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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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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, Donnie Carolei will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Donnie Carolei was born in Brooklyn in 1951.

He put on his first pair of boxing gloves at age five and started taking formal karate lessons at the age of twelve. Donnie is a kick boxer, a karate champion and the holder of five “Hall of Fame” awards.

Donnie has trained with many martial arts instructors over the last forty five years. Most notably, Grand Master Peter Urban and Tommy Pitera had the most influence on his development and interest.

Donnie is currently a 7th degree black belt in USA Goju-Ryu under the esteemed Grand master Peter Urban. Donnie is the founder of USA Goju Iron Tigers Dojo.

Donnie promoted and made matches for several kick boxing shows in the area under the name of Master Productions.

Donnie has been refereeing, judging and inspecting MMA, Kick Boxing and Muay Thai shows for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board since 2005. He has worked for New Jersey at events such as the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, M-1, Ring of Combat, Cage Fury, World Combat League, Warriors Cup, Take On, and many more. Donnie has also worked most every amateur event that has ever been hosted in the State.

Donnie was the was the chief of officials for the United States Kick Boxing Association under its President, the late Paul Rosner.

Donnie said:  “It has been great to see the evolution of our sport from point fighting to MMA.  It is an honor and a privilege to work in New Jersey with a great group of individuals.  If only MMA had been around in the 1970’s!  Some of us old timers would have loved to have gotten in the cage!”

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.

Asylum Fight League is ready to once again show why it's the King of Atlantic City MMA with its 43rd show.  The show takes place on November 9 at the Trump Taj Mahal casino hotel.  Check out the Asylum Fight League website for more details.  These fights are insane!

 

Dead Serious MMA 8 was an amazing event, and people are already looking forward to the next show on December 14.  If you missed the action live, you can check out the replays on GFL.tv.  And to whet your appetite, here's a video highlight of some of the action.  Enjoy!

 

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, Liam Tarrant will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Liam Tarrant fights out of North Jersey Muay Thai Gym in Lodi where he trains under Joe Bumanlag and Ray Cruz. Liam also resides in Lodi. He has an amateur Muay Thai record of 17 wins and 3 losses. He was the winner of 4 national amateur titles. He was the 2007 WKA North American Tournament Champion. At 155 pounds, he obtained the WKA North American Championship, the WKA United States Championship, the USMTA National Championship.  Liam has a professional Muay Thai record of 4 wins and zero losses.

As a professional, he has defeated Turan Hasanov and Kevin Molina via knockout, and holds decisions over Deshawn Robinson and Michael Erosa. He has fought in New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut and Virginia.

Liam is also the co-founder of The Muay Thai Preservation Project, a 501(c)3 charity committed to helping youth in America through spreading the sport and culture of Muay Thai.

Liam is also the host of Muay Thai radio and continues to work as a Judge and live fight commentator.

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 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!

 

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The Asylum Fight League returns to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 9 with its 43rd event!  The Asylum Fight League is one of the best MMA promotions in the country, and its new home at the Taj is a fitting venue for such a prestigious fight org.  Promoter Carl Mascarenhas is hard at work putting together the card now, and as always the matches will be amazing.

Check out the Asylum Fight League website for more details on the card and how to purchase tickets.  Asylum Fight League: These fights are insane!

As always, I will be hosting the show from inside the cage at the Trump Taj Mahal, so don't you dare miss this show!

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(Dead Serious 154 Pound Champion Frankie Roberts)

Dead Serious MMA 8 took place on Saturday night, and oh what a night it was!  Frankie Roberts defended his Dead Serious 154 pound title against Jack Codero in one of the most epic title fights I've ever seen.  Codero came out blazing in the first round, bloodying Roberts' nose and take the fight to the champion.  But Roberts hung tough, and in the second round he came out aggressively, stunning Codero with a straight right hand.  Both fighters displayed great stand up and grappling skills and by the end of the second round it appeared that the fight was to be won in the third and final round.  The third round really displayed the ground work of both fighters, with Roberts relentlessly pursuing the submission and Codero defending very well.  But in the end, with just two seconds left in the fight, Roberts caught Codero with a straight armbar that forced him to tap out.  It was a brilliant display of heart and skill by two warriors, and it showed why Dead Serious MMA has a reputation for putting on classic fights.

The rest of the card featured many great fights as well.  Fans were treated to 16 fights in all, and the crowd, which filled the arena at Brookdale Community College, was roaring throughout the night.  It truly was a night to remember.

Dead Serious MMA promoter Frankie Perez Sr. told the crowd last night that his goal was to find the brightest young MMA talent on the East Coast and give them a platform to showcase their skills.  Not only is he one of the best MMA promoters in the country, he is also an excellent matchmaker.  Many of the fights last night were very closely contested, and there was not a single mismatch in the bunch.  Frankie not only promotes Dead Serious MMA fights, he and his wife and family own and operate Dead Serious Fight Gear, which has some great gear.  Indeed, the whole Perez family is all about mixed martial arts.  Daughter Chantelle Perez is a grappling champion and son Frankie Jr. is an undefeated professional mixed martial artist.

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(Promoter Frankie Perez Sr.)

It's always a pleasure to host a Dead Serious event, and I am already looking forward to Dead Serious MMA 9, which is part of an amazing martial arts double header on December 14.  During the day, Dead Serious Fight Gear presents the North East Combat Sports Expo at the Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.  That same night, also at the Expo Center, Dead Serious MMA 9 will take place.  So it's going to be a very special evening.

I'll have much more on the upcoming doubleheader soon.  In the meantime, if you missed the action live at Dead Serious MMA 8, you can catch the replays on GFL.tv.

Here are the official results of last night's bouts:

Hard hitting MMA action returns as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents "Dead Serious 8" on October 12 from the Collins Arena at Brookdale live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship is planning to blow the roof off by giving a 17-bout card with a main event for the Dead Serious Lightweight Championship and a co-main event for the Dead Serious Flyweight Title.

In the main event, Frankie Roberts (3-2) fights Jack Cordero (4-3) for the Lightweight Title. Roberts is the defending champion and won the belt in June and this will be his first title defense. Roberts is a ground specialist and has solid submissions, especially from the bottom. Roberts is also a good wrestler so he has a strong top game with strikes from the mat as well as solid cardio to go full speed for a whole fight. Cordero is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to dethrone the champion by pushing the pace. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line.

In other action, for the Dead Serious Flyweight Title, Jimmy Santiago (4-0) faces Raul Bacchus (1-3). Santiago is the champion and has never been beaten. In fact, Santiago has only gone to decision once, after submitting his 3 other opponents. Bacchus fights with a high risk-high reward style that has made him a fan favorite. Bacchus has only gone to decision once himself, so don't blink when these two 125 lb fighters lock horns.

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on October 12 as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents "Dead Serious MMA 8" exclusively at GFL.tv.

I'll be hosting the event as always, so don't miss this show!  See you at the Collins Arena!

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