Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pat Curran: "New York is Nice"


Yesterday was Bellator MMA's media day, which was held at a Dave and Busters in Times Square, and on the menu for reporters to interview were the likes of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Tito Ortiz, King Mo, Will Brooks and Michael Chandler. 

I got to speak to all of them, but here's me talking to champ Pat Curran - a Chicago native who thinks New York is "nice". Nice? Dude...

Throwback Thursday: IFL - 4.4.08


Once upon a time that was a promotion called the International Fight League. It sucked. But it did give us some pretty good fights, a few of which occurred when the traveling organization visited New Jersey.

Here's a look back at the IFL's April 4, 2008 show - an event that featured the likes of local fighters Jim Miller, Jamal Patterson, Brendan Barrett and Carmelo Marrero.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kung Fu Challenge Matches Are Alive and Well and Awesome


Amazingly, it's the year 2014 and we still have kung fu challenge matches going on in New York City. The video below is one such fight, which occurred very recently and came about because one instructor was badmouthing another and... well, I'll let you read Novell Bell's own words on the matter, since he was one of the combatants.

Tito Ortiz on New York's MMA Ban


Scenes From a Bellator Media Day in NYC - Part 1


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aggressive Combat Championship 8 Poster


An Interesting Tidbit About the Last UCL


UCL matchmaker Rage Rivas was on the panel discussion for amateur MMA in New York at the MMA World Expo this past weekend, and he told me that the only way they could get people to agree to fight is if they all got their blood screening done.

Screening for HIV and Hepatitis at an unabashed underground show. That, my friends, is called progress.

Another Muay Thai Bout From Friday Night Fights


We're now in the midst of the New York City midsummer combative sport doldrums, and to get through this lull, we need to celebrate some of the great battles that have come before. And hey, here's Friday Night Fights with another video - hooray!

The next FNF is slated for September 19. BattleRock has yet to announce a date for their third show, so it could be that September's FNF installment will be the next time there's live Muay Thai fights in New York City.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Watch Tom DeBlass Defeat Renato "Babalu" Sobral


The MMA World Expo this past weekend had something for everybody - including a grappling superfight between retired MMA legend Renato "Babalu" Sobral and New Jersey king of combative sports Tom DeBlass.

What's especially cool about this match is that DeBlass will be fighting King Mo at the next Bellator installment - and Bellator was fine with him doing the match!

More Fights From Saturday's Fighters Source Show


It's going to be at least four week until New York City gets another taste of live MMA action, so let's savor what we got on Saturday night - courtesy of the Fighters Source show at the Javits Center - and revisit some of the beatings and beatdowns.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MMA World Expo: Some Brazilian Doing a Seminar


Crushing KOs and Sudden Subs at the Fighters Source Finals


What happens when you put a bunch of amateur fighters in the cage at the Javits Center, fighters from all over the country who previously fought and won just to earn their spot on that New York City card? You get the Fighters Source 2014 tournament finals, which saw a slew of top-notch competitors shine, and punch their tickets to a trip to the UK and a bout against an elite amateur there.

Sadly, no New York City-based fighters made the cut for that trip across the pond. But in the case of Stuart Gordon, at least he fell to an ultra-promising scrapper from Syracuse. That fighter was Josh Mayville, and based on what we've seen of him thus far, it would be smart to remember his name.

Twenty-one seconds was all Mayville needed, and he would've held the record for the fastest finish of the night if not for the quick and accurate fists of Angela Hancock. Hancock caught opponent Suzie Wyatt-Walters moving forward with her guard down, and fed her a right that put her away in just eight seconds.

A battle between reps from Colorado and Florida took a bit longer, with Adam Martinez and Will Calhoun beating each other silly in an affair that was pretty back-and-forth until a finish materialized near the end of Round 2.

Meanwhile, with scores of cheering supporters (and what appeared to be his mother, crying tears of pride), Tom Farrel waged a short but furious war against Californian Mike Jenkins. For all of 51 seconds this one was a seesaw, but it ended via armbar - and Farrel tapping out.

It may have been short on local fighters, but Saturday night's Fighters Source finals showcased some seriously high-level amateur talent from across the country. While much of the MMA world was home watching a UFC on FOX, those of us who came to Manhattan to sit around a cage set up in a cavernous convention hall were witness to a solid evening of fights.

Full results:
  • Joseph Goyette def. Corey Simmons via TKO (Punches) at 1:43, R2
  • Chris Francis def. Jesse Henderson via Unanimous Decision
  • Adam Martinez def. Will Calhoun via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:30, R2
  • Josh Mayville def. Stuart Gordon via KO (Punches) at :21, R1
  • Mason Fowler def. Ray Ceballos via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:05, R3
  • Mike Jenkins def. Tom Farrel via Submission (Armbar) :51, R1
  • Brandon Hester def. Justin Vargas via Unanimous Decision
  • Angela Hancock def. Suzie Wyatt-Walters via KO (Punch) at :08, R1
  • Fernanda Araujo def. Danielle Gallagher via TKO (Punches) at 2:20, R1