Dead Serious MMA is back! On Saturday, March 29, Dead Serious MMA kicks off it's first show of 2014. The event will take place at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey, a stone's throw from the Lincoln Tunnel. For NY fight fans, this a great venue, very easy to get to. And as always, fans will be treated to some of the best mixed martial arts on the planet.

Promoter Frankie Perez is finalizing the card now, and all the major MMA camps in the area will be represented. For ticket info, check out the Dead Serious MMA website. This is one show you don't want to miss!


Asylum Fight League 44 took place last Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As usual, it was a crazy night of fights, and the Asylum once again lived up to its name.  The show started with a grappling match using NAGA Expert rules, and was refereed by legendary fighter and BJJ champion Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro. After that match, the fans were treated to 7 MMA bouts, only one of which went to a decision. It was a night of knockouts and submissions, and the standing room only crowd at the famed Xanadu Theater was standing as the fighters kicked, punched and grappled their way to victory.

The Asylum is one of New Jersey's longest running and most successful promotions, and its CEO, Carl Mascarenhas, does a great job in putting on the kinds of fights that fans love to see. It's always a great pleasure to ring announce Asylum shows, and I'm already looking forward to the next event on May 17.

This event was sponsored by Primal Kickboxing in Berlin, New Jersey, and it's a great school so be sure to check out their website.

If you missed the show live, check out the replays on GFL.tv. These fights are insane!

Here are the official results:

Ray Schweibert of the Atlantic City Weekly wrote an outstanding piece about Carl Mascarenhas and the Asylum Fight League, which has their 2014 premier tonight at the famed Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is a show that you don't want to miss and you can still get tickets by visiting the Asylum Fight League website, or coming down to the Taj. For those who can't make it in person, the fights will be broadcast on GFL.tv, so please do check it out.

From the article:

For some it may serve as the ultimate purge of pent-up aggression, for others a test of mettle against their fellow man, and for a few it may even be a gateway to greatness in the ever-growing world of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Since its establishment about five years ago, the Asylum Fight League has evolved into one of the premier MMA development leagues in the Northeast. Home-based in Atlantic City, the league was started by South Jersey product Carl Mascarenhas, who has since promoted about 200 events in the tri-state area including over 40 in Atlantic City.

Read the rest here: Atlantic City Weekly Barrage at the Taj.

See you at the fights!

New Jersey's premier fight promotion, the Asylum Fight League, returns to the Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday February 22, 2014 with Asylum Fight League 44. Doors open at 7PM and the fights begin at 8PM.

The Trump Taj Mahal is one of the hottest casino hotels in Atlantic City, and the Asylum Fight League has become a mainstay at the Taj's famed Xanadu Showroom.

As has been the history of the Asylum Fight League, only the best MMA talent from the best camps will be featured at this show.

"This is another very strong card," said promoter Carl Mascarenhas.  "We have teams from Cardo Urso's Habu Pit, Diamond MMA, Ademir Oliveira BJJ, Plinio Cruz MMA, Brach MMA, Vamos BJJ, Rising Sun, Cobra Kickboxing, Puzon Jiu Jitsu, Studio 42 Kickboxing, Team Edson Carvalho, Elite Martial Arts, Cannon Ball, and Satori Academy."

Many Asylum alumni have gone on to have great professional careers, and fans know that every show they attend could very well feature an MMA superstar in the making.

"Asylum is number one for a reason," Mascarenhas say:  "We are INSANE!"

And you'd have to be crazy to miss this event on February 22.

Tickets can be purchased at the Asylum Fight League Website at www.asylumfightleague.com.  The show takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  Doors open at 7PM and the action begins at 8PM.  For fans who can't make it to the venue, the fights will be broadcast at GFL.tv.




South Jersey's premier fight league, the Asylum Fight League, is back with its 44th big event on Saturday, February 22 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The Asylum is one of New Jersey's longest running promotions, and it has given countless fighters a golden opportunity to showcase their skills at one of the finest venues in the state.  Promoter Carl Mascarenhas is dedicated to bringing fight fans the best action possible.  Every Asylum Fight League card is stacked with the best talent in the tri-state area and beyond.

On February 22, the Asylum returns for its first show of 2014.  You definitely don't want to miss this event.  As anyone who ever attended an Asylum Fight League show can tell you...these fights are insane!

For ticket info, visit the Asylum Fight League website.  And get ready to go nuts!  As always, I will be MCing the show from inside the cage, so don't  dare miss it! See you at the Taj Mahal!

(Pic courtesy of Jersey Strong MMA)

It was an amazing night of fights at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat 47 last night at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Five champions were crowned, included the middleweight title which was vacated by now UFC champion Chris Weidman.

In a main card bout, MMA standout Frankie Perez Jr. continued improved to a perfect 8-0 with a dominating performance over the very tough and experienced Mike Santiago.  Perez is the real deal, and his getting closer to a ROC title shot.

The title fights were action packed affairs, and the champions are all very deserving of their crowns.  If you missed the event, you can check out the replay on GFL.tv.  And for pics, check out Jersey Strong MMA's facebook pageJersey Strong MMA does a fantastic job of covering the local MMA scene.

Here are the official results:

Ring of Combat returns January 24 with "Ring of Combat 47" at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and streaming on the GFL Combat Sports Network. ROC 47 is highlighted by five title fights on a 12-bout professional card. ROC continues to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and reasserts its dominance as the top dog in the Tri-State area.

In the main event, Pat Defranco (4-2) fights Chris Wade (5-1) for the vacant ROC Welterweight Championship. Defranco is coming off of two straight wins while Wade is coming off a stint with WSoF. Defranco is a strong wrestler and has been able to overpower most of his competition while grinding them down over the course of a full fight. Look for Defranco to come out looking to take Wade down and ground and pound from the top while controlling Wade on the mat. Wade is almost a mirror image of Defranco in that he likes to grind away at his opponents over a full fight and pick them apart. Wade is also an accomplished striker who can score points in space and not take much damage while doing so. If Wade can keep the fight standing he will be able to rack up points on Defranco with his kickboxing.

In other action, with the ROC Bantamweight Title at stake, Julio Arce (4-0) battles Jason McLean (6-6). Arce is an up and coming prospect from the East Coast and has shown an ability to win a fight wherever it goes. He is a strong grappler but also can hurt his opponent with punches. Look for Arce to mix up his attacks, by displaying a wide range of punches and kicks but look to take the fight to the ground if he feels he is getting bested in the striking. McLean is a grizzled vet and after 12 fights, he will bring a huge cage experience advantage into the title fight. McLean throws punches with reckless abandon and his fights are usually the most memorable because of his take no prisoners fighting style. McLean can end the fight at any time with one strike. This fight should be a shootout from the opening bell.

The ROC Middleweight Belt is up for grabs as UFC vet Chris "C-Murder" Cope (6-3) tangles with Elijah Harshbarger (6-4). Cope is used to fighting the best of the best and makes his debut for ROC fighting for the title. Cope is a respected all-around fighter with KO power in his hands and feet. Cope will try to use his distance and pinpoint striking to pick apart Harshbarger. Harshbarger is on the opposite side of things as he will likely look to close the gap and go for a takedown or utilize the clinch and take advantage of his world class wrestling in both freestyle and Greco. If Harshbarger can get the fight to the mat, his top ranked grappling could finish the fight with a choke or armbar. These two gladiators are two of the most feared 185 lb fighters in the world and the winner will have a shiny new belt to go along with his victory.

Ariel Sepulveda (6-6) takes on Keith Berish (3-0) for the Light Heavyweight Title. Sepulveda is on a 2 fight win streak and has stormed to the front of the 205 division. Berish will be quicker in the cage as he normally fights at middleweight, but moved up in weight to fight for the title. Berish will need to stay on his toes and push the pace and look for Sepulveda to wear out in the later rounds.

James Jenkins (6-1) takes on Adam Kantaev (0-0) for the ROC Bantamweight Title. Jenkins has only been to a decision once in his career and has demolished his opponents with strikes and submissions. Kantaev is a gritty fighter who has trained for years and will be making his pro debut. Expect Kantaev to try and earn his respect early as he goes right after Jenkins.

Frankie Perez (7-0) battles Mike Santiago (10-8) in a lightweight showdown that could have future title implications for the winner. Perez is undefeated and 5 of his wins have come via submission. He will tangle with the gritty Santiago who has never shied away from a fight and has battled some of the top lightweights in the area.

As always, I will be down in AC tonight commentating, so be sure to tune in.

Here are the official weights:


Gold Medal MMA's Fight for the Cure took place on Friday, December 20. The event saw a new Gold Medal MMA champion crowned and the show also raised money for the American Cancer Society. It was a great evening for the fans, who not only got to enjoy eight exciting MMA fights, but also rubbed elbows with many MMA, boxing and other VIPs, including former ECW wrestler 911.

Gold Medal MMA, owned by David Franciosi, now has a brand new 161 pound champion. Juan "Baby Face" Galarza, out of Silver Fox BJJ, fought the very tough Kendrick "Kendo" Mendez in the main event. The fight was closely contested with Mendez and Galarza both landing some great combinations standing. Garlaza's takedowns, however, were the difference in the fight, and he won a unanimous decision to take the vacant crown.

The format of this Gold Medal MMA was interesting because in addition to me doing the ring announcing, we had two other announcers. Steve Peacock did an excellent job of MCing the event and introducing Henry Hascup of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, former professional boxer Darren Maciunski, who holds victories over James "Buddy" McGirt and Meldrick Taylor, and the aforementioned former professional wrestler 911. And Al Hutchins, whose roots are in the world of rock and roll, did a bang up job thanking the many sponsors who made the event possible.

I, too, had the pleasure of introducing some VIPs, including Prairie Rugilo, Frankie Perez, Jr., Carmine Zocchi, Liam Kerrigan, Lester Caslow and Kurt Pellegrino.

All in all it was another outstanding Gold Medal MMA event, and I look forward to more shows in 2014. For a video recap of the event, check out Jersey Strong MMA, which is New Jersey's premier MMA reporting site. Here are the official results from all of the bouts:

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. Be there!!


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