Asylum Fight League 46 is just a month away, scheduled for September 20 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. One of the featured bouts on the card is Dom "The Dominator" Urso vs. Kareem "The Dean" Mathieu, which promises to be a slugfest. Both these guys love to throw hands, and this fight is going to be a don't blink affair in the Asylum cage.

The card is stacked as always, and as anyone who has ever attended an Asylum show can tell you, promoter Carl Mascarenhas knows how to match fighters up for exciting bouts. So do not miss this show!

For tickets, check out the Asylum Fight League website. These fights are insaaane!

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By Brandon Engel

On July 5, 2014, UFC champion Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Bantamweight title against Alexis Davis. Sixteen seconds in, and Davis was kneed-in-the-groin, flipped over the hip, head held in a deadlock, bam, bam, bam and the fight was over. Rowdy Ronda Rousey had won yet another championship.

It was the sort of spectacle that many have come to expect from Rousey. Certainly, there have been other notable female competitors in the sport, like Gina Carano or Cris “Cyborg” Justino. But a big part of what distinguishes Rousey is that she’s proving to be an excellent mascot, by combining the charisma and beauty of Carano with the in-cage savagery of Justino. Rousey has even managed to parlay her celebrity status into other ventures, modeling for provocative magazine spreads and acting in action films.

She has her detractors, certainly. News of her recent film work has also invited speculation about her dedication to the sport. Is she a superb athlete, or an opportunist whose ambitions lie elsewhere. What some of her critics may not realize, however, is that for Rousey, there are family precedents for greatness in fighting...

In 1984, Ronda's mom, AnnMaria De Mars, was the first American woman to win the World judo championship. Her mom was a tough and determined woman too. She trained Ronda in judoka, and Ronda won the bronze medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympics in judo. Ronda became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in that discipline.

Ronda would decide to enter into the professional MMA world in 2011. She made even more of a name for herself on March 3, 2012 when she fought Miesha Tate, the reigning Strikeforce champion in the women's division. Ronda won two times: first she beat Miesha mentally by evoking Muhammad Ali with her now signature 'trash talk (which Rousey insists is to generate publicity for fights). Ronda used this negativity as a strategy to get Miesha angry and break her concentration. It worked; Ms. Rousey defeated Ms. Tate in the ring with her classic armbar technique.

Their fight drew the attention of Mr. Dana White, head of the UFC. Their fight prompted Mr. White to take a second look at his decision not to have female fighters as contenders inside the Octagon. Because of her prowess as a fighter, Mr. White made Ms. Rousey his next superstar in the UFC. Her next fight with Liz Carmouche signaled another first for Ronda — she and Liz were the first women to fight in the UFC. She won that contest to become the UFC Bantamweight Champion. It has been a wonderful ride for her ever since.

Ms. Rousey has progressively improved her fighting skills, admitting to practicing her striking abilities the most. People have critiqued her on those skills as well as her not acting as a lady should. Ronda knows her weaknesses; that is why she works as hard as she does to improve herself. Concerning being a lady, she is not in a “lady like” profession; a “lady” would not make a living out of beating the crap out of someone!

She recently won the ESPY Award in the category of “best female athlete” for 2014. She was a contender in the category of “best fighter.” She is the first UFC fighter to ever win that award. She is also gearing up for her role in the Entourage movie. She even plays a role in the forthcoming Expendables 3, sharing the screen with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. In terms of overall visibility, this will be great for Rousey, as both previous installments of the Expendables have performed well at the box office and both are being screened frequently on TV (more info here.) Whether or not this legitimizes or delegitimizes Rousey in the eyes of MMA purists remains to be seen. Regardless, it is very likely that Rousey will attract new viewership, and potentially even bring respect to the MMA for women.

 

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Ready to get MMA crazy? Well, you're just in time. Asylum Fight League 46 is right around the corner.  In the main event, Pat Egbert takes  on Matt Hill in a heavweight title tilt. And the rest of the card is stacked, as only the Asylum Fight League can stack them. So head on down to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 20 for a night of fights you will never forget.

Visit the Asylum Fight League website for more info.

These fights are insane!

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Fight Club Champion made its debut on Saturday, July 26, 2014, and it's a day that will be remembered as the birth of a great new New Jersey fight promotion. Promoter Jay Colon spared no expense in putting together a top notch event. The show was held at the famed Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey and the place was packed with fight fans.

It was an honor and a pleasure to ring announce this event. As an MC, you always want a vocal crowd there, and this crowd was loud. It was a great time hosting the show.

Many of the area's finest camps were represented, and the fighters left everything they had in the cage. New Jersey is the nation's leading leading state for all things MMA, and some of the state's most talented fighters competed at this event. All it all, it was a very memorable evening, for all the right reasons.  It's always scary for a new promotion's first event, but this one could not have been run better. Jay Colon and matchmaker Jason Martinez should be proud. They set the stage for what is sure to become one of New Jersey's top promotions.

Indeed, they are already busy planning their next event, to be held at the Jersey City Armory on October 11. If you didn't get a chance to catch this show, you definitely need to be there for the next one.

Here are the official results of the bouts:

Totally pumped for this MMA card! This Saturday, July 26 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, Fight Club Champion presents: Battle at the Ballroom. This is going to be fireworks, so if you haven't already, jump on some tickets before they are gone.

Here is the official press release:

Battle in the Ballroom
MMA Cage Fighting Series

Saturday, July 26, 2014, (6:30p.m. ET)
From Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ

NEWARK, NJ - Action packed Amateur Card of New Jersey’s best up and coming MMA brawlers ascends upon The Robert Treat Hotel.

Experience hours of non-stop action including: HOT RING CARD GIRLS, BEER, FOOD, FIGHTING KO ACTION!!

The Fight Card consist of the best Amateur Local Mixed Martial Arts fighters in Northern, Southern, Central New Jersey, Pennsylvania, And New York City.

Fight Club Champion Promotions is a company founded on and sustained with prayer. The Mission of Fight Club Champion Promotions, at each and every show they promote, is to give their customers great entertainment, at a great price, in a clean environment, say thank you and mean it!

Kevin Garvey, NJ MMA Hall of Fame Ring Announcer, calling the action!

Tickets are priced at $100, $70, $40, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, and are on sale now at fightclubchampion.com or by calling 201-528-5292.

TICKETS: fightclubchampion.com or 201-528-5292

 

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It's almost here! Fight Club Champion's Battle of the Ballroom at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. This card is stacked from top to bottom so if you don't already have tickets, jump on it right now.

For ticket info, visit FightClubChampion.com or call 201-528-5292. Do it now!

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It's on! James Chambers vs. Chris Otlowski at the next Asylum Fight League event down at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This fights tops a very stacked card, so be sure to get your tickets now! Visit the Asylum Fight League website for more info.

These fights are insane!

 

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ATLANTIC CITY – Regional MMA champions usually face a long line of worthy challengers, but that’s not always the case.

Given the high stakes involved, some fighters may be eschewing the traditional route of fighting the toughest opponents available and are instead focusing on maintaining outstanding records in the hopes of attracting the attention of UFC bosses.

And that sometimes means passing on the chance to win a championship.

Case in point: Cage Fury Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder has his belt, but he has struggled to find an opponent for his first title defense.

A hard-nosed striker who won the crown with a second-round TKO of veteran Marc Stevens in March, Felder is unbeaten in seven professional fights and is considered one of the brightest prospects not already in the UFC.

He says after the Stevens fight, his opponent pool shrank drastically.

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