Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jungle Gym Shines at NYFE 4

NEW YORK


It was a good night to be a part of the Jungle Gym tribe at Saturday night's New York Fight Exchange 4 event.

Before packed house at the Amazura Nightclub in Jamaica, Queens, Jungle Gym reps Paul Grant and Daniel Rodriguez battled their hearts out against two ultra-tough fighters from the Long Island MMA team - and after three hard-fought rounds, Grant and Rodriguez came away with wins.

Friday, September 19, 2014

There's a Ridiculous Amount of Muay Thai in NYC On Tap

NEW YORK


I'm not sure when or how it happened, but at some point in recent history New York City became the nexus of all Muay Thai competition. Case in point: the ridiculous amount of Muay Thai action on tap this weekend and next. As per the poster above, there's a Friday Night Fights installment tonight at the Broad Street Ballroom, which is down in the labyrinthine neighborhood of Wall Street.

Bouts to Watch at Ring of Combat 49 Tonight

NEW JERSEY


Yes, there is a Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ, tonight. No, I am not going (stupid parole officer won't give me permission to leave the state...). But that doesn't mean there aren't some very intriguing bouts that you and I should care about - there are. And here they are!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The View From Upstate, Part 2 - Forrest Hobbick Has Seen Some Shit

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Forrest Hobbick, that man deserves a huge amount of praise for what we were able to accomplish. We really had a great infrastructure. Not only were we having independent regulation, but he made sure the majority of officials were never from that region so there were no hometown decisions. We really were able to put together the troops! There were inspectors in the locker rooms, full compliance, everybody wearing independent gear to show they were independent regulators… honestly, I’m very proud of what we do all over the world, but I’m extraordinarily proud of what we accomplished in short period of time in a state that was rogue. I would put our regulations of events right there with the most experienced commissions.” – Cory Schafer, President of the International Sport Karate Association
2012 was a pivotal year for MMA in New York, as it was the year the Attorney General finally acknowledged that the law banning pro iterations of the sport didn’t apply to amateur versions. What followed was an explosion of events – some well-run with all the safety precautions taken, some not so much. For Upstate New York, the common denominator for the former was invariably third-party sanctioning handled by the ISKA. And at such events, that meant Forrest Hobbick was present behind the scenes, dotting every “i” and crossing every “t”.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Check Out These Pics From the Last MMA Platinum Gloves

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Ace photog Joe LoBianco was on hand for the recent MMA Platinum Gloves, so thanks to him we can see some pretty thrilling glimpses of the action that went down. Click here to go to his site and see them in all their glory.

Are You Ready for Another Aggressive Combat Championship Installment?

NEW YORK


Saturday's NYFE event may be the next big MMA show on tap for New York City, but exactly one week after that is latest installment of Aggressive Combat Championship. Slated for the York College Arena in Jamaica, Queens, ACC 8 promises to provide all the beatdowns and battles we've come to expect from the promotion, plus the following:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Four Very Good Reasons to Care About NYFE 4 This Saturday

NEW YORK


The New York Fight Exchange returns to the Amazura Nightclub in Jamaica, Queens, on Saturday night, and as usual it promises to be the nexus of where fighters repping top local MMA gyms and thrilling action meet. But maybe that enticement is a little too abstract for you and you need something more concrete - yes? Well, here are four very good reasons why you should care about this weekend's NYFE event:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Don't Mess With This Vegan From NYC

NEW YORK


New York City-based fighter Omowale Adewale is an ardent vegan who eschews meat and eats things like tofurkey pizza and pumpkin seed stirfry. He also kicks ass in the cage, as evidenced by his recent trip up to Albany to fight for the Cage Wars promotion. Watch the video below to see him in action.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Listen to Me on the Badlands Combat Sport Radio Show

AWESOME


Yours truly appeared on the Badlands Combat Sports Radio Show this week to talk about all things mixed martial arts. Give it a listen below.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More on That MMA Show at MSG

NEW YORK


From VictoryCombatSports' Facebook:
Details are finally confirmed so we can announce this: Victorycombatsports and the WKA will be making history once again and throwing the first ever MMA event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Nov 21! Will be a mixed MMA and Muay Thai card, with all matches held in a ring (similar to the old-school Pride days). Sorry for the long break (waiting for this was the reason why)- we promise we'll make it worth the wait!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rumor: There Will Be MMA at Madison Square Garden in November

NEW YORK


This is just a rumor at this stage, but the talk around the office water cooler is that there will be amateur MMA at Madison Square Garden on November 21. It will be a mixed card with Muay Thai bouts featured as well, but heck, MMA at the Garden? That's all kinds of awesome.

More to come as this story develops.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Champ Was Crowned at MMA Platinum Gloves This Weekend

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No, I did not venture out to Long Island for this, but one noted New York City fighter named Rich Pabon did. As usual, Pabon put forth an exciting battle. Ultimately, though, the victory - and the promotion's bantamweight belt - went to opponent Danny Ochart.

Watch the video of the fight and be entertained.