The Asylum Fight League returns to the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City on March 2 for another installment of thrilling amateur mixed martial arts action.

Slick submissions. Crushing knockouts. Back-and-forth battles. In 39 events, the Asylum Fight League has seen it all go down in the cage, and this – their 40th show – will be no different, with rookie and veteran fighters alike all hailing from the region’s top fight academies.

There are over a dozen fights scheduled, including:

  • Mike Tiabl (Team Endgame, 4-2) vs. Greg Quarantello (BJJ Shore Academy, 7-2)
  • Frank Roberts (Silver Fox BJJ, 2-1) vs. Kevin Perez (Cardo Urso’s Habu Pit, 3-0)
  • Anthony Pipola (New York Combat Sambo, 2-0) vs. Adam Pakiela (JKM Fitness, 1-3)

“We are looking to get amateur fighters to the next level,” said AFL promoter Carl Mascarenhas. “There are other amateur events, but what sets us apart from them is we run a professional event with a professional look – from music to lights to venue.”  Added Mascarenhas, “We provide the vehicle for those fighters who want to test their skills against the best regional fighters in their weight class, and show the results of all the hours of training.”

All bouts sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and held under New Jersey amateur mixed martial arts rules.

Doors open at 7pm, first fight is at 8pm.

Fight card subject to change.

About Asylum Fight League

Founded by veteran promoter Carl Mascarenhas in 2008, Asylum Fight League has long been the home of premiere amateur MMA action. Veterans of the AFL have gone on to compete on “The Ultimate Fighter”, as well as in the UFC, Bellator, Ring of Combat, and in other high-level professional organizations. For more info, go to their website at www.asylumfightleague.com.

If you can't make it down the AC, check out the action live on GoFightLive. As always, I'll be hosting the show from inside the cage, so don't miss it.  These fights are insane!


Warriors Cup is back!  On Saturday April 6, 2013 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey, the regions premier Muay Thai event takes place with a card full of professional and amateur Muay Thai action.  This is a show not to be missed.  Muay Thai is one of the premier striking arts, and most MMA fighters practice the art.   As always, I'll be hosting the event from inside the squared circle.  Come on out and enjoy watching the sport's best fighters do their thing in the ring on Saturday April 6.

These shows always sell out, so get your tickets ASAP.  Check out the Warriors Cup website for ticket info.  See you at Schuetzen Park!



The Asylum Fight League is back with its 40th big show, this one the first of 2013.  On March 2, at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Asylum Fight League 40 takes place.  As always, I'll be in the cage introducing the fighters and hosting the show.  The Asylum has earned its reputation as one of the premier amatuer MMA promotions in the country.  Asylum cards are always stacked with talent, and this promises to be their biggest and best yet.  Don't miss it!  Click on the poster above or check out the Asylum Fight League website for ticket information.  These fights are insane!


(Ring of Combat Champion Ryan LaFlare)

Ring of Combat 43 took place in Atlantic City on January 25 and once again Long Island had a very strong showing.  In fact, both title fights on the card featured champions from
"Strong Island."  In the co-main event, 145 pound champ Deividas Taurosevicus looked very sharp in defending his crown against the very tough Frank Carabello.  Deividas took Carabello down in the first round, and secured a reverse triangle from which Carabello could not escape.  The official result was a submission win via the reverse triangle, but from where I sat, it looked like Deividas was cranking the arm as well.  Either way, it was yet another dominant performance by Deividas, who has fought in Bellator and the WEC before making the ROC his home.  He runs his own gym, Taurus MMA, on Long Island.

In the main event, Ryan LaFlare, who was 6-0 going into the fight with all six wins coming inside the distance, added to his win streak with a third round armbar submission victory.  This was the first time LaFlare saw the third round in a fight, which is understandable since he was coming off a 2 and half year layoff.  Ryan dominated the action on the feet and on the ground, but his opponent, Andrew Osbourne, showed great toughness in taking Ryan farther into a fight than he's ever been.  Osbourne has a great chin, excellent submission defense, and a lot of heart.  After the layoff, this was the kind of fight that LaFlare needed to shake off the ring rust.  Ryan trains out of Bellmore Kickboxing and Long Island MMA, and he puts the "Strong" in "Strong Island."

Another Long Islander, Robbie Plotkin, made his MMA debut on the card as well.  He fights out of the Serra Longo fight team, and showed real promis with a first round submission of the very tough Whitney Francois.  Plotkin is a fighter to keep your eye on for sure.

On the main card, two more Long Island fighters, Chris Wade and Andre Harrison, both looked sharp in their victories.  Harrison, an excellent wrestler, showed off his punching and kicking power by stopping the fight via strikes in round two.  Andre, who improved to 5-0, fights out of Bellmore Kickboxing and Long Island MMA, and has been improving in every fight.  Already an excellent grappler, Harrison's stand up is really coming along.  He is on the road to an excellent career in MMA.  As is Chris Wade, who also fights out of Bellmore Kickboxing and Long Island MMA.  Wade took on the popular and ferocious New Jersey fighter Mike Medrano, who trains with the Miller Brothers at AMA Fight Club.  Medrano took the fight to Wade, who showed great composure in winning a three round unanimous decision.  Like Harrison, Wade is 5-0.  He too is a great wrestler, and his stand up just keeps getting better every time out.  Both of these guys could be headed to the UFC or Bellator in the future.  And they will have earned it.

Before you start asking yourself if the card only featured Long Islanders, I can tell you it did not.  Because New Jersey's own Frankie Perez Jr., extended his undefeated win streak to five, with a submission victory over the very tough and experienced Alfred Walker.  Frankie, who has finished 4 of 5 opponents, had Walker in all kinds of trouble throughout the fight.  Walker's submission defense was excellent but not enough to prevent a head and arm choke in the second round.  Frankie, a member of the fighting Perez family, is another fighter on the fast track to stardom.  He was this site's Prospect of the Year, and he has a bright future ahead of him.  Frankie trains out of the Ricardo Almeida camp, and he can be seen at most MMA events in New Jersey, where he DJs the events.  Keep your eye on this kid, he's going places.

Here are the official results from Ring of Combat 43.


Dead Serious MMA is back!  On March 30, 2013, Dead Serious Fighting Championship returns with its first event of 2013.  This event will take place at the famed Collins Arena in Lincroft, New Jersey.  Titles will be on the line as the region's top amateur fighters battle it out in the Dead Serious cage.  Dead Serious MMA events are always sold out, so click the poster above or go here for tickets: Dead Serious MMA Tickets.

Do not miss this show!

Very interesting article at FightLand.com about the brutal leg kicks Nate Marquardt suffered at the shins and feet of Tarec Saffiedine in the main event of Strikeforce's final show last Saturday night.  Nate, the reigning Strikeforce champion, was expected by most people to win the fight, but Saffiedine kept him off balance with the leg kicks, enroute to a five round unanimous decision.

During the fight, as early as the first round, it was clearly visible that Nate's leg was sustaining damage.  By the end of the fight, his thigh was swollen and purple, and now he faces possible long term damage.

In FightLand's interview with New Jersey fight doctor, Dr. Michael Kelly, the doctor explains about the possible risk in taking that kind of damage:

"There's definitely the risk of long-term damage here. The biggest problem with something like this, where you have a repetitive injury in the same area and it’s that extensive, is the development of Myositis Ossificans Traumatica. What that is, is you get heterotropic bone formation in the muscle as a result of repetitive strikes or repetitive blood trauma to the same area. As your body heals, it starts to reabsorb some of that blood, but it leaves deposits of calcium in the muscle, and the body actually starts to form bone in the muscle, which affects the function of the muscle. And looking at this bruise, you can see varied levels of Ecchymosis, of bruising. That tells me he’s more likely to develop big calcium rocks in the muscle."

Dr. Kelly goes more in depth in the full article, which you can read here:  FightLand Interviews Dr. Kelly.

For New Jersey MMA, Dr. Kelly is a familiar figure at the fights.  He is one of the top fight doctors in the sport of MMA, and it's always a pleasure working with him at NJ shows.  In addition to being a fight doc, Dr. Kelly is an author as well.  He wrote an excellent book about "Death Touch" or Dim Mak as it's called.  The book explores Dim Mak from a scientific perspective and it's a great read.  You can check out the book here:   Death Touch: The Science Behind the Legend of Dim Mak.

Ring of Combat XLIII is coming up next Friday, January 25, 2013.  Scheduled to fight on the card is Ed "Truck" Gordon (5-1), but his opponent dropped out.  Promoter Lou Neglia is seeking a replacement fighter, who must be within driving distance of Atlantic City and weigh between 185-190 pounds.  It's a great opportunity to get paid and get noticed, with the show money being $1000.

Topping the card is undefeated Ryan LaFlare, who is 6-0 with 6 finishes.  He is truly a destroyer and will be looking to keep his streak going.  Also fighting is Deividas Taurosevicus, who had the crowd on its feet in a stirring come from behind victory at ROC 42.

The action takes place next Friday, January 25, at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  If you can't make it down to the show, you can watch it live on PPV at GoFightLive.

Any interested fighters willing to take on Ed Gordon, please call (516) 458-4989.

It was an amazing experience being inducted into the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame on December 7th.  I am still in shock about the whole thing, and feel very honored to have been included.  The place was packed and the food and comraderie was spectacular.  It was a truly special evening.  I was inducted right after the legendary Renzo Gracie, which was a surreal moment for me.  And having another legend, Nick Lembo, present me with the award really made the night unforgettable.

Here is some info from the NJ Martial Arts HOF website about how to view pics and video of the event, free!  The date is already set for next year (Dec 6) and I would bet that it's going to be even bigger and better this year.

On Friday December 7, 2012, the *New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame *honored its inaugural class of inductees. Our congratulations  again to all the inductees.

Over 250 guests attended the first dinner induction ceremonies held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel’s main ballroom. Thank you to everyone who came to support New Jersey’s martial arts community. It was certainly a fun night.

If you missed the event; as of December 13 at 5pm est, you can view the entire event, for free, on GoFightLive at:  http://www.gfl.tv/showEvent.do?eventId=1731

Many thanks to GoFightLive.tv for filming the event.

Dan Rod’s 373 professional photos of this historic event can be found (use the slideshow option) by visiting:  http://photos.danrod.net/njhalloffame/2012.

We are proud to already announce next year’s dinner date! So save the date of Friday, December 6, 2013. We are looking forward to another fun night with friends, family and honorees already.

You can visit our website of www.njmmaawards.com to see biographies of the historic first class of honorees. Stay tuned as the committee has already began considering next year’s nominees.

Enjoy the upcoming end of the year holidays!

Here is the complete list of award winners:

2012 Inaugural Class Inductee Awards

Legend Award- Renzo Gracie

Lifetime Achievement Award- Louis Neglia

MMA Fighter of the Year- Frankie Edgar

MMA Female Fighter of the Year- Munah Holland

Muay Thai Fighter of the Year- Ognjen Topic

Muay Thai female fighter of the Year- Prairie Rugilo

MMA Trainer of the Year-Mike Constantino

Muay Thai Trainer(s) of the Year- Ray Cruz and Joe Bumanlag

MMA Promoter of the Year- Rob Haydak

MMA Matchmaker of the Year-Sam Caplan

Muay Thai Matchmaker of the Year- Chris Tran

Muay Thai Referee of the Year- Coban

MMA Referee of the Year- Dan Miragliotta

MMA Judge of the Year- Ricardo Almeida

Muay Thai Judge of the Year- Vladimir Borodine

Ringside Physician of the Year- Dr. Sherry Wulkan

Announcer of the Year- Kevin Garvey

Media Personality of the Year-Jim Genia

Pioneer MMA Fighter Award- Dave Tirelli

Outstanding Achievement in MMA- Kurt Pellegrino

Tonight's New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and induction ceremony includes many familiar MMA names.   For readers of this site, most of whom are MMA fans, the list reads like an MMA legends Who's Who.  But there are also legendary names from the sport of Muay Thai on that list as well.   Vladimir Borodine and Coban "The Crusher" Lookchaomaesaitong are just two of the big name Muay Thai legends being inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight.  And although MMA is more popular than Muay Thai at the moment, the "art of eight limbs" is definitely making inroads into the consciousness of the sports fan in the United States.

Muay Thai is a striking art that includes punching, kicking, elbow strikes and knee strikes.  It is one of the most ferocious martial arts out there, and most if not all mixed martial artists incorporate Muay Thai techniques into their overall MMA game.

As a ring announcer, I started out as strictly doing MMA events, but now I have the pleasure of calling Muay Thai events as well.  Every Muay Thai shown I've done has been sold out, and the fans love the non-stop action in the ring.  Thanks to the efforts of Nick Lembo and company, pro-rules Muay Thai is now fully sanctioned in the state of New Jersey, and the WBC has already held sanctioned title fights.  The sky seems to be the limit for this exciting "new" sport, which is beginning to get recognition in the U.S., but is already huge in the country of its origin, Thailand. .

Muay Thai originated in Thailand well over a thousand years ago.  In the 1920s, Thai ruler King Rama VII put together the official modern rules of the sport, and since then Muay Thai popularity has exploded in Thailand and around the world.

I'm glad that the sport is beginning to see popularity in New Jersey.  It's always a thrill to ring announce a Muay Thai event, and watch world class athletes do their thing in the ring.

But as far as training in the sport, I will leave that to all the talented pros and ammy Nak Muay guys out there.  That sport is too rough for me.  Bingo is actually more my speed--and I'm pretty damn good at it.  Go to Party Bingo if you want to test your own skills.

Tonight's Hall of Fame ceremony is yet another sign that Muay Thai has arrived in the states, and it's going to be a huge honor for me to be inducted alongside some of Muay Thai's biggest names.   If you are attending tonight's Hall of Fame dinner, I look forward to seeing you there.  If you can't make it live, you can check out the ceremony on GoFightLive.com.

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