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(L-R) John "The Quietman" Ruiz, Eddie Rivera, Rich Minor and Eddie Ruiz

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World Champion John 'The Quietman' Ruiz
Promoting new American Fighting Organization

Amateur & Professional MMA and Boxing

MEDFORD, Mass. (October 7, 2013) - As he prepares to officially launch the new American Fighting Organization (AFO), two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz has become New England's newest combat sports promoter.

AFO will promote amateur and professional mixed martial arts and boxing events, as well as promote MMA fighters and boxers, starting in January with an amateur MMA tournament in various weight classes to determine the best in New England.

"We are going to put on the best shows in New England," Ruiz promised. "I'm investing a lot of money to promote events and fighters, in addition to putting on great MMA and boxing shows for fans."

Ruiz, under Quietman Sports, purchased AFO, its website and debt, which was recently paid off.

"I'd been talking about promoting and this opportunity came out of nowhere," Ruiz continued. "AFO was structured as one of the oldest MMA promotional companies in New England. It was also in place and that was better for us than starting out from scratch. AFO's reputation within the industry may not have been the best but we've paid off its debts and are now prepared to make the new AFO the best combat sports promotional company in New England.

"Fighters are fighters. At my gym (Quietman Sports Gym in Medford, MA) we teach MMA and boxing. It has a nice ring and cage, too. Since I retired as a boxer, I've always felt like I would get into promoting boxing, and AFO will be boxing and MMA. I want to bring more class to both sports. Our shows will offer better competition and more entertaining fights, in both MMA and boxing in New England."

Ruiz said that he is looking throughout New England for a venue that can become the new AFO home and waiting to hear back from prospective television networks interested in airing AFO shows.


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On November 12, Anchor Bay Films will release AMBUSHED: a hard-hitting thriller about the law’s battle to keep order, bringing back together hard-hitting EXPENDABLES I and II ex-pats Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, with Vinnie Jones completing a holy trinity of action and thrills! Directed by Giorgio Serafini, written by Agustin, and from the producers of MAXIMUM CONVICTION, SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN and THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS, AMBUSHED packs a punch full of fists and thrills, and will be available on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD.

AMBUSHED charts the dark, seductive underbelly of Los Angeles, told from the point of view of two of its seedier denizens, mid-level drug pushers Eddie (Gianni Capaldi) and Frank (Daniel Bonjour). They want a chance to hit the big time. Unfortunately, they decide to achieve their goal by ripping off their middleman in a murderous bid for greatness, setting off a dangerous chain of events involving a ruthless crime boss, a dirty cop and the Federal agent chasing them all.

Agent Maxwell (Dolph Lundgren) is about to close in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by criminal mastermind Vincent Camastra (Jones). When Agent Beverly Royce (Carly Pope) goes undercover with the drug dealers, she finds herself in deeper than she can handle. Up against ruthless killers as well as dirty cop Jack Reiley (Randy Couture), Frank and Eddie will soon find that dreams built on corruption sometimes exact a heavy toll...




As the date fast approaches for the upcoming Vale Tudo Japan 3rd event, the stacked card gets another bout added as Kengo Ura is set to take on Koshi Matsumoto.  These two veterans will clash at 155 pounds on Saturday, October 5th in Tokyo, Japan.

Ura is a long time Pancrase veteran who also fought in the WEC.  Ura brings an excited background to the cage with an over 75% finish rate in his wins.

Matsumoto comes from deep history with Shooto as he makes his third appearance inside the cage in 2013.  He is a submission specialist with 5 out of his 9 wins coming via submission.

Vale Tudo Japan 3rd will take place on Saturday, October 5th at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Ota, Toyko, Japan.  In the main event, long time women’s MMA pioneer Megumi Fujii will be making a final stand in her retirement bout against Bellator veteran, Jessica Aguilar.

World Series of Fighting's first-ever event in Florida continues to fill out, and a light-heavyweight matchup of Francisco "Kiko" France (8-3) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2) and a bantamweight contest of Chad "Robo" Robichaux (10-2) vs. Andrew "The Golden Boy" Yates (7-0) are the latest additions to the lineup.

Both matchups take place on the World Series of Fighting 6 preliminary card, which streams live on the promotion's official website,, and precedes the night's two-hour, nationally-televised main card on NBCSN.

Featuring the first championship bout in the promotion's history with Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl, "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl," takes place Oct. 26 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

Tickets for the event, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 6 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website,, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

The 30-year-old France is a jiu-jitsu wizard who has earned all eight of his career wins by way of submission. A Finney's Hit Squad fighter, France has competed professionally for more than five years and boast wins over UFC veterans James McSweeney and Cale Yarbrough. Most recently, France earned a first-round submission win over Dan McGlasson by way of armbar.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Stringer also makes his World Series of Fighting debut after having his planned first appearance scratched just one day before the scheduled bout. Stringer was expected to face longtime veteran Lew Polley at August's World Series of Fighting 4 event, but Polley missed weight by more than 30 pounds and was ruled out of the fight.

The Blackzilians-trained Stringer has lost just once in his past 13 appearances. Seventeen of his 21 career wins have come by way of stoppage.

Meanwhile, "Robo" Robichaux is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and 14-year MMA veteran with extensive experience in both the professional and amateur ranks. Seventeen of his 19 total career wins have come by way of submission, including 15 first-round tapouts.

A Special Operations Force RECON Marine who also worked with the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service, Robichaux is also a veteran of several tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the undefeated Yates also makes his first World Series of Fighting appearance. A member of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva's famed Wand Fight Team, Yates turned pro in 2011 following an extensive amateur career of more than 25 fights. The 24-year-old has defeated all seven of his professional opponents, including four wins by way of submission and one by knockout.

Additional World Series of Fighting 6 bouts will be announced shortly.

The attention of Bodog betting fans will be closely focused on Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta on September 13, 2013, with the ONE Fighting Championship's Champions and Warriors event sure to cause a stir. The fight card features some great match-ups, with the best Indonesian fighters going head-to-head with some international MMA stars. There are also big names from the United States, Europe, South America and Japan on the card, giving the event a truly international flavour.

One bout which local fans of sportsbook betting are sure to be keen to see is the match-up between Eugenio Tan and Vincent Majid. These two big men are expected to produce a titanic clash in the 93 kilogram weight division, and there is more than a splash of national pride at stake too. Malaysia and Indonesia have a long rivalry in martial arts, and with local pride at stake, this is sure to be a classic.

Indeed, many are predicted that the two heavyweights who possess a lot of KO power that a first-round stoppage might well be on the cards. Bodog sportsbook bettors might be wise to lay a wager to that effect, as both men will be desperate to prove a point in front of a passionate and noisy crowd. What adds interest to the bout is that it is, in fact, Majid's first bout as a professional MMA fighter.

While some Bodog sportsbook betting fans might think that places him at a disadvantage, especially facing a more experienced opponent, Majid himself is fairly relaxed at the prospect. His nickname of 'Jack Hammer' is testament to the hitting power that the big man possesses.

“I’m a national Judo champion and I’m a multi-times winner of the Indonesian Submission Championship," he recently explained to reporters.

"I’m also a two-time superfight champion in the Indonesian Jui-jitsu Championship and I used to fight in Combat Sambo and once got to be ranked in the top ten."

That kind of pedigree means that Majid clearly has talent. As any sportsbook betting fan knows, though, it is important to study the form of both fighters. Eugenio Tan is no fresh-faced beginner. He made his professional MMA debut a year ago, and with two fights already under his belt, as well as some amateur experience, he is sure to provide Majid with a serious work-out. A first round stoppage might be asking a little much, but this fight is sure to grab the attention of every seasoned MMA fight fan.

In terms of the rest of the card, there are some thrilling match-ups for fight fans to enjoy. Fans of MMA should check out the latest online sportsbook reviews at to see what the latest odds are on some of these eagerly anticipated bouts.

Bodog Indonesia sports fans are sure to be keeping a close eye on Max Metino, fighting in the 65.8 kilo division. The Indonesian has been training since the age of nine in a variety of martial arts, including Kung Fu, Aikido and boxing. He will need his extensive MMA skills to beat his opponent, the Cambodian Kun Khmer boxing champion, Long Sophy. Sophy's talents are such that he finds it very tricky to find opponents in his native country.

The Cambodian's main weapons are the fearsome strikes he can produce with his elbows. Those fans looking for the best online sportsbook odds may not want to rule Metino out completely, though. His grappling is excellent, and he may well manage to force a submission, should the bout go to the mat. Fans should expect a war in this bout, with a nice contest of style taking place.

Many of the best sportsbook odds for the event will be found in relation to the evening's main event, though. This places two of the world's very best flyweights in opposition, with Japan's Shinichi Kojima facing up to American Andrew Leone. Kojima is a seasoned pro, who has been in the cage with some of the world's best MMA stars. Leone is an up-and-coming fighter, who has trained in Thailand since 2010. With an outstanding grappling and wrestling ability, he has been working hard on his Muay Thai striking skills in order to improve his all-round style. He is sure to need all his skills against the experienced Kojima when the One FC Champions and Warriors commences next week in Jakarta.



Chris Weidman, who takes on the greatest UFC champ in history on July 6 for the UFC MW crown, is a fine physical specimen.  But like all of his, he was just a kid once, and he took the time to share some of his childhood pics on his Facebook account.  In the third pic, you can see he destroyed the watermelon, but somehow Cecil Peoples scored the bout 30-27 for the watermelon.






Here's a nice little competition of moves that got competitors disqualified at various BJJ and grappling tournaments.  Mostly illegal slams, some of which were brutal.  There's even a self-KO in this video.  Fun stuff.


GLORY 5 takes place in London, England on March 23, and the card is stacked. In the main event, heavyweight superstars Remy Bonjasky (77-15, 40 KO’s) and Tyrone Spong (68-6-1 42 KO’s) will clash in a battle for the ages.  Also on the card is British Muay Thai sensation Liam Harrison.  I had the pleasure of ring announcing Harrison when he fought at the Warriors Cup event in New Jersey.  Harrison will be taking on Moroccan superstar, Mosab Amrani, in what could be the fight of the night.  Harrison is known for his ferocious leg kicks, and if I had to bet, I'd put my money on him in this fight.  Speaking of betting, there's a fine site to game at called  JackpotCity.  So if you're so inclined, check it out.

Here is the complete card for Glory 5 London:

Jeff Blatnick, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling and MMA pioneer, died yesterday from complications after heart surgery.  Jeff was a long time commentator for the UFC, and he was instrumental in helping to establish the unified rules of MMA, which enabled the sport to become sanctioned in most states.  Jeff was also a licensed judge and referee in New Jersey, and it was always a pleasure to work with him at shows there.

Amazingly, Jeff won his Olympic gold medal, after having his spleen and appendix removed due to cancer, which shows you how determined and talented he was.  He went on to commentate the 1988 Olympic games for NBC before becoming a major figure in the new sport of MMA.

I first met Jeff at the Kimbo-Mercer event in 2007, where I interviewed him using a loaf of French bread as microphone.  He looked at me like I was crazy, but graciously allowed the interview to take place.  After that, every time I'd see him, he'd ask me where my loaf of bread was.  He was a good sport and a good friend and will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace, Jeff Blatnick.


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