NJ MMA

Get ready for Gold Medal MMA, coming to the Metuchen Sportspex in Metuchen, New Jersey this Saturday April 20, 2013!  Fifteen bouts are scheduled, featuring some of New Jersey's and the East Coast's finest amateur MMA talent.  Many great schools are represented on the card, and the Sportsplex is a great venue in which to enjoy mixed martial arts action.

I am honored to be hosting the show from inside the cage, and I'm looking forward to some great fights.  For tickets, hit up the Gold Medal MMA website or call 201-538-4843.  Check out the complete card below (card subject to change).

See you at the Metuchen Sportsplex!

1
147
Ref Velasquez
Kris Rivero vs. Brandon Browne
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Vrlaku

2
161
Ref Kerrigan
Ron Templeton  vs. Aleksey Khakimov
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Ruglio

3
235
Ref Carolei
Kevin Ranski  vs. Fred Hemmerich
Hemmerich needs CFW
Judges Ruglio, Sernack and Vrlaku

4
182
Ref Carolei
Ezequiel Flores  vs. Sy Strong
Judges Ruglio, Sernack and Vrlaku

5
147
Ref Kerrigan
Herney Herrera vs. Mike Jenkins
Judges Krawiec, Ruglio and Vrlaku

6
235
Ref Carolei
Adam Timberlake  vs. Karl Robinson
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Ruglio

7
175
Ref Carolei
Travis Foster  vs. Donald Brooks
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Ruglio

8
140
Ref Kerrigan
Diego Lopez vs. Mike Robinson
Judges Ruglio, Sernack and Vrlaku


9
147
Ref Velasquez
Sergio DeBari  vs. Mario Hernandez
Judges Krawiec, Ruglio and Vrlaku


10
197
Ref Carolei
Giovany Santiago vs. Rafal Niewiarowski
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Ruglio


11
168
Ref Velasquez
Alejandro Dominguez  vs. Mustafa Khalil
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Vrlaku


12
140
Ref Velasquez
Robert Wallin vs. Martin LeConte
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Vrlaku


13
154
Ref Kerrigan
Dan Powell vs. Richard Zimmerer
Judges Krawiec, Ruglio and Vrlaku


14
168
Ref Velasquez
Justin Francisco vs. Alex Stine
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Vrlaku

15
135
Ref Kerrigan
Erly Abrigo vs. Anthony Genovese
Judges Krawiec, Sernack and Vrlaku

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Gold Medal MMA returns April 20, 2013 with a card stacked with the finest amateur MMA fighters on the East Coast.  The event takes place at the famed Metuchen Sportsplex, 215 Durham Avenue, Metuchen, New Jersey.  Gold Medal MMA has teamed with Dead Serious Fight Gear to bring fight fans the best MMA action available in the state.

I am really looking forward to hosting the show from inside the cage, so be sure to check out the Gold Serious MMA on April 20.  For ticket info, check out the Gold Medal MMA website.

See you at the Metuchen Sportsplex!

Warriors Cup XVI took place last night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  It was a sold out event, and the place was packed with Muay Thai and MMA fans who could not get enough of the action throughout the night.  Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai promotion in the state of New Jersey and on the East Coast and it showed last night.

In the Class B amateur title fight, undefeated 125 pound Warriors Cup champion Robinson Marte (9-0) of Lions Roar Muay Thai Camp took on challenger Michael Giannone of Impact Muay Thai.  The fight lasted only 30 seconds, as Giannone scored a spectacular head kick knockout which earned him the Warriors Cup belt.  Definitely looking forward to his first title defense, possibly at Warriors Cup XVII on June 1st.

In the Class A 147 pound amateur title fight, champion Greg Rowe of Five Points NYC looked very impressive defeating talented challenger Arad Namin of North Jersey Muay Thai.  Rowe displayed excellent offense and defense throughout the fight, making Namin miss and making him pay en route to a five round unanimous decision.

On the card was a pair of WBC sanction professional bouts as well.  In the semi-main event, James "B-52" Smith took on Radu Spinghel of Borodin's Gym in a super heavyweight match up.  The fighters mixed it up well in round one, with Smith landing the bigger, cleaner shots on Springhel.  In round two, Smith suffered a shoulder injury and could not continue, which gave Springhel the victory by TKO.  Hopefully Smith, who is also a NJSACB official, will continue his Muay Thai career once his injury heals.

In the main event, the crowd was treated to a fast paced WBC sanctioned 168 pound title elimination bout  between Cyrus Washington of Sitan Gym NY and Strahinja Ivanovic  of Capital MMA.  Throughout the fight Washington punished Ivanovic with leg kicks.  Ivonovic was game though and tried for fire back, but Washington was too much for him.  Cyrus Washington won the fight by unanimous decision and earned the right to fight Warriors Cup champion Marcus Fisher at Warriors Cup XVII on June 1st.

All in all it was another outstanding Warriors Cup event.  If you missed it live, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive.  Stay tuned to this site and the Warriors Cup website for more info on the June 1 show.

Here are the official results from last night's action.

Another great night for MMA in New Jersey last night as Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat wowed the crowd with bell to bell action.  In the co-main event, Brutal Brendan Barrett more than lived up to his nickname with a devastating one punch KO to win the heavyweight crown.  And in the main event, Deividas Taurosevicus put on a grappling clinic en route to a second round rear naked choke victory, which was his fifth ROC title defense.  The undercard was fantastic as well, and the crowd was on its feet for most of the night.  If you missed the event live, you can check out the replay on GoFightLive.  Here are the official results from last night's action.

Warriors Cup XVI Muay Thai returns tomorrow April 6th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  The venue is great and it's just outside the Lincoln Tunnel, which is fantastic news for NY fight fans.  I will be in the ring doing the announcing, and I am pumped for this event.  In the main event, a WBC sanction professional rules HW Muay Thai match, James "B52" Smith will look to drop bombs on Radu Spinghel, who will be looking to drop some bombs of his own.

The Co-main event features a WBC Super Middle Weight Title Elimination Bout featuring Cyrus Washington of Sitan Gym NY vs. Strahinja Ivanovic of Capital MMA.

This is a card that is not to be missed!  If you can't make it to Schuetzen Park, you can catch the action live on GoFightLive.

Here is the complete card for tomorrow night's action.

Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat show takes place tonight down at the Tropican Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The card is, as usual, stacked with big name fights and local talent, and I am very much looking forward to commentating the event on GoFightLive.  At the top of the card is Deividas Taurosevicus defending his featherweight ROC belt against Guillermo Serment.  And in the co-main event, popular New Jersey fighter Brutal Brendan Barrett returns to the ROC cage for a HW title tilt against Silvio Santas.  I can assure that both of these fights will have the crowd on its feet, so if you can make it down to the arena, do so ASAP.

UFC veteran Mike Messenzio returns to action as well, against the surging Ariel Sepulveda.  And rising star Robert Plotkin takes on the Prince of MMA Josh Key.  Also on the card are Noah Faunce, who has been out for awhile but was a dominant amateur champion, Anthony Montanaro, who is always fun to watch, and investment advisor Aaron Freedman, an up and comer who shows great promise, and knows how to make money.

So again, if you can make the show, do it.  If not, be sure to check it out on live GoFightLive. Tonight!

Here are the official weights.

New Jersey has always been one of MMA's most receptive states.  It was the first state to officially sanction MMA, and the NJSACB's Nick Lembo was instrumental in bringing legitimacy to the sport.  This week has been a boon for MMA fans in New Jersey.  Last Saturday saw a packed house at the Collins Arena for the Dead Serious MMA VI show.  Last night, fans were wowed at Revel in Atlantic City by the fights at Bellator 95.  And tonight, Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XLIV takes place at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in AC.

And it doesn't stop there.  Tomorrow night, professional WBC sanction Muay Thai returns to New Jersey at Warrior's Cup XVI.  And there is lots more where that came from throughout the rest of the year.  Clearly, the MMA and combat sports is alive and well in the state of New Jersey.  Nick Lembo and his officiating team is the absolute best in the business, and it shows at every event.  If you've not yet attended a live event in New Jersey, do yourself a favor and check out a show.  You will be amazed at how far the sport of MMA has come.

Last night's Bellator event had it all.  The card was filled with local NJ talent and it was great to see all those familiar faces competing. Tom DeBlass returned to action and looked great with his second round TKO stoppage over Carlos Brooks.  Kevin Roddy aka K-Rod made his Bellator debut a memorable one with a second round armbar submission victory over Brylan Vanartsdalen.  And Dante Rivera returned to action for the first time since 2010, taking on a supremely tough come back fight against Lymon Good.  Dante  lost by decision, but he made it a good fight, and it was great to see him back in the cage.

In the main event Pat Curran successfully defended his Bellator featherweight title with guillotine submission victory over the hard hitting Shah Shamhalaev.  It was a great night of fights, which always seems to be the case in New Jersey.

Here are the official results of last night's action.

Warriors Cup is back!  On Saturday April 6, 2013 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey, the regions premier Muay Thai event takes place with a card full of professional and amateur Muay Thai action.  This is a show not to be missed.  Muay Thai is one of the premier striking arts, and most MMA fighters practice the art.   As always, I'll be hosting the event from inside the squared circle.  Come on out and enjoy watching the sport's best fighters do their thing in the ring on Saturday April 6.

These shows always sell out, so get your tickets ASAP.  Check out the Warriors Cup website for ticket info.  See you at Schuetzen Park!

Dead Serious MMA VI took place Saturday night at the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, and wow, what a night!  As usual, Dead Serious delivered the goods.  The fights were amazing, and fans were treated to closely contested battles, spectacular knockouts and slick submissions.  Three titles were on the line at Dead Serious MMA VI, and in the main event, Jorge "The Man" Martinez successfully defended his Dead Serious 126 pound crown against the talented Jovany "Submission Magician" Alvarez.  Martinez turned the tables on Alvarez with a sub of his own, an armbar in the second round that ended the fight.

In an earlier bout, Jimmy "The Scarecrow" Santiago defeated the very tough Anthony Rivera in a 126 pound title eliminator match.  This sets Santiago up to take on defending champ Jorge "The Man" Martinez at the Dead Serious Night of Champions show, scheduled for June 8 at the Collins Arena.

Promoter Frankie Perez has been putting together some amazing cards, and Dead Serious is quickly becoming a "Can't Miss" even for amateur MMA in the state of New Jersey.

Photographer Kevin Wuchter was on hand to document the show in pictures, and I'll have some of his best shots as soon as they are ready.  In the meantime, if you missed the show, check out replays on GoFightLive.  As always with a Dead Serious event, you will not be disappointed.

Here are the official results from Saturday night's action:

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