Ring of Combat promoter Lou Neglia has teamed up with Frankie Perez of Dead Serious MMA to bring fight fans a night of MMA at Club Pure in South Amboy, New Jersey on November 23.  This event promises to be extraordinary, and it's easy accessable to New York fans.  Get your tickets ASAP, as Club Pure is destined to be packed with MMA fans.

Club Pure November 23, 2013.  Be there!

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, Cardo Urso will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Cardo V. Urso MGySgt (Ret.)  began his Martial Arts training in Ueichi Ryu (Okinawan Karate) in 1971. Moving to New York in 1973, Cardo then began to train in Shukukai Karate, Judo and wrestled on his high school wrestling team, he was the captain of his wrestling team his junior and senior year. After graduating from South Glens Falls High School in 1977, Cardo competed in the National Championships for Greco-Roman Wrestling in Pontiac MI. Cardo attended and wrestled at Cobleskill Community College.

In 1978, Cardo enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and he continued to train and wrestled on the Camp Lejuene Greco-Roman team. In 1980, Cardo was reassigned to Parris Island SC where he served as a Drill Instructor. While there he trained in Tang So Do and Boxed on the Parris Island Boxing team. Receiving orders to Okinawa Japan in 1983, Cardo was able to train in Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. Being reassigned to Inspector Instructor duty in Joliet Il Cardo trained in  Hapkido and Matsukazi Ryu Jujitsu. Cardo moved back to Camp Lejuene NC in 1992, and became the Battalion Operations Chief for Third Battalion Tenth Marines. During this tour, Cardo became a Close Combat Instructor Trainer in Linear Infighting Nerol Override Engagement System (LINE) of Close Combat. In 1997, Cardo was designated as the Lead Subject Matter Expert (S.M.E.) for the Marine Corps Close Combat Program as he helped to developed and implemented this program Corps wide. In 1999 he helped to reconstructed the existing Marine Corps Close Combat Program into the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (M.C.M.A.P.). Retiring in 2002 as a Master Gunnery Sargent (E-9) Cardo went to work for a Federal Law Enforcement agency, as the Branch Chief for a Defensive Tactics program.

He has over 35 years of martial arts training, and currently holds Black Belts in Okinawa Karate, White Crane, Judo, Jujitsu and Sambo, and is also a level 3 instructor in the Miletich Fighting Systems.

Cardo was an Inspector for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board until he became a Judge. As a Judge with the NJSACB, he has scored fights for promotions such as the UFC, IFL, EliteXC, Ring of Combat, Cage Fury, M-1, Bellator and Strikeforce. As a Judge for the UFC, he has worked in Rio de Janiero and Jaragua do Sul Brasil, Montreal, Birmingham England, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Mohegan Sun, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Cardo still teaches and trains in martial arts at his school, The Habu Pit, in Northfield.

Cardo and his wife May reside in Egg Harbor Township and have two children, Dominic and Lauren.

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 can't wait for this to happen.

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.

Also check out Dead Serious Fight Gear for all your combat sports gear.  They have great products, prices and customer service, and with Dead Serious Fight Gear you can show the world that you are Dead Serious about MMA.



Three days of combat sports!  That's what December holds for fight fans at the NJ Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey.  On Friday, Dec 13, there's a Strikezone Muay Thai event.  On Saturday is a spectacular double-header:  During the day, Dead Serious Fight Gear presents the World Grappling Open, featuring gi and no-gi contests.  Then on Sunday, Tiger Schulmann's MMA presents Challenge of Champions XXXV.

This is a special weekend and East Coast fight fans should definitely check out one or more of these events.  Edison, New Jersey is convenient for New Yorkers and a great time will be had by all.  Check out the poster above for a listing of just some of the activities in store for the big Combat Sports Weekend.

Gold Medal MMA returns to the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey on Dec 20.  Gold Medal MMA is a fast rising promotion that keeps getting better every time out.  You will not only see great fighters from great camps competing, but by attending this show you will also help in the fight against cancer, as 10 percent of each ticket sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

There is also a title fight scheduled, so don't miss the next Gold Medal MMA show on Friday, Dec 20, 2013!  Check out the Gold Medal MMA website for ticket details.  See you at the Collins Arena!


Press release:

Atlantic City, NJ – Just a few days after Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 28, the promotion is back with back-to-back events this Friday and Saturday at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. On Friday, November 1, 2013, CFFC 29 will begin the weekend festivities with a main event featuring the Ultimate Fighter and World Series of Fighting veteran Jeff Smith (10-2) taking on Brian Kelleher (9-5) in a featherweight battle. Whoever wins this bout will propel themselves in the title hunt.

Also featured on Friday night will be a heavyweight showdown of epic proportions when Pennsylvania’s own Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu (4-2) makes his CFFC debut against heavyweight prospect Paul Holt (1-0) hailing from New York. With Johnny Curtis taking the CFFC heavyweight title this weekend, a win here puts one of the heavyweights closer to CFFC gold. The rest of the card features CFFC mainstays including Christian Leonard (5-3), TUF alum Matt Secor (4-1) and Tommy Marcellino (4-2).

Then on Saturday night, CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Aljamain Sterling (7-0) will defend his title against Joel Roberts (9-4). This will be Sterling’s first appearance since his shoulder surgery which shelved him for over 14 months. Roberts is coming off a decision victory in his CFFC debut and has won six out of his last seven fights. The co-main event will feature two veteran lightweights looking to get closer to competing for the CFFC lightweight title when Darrell Horcher (7-1) takes on Mike Medrano (11-1). After willing his first seven fights, Horcher suffered his first loss by decision and hopes to erase that feeling with a strong outing against Medrano. After a life and career threatening scare, Medrano returned to the CFFC cage with a quick guillotine submission against Mike Santiago in just 31 seconds at CFFC 26. This event will also feature the return of Travis Wynn and a light-heavyweight battle between AMA’s Eric Hooben (1-0) against Eric Roncoroni (2-0).

Both events will also feature some of the best local amateur talent and will bring awareness to fight diabetes. For more information on the card, please visit www.CFFC.tv.

CFFC 28 took place at the Borgata Casino Hotel in Atlantic City last Saturday.  In the main event, former UFC fighter Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman defeated Kyle Baker via head and arm choke in the 2nd round.  Here are the official results from the show:

(Julio Arce--Photo by Chastity Cortijo)

Warriors Cup XIX took place last Saturday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  The card was stacked as always, and the fighters left everything in the ring.  Warriors Cup is the premier Muay Thai promotion on the East Coast, and their 19th event showed why.  There were many great camps represented, and represented very well by the fighters, which made for a great night of action.  There were also several women's matches, which as usual, had the crowd on its feet.  Indeed, the fans were still in the arena long after the fights were over, buzzing over what they'd just experienced.  It was a night of great amateur and professional Muay Thai bouts, which are being replayed on GFL.tv, in case you missed the show live.

In the main event, rising MMA star Julio Arce, out of Tiger Schulmann's camp, went toe-to-toe with Disciple MMA's Carlos Lopez. The fight was a barn burner, and both fighters had their moments in the bout.  At several points during the match, both guys were smiling as they exchanged punches and kicks--it was that kind of fight.  In the end, Arce came out on top on two of three judges' scorecards, earning him the split decision victory. Julio is now undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist and Muay Thai fighter.  He is the real deal.

Here are the official results from all the bouts:

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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