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 can't wait for this to happen.

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.

Also check out Dead Serious Fight Gear for all your combat sports gear.  They have great products, prices and customer service, and with Dead Serious Fight Gear you can show the world that you are Dead Serious about MMA.



Three days of combat sports!  That's what December holds for fight fans at the NJ Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.  On Friday, Dec 13, there's a Strikezone Muay Thai event.  On Saturday is a spectacular double-header:  During the day, Dead Serious Fight Gear presents the World Grappling Open, featuring gi and no-gi contests.  Then on Sunday, Tiger Schulmann's MMA presents Challenge of Champions XXXV.

This is a special weekend and East Coast fight fans should definitely check out one or more of these events.  Edison, New Jersey is convenient for New Yorkers and a great time will be had by all.  Check out the poster above for a listing of just some of the activities in store for the big Combat Sports Weekend.

Gold Medal MMA returns to the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey on Dec 20.  Gold Medal MMA is a fast rising promotion that keeps getting better every time out.  You will not only see great fighters from great camps competing, but by attending this show you will also help in the fight against cancer, as 10 percent of each ticket sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

There is also a title fight scheduled, so don't miss the next Gold Medal MMA show on Friday, Dec 20, 2013!  Check out the Gold Medal MMA website for ticket details.  See you at the Collins Arena!


Press release:

Atlantic City, NJ – Just a few days after Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 28, the promotion is back with back-to-back events this Friday and Saturday at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. On Friday, November 1, 2013, CFFC 29 will begin the weekend festivities with a main event featuring the Ultimate Fighter and World Series of Fighting veteran Jeff Smith (10-2) taking on Brian Kelleher (9-5) in a featherweight battle. Whoever wins this bout will propel themselves in the title hunt.

Also featured on Friday night will be a heavyweight showdown of epic proportions when Pennsylvania’s own Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu (4-2) makes his CFFC debut against heavyweight prospect Paul Holt (1-0) hailing from New York. With Johnny Curtis taking the CFFC heavyweight title this weekend, a win here puts one of the heavyweights closer to CFFC gold. The rest of the card features CFFC mainstays including Christian Leonard (5-3), TUF alum Matt Secor (4-1) and Tommy Marcellino (4-2).

Then on Saturday night, CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Aljamain Sterling (7-0) will defend his title against Joel Roberts (9-4). This will be Sterling’s first appearance since his shoulder surgery which shelved him for over 14 months. Roberts is coming off a decision victory in his CFFC debut and has won six out of his last seven fights. The co-main event will feature two veteran lightweights looking to get closer to competing for the CFFC lightweight title when Darrell Horcher (7-1) takes on Mike Medrano (11-1). After willing his first seven fights, Horcher suffered his first loss by decision and hopes to erase that feeling with a strong outing against Medrano. After a life and career threatening scare, Medrano returned to the CFFC cage with a quick guillotine submission against Mike Santiago in just 31 seconds at CFFC 26. This event will also feature the return of Travis Wynn and a light-heavyweight battle between AMA’s Eric Hooben (1-0) against Eric Roncoroni (2-0).

Both events will also feature some of the best local amateur talent and will bring awareness to fight diabetes. For more information on the card, please visit www.CFFC.tv.

CFFC 28 took place at the Borgata Casino Hotel in Atlantic City last Saturday.  In the main event, former UFC fighter Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman defeated Kyle Baker via head and arm choke in the 2nd round.  Here are the official results from the show:

(Julio Arce--Photo by Chastity Cortijo)

Warriors Cup XIX took place last Saturday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  The card was stacked as always, and the fighters left everything in the ring.  Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai promotion on the East Coast, and their 19th event showed why.  There were many great camps represented, and represented very well by the fighters, which made for a great night of action.  There were also several women's matches, which as usual, had the crowd on its feet.  Indeed, the fans were still in the arena long after the fights were over, buzzing over what they'd just experienced.  It was a night of great amateur and professional Muay Thai bouts, which are being replayed on GFL.tv, in case you missed the show live.

In the main event, rising MMA star Julio Arce, out of Tiger Schulmann's camp, went toe-to-toe with Disciple MMA's Carlos Lopez. The fight was a barn burner, and both fighters had their moments in the bout.  At several points during the match, both guys were smiling as they exchanged punches and kicks--it was that kind of fight.  In the end, Arce came out on top on two of three judges' scorecards, earning him the split decision victory. Julio is now undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist and Muay Thai fighter.  He is the real deal.

Here are the official results from all the bouts:

The Warriors Cup returns with Warriors Cup XIX on October 26 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey!  Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai on the East Coast, and all of the cards feature the best talent you will see anywhere.  This card is already shaping up to be one of Warriors Cup's finest, so be sure to check out the Warriors Cup website and get your tickets early.  Last time out the show was standing room only, so don't wait for tickets.

I am once again honored to be doing the ring announcing and look forward to seeing everyone at Schuetzen Park on Saturday, October 26.  Be there!

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, Kaensak Sor Ploenjit will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Kaensak is one of a very select few fighters to earn championship titles at both Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums in Bangkok. Kaensak was the first fighter to be named fighter of the year in Thailand for two consecutive years (1989 and 1990). He went undefeated in those two years, in fifteen contests. He was also involved in the 1993 Fight of the Year.

Kaensak was born with the name Pongsak Cheawchan. He was given the name Kaensak which translates into the meaning “core strength.” This is because he was known for his power which belied his size. Kaensak moved into a muay Thai camp at age 9. Kaensak had his first fight at age 10 and won by knockout. At age 13, he fought his first bout at Rajadamnern and won a decision.

The veteran of 250 powerful contests was known as a powerful striker with all-around skills. ”I think my style was the best because I used everything. If you just have a strong punch but can’t hit your opponent with it, that’s no good. I liked to use kicks, punches, knees, elbows, clinches, combinations, everything. There is one thing that is even more important than technique. Heart is number one. If you get hurt and say, Oh no, I’m going to die, and just go home, you cannot win You have to want to fight.”

He fought at a time where the Muay Thai in Thailand was unsurpassed, where the fighters were unquestionably the best. The 1990’s will likely be remembered as one of Thailand’s “Golden Era’s” of Sport Muay Thai. Kaensak is a legend in the sport of Muay Thai. A recent article rated Kaensak the 5th best Muay Thai fighter in the history of the sport.

Kaensak resides in New Jersey and serves as a licensed kick boxing Judge with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He serves as the agency’s head kick boxing Judge. He has scored fights for the State agency at StrikeZone, TakeOn and Warriors Cup events. He has judged every sanctioned Title bout that has taken place in 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 State Athletic Control Board has always been a leader when it comes to officiating MMA and other combat sports.  It was the first commission to sanction Mixed Martial Arts at the state level and is one of the most respected commissions in the United States.  Many other commissions look to the NJSACB for its experience and expertise in regulating combat sports. Even UFC President Dana White has called the NJSACB "the best commission in the country."

In its quest to always improve, the NJSACB conducted a Muay Thai officiating seminar this past Saturday at Coban's Muay Thai Camp in NYC.  Here is the official press release about the event:

(October 19, 2013) - Today the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board conducted a comprehensive and "hands-on" Muay Thai officiating seminar held at Coban's Muay Thai Camp in New York City. The seminar lasted four hours. This seminar had a focus on the role of the referee.

The previous NJSACB Muay Thai seminar was held at North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi, New Jersey in December 2012. That seminar, which focused on scoring, lasted six hours and was led by England's Dr. Tony Myers.

That was preceded by a seminar in July led by Vladimir Borodine of the famed Borodin's Gym in Brooklyn, NY and held at Strategic Combat in Sayreville, New Jersey. This seminar focused on proper muay Thai technique, balance and striking maneuvers.

The October 19 seminar was led by Coban who is a NJSACB licensed Muay Thai referee. Coban Lookchaomaesaitong” was born Banlu Ansiwet in Thailand His first fight was when he was 11 years old. It was at a fair sponsored by a Buddhist temple. One year later, a physician named Sam Rhung Jong Gon, whose brother was a Muay Thai fighter, and himself a ringside physician, had relocated to Buriram. He invited Coban to train and provided him with a heavy bag. By the time he was 15 years old, he had fought at least 35 fights.

As a youth, he was sent to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong, where he was given the nickname Coban by one of his trainers. Coban literally means Cowboy. When Coban was ready to attend high school, Sam Rhung Jong Gon sent Coban to Camp Lookchaomaesaitong where he was given the nickname Coban by one of his trainers. Coban literally means Cowboy. Later on his career he was named " The Cruncher" by his fans.

He won his first World Championship at the age of 19 at Lumpinee Stadium (1985).He won his second Lumpinee title (1990), his third World Championship in The Netherlands (1990), and his fourth in France (1990). A year later, Coban went on to win his fifth World Championship in Bangkok (1991), sixth in England (1991) and seventh in Australia (1991). In 1994, Coban went to California, where he earned three additional belts. In his entire career, he has earned 250 official victories and 90 knockouts.

The toughest fights of his career were against Ramon Dekkers. He fought him a total of four times,the Coban vs. Dekkers fights have been rated as the best by any standards, by Muay Thai fans worldwide.

Those who attended today's seminar include Michelle Agustin, Donnie Carolei Steve Cirone, Eric Colon, Bradley Desir, Vincent Dudley, Justin Greskiewicz, Munah Holland, Dan Miragliotta, Dr. Steven Oxler, Jaime Phillips, Darryl Porter, Julius Proenza, Paul Querido, Derek Riddick, Prairie Rugilo, Sue Sanidad, Vincent Sinclair, James B52 Smith, Liam Tarrant, Dave Tirelli, Chris Tran and Dr. Sherry Wulkan.



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