a takedown and moved to mount where he controlled the action. In the final round, Trotter again got the fight to the mat where Arreaga was stuck on his back for most of the round. Trotter scored with some punches and also took the back of Arreaga but was unable to get the RNC. It was a dominant win for Trotter who controlled the cage with his wrestling.

Texas MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action, anytime on VOD as “Defiant Fighting Championship 2″ throws down the gauntlet in the Lone Star State exclusively at GFL.tv.

Premier Fighting Championship 17 Review

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Premier Fighting Championship debuted on GFL.tv from The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, with another hard-hitting event as “Premier Fighting Championship 17″ lived up to all of the hype and then some. PFC is the #1 MMA organization in Massachusetts featuring the rising stars and blue chip prospects from the region. 14 bouts took place pitting some of the Northeast’s finest against one another in front of a highly charged crowd.

In the main event, Dirlei Broenstrup (10-3) defeated Shedrick Goodridge (6-8) via unanimous decision. The first round was fairly even as both men worked from the clinch and tried to outmuscle one another. Goodridge seemed like he wanted distance to strike but Broenstrup was intent on closing the distance. At the end of the round, Broenstrup got a takedown and even got the back of Goodridge going for a choke. The second round was more of the same as Broenstrup spent a lot of time in top control on the ground and got the back of Goodridge as the round ended. In the final round, Broenstrup did more of the same as he smothered Goodridge on the ground and landed some shots while on the back of Goodridge. Broenstrup beat a tough veteran in Goodridge and looks to continue to climb the ladder in PFC.

In the co-main event, Jessica Miele defeated Cassie Crisano via armbar in the second round. The first round was mostly fought in the clinch with each fighter looking to take the other one down. Miele showed off a solid wrestling and ground game the whole fight as she negated the shots of Crisano for the most part. Miele was strong in the clinch as she landed knees against the cage. Crisano got a takedown midway through the second round and scored with some ground and pound from the top, but Miele remained calm on the bottom and worked her guard so that she snatched an arm when Crisano went to throw a punch. Miele secured the armbar and rolled to her belly where she hyperextend the arm of Crisano and forced the tapout a second before the round ended.

TJ Sumler (5-4) won a decision over Ralph Johnson (8-13). Sumler controlled the fight with his takedowns, wrestling and control on the mat. Johnson wanted to strike but Sumler forced Johnson to fight on the ground with solid takedowns. Once Sumler got a takedown, that’s where the fight stayed for the whole round as Johnson was stuck on the bottom.

Andrew Chirico and Yelson Berdugo both won their fights via TKO as they showed off pinpoint accuracy and power.

Premier Fighting Championship debuted with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “Premier Fighting Championship 17″ anytime at GFL.tv and own it forever.

BattleGrounds O.N.E. Preview

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TULSA, OK (Sept. 16, 2014) – Submission ace Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (27-10) and red-hot finisher Joe Ray (11-3) have entered the highly-anticipated BattleGrounds MMA one-night, eight-man, welterweight (170 pounds) tournament that will award its winner a grand prize of $50,000, live on pay-per-view from BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, October 3.

Taylor and Ray will replace Dennis Hallman and Chris Honeycutt, respectively.

“We are thrilled to bring two more highly accomplished competitors like Jesse and Joe into the tournament fold, and are excited by the increased number of potential outcomes that their addition creates for this incredible, one-night event,” said BattleGrounds MMA President and Olympic wrestling gold medalist, Kenny Monday.

A veteran of a number of the world’s current and former top-tier fight promotions, including the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and World Series of Fighting, the 6-foot-1, 31-year-old Taylor honed his foundation in wrestling, becoming a two-time Junior College All-American and, later, a standout competitor for NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton.

Between August 2012 and December 2013, Taylor ran to seven consecutive victories, defeating standouts Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove and Elvis Mutapcic along the way. Taylor also boasts finishes of superstars Denis Kang and Murilo Bustamante.

One of the hottest prospects in MMA, the 5-foot-11, 29-year-old Ray has earned all of his victories to date by (T)KO (7) and submission (4), and enters the BattleGrounds MMA cage on a six-fight winning streak that began nearly three years ago with a first round (1:48) TKO (punches) of Levi LaLonde. In his last start, Ray pulled off an impressive submission of Muay Thai champion Ole Laursen with a guillotine choke in the third round of battle.

Ray relocated from Sarasota, Fla. to Miami in 2007 and began his training in martial arts shortly after the move. In a relatively short time, he has built a powerful foundation in the striking art of Muay Thai, splitting his training camps between American Top Team in South Florida and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. In addition to his stellar MMA record, Ray owns a 6-1 record in professional Muay Thai and kickboxing competition.

Taylor and Ray join a tournament field comprised of elite competition in submission wizard Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.; hard-hitting brawler Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protege David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (16-9) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Trey “That Just Happened?” Houston (11-2) of Bixby, Okla.

BattleGrounds MMA ‘O.N.E.’ will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Avail-TVN in the United States and Bell TV and SHAW PPV in Canada. A pre-show will begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and recently retired UFC superstar Chael Sonnen will call the action live from cageside. Additional bouts for the telecast as well as a preliminary bout card will also be announced soon.

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