Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Legalize MMA Rally Set for December 11 in New York City


It's time once again for fans of MMA in New York to assemble for a rally. Details are still being finalized, but here are the facts thus far:

  • When: December 11, 2015 at 9:30am
  • Where: 250 Broadway, in Manhattan. This is right outside of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie's office.
The rally is scheduled to happen right before the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development's hearing on injuries in combative sports. Expect guest speakers and signs and chants and all the usual fun stuff.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Weekend of December 11 Is Going to Be Big For New York MMA


December 11 through 12 is going to be big for the New York MMA scene. While most of the MMA world will be focused on Las Vegas and the three UFCs scheduled for that week, the Big Apple will play host to another installment of the MMA World Expo, a New York Fight Exchange show, and an Assembly hearing on injuries in combative sports. Here's what you need to know about each event:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Observations From My Couch: ROC 53


(Photo courtesy of Keith Kelleher)
I did not get to watch Ring of Combat 53 from cageside, but a GoFightLive broadcast works just as well. My thoughts on the event:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ring of Combat 53 Official Results


Courtesy of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to Elijah Punzone


Top New York-based amateur fighter Elijah Punzone was in a motorcycle accident on Friday. As per Facebook, he seems to be out of danger and recovering in the hospital. The MMA Journalist sends him best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Jersey Commission to Rap About Head Injuries and Concussions


From an official press release:
TRENTON –Commissioner Larry Hazzard announced today that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board will host a Combat/Contact Sports Medicine Symposium on November 17th. The combative and contact sports communities are invited to engage with ringside physicians on the topic of Concussions and Head Injuries, and standards of care and clearance for combat and contact sports athletes wishing to return to competition post suspension for such injuries.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dana White Is Coming to ROC 53 - Who Will Impress Him?


Ring of Combat's 53rd show will go down on November 20 at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, N.J., and as always, it will provide all the usual thrills and violence. But thanks to a UFC president filming a reality TV show, this event will be special - very special.

In case you haven't heard, Dana White will be present with camera crew and discerning eye, all for the sake of "Dana White: Looking for a Fight". The premise of the show is, duh, White uncovering talent at regional shows, and in the pilot we saw superhero Sage Northcutt get discovered. Who, if anyone, will be the "Sage Northcutt" of ROC 53? Well, I have some theories...

Dead Serious 17 Poster


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Five Reasons to Care About Cage Fury Fighting Championships 52 This Weekend


Cage Fury Fighting Championships touches down in Atlantic City, N.J. for their 52nd show, and whether you're watching from the bleachers or on CBS Sports Network, you're in for a treat. A UFC vet who's been out of action since 2011 will return to begin his climb back into the spotlight, a rising star lightweight will fight for a belt, and a pair of ladies will throw down. Interested? Well, if you're still on the fence, here are five reasons why you should care about CFFC 52:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NYFE Champ Sam Watford Debuts at Bellator, Kicks Ass


New York Fight Exchange champ Sam Watford, who ruled the lightweight division with an iron fist, made his pro debut at Bellator 144 last night, and dominated all three rounds for the unanimous decision.

This marks the first time an NYFE vet has gone straight from the amateur ranks to Bellator, and Watford definitely made the most of it - and definitely made us all proud (even though he's from Connecticut).

From the Instagram of Kevin Roddy, Who Fought at Bellator Last Night


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Watch Two UCL Champs Battle It Out


New York Fight Exchange 8, which took place on September 8 in Queens, saw a ton of fights go down, but one of the most notable of the bunch was the scrap between Jerome Mickle and Jonathan Velez.

Mickle and Velez aren't just a pair of UCL vets, they were champions in the organization, so this one was compelling for that reason alone. But since graduating to the NYFE, Mickle has carved out a heck of a reputation as a slugger and a career trajectory that seems destined for bigger things. Velez, meanwhile, just likes to fight.