Monday, November 17, 2014

Victory at MSG Primer: Chad Hernandez

NEW YORK


You know what's awesome about this Victory at Madison Square Garden show, aside from the fact that it's at Madison Square Garden? The fact that it has top fighters from all the New York City organizations on the card. There are badasses from Aggressive Combat Championship, Golden MMA Championships, and Victory itself slated to fight on Friday night. There's even probably one of the best fighters to come out of the UCL ready to throw down.

I'm talking about Chad Hernandez.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Victory at MSG Primer: The Great Chike Obi

NEW YORK


We're a week away from Victory VII and the first-ever MMA bouts at Madison Square Garden, so it's time for some preview content to get us primed and ready. Today's installment revolves around Brooklyn warrior Chike Obi.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here's a Little Something Discovery Channel Did on Manup Standup

NEW YORK


As the author of a book on the underground fight scene in New York City, I have for years been the person TV producers call when they want to film something gritty and fight-related here. So of course when Discovery Channel reached out to me about doing something on unsanctioned fights, I hooked them up with Novell Bell and his Manup Standup organization.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Al Iaquinta In a Kickboxing Bout, Circa 2008

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Al Iaquinta may have shocked the world when he put away Ross Pearson in the Octagon this past weekend, but the TKO only confirmed what we here in the Northeast already knew: Al is, and always has been, a badass. For some further perspective on the Long Islander's combative sports chops, here's a video of a kickboxing bout he did back in 2008. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

ICYMI: MMA Platinum Gloves 7 In Its Entirety

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After seven installments, it's pretty safe to say that MMA Platinum Gloves has become the preeminent Long Island-based fight promotion - a notion that doesn't change the fact that the events take place on Long Island and you need a car to get to them. But lo! Here's a video of their last show! Check it out and see what your Long Island Railroad-riding ass missed!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Victory at MSG Hype Reel

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It's short and sweet, and worth a look.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The 2014 Election and How It Affects MMA in New York

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There was an election in New York yesterday, which means that the potential for shakeups in government and the shifting of political winds in regards to MMA was at its highest. So now that the votes have been tallied and the dust has settled, who's in and who's out? Here's a scorecard for you:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

This Is The Price of Competing In Unregulated New York

NEW YORK


Bobby Aylward fought at the Upstate New York promotion Kaged Kombat last month, and though he won, he damaged his hand to the point where it required surgery. Unfortunately for him, the promoter did not have insurance - by law, none was required - so pictured above is just one of the medical bills Bobby is going to have to eat.

As per his Facebook: