Grapple at the Garden Review

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NEW YORK – Though mixed martial arts is still banned in New York, that doesn’t mean its piecemeal components are.

Sunday’s Grapple at the Garden event at Madison Square Garden featured wrestling battles between well-known names in the world of MMA, as well as some of the finest wrestlers in the country at the high school and college levels.

In the main event of the afternoon affair, Olympic hopeful and New York native Kyle Dake of the U.S. took on world champion Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia. The four-time collegiate champion Dake grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period, only to see Julfalakyan score on a series of turns in the second. Dake was unable to make up the deficit and lost a decision, 6-3.

Meanwhile in the co-main, Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov of Russia went head to head against world bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Dlagnev took an early lead with a first period takedown, but Gatsalov made it close in the second. Dlagnev, from the D-II school the University of Nebraska-Kearney, ended up getting the decision (7-4).

The final match of the Team Renzo Gracie vs. Team Joe Warren collective battle was a heavyweight bout between “King” Muhammed Lawal and Rolles Gracie. Lawal, in his MSG wrestling debut, was able to score the win. .

In a 185-pound match between Darryl Christian and Gregor Gracie, it was the 27-year old Brazilian who scored one for team Renzo Gracie. Gracie won a hard-fought decision.

Bellator’s Brennan Ward, who wrestled at Johnson & Wales University, competed against Igor Gracie. It was Ward who ended up getting his arm raised, with a decision. Ward was wearing a head wrap after taking an elbow in MMA training.

Gray Maynard, who last fought in the UFC at TK, appeared against World Series of Fighting’s Ozzy Dugulubgov at 170 opined. The two went back and forth, with Maynard pushing Dugulubgov throughout. “The Bully” looked in control of the bout through the opening minute, but the Renzo Gracie wrestler Dugulubgov had his moments.

Maynard won a decision in the end (14-3).

“I love being on the mat, especially at Madison Square Garden,” Maynard said afterwards.

Also on the card, good friends (and training partners) Joe Warren and Scott Jorgensen went at it, and it was Bellator bantamweight champ Warren who got the victory. Warren defeated Jorgensen quickly, pinning him in 53 seconds. The first time that is. At the end of the Gracie-Warren matches, Jorgensen, not satisfied with his first performance, called for a rematch. Warren was only too game. Second verse was same as the first, though, as Warren was ahead of Jorgensen 11-8 when he finished him with the fall.

Unifed MMA 21 Review

December 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Matt Spisak vs. Aaron Armstrong

Round 1: Armstrog falls short with a front kick and lands a pair of leg kicks. They trade shots and Spisak works for guillotine choke against the cage. It looks tight but Armstrong survives and pulls his head out. Spisak takes the back and sinks the rear-naked choke.Spisak works hard for the finish and tries to flatten him out but Armstrong is tough. Spisak keeps squeezing and finally coaxes the tap out.

Matt Spisak submits Aaron Armstrong by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:06

Ryan Rother vs. Aaron Shymr

Round 1: Shymr ducks under a shot from Rother and presses him into the cage but Rother looks for the guillotine. Shymr finishes the takedown and gets to full guard. Shymr lands one to the body and one to the head before getting the left free and landing a few more. Rother gets the sweep and transitions to full mount. Shymr tries to sweep but gives his back and eventually gets back into the full guard of Rother. Shymr works the body and goes to the head. Shymr keeps chipping away with little shots to the head and body. Shymr finally postures up and connects with some hammer fists just prior to the end of the round. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Shymr

Round 2: Rother falls just short with a head kick and Shymr rushes him against the cage and drags him down with a single before picking him up and slamming him to the mat to guard. Rother looks for an armbar from the bottom but Shymr postures up and lands heavy shots before dropping back into the guard. Another attempted armbar allows Shymr to pass to side control briefly before Rother replaces the guard. Shymr lands solid shots and he is content to stay on top and stay busy with chipping punches. Shymr stands and Rother lands an upkick before Shymr drops a right back into the guard. Rother works hard for an armbar just prior to the end of the round but Shymr pulls out and time runs out. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Shymr

Round 3: They trade and Shymr gets another takedown against the cage and goes back to work but Rother looks for a kneebar. Shymr frees himself and moves to side control and then to north/south before settling back into the half guard where he lands more shots. Shymr works for a guillotine on his bloodied and battered opponent before letting go and moving back to side control and landing some rights. Shymr easily passes to full mount and Rother gives up his back and Shymr sinks the rear naked choke and leaves Rother no choice but to tap.

Aaron Shymr submits Ryan Rother by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 3, 2:53

Merrick Duggan vs. Corey Atkinson

Round 1: They exchange shots and Duggan gets the takedown to half guard. Duggan lands short elbows and lands a few punches. Duggan pins the arms and lands more big punches before taking the back and sinking the rear naked choke and forcing the tap.

Merrick Duggan submits Corey Atkinson by Rear-Naked Choke in Round 1, 1:32

Nick Hrabec vs. Liam McGowan

Round 1: Hrabec leaps in and they tie up before briefly hitting the mat. They pop back up and McGowan presses him into the cage and lands knees to the thigh. Hrabec reverses position and begins to knee the thighs as well. Liam separate and Hrabec lands a head kick. They clash with leg kicks and Hrabec looks for the flying knee. McGowan looks for a takedown but Hrabec pushes him to the mat and peppers the legs with kicks. Cardinal lets McGowan up and McGowan lands a solid combo followed by an inside leg kick. Hrabec lands a thunderous body kick but slips and can’t capitalize. McGowan looks for the takedown but Hrabec threatens with a triangle briefly. McGowan rides out the final 30 seconds on top. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 McGowan

Round 2: Hrabec lands a shot and follows up with a knee to the body. McGowan looks for a takedown but Hrabec stuffs it and stays on his feet. A finger finds the eye of McGowan and a pause in the action. On the restart Hrabec lands a follows up with a leg kick. McGowan rushes him with a one-two and ties him up against the cage. They break away and clash with leg kicks. McGowan pawing with jabs but can’t find the range and Hrabec lands another leg kick. McGowan finds the mark with a couple inside leg kicks. McGowan presses him into the cage but Hrabec reverses and gets some distance. McGowan lands and Hrabec responds and McGowan with a wild combo that misses the mark. McGowan lands a low kick and Hrabec drops to his knees. Hrabec is given time to recover and on the restart they trade shots. They continue to launch bombs at one another with neither man gaining a clear advantage. Hrabec with a teep to the body and McGowan lands a punch and a kick to the body. McGowan connects with a leg kick and a right just as the round concludes. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Hrabec

Round 3: They open the third with more exchanges and both men landing. McGowan gets the takedown and lands in full guard. Hrabec almost gets a triangle locked in but McGowan is too slippery and looks to pass the guard but Hrabec stays tight. Hrabec sweeps but McGowan avoids a heel hook gets to his feet before dropping into the half guard. Hrabec elbows the body and chips away with little punches and elbows. They scramble and get back to their feet where McGowan presses him into the corner. They jockey for position against the cage and separate before clashing with leg kicks. Hrabec looks to land and McGowan shoots for another takedown but can’t hold him down. Hrabec drags him to the mat and lands a few more shots as the round comes to an end. Top MMA News scores the round 10-9 Hrabec

Nick Hrabec defeats Liam McGowan by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Cam Yallits vs. Brendan Ekstrom

Round 1: Yallits head kick sails over top and he gets the big takedown to side control. Ekstrom elbows the body before Yallits passes to full mount and looks for the arm triangle. Yallits lets go and adjusts but Ekstrom gets the sweep. Yallits quickly works back to his feet and Yallits connects with a knee. Ekstrom looks for a guillotine but Yallits shakes him off and slams him to the mat. Ekstrom with a triangle attempt but Yallits escapes and moves to side control. Ekstrom works the guillotine and gets half guard but Yallits defends and pulls free. Yallits gets full mount before Ekstrom gives his back. Yallits begins to drives lefts and elbows into the face of his helpless foe.

Cam Yallits defeats Brendan Ekstrom by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 4:25

Gurjeet Bilkhu vs. Jake Poitras

Round 1: Poitras opens with the leg kick and Bilkhu responds with one of his own. Bilkhu then presses forward with a vicious assault against the cage and forces referee Kyle Cardinal to rescue Poitras from any unnecessary punishment.

Gurjeet Bilkhu defeats Jake Poitras by TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 0:22

Alyssa Krahn vs. Michelle Howse

Round 1: House rushes and Krahn gets the takedown and immediately passes to full mount. Krahn postures up and rains down punches and elbows. Krahn continues to tee off with vicious elbows and Howse can do nothing to defend and Kyle Cardinal has seen enough.

Alyssa Krahn defeats Michelle Howse by TKO (Elbows) in Round 1, 1:08

Justin Parsons vs. Jonathan Perley

Round 1: Perley with a stiff jab backs Parsons up and Parsons responds with a leg kick. Perley stuns him with a solid right and rushes him. Parsons scrambles up and Perley pursues him with a barrage of punches. Perley drops him with a left and continues to tag him. Perley lands a body shot and finishes him off with a couple vicious knees that drop Parsons to the mat and forces referee Kyle Cardinal to step in and rescue Parsons from any further damage.

Jonathan Perley defeats Justin Parsons by KO (Knees) in Round 1, 1:27

IZW Chaotic Christmas 2014 Preview

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Join the world’s fastest rising Independent professional wrestling company as IZW returns to GFL.tv on December 20 with “Chaotic Christmas”, the final 3+hour iPPV of the year!

2014 has been a year full of turmoil in IZW and “Chaotic Christmas” will be the exclamation point to finish out the tumultuous past 12 months with 3 championships on the line! Be there for every punch, kick, body slam, clothesline and more. You can bet the men and women of IZW will deliver once again in the squared circle with something you’ve never seen before.

IZW Championship: Cage Match
Johnny Z VS Jermaine Johnson VS Double D

Casket Match:
Jeff Wolfenbarger VS Aaron Neil

IZW Tag Team Championship: Ladder Match
Old School Studs VS KC Wolves

Erica VS Misty Lynn

Impact Division Championship: 4-Way Impact Rules Match
Bobby Starr VS Damien Morte VS Guy Atticus VS Drake Gallows

Irish Bare Knuckle Brawl:
Jake O’Brien VS O’Malley

Ring of Combat 50 Preview

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returns with its 50th event Friday, January 23rd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey. The card is stacked from top to bottom, with 13 bouts and seven Ring of Combat titles on the line.

Many MMA promotional companies make a dash to be the biggest promotion in the world, and die of a heart attack. Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat has found a niche in developing great but unknown talent to compete on a world class level, most notably in the UFC.

Lou as sent over 90 ROC alumni to the UFC where not only are they competing but are having successful careers in the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

“Just like in any business, its important for business owners to have faith in their brand and let their product speak for its self,” said Lou. “The Ring of Combat fighters are speaking for themselves by having great careers in the UFC and that directly reflects what we do at the Ring of Combat.”

On January 23rd, the next generation of ROC fighters are set to take center stage and show the MMA world that they are here to stay!

“Ring of Combat 50 is an important milestone for us,” said Lou. “When I first started promoting, I didn’t do it to start competing with other companies. I wanted to create a stage for young, up and coming fighters where they can compete against each other to show case their skills and here we are going on our 50th event. This is something to be proud of.”

Ring of Combat 50 spares no punches as many ROC champions are returning and many east coast fan favorites will be on hand!

The main event will see the return of east coast phenom, Frankie Perez (9-1) as he takes on Virginia’s George Sheppard (15-9) for the vacant ROC National lightweight title.

The co-main will be an explosive bantamweight matchup as undefeated Julio Arce (6-0) comes to defend his national title for the second time against his toughest challenge to date, Bellator vet, Thomas Vasquez (7-2).

The remainder of the ROC title fights are as follows (not in bout order):

-New York’s Oluwale Bamgbose (3-0) will battle Brian Booth (3-1) for the vacant ROC National Middleweight title.

-Exciting ROC National Flyweight champion, Matt Rizzo (7-2), looks to defend his title against New Jersey’s Sean Santella (13-4-1).

-Top prospect, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (2-0) meets New York’s Mike Winters (7-4) for the vacant ROC National Welterweight title.

-Brooklyn’s very own and Bellator vet, Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover (8-5) will square off against Dan Cion (4-1) for the lightweight ROC East Coast title.

-Another Bellator vet, Kenny Foster (11-8) will battle Mike Santiago (12-9) for the featherweight ROC East Coast title.

The prelim bouts will feature (not in bout order):

-Bellmore Kickboxing’s fast rising Gregor Gillespie (3-0) will meet Justin Stewart (0-0) who is making his professional debut.

-After making a successful pro debut at ROC 49, Tiger Schulmann’s Jenna Serio (1-0) returns to take on Virginia’s Allison Haynes (0-2). -Carlos Brooks (4-3) returns to the Ring of Combat cage and will meet Steve Edwards (2-1).

-Representing Ricardo Almeida BJJ, the ultra popular and undefeated Max Bohanan (2-0) will face off against dangerous Leonard Simpson (3-2).

-Chris Piriz (2-1) of the famed Serra/Longo fight team will meet undefeated Leodegario Muniz (3-0) in a battle of bantamweights.

-Another Serra/Longo fighter will enter the Ring of Combat cage as undefeated Eddie Lenoci (2-0) takes on Lashawn Alcocks (3-2).

CFFC 44 Review

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of Adam Crist & mma-insider.com

Caleb Michaels vs. Shaun Teed

WIN: Caleb Michaels

Greg Quarantello vs. James Jordan

WIN: James Jordan

Donta Wade vs. Tim Lutke

WIN: Tim Lutke by unaimous decision

Johnson Jajoute vs. Tim Kunkel

Round 1 – Kunkel opens with a striking clinic landing hard shots from the outside and beautiful dirty boxing in the clinch. The bout hits the ground and in a scramble, Jajoute gets top position looking to rain down ground and pound which Kunkel does a good job defending but gives up his back in a scramble. Jajoute spent the rest of the time peppering Kunkel to the side of the head to close the round.

Round 2 – The round starts slow with neither fighter pressing the action. Jajoute is the first go engage hurting Kunkel with a punch combination. Kunkel attempts a lazy shot, but Jajoute defends and gets dominant position on Kunkel’s back to fire away ground and pound until the referee saw enough at 1:37 of the second round.

WIN: Johnson Jajoute – TKO (1:37 second round)

Ricky Nuno vs. Troy Wittman

Round 1 – The round starts with the fighters wasting no time pumping the jab early and often. Nuno slows as Wittman keeps up with the pressure seemingly hurting Nuno with a few shots. Nuno shoots and scores the takedown but keep Wittman down long as Wittman scrambled go his feet and begins stalking Nuno again by walking him down. Wittman attempted a headkick which Nuno ducked and took Wittman down landing some ground and pound to close the round.

Round 2 – Both fighters start the round with heavy punch combinations looking to stop the other in their tracks. With neither of them landing too successfully, the action slows, as both fighters methodically start picking their striking combinations. Wittman lands a direct head kick which Nuno ate to follow up with a flush straight right, which Wittman walked through as well. Other than a single takedown attempt, it seemed both of these fighters were content with standing for the duration of the rest of the round.

Round 3 – Both fighters resume their standup endeavor both attacking with punch combinations. Wittman is taking the advantage with opening a cut above the left eye of Nuno with follow up shots hurting Nuno badly. Wittman continues to storm forward with blistering punch combinations landing at will. Nuno drops to a knee clearly out of the contest and the referee stops the bout at 1:45.

WIN: Troy Whitman – TKO (1:45 third round)

Lester Caslow vs. Justin Dalton

Round 1 – The bout starts and its all Carlow from the opening bell. He lands pin point accurate punches which puts Dalton down early. Carlow follows Dalton down with Dalton turtled up as Carlow went to work from punches to the side of the head to elbows. Dalton scrambles, but is caught in an arm in guillotine which Dalton taps to at 2:11 of the opening stanza.

WIN: Lester Caslow – Submission (2:11 in first round)

Claudio Ledesma vs. Dave Morgan

Round 1 – Ledesma being the taller fight opens the bout looking to keep Morgan at bay. Morgan is very intelligent in his timing as he easily ducks under for a takedown. Ledesma scrambles to his feet and takes over the contest with his striking combinations hurting Morgan forcing him to shoot which Ledesma easily avoids and starts with heavy ground and pound, each shot seeming to hurt Morgan with each one connecting. He then attempts the guillotine which Morgan works through, but ends up giving his back up for Ledesma to sink the Rear Naked Choke at 2:49 of the first.

WIN: Claudio Ledesma – Submission (2:49 of first round)

Stephen Regman vs. Shelby Graham

Round 1- Both fighters start the contest exchanging various kicks for some time. Regman clearly being the bigger fighter stalks Graham for a good portion of the round. Regman scores most of the successful striking in the first. Graham made attempts to counter, but Regman ended the round in control.

Round 2 – Both fighters start the round slow pawing jabs. Regman throws and lands a thudding lead leg head kick which awakens Graham to blister forward with punch combinations to bak Regman into the cage. Regman quickly gets the reversal and gets the contest to the floor, which he again controls. Regman has enough of the ground and let’s Graham stand and Regman immediately hurts Graham with his punches and drops him. Smelling blood in the water, Regman pounces on Graham viciously, but Graham weathers the storm to stay in the fight and bring on a third round.

Round 3 – Round 3: Both fighters start slow sizing up their opponent. This round was all Regman as his leg kicks dictated the pace of the round and opened Graham up for Regmans heavy striking. Regman seemingly had Graham hurt several times from his punch to knee combinations. Graham, again being the tough fighter full of heart, weathered the storm until the end. In the end Stephan Regman takes the contest via unanimous decision

WIN: Stephan Regman – Unanimous Decision

Bradley Desir vs. Jeremiah Wells

Round 1 – Both fighters start the contest sizing up their opponent with Desir’s striking looking crisp. Wells has enough of the standup and gets Desir to the floor having a clear grappling advantage landing some ground and pound and maintaining position. Desir scrambles but Wells rides him to take Desir’s back and gets the body triangle looking for submissions. Has enough and gets him to the floor to land some ground and pound and in dominant position to close the first.

Round 2- Desir starts the second round trying to keep a distance but Wells is able to get the takedown again having the clear grappling advantage landing some ground and pound and maintaining position. Desir scrambles but Wells rides him to take Desir’s back and gets the body triangle looking for submissions. At 4:35 of the second, Wells locks the rear naked choke for the win.

WIN: Jeremiah Wells – Submission (4:35 in second round)

Corey Bleaken vs. Jared Gordon

Round 1 – Both fighters waste no time throwing bombs with Gordon looking in control. The fight hits the ground with both fighters scrambling. Gordon looks for the guillotine choke which looks tight, Bleaken squirms out of to stand back up and start firing strikes of his own. He gets Gordon go the floor looking for ground and pound opportunities until the first bell sounded.

Round 2 – Gordon comes out hard again looking to secure his striking advantage. It isn’t long before the fight hits the floor with Bleaken looking for submissions, himself. The greater part of this round is spent on the floor with back and forth scrambling, as each fighter looked evenly matched in the ground trading dominant positions until the sound of the bell.

Round 3 – Both fighters continue the pace with their striking, but it’s Gordon looking to have the better/more active striking hurting Bleaken several times. Bleaken is tough working through the pressure and during a scramble is able to secure Gordon’s back for several moments to clear his head, Gordon is able to get loose as the fight stays standing with some striking combinations to close down the contest.

WIN: Jared “Flash” Gordon – Decision

Anthony Terrell vs. Brett Martinez

Round 1 – Both fighters have a brief feeling out process exchanging shots until Martinez scored takedown but can’t keep Terrell down long. They return to center of the cage with Terrell looking to get the better striking while he stalks Martinez. Martinez attempts a shot which is seen and thwarted off from Terrell. Terrell continues to stalk Martinez, but in the midst of a punch combination, Martinez ducks getting the ankle pick and getting Terrell to the ground. Terrell is able to reverse and the fighters get DJ to their feet. Martinez attempts a few more shots, but Terrell looks to have an advantage with his striking to close the round.

Round 2 – The second round starts with Terrell keeping his distance picking his shots it’s clear Martinez wants the fight on the floor as he takes another shot but is reversed by Terrell who lands on top. The fighters stand with Terrell returning to his striking ways. He throws a lead knee to Martinez’ midsection at 2:51 of the second which drops him and has him tapping out due to strikes.

WIN: Anthony Terrell – Submission (2:51 in second round)

CFFC Flyweight Title Fight: Sidemar Honorio vs. Darren Mima

Round 1 – Mima starts quickly, but it’s Honorio throwing the flashy kicks. During a heated exchange Mima scores a brief takedown but doesn’t stay there and let’s Honorio to his feet. The fight doesn’t stay standing as both fighters exchange briefly and hit the floor again. This time Honorio has the dominant position on the floor. Both fighters scramble for each others legs but Honorio secures the Achilles lock at 2:54 in the opening stanza declaring him the new CFFC Flywight champ.

WIN: Sidemar Honorio – Submission (2:54 in first round)

CFFC Featherweight Title Flight: Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra Da Silva vs. Levan Makashvili

Round 1 – Both fighters paw with their strikes to feel each other out. Bezerra starts firing his leg kicks, but Makashvili times the kicks to catch and come forward with his punches. Makashvili is able to get ahold of Bezerra’s back briefly as he attempted heavy dumps, but Bezerra is able to reverse and separate. The rest of the round continues with back and forth striking to close a very close round.

Round 2 – The second round starts with both fighters exchanging. Bezerra clearly has the more technical striking, but Makashvili is keeping up and making attempts for the takedown. In the middle of the round Bezerra attempted a kick to the body, but Makashvili times it with the catch and picks up Bezerra for the dump against the cage. Bezerra gets to his feet and the fighters resume their crisp striking exchanges. Makashvili switches levels for the takedown several times to close the round. He doesn’t keep Bezerra down long, but is scoring points.

Round 3 – Makashvili has Bezerra on the ground within 30 seconds, but again. Can’t keep him down long. Bezerra returns to his feet to get the reversal seeking his own takedown with Makashvili pressed against the cage. Both fighters scramble and get reversals on each other while landing their respective strikes. Towards the end of the round Makashvili starts getting sloppier and wider with his striking. In a takedown attempt on Bezerra, Bezerra was able to lock up a dangerous looking knee bar, but Makashvili gets out with minimal time left as he searches for the late takedowns to leave a stamping impression on the judges.

Round 4 – This round slowed the pace a tad as both fighters took their time setting up their strikes. Not much ground action with both fighters finding the standup department more fitting. Makashvilli shoots successfully once, but Bezerra bounces back to his feet quickly. Bezerra maintains his technical striking while Makasvhili Is pressuring forward throwing bombs to close the round.

Round 5 – The crowd seems to be turning pro-Makasvhili erupting in cheers after his every strike. Makasvhili is coming forward, but Bezerra is precisely counter punching. Bezerra lands a crisp straight right that looked to stagger Makashvili, but Makashvili immediately fires back with a thudding one-two combo. Sensing the end of the bout is near, both fighters start swinging for the fence to put their last efforts in for this contest. At the end of this 5 round title fight, the judges score it as a unanimous decision for the new champion, Levan Makashvili as he takes the title away from Alexandre Bezerra in their rematch.

WIN: Levan Makashvili – Unanimous Decision

OFC 23 Review

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Ohio’s rising MMA promotion returned on GFL as Ohio Fighting Championship presented “OFC 23″ from the Courtyard Columbus West in Columbus, Ohio. MMA fans, this pro/am event featured 9 stoppages in 10 fights! All of these gladiators threw down in the cage for honor, glory and fame!

In the main event, for the OFC Bantamweight Title, Vladimir Kazbekov (6-1) defeated Donny Korbel (9-7) via KO in the first round. Kazbekov began to score early with spinning back kicks and leg kicks as he closed the distance on the taller Korbel. Korbel followed up with leg kicks and punches. Korbel fired off jabs as Kazbekov connected with a looping right hand. Kazbekov landed another big right hand that dropped Korbel. Kazbekov followed up with punches on the ground and KO’d Korbel on the mat to become the new champion in dramatic fashion.

In the co-main event, Will Duffy (6-3) defeated Aaron Garrett (8-6) via unanimous decision in a heavyweight battle. Both fighters landed hard shots throughout the fight. Duffy had more in the gas tank and scored more as the fight went longer. Duffy was exhausted in the final seconds and Garrett scored with punches but it was not enough to overcome what Duffy did earlier in the fight. Earlier in the fight, Duffy got the mount and did damage, but was unable to finish Garrett.

In other action, Josh Hampton (2-0) defeated Donny Wade (0-1) via TKO in the second round. The first round was crazy as Wade got a huge takedown and after a nice scramble by Wade, Wade was able to sink in a guillotine that Wade defended. The fight went back to the fight where they continued to look to finish the fight as they winged hard punches at each other. Wade went for another takedown that Hampton stuffed and pounded away at the ribs of Wade as the round ended. Wade received a cut on his eyebrow during one of the exchanges. In the second round, Wade was exhausted and Hampton took advantage of it by scoring with knees to the body and punches to the head. Wade fell to the canvas where Hampton followed up with punches and finished the fight.

Christ Straight, Dalon Brady, James Taylor, Jake Miller and Mike Dillow all won their fights via submission. Nick Spinks and Joe Pimentel won their fights via TKO.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as OFC presents “OFC 23″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Strikers’ Cup 12 Review

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Strikezone Promotions returned to GFL.tv with “Strikers’ Cup 12”, another blockbuster show highlighting amateur Muay Thai at its best. The 8-bout card was stacked with hungry fighters looking to prove their mettle to a worldwide audience. Each fight provided plenty of action and were barnburners inside he ring.

In the main event, in for the ALL Striker Women’s Super-Featherweight Championship, Diana Zhivanaj of TSMMA defeated Kate Allen of Rami Elite via unanimous decision after four rounds. The bout was contested under Glory rules and it was nonstop action from bell to bell. Both men exchanged hard combos throughout the fight. In the later rounds, Zhivanaj used solid footwork to stay out of the way of several strikes from Allen while also firing back punches and kicks of her own that scored. Zhivanaj used an effective push kick that kept Allen at bay as Allen was a traditional Muay Thai fighter that continued to come forward looking to bang. Zhivanaj mixed up her attacks with punches to the body, hooks and kicks, and Allen responded with hard body kicks and head kicks. These women showed why they were in the main event as they were the Fight of the Night and both women delivered in the ring and fight lived up to the hype.

In the co-main event, in a Junior Heavyweight tussle, Ian Allston of Semper Fi MMA defeated Sam Rodriguez of ACMMA via unanimous decision. Allston scored with solid punches that paid dividends in the judges’ eyes. Both fighters were nonstop throughout the bout and went strike for strike the whole fight. Allston seemed to be the aggressor in most of the exchanges and was continually coming forward which probably gave him the nod in the end as both men scored with some big shots during the fight.

In other action, in a 185 lb bout, Kenny Jones of Stay Fly Muay Thai defeated Jaime Alvarez of Rami Elite via TKO in the first round. Jones used his height advantage from the opening bell, peppering Alvarez with punches before dropping him with a high kick to the head. Alvarez got back to his feet and when the fight resumed, they traded knees in the clinch before creating space and scoring with hooks, and overhand rights. Jones continued to score with knees to the midsection and then got Alvarez against the ropes and threw a flurry of punches before the ref stepped in to stop the fight. Alvarez didn’t go down, but was taking shots without responding and throwing offense of his own. Alvarez was a durable fighter, but in the end, Jones was too much on this night.

“Strikers’ Cup 12” was a smash success on GFL.tv as all the fighters came to bang. Don’t miss the blistering show on GFL.tv from Strikezone Promotions. Be sure to catch every punch and kick with this high octane event. Order now on video on demand.
About Strikezone

Strikezone MMA offers Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, MMA and Jiu-Jitsu classes. Under the direction of owner Derek Riddick, Strikezone Promotions organizes amateur Muay Thai competitions in the state of New Jersey. The facility is located at 120 East Kings Hwy, Suite 402 in Maple Shade, NJ. For more information on classes call 856-439-9663. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @strikezoneMMA.

Hard Knocks Fighting Championship 40 Review

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of GORDON ANDERSON, Calgary Sun

Clay Davidson knows how to take a punch, but he took far too many on this night.

American Rodney Wallace defeated Davidson by unanimous decision to win the main event during Hard Knocks 40 from the Century Casino in Calgary Friday night.

Wallace was dominating from start to finish. He started early with the fists and elbows and didn’t let up. A dominating performance from start to finish.

“(Davidson) was tough,” Wallace said. “Coming in here I knew he was a gamer. I knew he wouldn’t lay down for me. He’s tough, I’m tough. It was a good fight.”

The fight started with plenty of flash when Wallace went at his opponent off the opening bell. The Charlotte, N.C., native drilled his opponent with a stunning right that landed below the left eye of Davidson and sent him to the floor.

“I though I had (the win) when I hit him with (the right),” Wallace said. “He weathered the storm. A lesser man would have given up, but he hung in there.”

For the next four minutes of the opening round, Wallace was on top of Davidson and continued to land elbows and fists to the face of his bleeding challenger, who had a deep cut below his swollen eye.

The second was more of the same as Davidson spent the majority of the round on his back taking fists and elbows from Wallace.

At one point during the second, someone in the crowd yelled ‘boring’ because Davidson could do nothing but lie on his back and absorb tons of punishment.

The closest Davidson came to winning was a rear-choke hold he applied with over a minute left in the final round, but Wallace worked his way out of it. That was the Penticton, B.C., residents only response on a night he had no answers for the tough Wallace.

Wallace was clearly the more seasoned of the two with more victories (22) that Davidson has fights (17).

Wallace has also fought in the UFC.

Prior to this fight, his last battle was a loss to Kelly Anundson at Bellator 121 back in June.

Wallace improves to 22-9-1 and Davidson falls to 9-8.

The loudest fight of the night proved to be the quickest one.

Calgary native Zac Chalmers defeated Trenton Rowell just 22 seconds into the first round with a standing guillotine at Hard Knocks 40 at the Century Casino in Calgary.

Chalmers has a huge following, to say the least.

With Back in Black by AC/DC blasting through the speakers, a low ceiling for great acoustics, an entourage of at least five guys all dressed in blue jeans and red t-shirts, he entered the ring and didn’t get a chance to work up a sweat.

The two met at the middle of the ring, Rowell thrust his head in for a takedown, but Chalmers slapped a hold on the fighter from Iron Fist MMA , and it was just a question of when.

While standing up, Rowell, slowly, went to dream-land in Chalmers’ arms.

“I want to thank my friends and all those who came out to the fight,” the fighter from Smash Combat said to his huge-and-throaty followers post-fight.

The fight was originally a no-go on Thursday due to an undisclosed medical issue with Chalmers, but he managed to, somehow, pass the pre-fight medical on Friday night.

“(The fight) was cancelled and I went to the hospital,” Chalmers said.

“It was a bit of a battle , the docs made the decision (for my) safety. It was frustrating, (but) I did what I had to do to get back in there.

“I stayed up all night and passed the test. Proved I was ready to go.”

Definitely a great story for his first win as a professional fighter.

In the second women’s fight of the night, Katie Howard and Kara Kirsh fought to a majority draw.

Prior to the start of the fight, Howard paced back and forth in her corner while staring down her opponent.

It was a classic intimidation tactic from the fighter from Girls Gym in Portland.

It didn’t work.

The crucial point of the fight happened in the third round when Howard was deducted a point for a knee to the head because Kirsh had three points of contact on the ground.

In the end, that appeared to be the difference between winning and the draw it ended up being.

“That was the difference in the fight,” said Hard Knocks owner Ari Taub.

Lindsay Garbatt defeated Stephanie Essensa by unanimous decision in the first pro fight of the main card.

The two women put on the best fight of the night up to that point.

The match had all the elements of two combatants really going for it, as there was straight-up boxing, with grappling and submission attempts by both sides.

“Both of these girls are world-class fighters,” Taub said.

“That was an excellent performance by both of them. – back and forth, standing, on the ground, the crowd loved it.”

Taub went on to say he wouldn’t doubt it if both of them ended up in the UFC.

That might not sound as far-fetched as it sounds, considering current UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was fighting under the Hard Knocks brand in 2011.

Garbatt has made the switch to MMA, but prior to that, she was the WIBA super featherweight champion of the world in 2013.

Earlier this year, she was also a contender for the WBA international featherweight title.

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Olympic Champions and MMA Superstars to Wrestle in the 3rd annual Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Live on Pay-Per-View from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 21

Gray Maynard, Joe Warren, King Mo and Olympic champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov amongst the world-class competitors lined up for battle

New York, NY (December 11, 2014) – A collection of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons, including Gray Maynard, Joe

Warren and “King Mo” Lawal will join Olympic Gold Medalist and five-time world champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov of Russia, Olympic hopeful Kyle Dake of the U.S. and world champion Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia in the much-anticipated Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 21.

Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view in the USA via iN Demand, DISH, and Vubiquity and Bell TV, Shaw PPV, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and MTS in Canada for a suggested retail price of only $14.95. Viewer’s world-wide can order on-line at www.GFL.TV.

Dake will collide with Julfalakyan in the Greco-Roman rules main event of the third annual “Grapple at The Garden” event presented by MusclePharm, while Gatsalov will face off with world bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Team Joe Warren, assembled by the reigning Bellator MMA champion and consisting of half of the event’s MMA stars, will take on Team Renzo Gracie, a squad formed by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and former MMA champion.

The Team Joe Warren vs. Team Renzo Gracie matchups include Warren, an All-American at Michigan, competing at 150 pounds against Scott Jorgenson, a former collegiate star at Boise State and current UFC fighter.

A 140-pound contest will pit Olympic silver medalist and three-time NCAA champion Stephen Abas on the Renzo Gracie team against Rollie Peterkin, the former Univ. of Penn star and talented freestyler, who left Wall Street to become an MMA fighter.

Two current Olympic hopefuls will battle at 155 pounds, as Oklahoma State NCAA champion Jordan Oliver, currently ranked No. 2 on Team USA, will take on Frank Molinaro, the Penn State NCAA champion who is ranked No. 3 on Team USA.

Shawn Bunch, an All-American at Edinboro who competed on the 2009 U.S. World Team in freestyle, will take on Damacio Page at 150 pounds. Bunch competes for Bellator MMA, while Page wrestled at Cerritos College, and has competed in the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions..

Maynard, a three-time All-American at Michigan State and a current UFC star, will battle World Series of Fighting standout Ozzy Dugulubgov at 170 pounds.

Three members of the world-famous Gracie family will also take the mat. At 185 pounds, Gregor Gracie will square off with Darryl Christian, a former Greco-Roman Team USA member, University of Oregon star and MMA coach. At 190 pounds, Igor Gracie will battle Brennan Ward, a current Bellator MMA star who wrestled for Johnson and Wales. At heavyweight, Lawal, the 2005 Freestyle World Team member, Oklahoma State All-American and current Bellator star, will go up against Rolles Gracie.

All three of the Gracies competing have extensive professional MMA backgrounds coupled with tremendous success in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Coaching Team Joe Warren are Chad Ravannack (Oklahoma State) and Damion Logan (Michigan). Renzo Gracie will coach his team, along with Mario Mercado (Syracuse) and Hamid Kemanshah (New York AC).

The exciting feature and co-feature matchups will be championship matches with the new Global Wrestling Championships promotion, with prize money awarded to the participants. The Dake vs. Julfalakyan match will be for the Greco-Roman Welterweight Belt, while the Dlagnev vs. Gatsalov will be for the Freestyle International Heavyweight Belt.

Gatsalov won the Olympic gold medal in 2004 and added World titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013. His other World medals include a silver medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2014. He moved up to the heavyweight class in 2013, where he has won a World gold medal and World silver medal in back-to-back seasons. He was a 2001 Junior World champion before moving up to Senior-level success.

Dlagnev won World bronze medals in 2009 and 2014, and was fifth in the 2012 Olympic Games. He also placed fifth at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. A two-time NCAA Div. II national champion for Nebraska-Kearney, Dlagnev won a University World gold medal before moving to the Senior level and becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world.

There will be 25 college teams competing, representing NCAA Div. I, NCAA Div. II, NCAA Div. III, NJCAA junior colleges, and NCWA club programs. The currently ranked teams competing are #3 Cornell, which will face #13 Edinboro and national power Northern Iowa, #12 Lehigh (facing Edinboro and Princeton), and #23 Rutgers. All of the college dual meets will be available on www.flowrestling.org.

In addition, this event will feature the Grapple at The Garden high school tournament and the NYC Mayor’s Cup will, once again, feature the best New York City high school wrestlers from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and independent school wrestlers in each weight class as they compete for the title of “Best in the City”. Additional information about the NYC Mayor’s Cup can be found at www.facebook.com/nycmayorscup. On Saturday, December 20, the 2014-15 NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships will take place at Riverbank State Park, after which the winners and runners-up from each weight class will take on the best high school wrestlers from the Metropolitan Division.

The Metropolitan Division portion of the Grapple at The Garden high school invitational will take place on Saturday, December 20 at Clarkstown South High School and will include: Long Beach (NY), Long Branch (NJ), Clarkstown South (NY), Hasbrouck Heights (NJ), Columbia (NY), West Milford (NJ), John Glenn (NY), Colonie (NY), Eastport South Manor (NY) and Nutley (NJ).

For information and to register individuals and/or clubs for the Grapple at The Garden Elementary School and Middle School Championships please visit www.wrestlereg.com.

The event will also feature a special musical performance by rapper Kosha Dillz. Dillz, aka Rami Even-Esh, is a former Edison High School New Jersey Region 5 finalist and Rutgers Division I wrestler, who was recently announced as perform on all 40 dates of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. He has appeared in everything from the BET Hip Hop Awards w/ RZA of the Wu Tang Clan to world tours with fellow Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu. The former stand out wrestler prides himself in training at Team Hammer of Lakewood NJ in the late 90′s. Currently, he trains at Rhino Wrestling Club and Underground Strength Gym of Edison with his brother Zach Even-Esh. Besides rapping, he is a world wide inspirational speaker who frequently speaks to students and at risk youth about addiction, jails and recovery, with over 10 years substance // alcohol free.

Tickets, priced at $20, $35 and $55, are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.thegarden.com, all Ticketmaster locations and the Madison Square Garden box office.

GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN PRESENTED BY MUSCLEPHARM

Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., Sunday, December 21

7:15AM: Mats 1-8 – YOUTH TOURNAMENT FINALS

8:00AM: Mat 1– HIGHSCHOOL: MAYOR’S CUP VS. METRO

Mat 2 – LIU POST VS. MINN. ST. – MOORHEAD

Mat 3 – STONY BROOK VS. MONTCLAIR STATE

Mat 4 – SO. MAINE VS. STEVENS

Mat 5 – SUNY SULLIVAN VS. MIDDLESEX CC

Mat 6 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. DUKE

Mat 7 – MT. ST. VINCENT VS. WHEELING JESUIT

Mat 8 – HIGH SCHOOL: MAYOR’S CUP VS. METRO

10:00AM: Mat 1 – DAVIDSON VS. BUCKNELL

Mat 2 – LEHIGH VS. PRINCETON

Mat 3 – RUTGERS VS. ARMY

Mat 4 – MARYLAND VS. HOFSTRA

Mat 5 – DUKE VS. GEORGE MASON

Mat 6 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. DREXEL

Mat 7 – EDINBORO VS. CORNELL

Mat 8 – SO. MAINE VS. MUHLENBERG

12:00PM: Mat 1 – ARMY VS. PRINCETON

Mat 2 – LEHIGH VS. EDINBORO

Mat 3 – DAVIDSON VS. RUTGERS

Mat 4 – HOFSTRA VS. BUCKNELL

Mat 5 – MARYLAND VS. DUKE

Mat 6 – DREXEL VS. GEORGE MASON

Mat 7 – NORTHERN IOWA VS. CORNELL

Mat 8 – TEAM JOE WARREN VS. TEAM RENZO GRACIE

2:10PM: Mat 9 – (center) Co-Main Event: Tervel Dlagnev vs. Khadzhijurat Gatsalov (Freestyle)

Main Event: – Kyle Dake vs. Arsen Julfalakyan (Greco-Roman 75 kg/165 lbs.)

Contacts:

Dan Schoenberg, MSG (212) 465-6367 dan.schoenberg@msg.com

Larry Torres, MSG (212) 631-5178 larry.torres@msg.com

Alison Nudo, MSG (212) 465-6281 alison.nudo@msg.com

Mike Aframowitz, Witz End Communications (917) 566-8754 mikea@yourwitzend.com

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment and is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues.

These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

CE 3 Texas Battlegrounds Review

December 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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CHASM Elite Promotions presented “CE 3 Texas Battlegrounds”, an extreme amateur cage fighting experience at the Bell County Expo Center. The 6 bout card featured 5 finishes as these Texas gladiators came to throw down in the cage and they did just that! If you like KOs and submissions this is the event for you.

Christian Anderson (4-1) defeated Chris Berry (0-2) via 1st Rd Submission. These two light heavyweights went at it from the very beginning. Anderson was too much as he overpowered Berry, getting the fight to the mat and sinking in the fight ending submission before the bell. Anderson showed off strong takedowns and control on the mat and looks to be a real contender in CE in the 205 lb division.

Jeremie Oliver (2-0) defeated Brody DeForest (0-2) via first round KO. Oliver showed off heavy hands as he hit DeForest with a nice combo that dropped him to the mat and ended the fight. Oliver swung for the fences early on, but also was very technical and several of his shots got through the defense of DeForest who was also firing back strikes of his own.

Naji Vernon (1-0) defeated Ahmed Shabazz (0-1) via TKO in the third round. These two battled something fierce in the cage as they switched positions and advantages several times. Vernon continued to pound away at Shabazz on the mat, but Shabazz showed a remarkable ability to regain his composure and respond with flurries of his own. In the end, both fighters were spent and the fight was won and lost on as much as cardio conditioning has anything else because both men had thrown down with all of their might looking to finish one another. In the end, Vernon was able to mount several combos on the ground in top control and finish Shabazz in the fight of the night.

Joshua Easterly (1-4) defeated Chaz Reed (0-1) via TKO in the first round. Easterly got the first win of his career as he won via ground and pound as he put Reed on his back and was quick to follow up with strikes until the ref stopped the fight. You have to admire Eaterly for continuing to ply his trade in the unforgiving cage and get a big W against a game opponent in Reed.

CE presented another hard-hitting night of fights with “CE 3 Texas Battlegrounds” exclusively on GFL.tv on video on demand. Witness these rising stars in the Lone Star State go to battle in the cage for glory, honor and victory. Order now.

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