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The American Cancer Society will get a financial boost from “A Fight for the Cure,” a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage-fighting extravaganza scheduled Friday, Dec. 20 at Brookdale Community College.   Gold Medal MMA, a sporting event promotional company formed by Shore-area businessman David Franciosi, will host the cage-fighting spectacular, which—in agreement with the American Cancer Society—has pledged to donate 10% of ticket sales to the organization.

Franciosi is no stranger to the world of competitive sporting events. Not only will this be Gold Medal MMA’s reprise appearance at Brookdale, the group last year likewise launched an MMA battle at Jackson Liberty High School—a separate extravaganza that succeeded in its goal of raising funds for several area victims of a drunk driver.   Currently Franciosi is a New Jersey professional boxing referee, and formerly was an amateur boxing referee and USA boxing chief of officials.

Franciosi, owner/operator of Knockout Pizza Enterprises in Lakewood, additionally served as president of the Howell Township Police Athletic League.   The Gold Medal MMA fight will take place at Brookdale’s newly renovated Robert J. Collins Arena.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.goldmedalmma.com/. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first bout begins promptly at 7 p.m.

I am honored to be doing the ring announcing for this show, and I'm looking for a big turnout. So be there!!

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Last Saturday night, December 6, 2013, twenty of the biggest names in New Jersey martial arts were inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame at the 2nd annual awards dinner held in Secaucus, New Jersey.

This event, which was attended by a venerable who's who of the martial arts world, including fighters and industry people, showed why New Jersey is considered a world leader in combat sports.

All twenty of the inductees were well deserving of their Hall of Fame honors. Members of the audience listened raptly as the inductees stood at the podium and shared stories of their lives in martial arts. There were many funny moments, as well as several poignant ones, during these acceptance speeches. A particularly touching moment came about as top New Jersey State official Nick Lembo accepted the posthumous award for his dear friend, Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Jeff Blatnick, who passed away in 2012.

After the presentations, the audience, which numbered in the hundreds, enjoyed a fine dinner, drinks and dancing. The event was held at the La Quinta Inn in Secaucus, and was sponsored by Frankie Perez and the Perez family, who own and operate Dead Serious MMA and Dead Serious Fight Gear.  The Perez family spared no expense in making the evening an unforgettable one for all those who attended.

After the event, Frankie Perez said: "On behalf of the Perez family, we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Hall of Fame this weekend. Thank you and congrats to all the inductees!"

Although only in its second year, the annual New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame dinner is already becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.  And, according to Frankie Perez, next year's event will be "bigger and better" than this year's.  Given the deep pool of talent and expertise in the New Jersey combat sports world, that comes as no surprise.

The event was filmed by GoFightLive and will be available for viewing on their website, free to the public. For photographs of the event as well as a complete list of inductees and their bios, please visit the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame website.

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Long Island fight fans are in for a treat as MMA Platinum Gloves returns for it's finale on December 14 at St. Joseph's College in Patchague, NY.  Prince Uchegbu takes on Nick Fiore in the welterweight tournament final, and if you've seen these guys fight at the semi's, you'll know not to miss this show. It's going to be an absolute war!  Check out the MMA Platinum Gloves website for ticket info:  MMA Platimum Gloves.

MMA Platinum Gloves - Season 1 Week 3

Location: John A. Danzi Athletic Center - St. Joseph's College

Dates: Saturday, Dec 14 2013, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Address: 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, NY 11772

Directions: Google, Yahoo, Bing, MapQuest

Be sure to catch the 2nd Annual New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards Dinner tonight on GoFightLive!  There are 20 New Jersey Combat Sports VIPs being inducted and you can watch it all LIVE!

Check out this link for the live, free show, which starts at 7PM:  NJ Martial Arts HOF on GFL.tv.

I'm honored to be MCing the event, and looking forward to a great night!

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of it 2013 class of inductees. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inn at 350 Lighting Way, Secaucus, New Jersey on December 6, 2013.

On December 6th, Ray Longo will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Ray Longo has been training fighters for over twenty years.  He has trained kickboxing champions, Thai boxing champions, Golden Gloves champions and two UFC champions, Matt Serra and reigning UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

Longo and Matt Serra are partners in Team Serra-Longo, which is one of MMA’s most successful fight camps.  Longo was a Team Serra coach on Season 6 of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

Longo owns Ray Longo’s MMA Academy located in Garden City, Long Island. The school, which features a regulation sized boxing ring and MMA cage, has been in operation since 1990.  The curriculum includes boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA, wrestling, and ju-jitsu.  Ray is a certified instructor of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kun Do Concepts, under Richard Bustillo, Tom Batell and Paul Vunak.

We hope you will join us on December 6, 2013.  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 NJSMartialArtsHOF.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 friends, fun, and music.

Dead Serious MMA is a big part of the North East Combat Expo which will take place on December 13-15 at the NJ Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.  On Saturday December 14, Dead Serious Fight Gear presents the World Grappling Open during the day, then Dead Serious MMA at night.  It's an amazing double-header, and I am very much looking forward to this event.

The grappling tournament is open to all grapplers, both gi and no-gi.  In addition, there is a 5 on 5 grappling contest between top camps in the North East.  Some big names will be on the mat that day, so be sure to be a part of the action.

For the Dead Serious MMA event later in the evening, Frankie Perez has put together yet another stacked card.  Dead Serious MMA events are always sold out--with good reason--so be sure to get your tickets early by visiting Dead Serious MMA's website.

(LINCROFT) The American Cancer Society will get a financial boost from “A Fight for the Cure,” a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage-fighting extravaganza scheduled Friday, Dec. 20 at Brookdale Community College.   Gold Medal MMA, a sporting event promotional company formed by Shore-area businessman David Franciosi, will host the cage-fighting spectacular, which—in agreement with the American Cancer Society—has pledged to donate 10% of ticket sales to the organization.

Franciosi is no stranger to the world of competitive sporting events. Not only will this be Gold Medal MMA’s reprise appearance at Brookdale, the group last year likewise launched an MMA battle at Jackson Liberty High School—a separate extravaganza that succeeded in its goal of raising funds for several area victims of a drunk driver.   Currently Franciosi is a New Jersey professional boxing referee, and formerly was an amateur boxing referee and USA boxing chief of officials.

Franciosi, owner/operator of Knockout Pizza Enterprises in Lakewood, additionally served as president of the Howell Township Police Athletic League.   The Gold Medal MMA fight will take place at Brookdale’s newly renovated Robert J. Collins Arena.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.goldmedalmma.com/. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first bout begins promptly at 7 p.m.

GoFightLive, the combat sports broadcasting website, has nominated Ron Templeton vs Anthony Guido for MMA Fight of the Year. The bout took place at Dead Serious MMA 8 at the New Jersey's Collins Arena on October 12. It was a brutal war of attrition, a back and forth seesaw slugfest that drove the crowd into a frenzy. Templeton by TKO in the third round of an unforgettable fight. This fight is very deserving of Fight of the Year, so please vote for it on the GoFightLive website. Clink this link to get to the poll: MMA Fight of the Year Poll.

 

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of it 2013 class of inductees. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inn at 350 Lighting Way, Secaucus, New Jersey on December 6, 2013.

On December 6th, Brian Cimins will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Brian Cimins was born in 1976 in Wayne, New Jersey.

Cimins is CEO and Founder of The Grapplers Company, Inc., producer of Grapplers Quest, a world famous ground fighting competition called by Grappling Magazine in June 2006 as “The Greatest Grappling Show on Earth” and a world renown motivational speaker, Life Coach and Strategic Interventionist specializing in Crisis Management.

Grapplers Quest has proudly hosted more than one hundred UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) roster fighters and Ultimate Fighter (Spike TV’s TUF) contestants including six UFC champions, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Frank Mir, Frankie Edgar, Matt Serra, and Ricco Rodriguez. In 2009, Grapplers Quest partnered with Zuffa, LLC and was named the official Grappling Tournament of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s MMA supershow, UFC Fan Expo.

In 2010, Cimins landed the first international television deal for the sport of grappling with FightNow TV and their 10.5 million homes throughout North America as Executive Producer of “The Best of Grapplers Quest”, a 26-episode, 3-year deal, the first of its kind. In 2011, Cimins licensed the UFC Fan Expo brand name and created the first internationally distributed 5-DVD “Best of Grapplers Quest at UFC Fan Expo”, landing distribution with iTunes and YouTube rental program at: http://LiveGrapplingcom.

Grapplers Quest was Brian Cimins’ senior year Strategic Marketing and Public Relations projects from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, graduating class of 1998. During his senior year, the now infamous workaholic apartment E-30 at Stockton College became Grapplers Quest’s think tank where Cimins assembled a genius team of young visionaries to help make his dream a reality.

Web and Game development guru and app master, Alex Britez created the web-based email marketing and community web site (http://Grapplers.com) under Cimins’ direction becoming the first company in the industry online. Britez and Cimins hosted the first ever live web streamed event in 1999 with Spider Partners, a web-based technology consulting firm. They developed the first ever online

tournament registration system and “grappling superstore” in 2000 for credit card transactions, another industry first, plus offered streaming photos live from a still camera at the event on April 24, 1999, another industry first.

Photographer Sean Ranieri (http://SeanRanieri.com) shot and edited the poster boards and first-ever promotional materials for the sport of grappling, now another photo master, Eric Zippe (http://EZippe.com) captures our grappling history through a lens along with videography master, Jim Kearns, who won “Best Videography and Photography Award in 2011″, one of Syracuse Channel 9 News best kept secrets.

College roommates and best friends, Javier Castillo and Matt Gabbianelli served as grappling training and stand-up fighting partners for Cimins in the now infamous racquetball courts of the old Stockton College Gymnasium, where Grapplers Quest was truly born, on the old wrestling mats of Stockton in Pomona, New Jersey. Cimins started researching the sport in 1994, after training in Russian Sambo, Judo and Wrestling in 1993 as a freshman in college.

After running several in-house tournaments from 1996-1998, Cimins finally took his show to the national level and on April 24th, 1999, the 1st ever Grapplers Quest hosted 298 competitors and 900 spectators, the first ever 100% Submission Grappling tournament in the United States in Montclair, New Jersey. It was originally scheduled at Montclair State University for the same date, but after review by the Board, they denied our “brutal submission sport”, canceling our event. Ironically, almost cosmically, Montclair High School was available for the same date, and the rest is grappling history.

Cimins was also the promoter for The Abu Dhabi World Submission Wrestling Championships from 2005-2007 and developed and created the now famous ADCC branded logo redesigned by Cimins himself in 2004. In 2007, Cimins brought the ADCC World Championships to Trenton, New Jersey.  In May 2009, Grapplers Quest was hired to create UFC Fan Expo’s 1st grappling tournament, July 10-11, 2009 at Mandalay Bay events center in Las Vegas. It was a historic moment for grappling when 30,000 fans witnessed our sport potentially for the first time. In 2010, the UFC, Mr. Olympia, and Europa Super shows all chose Grapplers Quest as their key strategic partner for Grappling.

In March 2009, Brian Cimins produced the first “FIGHT EXPO”, a blend of MMA, Grappling and Extreme Sports for a Great Cause benefiting the Make a Wish foundation.

In April 2007, Cimins co-founded ‘Grappling Autism’ a national fundraising campaign to benefit families of autistic children through 501c3 registered charity, AutismRadio. For information on Autism, visit: http://AutismRadio.org.

We hope you will join us on December 6, 2013.  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 NJSMartialArtsHOF.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 friends, fun, and music.

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