Monday, November 30, 2015

Sheldon Silver Found Guilty of Corruption - What Does This Mean for New York MMA?


Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - the man widely believed to have for many years kept any and all bills pertaining to MMA on ice through either indifference or influence - has been found guilty of corruption charges in a federal court. This means he'll have to give up his seat in the Assembly (and possibly go to jail). Earlier this year, Silver vacated his position as Speaker; he was replaced by Assemblyman Carl Heastie (who's more amenable to mixed martial arts).

So, now the big question is what this means for MMA in New York - does it help us?

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:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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


Friday, November 6, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015