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Glory 33 kickboxing takes place on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. The card features two world title fights and is stacked with local talent as well, including Rami Ibrahim and Prarie Rugilo. Definitely a must-see event!

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The World Class Kickboxing Championship returns to iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on September 24, 2016. WCKC 8 is stacked with the best kickboxing talent anywhere. For ticket info, check out WorldClassKickboxingChampionships.com.

 

 

 

 

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Fight Club Champion is back at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey on June 17, 2016. It's a great venue and the cards are always stacked, so get your tickets ASAP at www.FCC6.EventBrite.com.

 

 

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The Asylum Fight League is back with its 51st big show this Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the famed Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The Asylum is the place to be for MMA in Atlantic City, so jump on these tickets now before they're sold out. Check out the Asylum Fight League website for details. These fights are insane!

 

WCKC 6 takes place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. WCKC is New Jersey's premier kickboxing promotion and has put on some amazing cards. For ticket info, check out the WCKC website.

 

 

Dead Serious MMA XIX took place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Here are the official results of all the night's bouts:

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You can add Randy "Rude Boy" Brown to the long list of New York fighters that have excelled in the sport of MMA. I've had the pleasure of ring announcing Brown several times, in MMA and kickboxing and I've commented some of his pro bouts at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat. From the first time I saw Brown fight, I knew he was something special. He is undefeated as a pro, with all his professional bouts taking place at the ROC.

In his last fight, against the very tough Robbie Plotkin, Brown finished the fight in the first round. And his timing could not have been better.  UFC president Dana White was in attendance, scouting for new talent. Shortly after that, Brown got the call and will be making his UFC debut in New Jersey on the undercard of the Johnson vs. Bader card on January 30, 2016.

I'm sure Randy Brown will have as much success in the UFC as he's had at the Ring of Combat. I look forward to seeing him perform in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Congrats, Randy "Rude Boy" Brown!

 

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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, Ricco Rodriguez will be inducted for Pioneer MMA Fighter.

Ricco Rodriguez was born in San Jose, California, and it wasn’t long before his family relocated. He spent his elementary years in Jersey City Heights, before moving to Paterson, New Jersey. After moving from Paterson, Rodriguez attended Toms River Intermediate East. It was here that he first pursued wrestling. He prides the school’s program and Coach Corall for the success he later achieved. After spending his freshman year at Toms River North High School wrestling under Coach Curtis’ guidance, the family found themselves relocating once again. Ricco transferred to Tottenville High School in Staten Island and continued his wrestling career.

After graduating, Rodriguez recognized that his family did not have the money for him to attend college. With $150.00 and his love for the sport of wrestling, Ricco moved across the country to California to pursue his dream. Shortly thereafter, he secured a job at Gold’s gym, in Redondo Beach. It was there that a chance meeting with Erik Paulson (the first American Light-Heavyweight Shooto champion in Japan) that led Ricco to begin training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Machado brothers.

In 1997, Ricco Rodriguez became one of the small group of Americans to win a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, taking the Blue Belt Absolute title. He took gold in +99 kg in the first ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 1998, bronze in the Absolute (open weight) division in 1999 and Silver in the +99 kg category in 2000.

That same year Rodriguez began his MMA career with a win against Rocky Batastini. He won several of his first matches before losing to Bobby Hoffman at the Superbrawl 13 event in Hawaii. During this time, Ricco was asked to be a sparring partner for Mark Kerr who later assisted him in signing his first MMA contract with PRIDE Fighting Championship. In 2000, Rodriguez moved to Japan where he trained with Takada Dojo for Takada-San. With his new training partner, Kazushi Sakuraba, Ricco was 3-0 against Gary Goodridge, Giant Ochiai, and John Marsh in PRIDE Fighting Championship.

After moving back to the U.S., Rodriguez began training with Tito Ortiz and team punishment including Razor Rob McCullough, Tiki Ghosn, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. It was their influences and training philosophy that prepared Rodriguez for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Rodriguez's first UFC match was at UFC 32 against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and formerly #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world Andrei Arlovski. Rodriguez went on to win this fight by TKO in his home state of New Jersey at what is now known at the Izod Center.

Rodriguez went on to beat Pete Williams (UFC 34), Jeff Monson (UFC 35) and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (UFC 37) to earn a shot for the vacant heavyweight championship against future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 39 in 2002. Rodriguez once again found himself on the east coast as he went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. In 2006, Rodriguez received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Jean Jacques Machado.

In the last ten years, Rodriguez has won over 50 MMA fights, and continues to fight internationally. He feels incredibly grateful to be able to continue to do something he truly loves. Although his family did not have the money for him to receive a “formal” education, Rodriguez believes that NJ Wrestling programs provided him with a master’s degree by allowing him the opportunity to live and travel around the world, learn different languages and cultures, and ultimately introduced him to people who have become lifelong friends and mentors.

In recent years, Rodriguez has returned to New Jersey. He currently lives in Hoboken, where he spends each day doing what he loves- working as a coach/trainer. He maintains that none of his success would have been possible without the support of his best friend and guardian angel George Somers, as well as his MMA coach Saul Soliz who always believed he would be a UFC Heavyweight Champion.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, Brian Blue will be inducted for his Conditioning.

Brian Blue is the co-owner of All Star Sports Academy in Toms River, one of New Jerseys elite performance training facilities. Over the past 6 years,  he has become the go-to strength and conditioning to some of the best mixed martial artists in the area including Frankie Edgar,  Nick Catone,  Edson Barboza, Marlon Moraes, Corey Anderson, Chris Liguori, and Frankie Perez.  His training has helped these fighters become known for their strength, speed, power, and endless gas tank.  Brian was also a strength and conditioning coach for Rutgers Wrestling for 3 seasons and has contributed to the success of hundreds of high school and college athletes.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

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