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(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.

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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.

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.

Excellent article by Joe Flavorito at NewJerseyNewsRoom.com.  He talks about the newly created NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame, which is having it's first annual induction dinner/ceremony on December 7, 2012.  There are still a few tickets left for the amazing event, so grab them while you can.  Check out the Hall of Fame website for more info, or just click the pic above.  As Ring Announcer of the Year, I am totally blown away and am looking forward to the festivities next week.  Join me at the Hall of Fame dinner!

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Here's an excerpt from Joe Flavorito's article.  More at this link: NewJerseyNewsRoom.com.

For several years New Jersey, from its southernmost tip to the GW Bridge, has been a breeding ground for Mixed Martial Arts. From transplants like the Gracie family to prominent UFC fighters like the Miller brothers, along with hundreds of gyms where people of all ages use the sport to train, MMA as a brand is alive and well.

On the professional side, the state has hosted events both large and small, from the casinos of Atlantic City to the first-ever televised prime time fights at the Prudential Center, with many current and future champions coming to New jersey to both compete and train, especially since MMA on the pro side remains illegal in New York and only recently became legal in Pennsylvania. From a governance standpoint, New Jersey State Athletic Control Board head Nick Lembo has been a trailblazer not just in New Jersey but nationally to make sure events are conducted fairly and safely and that the sport continues to grow.

So with all that in place, it is nice to see another tent pole being staked by the sport in the Garden State, with the formation of the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Now the state has not had a great history with athletic halls of fame. County and state-wide halls, including a New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame, have come and gone in various forms over the years. There has actually been a New Jersey boxing hall of fame around since the 1960s, although the physical home of many of these halls have never been built. They exist in small spaces and on plaques and online.

Will this hall be any different? Time may tell, but if the size of the inaugural class is any indication, there may be room somewhere in and around Atlantic City or maybe even the Prudential Center to create some kind of physical presence for a sport which is doing well from a business standpoint.

The gala event for the first class will take place on December 7, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands hotel complex. A committee selected 2012′s MMA fighter of the year, Thai fighter of the year, trainer of the year, school of the year, lifetime achievement award, legend award, and then tacked on many others which if nothing else, will assure a very long dinner and a diverse group of attendees.

Read the rest here: NewJerseyNewsRoom.com

Promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fight Club (EFC) wishes to thank everyone who helped make his Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" event last Saturday, November 24, such a tremendous sell-out success.

Held at the Police Athletic League Hall in Parsippany, New Jersey, EFC 5 "Undisputed" was completely sold out by fight time. Even 300 additional seats didn't accommodate the overflow throng that came to watch New Jersey's best new MMA talents do battle.

Darwish says he's especially happy about the turnout because of his pledge to donate $5 of every ticket sold to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to help those in need after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state.

Win, lose, or draw last night's event was total success and I'm extremely proud to have been part of such a great event for such a terrific cause."

Darwish also sends his thanks to the many groups and individuals who helped make the night so unforgettable. "I'd also like to thank Nick Lembo and The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Officials, all the Fight Camps (AMA, Bartee, Blueline Defense, Camp Soalak, EMA, Extreme Fight Club, Guerrero MMA, HardKnock MMA, Hayes MMA, Ironbound Fight Club, Kdojo, Krav Maga Academy, Lionheart MMA, Westchester Fight Club) and all the fighters for their non-stop action bouts. My gratitude also goes out to all the trainers, sponsors (Dr. Zibdie, Everlast, Extreme Fight Club, Grit2Glory, National Air-Guard, Neil's Pizzeria, Pizza City, TitleShot, SportsCare Physical Therapy) and all my staff and supporters. It would not have been possible without any of you. Thank you all so much. We will see you at the next EFC event. A special Congrats to our new EFC Welterweight Champion, Fabian Rosario!"

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