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In yet another outstanding show, history was made last night at Warriors Cup XVII.  The East Coast's first ever full rules female Muay Thai bout took place, followed by the first ever full rules female title fight.  The female title fight, for the vacant Warriors Cup female 138 pound title, featured Christina "X" Peteraf vs. Laurel "The Cookie Monster" Holloway, and was a non-stop barn-burner.  Both women refused to take a step back and both fought like champions.  In the end, Holloway won a close but unanimous decision and is now the reigning Warriors Cup champion.

There were two other title fights last night as well.  In the Warriors Cup 155 pound division, champion Rich Brattole was in beast mode and looked devastation in stopping talented Jovan Davis.  Brattole came out and established a furious pace, working his opponent over with punches and kicks.  He finished Davis in the second round, and in do so had the crowd on its feet.

In the Warriors Cup 130 pound division, champion Rudy Felix showed why he's the champ in winning a lopsided unanimous decision over tough Youyoung Cho.  Cho was game but Felix was quicker and landed some big punches and kicks throughout the fight to retain his title.  It was yet another great performance for Rudy Felix.

In the night's main event, a professional rules Muay Thai match featuring MMA star Lyman "Cyborg" Good vs. Strahinja Ivanovic, Good lived up to Cyborg nickname by putting his opponent on blast for five grueling rounds.  Ivanovic showed great toughness in the match, but Good never let up, coming forward every minute of every round.  His body shots were a thing of body, and they set up his head shots.  Ivanovic never gave up, however, and he threw right back at Good.  Good won the match by unanimous decision to remain undefeated in his kickboxing career.

Overall, it was yet another great night of action at the Warriors Cup, which is far and away the best Muay Thai promotion on the East Coast.  The next Warriors Cup show is September 7, and I am already looking forward to it.  Here are the official results from last night's bouts:

Warriors Cup XVII takes place this Saturday, June 1 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  The highly anticipated Muay Thai event features MMA star Lyman Good taking on highly regarded Strahinja Ivanovic in the main event.  Warriors Cup also makes history once again by bringing us the first ever full rules female Muay Thai fight in the state of New Jersey, when Christine Peteraf  of Cool Hearts Muaythai Camp takes on Lauren Holloway of Sitan Gym NY.

I am honored to once again be hosting this show from inside the ring at Schuetzen Park, and can't wait for the first bell to ring.  These shows always sell out, so jump on your chance for tickets by visiting the Warriors Cup website.

If you can't make it down to the venue, you can catch the action live on GoFightLive.

Here is the complete card for Saturday's show:

Warriors Cup XVII takes place this Saturday June 1, at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey!  Warriors Cup is the premier full rules Muay Thai promotion on the East Coast.  At this event, history will be made as the first ever full rules women's match takes place.   Christina Peteraf of Cool Hearts Muay Thai Camp takes on Laurel Holloway of Sitan Gym NY.

This fight alone is worth the price of admission, but there is a full card stacked with great talent.  For MMA fans, do yourselves a favor and check out the amazing striking at this Muay Thai event.  Muay Thai is a major component of top MMA fighters, including Anderson Silva.   So check out the Warriors Cup website for ticket info.  See you at the show!

Asylum Fight League 41 once again lived up to the Asylum's credo that "these fights are insane!"  We saw subs, KOs and closely contested decisions enroute to a great night of mixed martial arts action.  Promoter Carl Mascarenhas showed off his great matchmaking skills in putting together a great card for the fans.  In the main event, a new Asylum Fight League champion was crowned. Joe Lowry took on Rick Ebert for the title, and after 3 grueling rounds, Lowry was victorious, winning by unanimous decision.

If you missed the show live, you can still catch the replays on GoFightLive.tv.  So check it out!

Here are the official results:

The Asylum Fight League is one of New Jersey's longest running MMA promotions, and with good reason.  Promoter Carl Mascarenhas, a former fighter himself, knows what it means to get into a cage and leave it all on the mat.  He has consistently put on some of the most fight exciting cards in all of  MMA.  On May 25, Carl will be putting on his 41st show, a card that is as stacked as Asylum fans have come to expect.

The venue, as always, is the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.   It is one of the best venues I've ever had the pleasure of ring announcing in, and I am very much looking forward to this show.  If you've never been to an Asylum show, do yourself a favor and check it out live on May 25. You will see why Asylum's fights are insane!

Check out the Asylum Fight League website for ticket info and up to date info on the card.

See you at the Golden Nugget!

Dead Serious MMA has earned it's reputation as one of the finest amateur MMA promotions in the country.  Promoter Frankie Perez and his family have a passion for the sport that is unmatched.  Dead Serious cards are always filled with top level talent, and the stands are filled with fans who want to see the best fighters competing.

On June 8, Dead Serious MMA returns with its Night of Champions event.  Seven titles are up for grabs in one of the most anticipated fight cards of the year.

The event takes place at the famed Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.  It's a great venue and a fitting location to crown seven champions in one night.  This is truly and can't-miss event, and I can't wait to get into the cage to announce the champions.

Check out the Dead Serious MMA website for ticket info or just click on the poster above.

And don't forget that Dead Serious also has a fight gear collection.  I personally wear Dead Serious Fight Gear while training, and can tell you the look and quality of their gear is second to none.  Check out the collection at DeadSeriousFightGear.com.  See you at the Collins Arena!

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Former Bellator champion Lyman Good is headlining Warriors Cup XVII on June 1 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  Good, a world class mixed martial artist, will test his Muay Thai skills against the dangerous and experienced kickboxer Strahina Ivanovic.  This fight is sure to be explosive and it tops another outstanding Warriors Cup card.

Warriors Cup, which made history by bringing WBC sanctioned Muay Thai events to New Jersery, is Muay Thai's premier promotion on the East Coast.  Their cards are always stacked with the top professional and Muay Thai talent in the world.  This is a can't miss event, so be sure to get your tickets early, as it's sure to be another sell out.  For tickets and info, visit the Warriors Cup website.

See you at the show!

Two titles were defended and a heart was stolen, Saturday night.  All in a nights work for the folks over at Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC).  The Borgata was jam packed and the raucous crowd came to see some action.  They certainly got what they came for.  The South Jersey based fight organization has yet to disappoint with their brand of MMA.  The expansion to PA, DE, and VA certainly doesn’t hurt, but these guys have found a home in Atlantic City.

The story of Bobby Fabrizi and Alfred Alo’s three round war was all about heart.  These warriors went toe to toe, fought through exhaustion, and not one ounce of quit was shown.  This one is up for fight of the night and rightfully deserved.  Takedowns ended up being the deciding factor in this fight and Fabrizi came away with the unanimous decision win and found himself back on track, improving to 3-1 and getting better with every fight.

If you thought Fabrizi’s gutsy performance in this fight stole the show, think again.  Fabrizi topped that performance by dropping to a knee and proposing to his longtime girlfriend and CFFC cage girl, Melanie Truxton, in the center of the cage.  Don’t worry; she said yes and with that victory, Fabrizi went 2-0 for the night.  Not too shabby, Bobby.  Congrats to you both, Bobby and Melanie.  Best wishes for a long and happy future.  The first in-cage wedding, perhaps?

The main event was a scrap for the welterweight championship.  George Sullivan was on a mission, Saturday night.  After a great camp, “The Silencer” was more focused than ever and looked to be in the best shape we have seen him in yet.  George spent the majority of the first round defending against takedowns and despite being taken down several times; he still took the round by out striking the previously unbeaten, Brandon Becker from the ground.

Round two was all Sullivan as he used his superior striking to neutralize Becker’s wrestling.  The fight spilled to the mat and Sullivan unleashed some brutal ground and pound and forced the referee to call a stop to the action about halfway into the round.  Sullivan improves to 13-3 and this was George’s third title defense as the king of the welterweight division at CFFC.  Big things should be coming Sullivan’s way as the Pellegrino MMA standout seems to get better and better every time he gets in the cage.

The flyweight championship was also on the line Saturday night and Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella claimed another victim en route to his fourth successful title defense as champion of the 125-ers.  Dave Morgan showed up, but had no answer for Santella’s slick Jiu-Jitsu.  Morgan got the fight to the ground as he had planned to, but that ended up being his downfall.  Santella’s BJJ took over and Morgan found himself taking a nap after being locked in a triangle choke and put to sleep.  Santella continues to impress and improves to 13-3-1.  Hopefully this AMA Fight Club star will get to grace the UFC octagon sooner than later.

As if the night was not exciting enough, Zach “Fun-Size” Makovsky made his highly anticipated CFFC debut.  The Bellator vet and former champion had a tough challenge ahead of him in Claudio Ledesma.  Zach overcame some tough situations and came out victorious by way of unanimous decision.  Ledesma out forth a tremendous effort, but Makovsky’s experience and skill proved to be too much for Claudio on this night.  Rumor has it, this win may put Makovsky in line to challenge Sean Santella for “Shorty-Rock’s” flyweight crown.  You will not want to miss that one.

We also saw some outstanding performances from Jay Haas and Derrick Kennington.  Both fighters came away victorious with some impressive showings.  Despite mediocre records, these guys showed some impressive skills and should continue to improve.  You will not want to take either fighter lightly.

The next show for Cage Fury will be CFFC 25 in Valley Forge, PA on June 22nd.  Get your tickets ASAP and catch some of the East Coast’s very best MMA.  This rapidly expanding promotion keeps getting better and is one of the best organizations out there right now.  A return to The Borgata in Atlantic City should take place a little later this year.  Head over to www.cffc.tv for tickets and more information and as it becomes available.

 

Carl Mascarenhas of the Asylum Fight League has worked long and hard to put together a world class, $100K one night tournament to find the best Middleweight MMA fighter on the planet.  The event is expected to take place November 2nd, on the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia.  The Grand Prix will feature 16 fighters in total, representing 8 countries.  And the winner gets a check for one hundred thousand dollars!

Caged Insider did a nice write up on the tournament and spoke to Carl about his plans:

“We’re there; we found a home in Saint Lucia. The people were fantastic” Mascarenhas told Caged Insider.com. “The boxing commission there, the Prime Minister of Sports, the Prime Minister of Tourism, they were fabulous to deal with and they welcomed us with open arms.”

The Asylum will be holding tryouts this June in AC and Vegas, so if you are a fighter and want to compete, check out the Asylum Fight League website for details.

We'll have more on this story as it develops, and I will be interviewing Carl down at the Golden Nugget on May 25 at the Asylum Fight League 41 event. So stay tuned!


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