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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Kevin “TheGARV” Garvey will be inducted as New Jersey’s Announcer of the Year.

Kevin Garvey, widely known as TheGARV, started his MMA ring announcing career in 2008.  Since that year, he has announced or served as commentator for countless mixed martial arts and muay Thai bouts held in New Jersey. He has worked both professional and amateur events.

Kevin served as the ring announcer for the first WBC Muay Thai championship title bouts ever held in New Jersey.  He has worked at Asylum, Battle Cage Xtreme, Dead Serious, Evolution, Extreme Fight Club, M-1 Global, Ring of Combat, Dammage Fight League and Weapons 9 in New Jersey.

Kevin operates the website TheGARV.com, an MMA website that has a focus on New Jersey’s MMA and muay Thai scenes.

He lives with his wife and son in New York, and trains mixed martial arts with Anthony Sansonetti at Team Renegade on Long Island.

Kevin has developed a great rapport with the fighters, trainers and athletic commission officials. Because he has a friendly demeanor, he is quick to provide a smile or a laugh to those around him. He has become a part of the fabric of the New Jersey martial arts scene.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

NOTE:  I am shocked, amazed and flabbergasted at this great honor being bestowed upon me.  Very much looking forward to the awards dinner on Dec 7.  Thank you to the NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame for including me in this event.

--Garv

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Sam Caplan will be inducted as New Jersey’s MMA Match Maker of the Year.

Sam Caplan currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Relations for Bellator Fighting Championships. He has helped match and promote shows all over the continental United States as well as Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Holland, and Bulgaria.

A devout fan of Bruce Lee, Caplan began studying Long Fist Shaolin Kung Fu under Master Jeong Jeon Hoon in Elkins Park, PA in 2001. He later transitioned to contemporary martial arts, training under the watchful eye of Master Brad Daddis and Daddis Fight Camps since 2004.

After participating in several low-level amateur bouts early in his training, Caplan decided his future was outside the cage and combined his love of MMA and sports writing and created the popular and influential MMA website FiveOuncesOfPain.com, which he sold to Rebellion Online Media in 2010.

Prior to working for Bellator, Caplan worked for M-1 Global, the Titan Fighting Championships, and SHOWTIME Networks/CBS, where he was given the honor of helping produce the first-ever Mixed Martial Arts event telecast live on primetime network TV.

In 2012, Sam has already been involved with 3 Bellator events in Atlantic City with one more scheduled there this year. Bellator 74 included Marius Zaromskis vs. Nordine Taleb. Bellator 68 included Marcos Galvao vs. Travis Marx and Bellator 65 included Eduardo Dantas vs. Zack Makovsky.

Sam also brought fights such as Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard, Vitor Vianna vs. Bryan Baker, Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Pitbull and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper to Atlantic City.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Mike Constantino will be inducted as the MMA Trainer of the Year.

Mike is a resident of Denville, New Jersey who operates the martial arts school, AMA Fight Club, in Whippany. He is also the owner of MVC Sports Management.

He has brought over 10 fighters to the UFC and has trained over 25 combat sport champions.

Some of the fighters that Mike has worked with include Jim Miller, Dan Miller, Jamie Varner, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Azamat Gashimov, Charlie Brenneman, Adlan Amagov, Greg Soto, Mike Massenzio, Rafaello Oliveira, Ricardo Romero, Josh Hendricks, Sean Santella, Scott Heckman and Cody Stevens.

Mike is a black belt in Hom Do, and a brown belt in American Goju.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

Warriors Cup XV took place Saturday night at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  The crowd was on its feet throughout most of the night, as both amateur and professional Muay Thai fighters punched, kicked, kneed and elbowed their way to glory.  The main event was one of the most brutal and exciting fights I have ever seen.  Rami Ibrahim of the Sitan Gym and Ognjen Topic  of North Jersey Muay Thai went to war in their fight.  Both men fought like champions, and with good reason:  the vacant WBC US National championship was on the line.  For the first two rounds, the fight was a back and forth battle with both men landing big shots.  But in the third, Topic, landed a big knee that finished Ibrahim.  It was an explosive ending to a great fight, and the crowd more than got their money's worth.  Afterwards, Topic explained that he had injuries to both his elbows, and would be taking some time off to heal.  It will be a very well deserved rest, and I already look forward to his return.

The next Warriors Cup is scheduled for November 3, again at the Rahway Rec Center, so mark your calendars!

Here are the official results of all the action.

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Dan Miragliotta will be inducted as the MMA Referee of the Year.

Dan and his family reside in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

Dan has been a referee for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board since in 1997.

Miragliotta has served as referee for promotions such as the UFC, Strikeforce, M-1, Bellator, Elite XC, IFL, Ring of Combat and Cage Fury.

He has refereed MMA bouts throughout the United States and also in Abu Dhabi, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Panama.

Dan is a black belt in Shito Ryu Karate and Kenpo Karate and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He owned and operated a martial arts acadamy, BAMA, in New Jersey for nineteen years.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

Warriors Cup XV takes place this Saturday, September 29 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  Muay Thai is the premier striking art for mixed martial artists, and in its pure form is one of the most exciting sports in the world.  On Saturday, Warriors Cup will feature four professional Muay Thai bouts, including a the WBC Super Featherweight US National Title.  This title fight is much anticipated and features two outstanding talents in Rami Ibrahim and Ognjen Topic.  This is going to be a war!
In addition, the undercard features twelve amateur Muay Thai bouts, where you can watch young up and coming fighters battle their way to the top of the sport.  Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai event on the East Coast, so don't miss it!  Check out the Warriors Cup website for ticket info.  See you at the show!
Here is the complete card:
BOUTS-

1
TITLE
PRO
WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT US NATIONAL TITLE
Rami Ibrahim of Sitan Gym PA vs. Ognjen Topic of North Jersey Muay Thai

2
PRO
Marcus Fisher of Pittsburgh Muay Thai vs Maksim Ishkov of Kick Fighters Gym of Belarus  

3
PRO
Liam Tarrant of North Jersey Muay Thai vs. Kevin Molina of Molina's Martial Arts  

4
PRO
Jay Matias of Sitan Gym NY vs. Chris Mauceri of Black and Blue Martial Arts  

5
147
WARRIORS CUP TITLE DEFENSE
AMATEUR CLASS A   5 RDS OF 2 MIN.
Champion Omar Estevez of Sitan NY vs. Greg Rowe of Five Points NYC

6
125
WARRIORS CUP TITLE
AMATEUR B CLASS    4RDS OF 2 MIN
Robinson Marte of Lions Roar vs. Cornell Ward of Five Points NYC

7
145
AMATEUR CLASS A   3RDS OF 2MIN.
Bobby Slavin of Cool Hearts vs. Arad Namin of North Jersey Muay Thai  

8
155
AMATEUR CLASS A  3RDS OF 2 MIN.  
Ankur Mathews of North Jersey Muay Thai vs. Spencer Grekoski of Weapons 9/Modern Martial Arts  

9
135
AMATEUR CLASS A MODIFIED  (without gear and minus the elbows)   3*2
Jaffer Panezai of Chok Saboi vs. Tank Lachaga of Sitan Gym NY  

10
125
AMATEUR CLASS B   3*2
John Nace of Black and Blue vs. Vincent Pineno of The Wat  

11
135
AMATEUR CLASS B  3*2
Gary Monteleone of Satori Academy/Weapons 9 vs. Bao Khong of Pentagon MMA

12
130
AMATEUR CLASS B   3*2
Vinnie Landolfo of Impact Muay Thai vs. Lev Borukhlov of Chok Sabai Gym

13
147
AMATEUR CLASS B 3*2
Jimmy Reid of Iron Wolverines vs. Malik Johnson of Muay Thai Dragon   

14
115
AMATEUR CLASS B 3*2
Annie Lieberman of Chok Saboi vs. Phoenix Carnevale of the Wat  

15
110
AMATEUR CLASS B 3*2
Jessica Fiore of Iron Wolverines vs. Gianna Smith of Five Points NYC

16
175
AMATEUR CLASS B 3*2
Chris Roeck of Impact Muay Thai vs. Mike Aciavatti  of Iron Wolverine

Ray Cruz (left) and Joe Bumanlag

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

Mr. Cruz and Mr. Bumanlag will be awarded the honor of Muay Thai Trainers of the Year on December 7th.

Joseph Bumanlag and Ray Cruz are both New Jersey residents who instruct at North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi.

Ray Cruz began training in Muay Thai seventeen years ago under Kru Nestor Marte and Arjarn Pra Sit Thang Dong. He trained in Thailand at the Saktaywan camp. He has also trained with Fahleap Sritrakool at the Eminent Air camp in Thailand. Ray received his first title of Kru under famed fighter Thanonsak Sor Plantalae. He was awarded his second Kru title by Arjarn Pra Sit Thang Dong of Bangkok. Ray believes in constantly evolving with new fitness and health ideas while remaining true to authentic Muay Thai.

Joe Bumanlag was awarded Kru by Arjarn Pra Sit Thang Dong of Bangkok’s Saktaywan camp, and Kru by Lumpini and Rajadamnern fighter Thanonsak Sor Plantalae. He has trained with Eminent Air Gym and Fairtex Gym of San Francisco. Joe is also NASM certified personal trainer.

Fighters such as Ognjen Topic, Liam Tarrant, Chris Schilling and Ruby Calabrese have trained under their watch. Both Ray and Joe believe that it takes the whole fight team to prepare a fighter, and that the whole school contributes in a family atmosphere.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

The Warriors Cup show is back with more professional and amateur Muay Thai action next Saturday, September 29 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  The card is shaping up very nicely, and as usual the match ups are outstanding. The main event features two amazing Muay Thai practitioners, Rami Ibrahim and Ognjen Topic vying for the WBC National US Title. If you are an MMA fan, it's a chance to check out the one striking art that every mixed martial artist studies--in its purest form.  Elbows, fists and knees will be flying, so be sure to check out this great night of striking action.

For more info, check out the Warriors Cup website.  I will also have more on this event as we get closer to the date.  I am pumped to once again be hosting the show from inside the ring, and look forward to seeing you all there!

Here is the top of the card:

WBC NATIONAL US TITLE
RAMI IBRAHIM  VS  OGNJEN TOPIC

WBC FULL RULES- PRO BOUTS
MARCUS FISHER    VS    MAKSIM ISHKOV
LIAM TARRANT      VS    KEVIN MOLINA
JAY MATIAS          VS    CHRIS MAUCERI

STACKED AMATEUR UNDERCARD
3 A-CLASS FULL RULES AMATEUR BOUTS
2 AMATEUR TITLES

10 B-CLASS AMATEUR BOUTS

WEAPONS 9 PROMOTIONS WILL CAP OFF 2012 WITH
WARRIORS CUP XVI(16) ON NOVEMBER 3RD

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Louis Neglia will be inducted into the first class of honorees. Neglia will be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement honor.

Louis Neglia is a three-time World Kickboxing Champion, a former U.S. Kickboxing Champion, a Florida Karate Champion, New York State Champion, and an Eastern American Karate Champion.

Lou is an eight-degree Black Belt who retired from competition in 1985 with a career record of 34 wins and only 2 losses.

He starred in four martial arts related motion pictures (“A Hard Way to Die”,”Super Weapon”,”Fist of Fear”,and “One Down”, “Two To Go”).

Louis Neglia operates a kickboxing and martial arts academy in Brooklyn, New York.

Many New Jersey fighters have competed on his Combat at the Capitale shows held in New York City.

He has promoted over fifty professional and amateur mixed martial arts events in New Jersey. He has also held about as many kickboxing cards in this State.

He has held shows in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Edison, Elizabeth, Newark, North Bergen, and Secaucus.

He is most recognized for his long running professional mixed martial arts promotion known as Ring of Combat. Every Ring of Combat subsequent to the first show has been held in New Jersey.

Ring of Combat events are notable for featuring promising local fighters who are later signed by large worldwide promotions. Some Ring of Combat alumni include Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza , Frank Edgar, Louis Gaudinot, Josh Koscheck, Jim Miller, Dan Miller, Kurt Pellegrino, Costa Philippou, Pete Sell and Chris Weidman.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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