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(Freddie Pontoreiro--Photo by Chastity Cortijo)

Last Saturday night, Lou Neglia and Dead Serious MMA Promotions teamed up to bring fight fans MMA @ Club Pure, which took place in South Amboy, New Jersey.  The venue, Club Pure, formerly Club Abyss, was packed, and the SRO crowd was treated to some excellent mixed martial arts action, including a main event that could be the fight of the year.  In that bout, undefeated fighters Alex Paterno and Freddy Pontoriero showed great submission offense and defense.  In the first round, Paterno locked a straight armbar on Pontoriero that seemed sure to stop the fight.  But Pontoriero managed to muscle his way out of it, and went on to win via his own submission in the second round.  It was an amazing display of technique by both fighters, and I would love to see a rematch.

If you missed the event live, you can check out the replays at GoFightLive.  For highlights, check out this video recap by Jersey Strong MMA.   The event was also lucky enough to have been photographed by Chastity Cortijo, who is one of the best MMA photographers on the planet.  Check out her pics of the event here:  MMA @ Club Pure by Chastiy Cortijo.

Here are the official results of all the bouts:

Recently, NJ's Star-Ledger online newspaper wrote a less than flattering article about the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.  The writer of the article spoke to several fighters and industry people, many of whom feel that their comments were taken out of context.  It was essentially a hit piece on the sport, which is as surprising as it is ridiculous.  MMA brings in a lot of revenue to the state, and it gives athletes opportunities to compete.  No one is forcing fighters to fight--they do it for love of the game.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board is the most respected commission in the country, and it has always been a leader in putting rules in place to keep fighters safe in the cage.  Nick Lembo, Counsel to the NJSACB, is well known for legitimizing the sport by putting in place the unified rules, which brought MMA out of the "dark ages" and into the mainstream.  Under his leadership, New Jersey was the first state to sanction MMA, and now every state except for New York sanctions the sport.

You would think that the Star-Ledger would recognize the efforts of the state to ensure fighter safety, but instead they took the opposite approach.  Anything for hits, I suppose.

George Sullivan was furious with how the Star-Ledger depicted his weight cut.  He went on KOTOMMA Radio to set the record straight.  Nick Lembo also appeared on the program to give his take on the article.  It's a great listen, and it paints a far different picture about the sport that the writer at the Star-Ledger did.

You can listen to George and Nick set the record straight here:  KOTOMMA Radio.

 

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, Rolles Gracie will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Rolles Gracie was born July 14, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also mentioned several times as Roll(e)s Junior as his father was the family and BJJ Legend Rolls Gracie (although their names are slightly different).

Rolles started his contact with the family tradition, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through his father and grandfather (Gracie Jiu Jitsu founder Carlos Gracie). That came to a stop in 1982 (Rolls was 6 years old) when his father passed away after an odd accident while gliding.

A few years later, in 1996 he restarted his tuition at the hands of his uncle Rilion Gracie, his father’s younger brother at his academy in Santa Catarina, South of Brazil. He also cross trained with his other uncle Carlinhos Gracie at Gracie Barra Rio de Janeiro. With his uncles training he went on to achieve several medals at different BJJ competitions.

In 1998 he moved to Boca Raton in Florida to live with his mother.  Unfortunately there wasn’t many BJJ schools nearby, so he picked up Judo practice, were he also excelled, winning important competitions in the sport.

In 1999 Rolles decided to go back to Rio to pursue his desire to achieve BJJ greatness. That came by the hands of Carlinhos Gracie, who handed him the black belt a few years later.

In 2004 Rolles moved to New York City to work with his older cousin Renzo Gracie, helping him with his classes.

Rolles lives in Homdel, New Jersey.

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 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, Dante Rivera will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Dante Rivera is a professional fighter with a standing record of 15-7 with 11 finishes. Rivera is disciplined in boxing, wrestling and Muay Thai; as well as Jiu-Jitsu holding a black belt under Ricardo Almeida.

Rivera’s debut as a professional fighter was for Bragging Rights MMA on November 9, 2002 in Bayonne, NJ. Rivera defeated Chris Scanlon in a three round unanimous decision. Rivera racked up two more wins in the next two years before being offered his first title shot against Jose Rodriguez under Ring of Combat. Rivera defeated in Rodriguez by TKO in the second round to earn his first Championship belt.

Rivera suffered his first loss less than a year later at the hands of Lance Everson in a unanimous decision. Rivera then went on to win 7 of his next 9 bouts including two championship fights earning the Middleweight Championship Belt under Reality Fighting and the Light Heavyweight belt under Combat in the Cage.

Rivera’s reputation earned a spot in the 7th season of the Ultimate Fighter in 2008. Rivera earned his spot in the house with a 1st round win in the preliminaries. Rivera continued on to the Quarter finals before losing by unanimous decision to now UFC veteran Matt Riddle.

Since then Rivera has won 4 out of 7, finishing 3 out of the 4. Rivera has wins over Ring of Combat, Bellator, and Strikeforce veterans such as Ronald Stalling, Lance Everson and Dan Cramer. Rivera is also a two time Champion in both Middleweight and Lightheavy Weight division.

Rivera continues to train Jui-Jitsu under black belt and UFC veteran Ricardo Almeida while preparing to fight again here in the near future. Rivera has also opened his own school in Howell, NJ simply named Jiu-Jitsu where he hopes to develop his own future fighters.

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.

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, Peter Neglia will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Peter Neglia has been selected as an inductee to the NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the category of Ring Announcer.

He has announced over 100 Shows in the New Jersey area, most recently, as associated with his brother, Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat MMA Events and before that Lou’s Hard Knock Productions of World Class Kickboxing.

Peter grew up in Brooklyn, NY, attended Xaverian High School, and received his B.A. Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and J.D. Degree from Fordham University.

By profession, he now works in the field of Real Estate Management for a major company with properties throughout the East Coast, prior to that fulfilling the same responsibilities for Trump Management in the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island areas of New York.

His association with the Martial Arts began many years ago as one of the early students at his brother Lou’s Martial Arts Karate Academy in Brooklyn.  While he fondly remembers once winning a third place trophy at a contact points tournament, he quickly realized that he needed a more gentlemanly way to continue his participation with the sport.

Prior to the Announcing of his first professional Show, Peter worked the corner for his Brother Lou’s World Championship title fights in Madison Square Garden and vividly recalls the early days when Lou began promoting Events in high school gyms before a few hundred people.

His classic Main Event opening line is “Let the Fight Begin” and he always urges the crowd to cheer on their favorites but to show all of the fighters the respect for the hard work and courage that brings them into the ring. His pause before announcing the winning corner in close fights keeps the crowd on edge as they wait to acknowledge the winner.

Peter has announced Shows at many establishments throughout the East Coast including Madison Square Garden, Mohegan Sun, the Taj Mahal, Caesar’s  and  most recently his brother Lou’s Ring of Combat 46 Event-the longest running Show at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. These Events have been televised by major networks including ESPN, MSG, Telemundo and Sports Channel and are regularly aired on the cable show, Inside MMA.

He is most proud of the opportunity he has had to meet so many professionals in what he considers one of the most popular, competitive and fastest growing sports in the country. It has been thrilling to him to have announced fighters who have worked their way up through the Ring of Combat, the proving ground of champions, and have reached the highest World Championship level in the sport. He is sure many of the current Ring of Combat fighters will likewise have that success.

He is grateful for this honor, congratulates all of tonight’s inductees for their accomplishments in and outside the Ring and wishes the best of success to all the fighters in the game today.

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.

Ever since Royce Gracie amazed the world by winning the first ever Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournament in the United States in 1993, practitioners of all styles of combat sports have been developing, what they believe to be, the most effective techniques in competition based fighting. At the time, Royce opened the eyes of the world to the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But now in 2013, you see techniques from many martial arts disciplines being effectively used in MMA competition. This is why the North East Combat Sports Expo was created.

The North East Combat Sports Expo is a celebration of ALL combat sports, and a weekend where competitors, fans, celebrities and businesses can meet under one roof to enjoy many different styles of combat competition. Whether it’s the submissions of BJJ, the throws of Judo or the knees of Muay Thai, you will see it all here during the North East Combat Sports Expo.

This truly will be a unique and first of its kind weekend for competitors and fight fans in this area. Besides competing in or watching the various styles of competition, you will have the opportunity to browse many businesses who are industry leaders with their products. Also, fight fans will have the opportunity to take seminars and train with some of the best coaches and fighters in many different styles of combat. If you need help with your takedowns, submissions, kicks, punches or defense, there will be a seminar for you.  Lastly, if you’re a fight fan, you’ll love that there will be picture taking and autograph signings with popular pro fighters. These fighters have fought at the highest of levels in Mixed Martial Arts competition.

You don’t want to miss the First Bi-Annual North East Combat Sports Expo. Come make history with us and enjoy all the action of what is sure to be an epic weekend with thousands of combat sports fans descending on Edison, NJ!

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 am very much looking forward to this event.

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.

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!

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