Saturday, January 24, 2009

Liveblog: Proving Grounds Part 1

MMA Journalist is cageside again, this time for promoter Lou Neglia's amateur MMA show "Proving Grounds" at Essex County College in Newark. There are 15 bouts on tap from such notable gyms as Serra/Longo, Jersey Fight Club, Wilkie's Warriors and Pitts Penn. Nick Serra is wandering around, Ray Longo is here, and New York State Athletic Commissioner Melvina Lathan is in attendance. She seems very optimistic about MMA in New York, and the simple fact that she's here in the trenches speaks volumes on her interest in the sport. Hopefully the referees will instruct the fighters not to kill or maim while she's watching.

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