With the popularity of Glory Kickboxing on Spike TV, there is a renewed interest among fight fans for kickboxing events. And the timing couldn't be better for Trinity Kickboxing Championship, a brand new promotion that is ready to give fans and fighters an opportunity to be a part of something very special. The first TKC event takes place on May 3, 2014 at S.J.V. High School in Holmdel, New Jersey. The event is sanctioned by the NJSACB.

TKC is an amateur and Class A fight promotion that uses K-1/Glory rules. Trinity's goal is to start promoting on the amateur level in the North East of the United States and gradually grow into bigger venues with professional competitors. Trinity will put on action packed events with high octane entertainment thrilling our audience and strive for a future televised distribution deal.

Trinity Kickboxing Championship is promoted by John A Narleski, who has promoted combat sport events prior to starting TKC. Narkeski is a former kickboxer himself, which gives him keen insight into the production and matchmaking aspects of TKC.

John is excited about the growing combat sports marketplace. And as someone who has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 35 years, John has a vast knowledge of his demographic viewing audience.

"Kickboxing appeals to men, women and teens," he said. "Our viewing audience ranges from the ages of 13 to 55, from the avid fight fan to the true Martial Arts enthusiast."

And he is pulling out all the stops for this first show, including having a live rock band perform.

Trinity Kickboxing Championship takes place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at S.J.V. High School, Holmdel, New Jersey. For ticket info, call 908-510-2745 or visit the TKC Facebook page:

 

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(WCKC Champion Joe Bastone. Pic courtesy of Chastity Cortijo, FightNightPics.com)

There's an old adage that says you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Well, the World Class Kickboxing Championship's inaugural event not only made a great first impression...it blew the audience away. The event took place on Saturday night, April 12, 2014 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, and fans are still buzzing about the experience.

There were 14 fights on the card, and the very first fight set the tone for the evening.  Jason Figurski and Hunter Dowd wowed the crowd with an awesome display of punching of kicking, and the action did not let up until the final bell. Dowd, who is just 17 years old, came away with the victory--and a prom date with his high school sweetheart, who was in attendance. The fight was a war, and it was a great way to kick off the first WCKC.

But the action didn't stop there. Every fight on the card was spectacular, and all the fighters truly lived up to their "world class" billing.

There were even two fights in the women's division, and they too showed world class skills and warrior hearts. Chantelle "The Pitbull" Perez, who is a highly decorated world class grappler with many championship victories, showed that she can stand and bang as well in her fight against Erica Bialick. Perez won by unanimous decision after a tough three round brawl.

The show started with a bang, but ended with an even bigger bang. The main event was for the vacant WCKC title and featured Joe Bastone of Impact Muay Thai vs. Damien Bailey of Tiger Schulmann MMA. Before the fight began, as both fighters were in the ring, they had a mini-dustup that was a preview of what was to come. When the bell rang, both fighters came out blazing and did not let up. In the second round Bastone caught Bailey with a thunderous right hand that knocked Bailey out cold, ending the fight. It was obvious from the opening bell that this fight was not going to go the distance, as each man was throwing with bad intentions.

It was an amazing way to end an amazing night of action. As a promoter, Frankie Perez of Dead Serious MMA fame, could not have asked for a better evening. The WCKC made shock waves in the kickboxing world, and I'm already looking forward to the next event.

If you missed the action live, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive.

Here are the official results of all the bouts:

The first ever World Class Kickboxing Championship takes place this Saturday April 12 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. The card has been finalized, and the fighters are ready to throw down. This event is brought to you by Dead Serious Promotions, which is known for their Dead Serious Fight Gear clothing line and Dead Serious MMA, New Jersey's premier fight organization. I will be in the ring MCing the event, so this is a must-see show.

Tickets can be purchased on DeadSeriousMMA.com or by calling 201-538-4843.

Here is the finalized card:

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A very interesting heavyweight fight coming up is Roy "Big  Country" Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Big Country, despite coming off two consecutive losses, is the odds on favorite to win the match, which takes place in Abu Dhabi on April 11. The odds according to Sports Interaction's website are -164 for Nelson, +130 for Nogueira. Which seems about right, because Nelson has been more active, having had 3 fights in 2013 to Big Nog's 1. Plus Nogueira has been plagued by injuries and the all-time great heavyweight is on the downside of his career.

Still, it's a great match up and I'm sure we'll see some great exchanges on the feet and some high level BJJ on the ground. Big Nog is a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts, and it will be interesting to see if he still has what it takes to make one last run at the title. We'll find out in a week.

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The UFC is kind of oversaturated with fighters at the moment, which is presenting some great opportunities for other organizations. Bellator 115 is a great example. Cheick Kongo was released from the UFC after 18 fights, and has looked great in two fights with Bellator. Tonight, he fights for the Bellator HW crown against Vitaly Minakov.

These two guys have never had a dull fight. And tonight, it's going to be explosive. Minakov, who is undefeated, has been wrecking people. He has won his last nine fights by knockout, and is going to be looking to add another one to his resume against Kongo.

But Kongo has other plans. His record is not as good as Minakov's, but he's been facing a higher level of opposition. Which makes this fight a tough one to call.

Odds makers have Minakov as the favorite, but with the kind of power both men possess, anything can happen. And as it happens, while I was researching the odds, I ran across a very cool website that reviews online casinos in Canada. You can check it out at excellentslots.ca. It's kind of a pain to have to go down to Atlantic City or out to Vegas to get slot action. Not to mention the associated costs and time with trips like that. Imagine being able to kick back at home having a multitude of the best online slots available right at your fingertips. That's was excellent.ca offers. You can find the perfect casino while chilling in your livingroom in your robe and slippers.  And chances are you'd probably be better off playing online slots than betting on a "don't blink" fight like Kongo vs. Minakov.

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Dead Serious Promotions, which is well known for its outstanding MMA promotion, Dead Serious MMA, is now expanding into the world of kickboxing.  On Saturday, April 12, 2014, their first ever kickboxing event, the World Class Kickboxing Championships, will take place at Brookdale Community College. The WCKC is already getting lots of buzz, and for good reason.  Promoter Frankie Perez knows how to stack a card with the best talent available, and this kickboxing card is shaping up nicely, with many great camps competing, including Tiger Schulmann's MMA and Girl Fight, along with many others.

I am proud to say that have been selected as the official WCKC ring announcer--sorry Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon Jr.--and I am very much looking forward to the action.

For ticket info, call 201-538-4843. See you at the show!

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On March 7, New York Fight Exchange (NYFE MMA) put on their sophomore event of amateur mixed martial arts in “The Big Apple.” The WKA sanctioned event was one of the biggest mma events to hit the state. Nearly 2,000 people packed in the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens to see some of the best amateur competitors from the tri-state compete in 13 completive bouts. The event received a huge presence of mma journalist and was highly praised.

And like the first event, the venue was packed with eager NY fight fans who were treated to an amazing night of action. Promoters Tom Sconzo and Mike Washington, in only their second NYFE event, showed everyone who is boss when it comes to providing MMA to New York fight fans” reported Kevin Garvey for The Garv.Com.

“NYFE” has clearly put themselves as the front runner to help demonstrate to the elected officials of New York, how safe regulated amateur mma can be while sanctioned by a “pre-approved” sanctioning body such as the World Kickboxing Association (WKA), which is the only sanctioning body permitted to govern professional combat sports such as kickboxing.

“We (NYFE) plan to continue showcasing the best amateur fighters on the highest profile cards. Ideally, once professional mma is allowed in the state we would like to do ammy/pro events if permitted.” Said Mike Washington, co-owner of New York Fight Exchange, in an interview with “Life of a Fighter.”

Who we are:

​New York Fight Exchange is NY's premier amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Our events feature proven amateur fighters on the brink of turning pro to offer the most exciting fan experience. Our events cannot be topped by any of our competitors, NYFE is prepared to convert their event to professional mixed martial arts once the current legislation is over turned.

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There's an exciting new kickboxing promotion coming to New Jersey called Trinity Kickboxing Championship. The first event is scheduled for May 3, 2014 and takes place at the Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel. The promotion was founded by John Narleski, who is a former world class kickboxer himself. John not only has fight experience, he is a savvy promoter who has been in the game for many years.  He has keen insights into how to make a kickboxing show great, and I'm that Trinity Kickboxing 1 is going an outstanding event, and will be the first of many.

I am honored to have been selected to host this event, and I urge everyone to check out the show. For more info check out the TKC Facebook page. I'll have much more on this event in the near future, so stay tuned!

 

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Asylum Fight League, the most insane MMA promotion in the world, is back on May 17 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For fight fans, it doesn't get any better than this. The Asylum is New Jersey's longest running amateur MMA fight promotion, and promoter Carl Mascarenhas, who is a former fighter himself, is one of the top matchmakers in the game. As always, I will hosting the insanity from inside the cage, so don't miss this show! Check out the Asylum Fight League website for ticket info. These fights are insaaane!

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