Monday, August 18, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Wednesday's MMAMadhouse Radio Show Is a Must-Listen


Until recently, Forrest Hobbick was the ISKA's point man when it came to sanctioning amateur MMA events in New York. Well, on Wednesday night at 10pm EST, he'll be on MMAMadhouse's radio show, and he promises to dish on all the shady things he's seen at the various events that go on willy-nilly in Upstate New York.

Since my area of operations is pretty much New York City and Long Island (i.e., downstate), I will most certainly be listening (I even plan on calling in). There are a ton of events going on north of NYC with little to no regulation, events where the promoters have actually banned media from attending because they don't want their shadiness to be made public, so Forrest's insight will be invaluable.

The MUSU Challenge Approaches


Guys, there are people literally training on rooftops in Harlem in preparation for the next Manup Standup Challenge, which will be held on Saturday, August 30 at a venue out in Queens. CAN YOU DIG IT?

New York Fight Exchange 4 Poster


Friday, August 15, 2014

Cage Fury Fighting Championship 36 Behind-the-Scenes Video


With the news that New Jersey-based promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championship has had yet another champion called up to the UFC, it is impossible to ignore that they're producing a great product that provides a viable platform for top local talent. So let's take a quick behind-the-scenes look at one of their recent shows - CFFC 36 - and see how the figurative sausage gets made.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Asylum Fight League 46 Poster


Throwback Thursday: My Daughter Meets Everyone


My daughter "Emmy" is six now, but I've never been shy about bringing her around my job and letting her meet everyone. Here, then, are pics of her at various ages, meeting the likes of Peter Storm, Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, Jeff Blatnick, Nick Lembo, photographer Zack Lynch, Mike Constantino, and Northeast fighter Chris Schlesinger.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cage Wars 27 Poster


Sherdog Examines MMA in New York


Sherdog has turned its lens toward the MMA scene in New York, and the first part of their ongoing series of articles on the subject examines a bit of what's been going on with the legislative process and the hold-up in the Assembly. The broad strokes are nothing you have seen before, but Sherdog digs a little deeper and gets some decent quotes. 

For instance, there's this gem from UFC COO Ike Lawrence Epstein, who talks about his interactions with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Trouble Brewing in MMA's Wild West?


Someone very much attuned to the amateur MMA scene in New York State - and clearly someone very fed up with what they've seen firsthand - posted this on their Facebook today. Take from it what you will.

Cage Fury Fighting Championship Creates Another Star


One of the most important roles a regional promotion plays is in the creation of stars, and this past weekend, Cage Fury Fighting Championship did their part perfectly. Watch the video below of lightweight stud Paul Felder in action. Then throw CFFC some respect for being the platform that these local heroes can do their thing upon.

TNT Fight Series Poster


Saturday, August 9, 2014

And The Answer to Yesterday's Million Dollar Question Is...


Yesterday I came across the above poster advertising two pro fighters on an amateur MMA card in Upstate New York. I reached out to the promoter, and this is the response I got this morning:

CFFC 38 Primer: Jay Isip Is a Legend


Gather 'round kids and I'll tell you the story of Jerome "Jay" Isip, one of the Northeast MMA scene's pioneers and a dude who defined the term "nonstop, crazy action" for generations of fighters to come.

Like many of his contemporaries, Jay was forged in the seminal crucible of combat known as BAMA Fight Night, where he'd overwhelm opponents by doing about 20 things for every one thing they did. If you picture in your mind The Tasmanian Devil (but with well-coiffed hair), then you've got a snapshot of Jay.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It Will Be Great When the New York State Athletic Commission Regulates MMA...


In theory at least, it should be a good thing when the New York State Athletic Commission starts regulating and overseeing mixed martial arts. After all, they handle boxing, and they do stuff like this.

Why Is This New York MMA Show Advertising Pro Fighters?


Oh this? It's just a poster for an amateur MMA/boxing card slated for tomorrow night in a town near Albany, N.Y., and pictured are two pro fighters.

Granted, the poster is a month old, and according to Mervin Rodriquez's Facebook he's fighting at the next Ring of Combat (worth noting: I know Mervin - he's a very cool dude). But it made me curious. I've since messaged the promoter about this. Hopefully, he gets back to me.

Muay Thai Challenge 25 Poster


ICYMI, Here's the Last Gladius Fights


Do you remember what life was like before YouTube? I do, because it involved me driving to countless MMA shows just so I could report on what happened. But that's all changed now thanks to advances in technology and the power of the Internet, so instead of me trekking on up to Liverpool, N.Y. (and I literally have no idea where exactly that could be) to see Gladius Fights last weekend, you and I both can kick back, relax, and watch the event a few days later from the comfort of our own homes. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Fedor in New York City


 ...And sometimes Fedor Emelianenko would just drop by to say "hello" and borrow a cup of sugar for his borscht...