(George Sullivan: CFFC 26 August 17, 2013)

Winning a championship is not always the toughest part of being a competitor.  It is defending the title that is often the biggest challenge.  George Sullivan defended his title for a fourth time, Saturday night and continues to leave a trail of victims in his wake.  Sullivan weathered a bit of a storm early on and did an exceptional job of staying focused and patient.  “The Silencer” was tested by Jesus Martinez at CFFC 26, but Sullivan persevered and passed another test on his way to his sixth straight victory, fourth by KO/TKO.

Sullivan has admitted to not being a first round fighter, but he survived an aggressive attack by Martinez throughout the first round.  Sullivan took a few solid punches from Jesus, but did not appear to be hurt by the strikes.   Round two started off a bit like round one, but this time, while pressed against the cage, Sullivan landed a solid knee to the body that crumpled Martinez to the mat.  Seizing the opportunity, Sullivan pounced on Martinez and delivered his trademark ground and pound that forced referee, Gasper Oliver, to call a stop to the bout at the 3:12 mark of round two.  The CFFC Welterweight Champion improves to 14-3 and continues to improve and impress.

Recently signed middleweight, Duane Bastress won his co main event bout in dramatic fashion with what should end up being KO of the night.  Mike Stewart is always a tough opponent, but Bastress used some precision striking and good movements to dominate Stewart for the first two rounds.  The end came early in third round when Bastress landed a nasty head kick that dropped Stewart and Bastress managed to land a few more strikes before the fight was stopped thirty-three seconds into the round.  An impressive CFFC debut, to say the least.

Submission of the night should end up going to AMA’s Mike Medrano.  Medrano bounced back from a nasty injury that almost had him losing his leg.  Medrano never gave up, recovered, and found himself back on track after a thirty-one second submission victory, Saturday night.  Mike Santiago shot in for a takedown and before he knew it, found himself caught in a slick guillotine choke that forced a tap out.  Just like that, Medrano is back and I expect he will be back in the cage as soon as possible.

In other action at CFFC 26, Aung La N Sang continued his winning streak with another impressive submission victory.  This time it was a second round rear naked choke against Shedrick Goodridge.  Gracie BJJ standout, Jordan Stiner won the battle of the unbeatens with a rear naked choke at the end of the second round over Donald Ooton.  Pellegrino MMA vet, Lester Caslow also came away victorious over Brylan Van Artsdalen with a guillotine choke in what was a very entertaining matchup.  George Sheppard, Peter Cole, and Christian Leonard all won their respective fights as well.

CFFC 26 had nine bouts on the card and only one went to a decision.  It was an easy night for the judges, but an exciting night for the fans in attendance.  There should have been a second championship bout Saturday night, but Charlie Brenneman’s short-notice opponent, Ronnie Rogers, had a tough weight cut and found himself in the hospital and the fight had to be scrapped.  Mike Constantino, Brenneman, and AMA Fight Club handled the situation with a ton of professionalism, despite the disappointing situation.  We will look forward to seeing “The Spaniard” compete on a future CFFC show.  Check out www.cffc.tv for upcoming fight cards and ticket info.



The New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame has released the names of this year's inductees, and like last year, the list is chock full of some of the biggest names in combat sports.  Here is the official press release for the HOF awards, which will take place on December 6, 2013 at the La Quinta Inn in Secaucus, New Jersey, a stones throw from NYC.

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud to announce the second class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.To see all of the inductees biograhies and pictures, please visit our website www.njmmaawards.com.

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites Meadowlands Hotel  on December 6, 2013.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com.

Discount hotel room rates at La Quinta can be also obtained by calling 201-863-8700 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey has always been on the forefront of combat sports, and some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai history have taken place at various venues around the state.

New Jersey has had a boxing hall of fame since the 1960′s and, in a similar sense, we hope to recognize and honor those involved in combat martial arts such as MMA and Muay Thai. New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities.

Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts.

This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

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 www.njmmaawards.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.

2013 Second Class Inductee Awards

MMA Fighter – Jim Miller

Lifetime Achievement – Danny “Tiger” Schulmann

MMA Judge – Cardo Urso

Grappling Promoter – Brian Cimins

Female MMA Fighter – Tara LaRosa

Ringside Physician – Dr. Michael Kelly

MMA Trainer – Ray Longo

Pioneer Fighter – Dante Rivera

Kick boxer – James Smith

Wrestling – Jordan Burroughs

Traditional Martial Arts – Michael DePasquale Jr.

Muay Thai Fighter – Liam Tarrant

Photographer – Tom DeFazio

Lifetime Contributions – Donnie Carolei

Pioneer Media – Stephanie Stokes

Visionary – Donald J. Trump

Muay Thai Judge Kaensak

Grappling – Rolles Gracie

Announcer – Peter Neglia

Posthumous – Jeff Blatnick


Some great fights taking place down in Atlantic City, NJ tonight at CFFC 26.  From the CFFC Website:

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) will crown a  new lightweight champion when Charlie “the Spaniard” Brenneman takes on Kyle “the Alley Cat” Baker     at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The title was left vacant after then undefeated prospect, John Cholish, submitted WEC veteran, Jameel Massouh by guillotine back in June 2013.  Right after that victory, Cholish got the call to the UFC and shortly retired afterwards leaving the CFFC lightweight title behind.  Since then, CFFC has featured many lightweight battles but was careful to choose two competitors to compete for the title.  "When we first signed Charlie, there was little doubt he'd be in contention for our lightweight title,” said CFFC President Rob Haydak Jr.  “Immediately after Kyle's decisive knockout at welterweight in CFFC 23, he told me he wanted a title shot.  I told Kyle he would have to wait a bit for the welterweight title because of other CFFC commitments. Kyle quickly responded that he'd go to lightweight and fight Charlie.   At that point, I couldn't get the contracts out     quick enough."

After going 4-4 in the UFC at 170 pounds, Brenneman (18-5) went back to the local circuit and     dropped down to 155 pounds.  Since that move, Brenneman has gone 3-0 with his two last victories     coming under the CFFC banner.  “When I signed with CFFC, my goal was to get the belt, and on August     17, I’ll have my chance to be their champion,” said Brenneman.

Brenneman knows that a victory here could propel him back in the UFC.  With that in mind, Brenneman has a game plan and looks to keep the “Alley Cat” on his heels.  “I’m looking to put pressure on him from the opening bell, and I’ll be working for the finish every second of the fight,” continued     Brenneman.  “He’s a tough dude who has fought some studs, but he’s never felt the pressure I bring. I’m coming to get that belt.”

"I've said it from day one, Charlie is with CFFC for a pit stop,” continued Haydak.  “At lightweight, he's one of the best in the world. He deserves to be right back in the UFC if he defeats Kyle."

Although Baker (11-4) has never been to the UFC, he has fought across the globe including an event where he took on two competitors at the same time and won.  Always the opportunist, Baker will make his lightweight debut for the CFFC title and isn’t shying away from letting his true feelings be known to Brenneman.“I’m very excited about the opportunity to fight Charlie for the CFFC title, but not excited about him trying to hump my leg the whole night, said Baker.”

Baker knows that Brenneman’s strength will be his wrestling but it doesn’t appear to faze the     Virginia native.  “No, it’s not like I haven’t wrestled before,” continued Baker.  “Wrestling got me into     MMA, but I don’t rely on that to win.  Wrestlers are boring, and that’s not how I like to win.  I see him continually trying for takedowns and me stuffing them. I’ll break him, and then I’ll knock him out.”

"Kyle at welterweight is a stud,” said Haydak.  “Kyle at lightweight is downright scary. If he has a     solid camp and a good weight cut, Charlie is in for an absolute war. A victory by Kyle will easily garner     the attention of the MMA world."

Here are the official weigh in results:

The Warriors Cup, Muay Thai's top promotion on the East Coast, returns on September 7, 2013!  The event will once again take place at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ and will feature some of the best Muay Thai fighters on the planet.  Be sure to get your tickets early, as these shows always sell out.  Check out the Warriors Cup website for ticket info or click the poster above.

See you at Warriors Cup XVIII!

Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat 45 takes place tonight at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The ROC is one of the top promotions outside the UFC and Bellator, and 80 of its fighters have gone on the big show.   At every ROC show, you can watch tomorrow's stars today, and tonight's card is chock full of tomorrow's stars.  The weigh ins for this event took place last night, and I have to official weights below.

I'll be down in AC commentating the fights for the GFL/Comcast broadcast, so if you can't make it to the venue, be sure to tune in on GFL.tv.

Here are the official weigh in results:

Dead Serious MMA's Night of Champions rocked the Collins Arena last night.  Four new champions were crowned, and one champ continued his reigned.  It was a great night of fights, and I had a blast MCing the event.  Shawn Baran will be doing a breakdown of the evening for this site, so stay tuned for that.  And I'll have some pics from Chastity Cortijo's Fight Night Pics as well.  In the meantime, here are the official results from last night's bouts:

Dead Serious MMA has earned its reputation as one of the finest amateur MMA promotions in the country.  Promoter Frankie Perez and his family have a passion for the sport that is unmatched. And on June 8, Dead Serious MMA returns to the Collins Arena with its biggest show yet: Night of Champions.

Dead Serious MMA cards are always filled with top level talent.  Night of Champions will feature fighters from  major camps such as Renzo Gracie, Marcelo Garcia, Kurt Pellegrino, Tiger Schulmann, Ricardo Almeida, Nick Catone, All Star BJJ, Animal MMA, Modern Martial Arts, AMA Fight Club, Madama BJJ, Wilkies Warriors, Codella Academy, Mike Massenzio and many others.

On June 8, Dead Serious MMA's Night of Champions will have seven titles up for grabs.  It is one of the most anticipated fight cards of the year.

The event takes place at the famed Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey.  It's a great venue and a fitting location to crown seven champions in one night.  This is truly and can't-miss event, and I can't wait to get into the cage to announce the champions.

Check out the Dead Serious MMA website for ticket info or just click on the poster above.

And don't forget that Dead Serious also has a fight gear collection.  I personally wear Dead Serious Fight Gear while training, and can tell you the look and quality of their gear is second to none.  Check out the collection at DeadSeriousFightGear.com.  See you at the Collins Arena!


In yet another outstanding show, history was made last night at Warriors Cup XVII.  The East Coast's first ever full rules female Muay Thai bout took place, followed by the first ever full rules female title fight.  The female title fight, for the vacant Warriors Cup female 138 pound title, featured Christina "X" Peteraf vs. Laurel "The Cookie Monster" Holloway, and was a non-stop barn-burner.  Both women refused to take a step back and both fought like champions.  In the end, Holloway won a close but unanimous decision and is now the reigning Warriors Cup champion.

There were two other title fights last night as well.  In the Warriors Cup 155 pound division, champion Rich Brattole was in beast mode and looked devastation in stopping talented Jovan Davis.  Brattole came out and established a furious pace, working his opponent over with punches and kicks.  He finished Davis in the second round, and in do so had the crowd on its feet.

In the Warriors Cup 130 pound division, champion Rudy Felix showed why he's the champ in winning a lopsided unanimous decision over tough Youyoung Cho.  Cho was game but Felix was quicker and landed some big punches and kicks throughout the fight to retain his title.  It was yet another great performance for Rudy Felix.

In the night's main event, a professional rules Muay Thai match featuring MMA star Lyman "Cyborg" Good vs. Strahinja Ivanovic, Good lived up to Cyborg nickname by putting his opponent on blast for five grueling rounds.  Ivanovic showed great toughness in the match, but Good never let up, coming forward every minute of every round.  His body shots were a thing of body, and they set up his head shots.  Ivanovic never gave up, however, and he threw right back at Good.  Good won the match by unanimous decision to remain undefeated in his kickboxing career.

Overall, it was yet another great night of action at the Warriors Cup, which is far and away the best Muay Thai promotion on the East Coast.  The next Warriors Cup show is September 7, and I am already looking forward to it.  Here are the official results from last night's bouts:

Warriors Cup XVII takes place this Saturday, June 1 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.  The highly anticipated Muay Thai event features MMA star Lyman Good taking on highly regarded Strahinja Ivanovic in the main event.  Warriors Cup also makes history once again by bringing us the first ever full rules female Muay Thai fight in the state of New Jersey, when Christine Peteraf  of Cool Hearts Muaythai Camp takes on Lauren Holloway of Sitan Gym NY.

I am honored to once again be hosting this show from inside the ring at Schuetzen Park, and can't wait for the first bell to ring.  These shows always sell out, so jump on your chance for tickets by visiting the Warriors Cup website.

If you can't make it down to the venue, you can catch the action live on GoFightLive.

Here is the complete card for Saturday's show:

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