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Dead Serious MMA 9 took place last night at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey, and not only were new Dead Serious MMA champions crowned, but history was made as Dead Serious showcased its first ever female MMA bout.  The fans in attendance were treated to a special night, as all the fighters left everything they had in the cage.  The evening capped a great year for Dead Serious MMA, and I'm already looking forward to the new champions defending their titles in 2014.

In the women's bout, Liz Welch took on Jenna Serio, and the two wasted no time in clashing in the center of the cage.  After some great exchanges, Serio locked on an armbar and submitted Welch in the first round.  It was the first of what I hope will be many women's MMA bouts at Dead Serious.  Women are coming into their own in MMA, and it was great to see two female fighters grace the cage last night.

In the first of the four championship bouts, a long anticipated match up took place between Anthony "El Nino" Rivera and Jovanny "The Submission Magician" Alvarez for the vacant 130 pound title. At the end of the first round, Alvarez, working from his guard, nearly ended the fight with a kimura.  But Rivera, who has always shown great toughness, was able to resist the sub until the bell rang.  In rounds two and three, Rivera took control, and in the end El Nino earned the unanimous decision win to win the title.

The next title fight, for the vacant Dead Serious 168 pound title, saw Cory Menafra and Eric Perez fight a very close battle.  Each man had his moments in the fight, and I had no idea who was ahead at the end.  The judges' scorecards showed just how close the fight was, with Perez coming out on top in a split decision win to take the crown.

The third title fight of the evening featured two Brazilian Ju Jitsu brown belts, Sergio DeBari and  Mike Guarneri vying for the vacant Dead Serious 147 pound title. The fight, as expected, was a ground war, as both men battled for dominant positions.  In the end, DeBari had his hand raised, the winner by unanimous decision and new Dead Serious 147 pound champion.

The main event featured undefeated Renzo Gracie brown belt Trevor "The New York Strangler" McGovern against Ronnie Agosto for the vacant Dead Serious 190 pound title.  McGovern was 4-0, with all four wins by way of rear naked choke, and as expected he came into the fight looking to take Agosto down.  But Ronnie had other plans and he utelized his sprawl to perfection.  In the first two rounds, Agosto was able to keep the fight standing and he landed some big punches on McGovern.  In the third round, however, McGovern was able to get the fight to the ground and he attempted some submissions but was unable to lock anything up.  Agosto walked away with the unanimous decision win and the Dead Serious belt.

All in all it was yet another great night of Dead Serious MMA action, and it topped off a great year for the promotion.  If you missed the show live you can catch the replays on GFL.tv, where you can enjoy the commentating of Dead Serious MMA's 155 pound champion Frankie Roberts.  It was fun working with Frankie, and it's always a great time working with the Perez family and the New Jersey officiating team, led by Nick "Luscious" Lembo.

Here are the official results of all the bouts.

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.

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.

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