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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.

(Freddie Pontoreiro--Photo by Chastity Cortijo)

Last Saturday night, Lou Neglia and Dead Serious MMA Promotions teamed up to bring fight fans MMA @ Club Pure, which took place in South Amboy, New Jersey.  The venue, Club Pure, formerly Club Abyss, was packed, and the SRO crowd was treated to some excellent mixed martial arts action, including a main event that could be the fight of the year.  In that bout, undefeated fighters Alex Paterno and Freddy Pontoriero showed great submission offense and defense.  In the first round, Paterno locked a straight armbar on Pontoriero that seemed sure to stop the fight.  But Pontoriero managed to muscle his way out of it, and went on to win via his own submission in the second round.  It was an amazing display of technique by both fighters, and I would love to see a rematch.

If you missed the event live, you can check out the replays at GoFightLive.  For highlights, check out this video recap by Jersey Strong MMA.   The event was also lucky enough to have been photographed by Chastity Cortijo, who is one of the best MMA photographers on the planet.  Check out her pics of the event here:  MMA @ Club Pure by Chastiy Cortijo.

Here are the official results of all the bouts:

Recently, NJ's Star-Ledger online newspaper wrote a less than flattering article about the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  The writer of the article spoke to several fighters and industry people, many of whom feel that their comments were taken out of context.  It was essentially a hit piece on the sport, which is as surprising as it is ridiculous.  MMA brings in a lot of revenue to the state, and it gives athletes opportunities to compete.  No one is forcing fighters to fight--they do it for love of the game.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board is the most respected commission in the country, and it has always been a leader in putting rules in place to keep fighters safe in the cage.  Nick Lembo, Counsel to the NJSACB, is well known for legitimizing the sport by putting in place the unified rules, which brought MMA out of the "dark ages" and into the mainstream.  Under his leadership, New Jersey was the first state to sanction MMA, and now every state except for New York sanctions the sport.

You would think that the Star-Ledger would recognize the efforts of the state to ensure fighter safety, but instead they took the opposite approach.  Anything for hits, I suppose.

George Sullivan was furious with how the Star-Ledger depicted his weight cut.  He went on KOTOMMA Radio to set the record straight.  Nick Lembo also appeared on the program to give his take on the article.  It's a great listen, and it paints a far different picture about the sport that the writer at the Star-Ledger did.

You can listen to George and Nick set the record straight here:  KOTOMMA Radio.

 

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, Rolles Gracie will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Rolles Gracie was born July 14, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also mentioned several times as Roll(e)s Junior as his father was the family and BJJ Legend Rolls Gracie (although their names are slightly different).

Rolles started his contact with the family tradition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through his father and grandfather (Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie). That came to a stop in 1982 (Rolls was 6 years old) when his father passed away after an odd accident while gliding.

A few years later, in 1996 he restarted his tuition at the hands of his uncle Rilion Gracie, his father’s younger brother at his academy in Santa Catarina, South of Brazil. He also cross trained with his other uncle Carlinhos Gracie at Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. With his uncles training he went on to achieve several medals at different BJJ competitions.

In 1998 he moved to Boca Raton in Florida to live with his mother.  Unfortunately there wasn’t many BJJ schools nearby, so he picked up Judo practice, were he also excelled, winning important competitions in the sport.

In 1999 Rolles decided to go back to Rio to pursue his desire to achieve BJJ greatness. That came by the hands of Carlinhos Gracie, who handed him the black belt a few years later.

In 2004 Rolles moved to New York City to work with his older cousin Renzo Gracie, helping him with his classes.

Rolles lives in Homdel, New Jersey.

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.

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, Dante Rivera will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Dante Rivera is a professional fighter with a standing record of 15-7 with 11 finishes. Rivera is disciplined in boxing, wrestling and Muay Thai; as well as Jiu-Jitsu holding a black belt under Ricardo Almeida.

Rivera’s debut as a professional fighter was for Bragging Rights MMA on November 9, 2002 in Bayonne, NJ. Rivera defeated Chris Scanlon in a three round unanimous decision. Rivera racked up two more wins in the next two years before being offered his first title shot against Jose Rodriguez under Ring of Combat. Rivera defeated in Rodriguez by TKO in the second round to earn his first Championship belt.

Rivera suffered his first loss less than a year later at the hands of Lance Everson in a unanimous decision. Rivera then went on to win 7 of his next 9 bouts including two championship fights earning the Middleweight Championship Belt under Reality Fighting and the Light Heavyweight belt under Combat in the Cage.

Rivera’s reputation earned a spot in the 7th season of the Ultimate Fighter in 2008. Rivera earned his spot in the house with a 1st round win in the preliminaries. Rivera continued on to the Quarter finals before losing by unanimous decision to now UFC veteran Matt Riddle.

Since then Rivera has won 4 out of 7, finishing 3 out of the 4. Rivera has wins over Ring of Combat, Bellator, and Strikeforce veterans such as Ronald Stalling, Lance Everson and Dan Cramer. Rivera is also a two time Champion in both Middleweight and Lightheavy Weight division.

Rivera continues to train Jui-Jitsu under black belt and UFC veteran Ricardo Almeida while preparing to fight again here in the near future. Rivera has also opened his own school in Howell, NJ simply named Jiu-Jitsu where he hopes to develop his own future fighters.

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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