This Saturday night, Dead Serious MMA returns with its first show of 2013.  The event takes place in Lincroft, New Jersey at the famed Collins Arena at Brookdale College.  Dead Serious MMA has earned a repuation for putting on some of the most spectacular cards in the sport, and Dead Serious MMA VI will be no exception.  If you can't make it out to the arena, be sure to check out all the action LIVE on GoFightLive. Am I serious?  I'm Dead Serious!


Last October, the worlds of MMA and wrestling lost a true pioneer.  Olympic Gold Medalist wrestling champion  Jeff Blatnick passed away at the too young age of 55.  Jeff was a staple at NJ MMA events, serving in various officiating roles, such as referee and judge.  I had the distinct pleasure and honor of working with Jeff many times, and I sorely miss his upbeat personality and vast knowledge of the sport.  Jeff is still mourned by many people in the sport, including his dear friend Nick Lembo.  In the piece below, writer Matthew Roth recounts a dinner he had with Nick Lembo, where Nick talked with great insight about Jeff Blatnick's myriad accomplishments.  It's a moving and touching tribute to the man who helped make MMA what it is today.

Remembering Jeff Blatnick: Dinner with Nick Lembo

by Matthew Ross


Last year the MMA world was rocked with the news of Jeff Blatnick’s passing. For many fans, they learned of Blatnick’s life after his death. He didn’t do a lot of press and tried to stay out of the media spotlight as much as possible. For others, it hit extremely close to home not only for what he contributed to the sport but also for the legacy that he left behind.

And then there are those that considered him a friend. They are still trying to come to terms with his death and the emptiness that was left in the months that have followed. One of those people is NJSACB counsel Nick Lembo.

I consider Nick a friend. Whenever I travel back to New Jersey, I try and meet up with him for dinner or drinks, to talk about MMA or just talk about life. This past weekend, I was home for the World Series of Fighting’s second card, which was held in Atlantic City. We planned to celebrate Jeff’s life over some beers and drink to his memory.

Those planned beers almost didn’t happen as the Jersey shore was hit with snow and rain on Monday and driving conditions weren’t exactly optimal. But Nick and I decided to meet up anyway at a small Irish pub in Forked River, to talk about Jeff Blatnick.

I could tell right away that it wasn’t going to be an easy discussion for Nick. Jeff’s death hit him extremely hard, not only because they worked together, but also because Jeff was and always will be one of Nick’s closest friends.

With dinner finished and several beers consumed, it was then when Nick started to open up about his friend Jeff.

“I had known Jeff from his wrestling days before MMA. He was a legendary figure in the New York and New Jersey area. He’d frequently give seminars and motivational lectures, so he was a legend.”

“As much as New Jersey is a wrestling state, I remember the first time that the Pennsylvania commissioner asked for some judges and I recommended, as I would to anyone in the world, Jeff Blatnick. It was a Western Pennsylvania venue and Jeff was saying how he was the most popular guy there. Pictures and autographs, things that just didn’t happen to him while he was judging in Atlantic City. He was a big time celebrity out there.”

Read the rest here:  Remember Jeff Blatnick: Dinner with Nick Lembo

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.

As always, I will be in the cage hosting the show, and getting out of the way with the fists and feets fly. So come on down and join me for some of the best amatuer MMA action on the East Coast!

REVEL BEACH, N.J. (Mar. 5, 2013) – World Series of Fighting announced exciting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) undercard action today, featuring local product Kris McCray (8-4) of Toms River, N.J. in a middleweight (185 pounds) scrap against battle-tested Danillo “Indio” Villefort (13-4) of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Waylon Lowe (13-4) of Philadelphia, Pa. squaring off with Cameron Dollar (11-4) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a featherweight (145 pounds) tilt, from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, March 23.

No strangers to Atlantic City, having fought there nine times (combined) professionally, Ozzy Dugulubgov (3-1) of Hackensack, N.J. will go up against undefeated prospect Chris Wade (5-0) of Long Island, N.Y. in a catchweight (160 pounds) bout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and welterweight (170 pounds) upstart Igor Gracie (5-3) of Rio de Janeiro will face Rich Patishnock (4-1) of Whippany, N.J.

The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a featherweight collision between streaking Duke Roufus protégé Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (12-2) of Milwaukee, Wisc., and undefeated submission specialist Alexandre”Pulga” Pimentel (12-0) of Rio de Janeiro.

A stacked main card will be televised live on NBC Sports Network, headlined by the heavyweight showdown between superstars Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (19-9) of Minsk, Belarus and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (15-3) of Boca Raton, Fla.

Tickets are moving quickly for the Saturday, March 9, "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: Relentless" MMA Event in the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than a week out from the event and co-promoter Hani Darwish reports that 70% of the tickets have already been sold.

"Response has been tremendous," said Darwish. "EFC events have all been sellouts and this one is headed there too in a big way."

Darwish says he's happy to be bringing the big crowd expected to the Trump Taj Mahal, which he says has been extremely supportive of his efforts. "The Trump Taj Mahal is a world-class casino hotel for a reason, the staff has been a tremendous help in making this event the huge success it is already shaping up to be. They've all been extremely cooperative and helpful and I give my sincere thanks."

Featuring many of the New Jersey area's brightest new stars, "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: Relentless" will feature in the main event Bloomfield, New Jersey's undefeated Fabian "The Baby Face Killer" Rosario (6-0) defending his EFC Welterweight Championship against Danny "Massacre" Massa (2-2) of Westchester Fight Club in New Rochelle, New York.

"If you're going to support your favorite fighter, you should get your tickets now," continued Darwish. "I can't guarantee there will be any left on fight night. Obviously if you put out a superior product, people respond eagerly and that's what we've set out to do with the EFC and it's working."

Once again, the Asylum Fight League lived up to its reputation of putting on insane fights, and I do mean insane.  There were closley contested split decisions, as well as several amazing first round stoppages, including a 5 second KO by Rick Guerrieri, which broke the Asylum Fight League record for fastest knockout.  Relentless Danny Holmes, the previous record holder (10 seconds) was cageside to his record halved.  Even he was impressed by Guerrieri's quick finish.

In the main event, Greg Quarantello, who keeps getting better every time out, once again showed the dynamite in his hands, with a crushing KO over the very tough Mike Taibl.  In my post fight interview with Greg, he told the crowd, which was going crazy, that he is going to turn pro.  I can't wait to see Greg doing his thing with pro rules.  He's a fighter to watch, for sure.

As always, the Asylum Fighters left everything in the cage, and the packed house at the Golden Nugget went home fully satisfied.  Are these fights insane?  Hell yeah!

If you missed the show live, you can catch the replay on GoFightLive.  Next Asylum show is May 25, 2013.  Here are the official results of last night's action.

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!

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