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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!"

Event results after the jump.

A challenger has been found for EFC Heavyweight Champion Gil "Blackout" Isabel's main event fight on Saturday, November 24 at Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" at the Police Athletic League of Parsippany, New Jersey.

The undefeated Isabel (4-0-0) will make his first title defense against the athletically gifted Demetrius Lindsey (1-1) of Northern Fist Southern Cross in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Known for his toughness, 22-year-old Lindsey is a superb grappler, and will have the size advantage over the champion. He stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs in at 260 lbs.

The extremely popular Isabel, who stands 6 foot 1 inch, weighs in at 245 lbs., is an exceedingly agile and strong overall fighter. He has submitted his last few opponents, but also has the kind of punching power that gets people's attention.

"Both these guys are good on the ground and on their feet, so this fight could go a lot of ways," said event promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fighting Championship. "Plus at this size, either one of them could end it any second with a strike. It's a very strong matchup and we're proud to be able to bring it to the EFC fans in New Jersey. Not a lot of people will get in the cage with Gil Isabel, so I send my respect to Demetrius for his fighting spirit."

As has become the EFC hallmark, the undercard will feature many of the area's most talented warriors in bouts matched with an eye on maximizing excitement. The entire bout line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" are priced at General Admission (Standing Room Only): $35.00; General Admission Seating: $45.00; Cageside Seating: $65.00; and VIP: $100.00 and can be purchased directly from Extreme Fight Club (10 Squirrelwood Road Woodland Park N.J.), online at www.efcmma.com or by phone 973.653.5449.

WARNING: All EFC events sell out. Purchase your tickets now before it's too late.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout is at 7. The Police Athletic League of Parsippany is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany, NJ.

(Press Release)

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud to announce the inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

To see all of the inductees biographies and pictures, please visit our winners' bio page at www.njmmaawards.com.

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

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

Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 201-348-6900 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.

We are very proud to announce the formation of the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame. 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 7, 2012. 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.

NOTE:  If you are planning to attend this historic event and want to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the night, please note that they will hold a block of rooms at a special rate, but only until November 23, 2012.   Anyone interested please call 201-348-6900 and mention "New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame."

Please note that there will be tables of 8, 10 and 12 people.   Anyone wishing to reserve a table, please let the HOF know by calling 201-538-4843.  Otherwise seating is on a first come first serve basis.

The last day to buy tickets is December 3, 2012.  Get your ASAP!   And don't forget to bring your dancing shoes

 

Tickets are nearly gone for promoter Hani Darwish's next Extreme Fighting Championship event on November 24 at the Police Athletic League Hall of Parsippany, New Jersey.

EFC 5 "Undisputed" will feature fan-favorite EFC Heavyweight Champion Gil "Blackout" Isabel of New Jersey making his first title defense in the main event.

Although every EFC event has been a sellout by first bell, advance sales spiked this week with the news that Darwish would be donating $5 from every ticket sold to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey to help those in need after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state.

"We made the announcement last week that we were going to do something to help out and the MMA community of New Jersey has responded. We're very proud to be part of this and want to thank everyone who picked up their tickets in advance. If you want to be part of this good cause and great show, grab your tickets soon while there are still some left."

Those wishing to purchase tickets are recommended to do so as soon as possible by visiting Extreme Fight Club (10 Squirrelwood Road Woodland Park, NJ), online at www.efcmma.com or by phone 973.653.5449. The remaining seats are priced at General Admission (Standing Room Only): $35.00; General Admission Seating: $45.00; Cageside Seating: $65.00; and VIP: $100.00.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout is at 7. The
Police Athletic League of Parsippany is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany, NJ.

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

Longtime NJSACB official Nick Lembo has confirmed that he will attend the event, and be a presenter for certain awards.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

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 7, 2012. 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 family, friends, fun, and music.

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey to Receive $5 from Every Ticket Sold

To help out his community, friends and neighbors devastated by Hurricane Sandy, promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fighting Championship will be donating $5 from every ticket sold to his next event to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

According to their web site, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been working closely with New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD), the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army to respond to the needs of the many New Jersey Residents who have been affected by the devastation and is distributing over 100,000 lbs of food daily to families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

EFC 5 "Undisputed" will be held on November 24 at the Police Athletic League Hall of Parsippany, New Jersey, and will feature fan-favorite EFC Heavyweight Champion Gil "Blackout" Isabel of New Jersey making his first title defense in the five-round main event.

Darwish himself is still without power in his home, but the lights recently went back on at his Extreme Fight Club gym in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

"It's the least I can do for the community. Many of my fighters have been harder hit than I have and I think it's important we all do what we can to keep Jersey Strong. I'm happy to be able to do this."

Darwish says donation boxes will also be set up for those wishing to give more than $5.

"It's a great cause and they're doing some of the most important work you can do right now, so if you've got a little extra, give a little extra. It all helps."

Tickets for Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" are priced at General Admission (Standing Room Only): $35.00; General Admission Seating: $45.00; Cageside Seating: $65.00; and VIP: $100.00 and can be purchased directly from Extreme Fight Club (10 Squirrelwood Road Woodland Park, NJ), online at www.efcmma.com or by phone 973.653.5449.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout is at 7. The Police Athletic League of Parsippany is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany, NJ.

About Extreme Fighting Championship:

Extreme Fighting Championship is owned and operated by CEO Hani Darwish.

Darwish has achieved a great amount of success in the fight game, as the founder of premier mixed-martial-arts facility, Extreme Fight Club, in Woodland Park, New Jersey, and, before that, half of the well-known fight promoting duo "The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions".

37-year-old Darwish found his way to combat sports starting in childhood when he began training with his four brothers under the direction of their father, a long-time veteran in mixed martial arts. He went on to win over 100 grappling tournament matches and also attributes some of his success to his private training under John Monaco, a three-time Division III All-American at Montclair State and perennial Greco-Roman Olympian wrestler, Momir Petkovic (1x Gold, 3x Silver, 1x Bronze), current coach of the USA Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team.

Darwish has studied in numerous styles of fighting and has an extensive background in Boxing, Submission/Freestyle/Greco Roman Wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung-fu, Muay Thai, Freestyle Fighting and mixed martial arts.

Along with his older brother Wally, Darwish promoted boxing cards in New Jersey from 2003-2009 (under the name The Darwish Brothers, Knockout Promotions) and also managed some high-profile boxers including 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion David Reid and six-time super middleweight challenger Omar Sheika. He transitioned to full-time MMA and opened Extreme Fight Club in September 2009.

With such a wealth of knowledge and experience in the combat sports, Darwish is well known as one of the elite trainers in the New Jersey area, a hotbed for MMA.

With so many talented young fighters under his guidance at EFC Gym, Darwish says it was a natural progression to begin promoting events, so that he could test his fighters' skills inside the cage. Under the name Extreme Fighting Championship, Darwish promoted two sold-out shows in 2011 and two more, so far, in 2012.

The EFC organization has quickly established itself as the ultimate proving ground for young fighters whose drive to become the best meant they needed to face the best and EFC events have become the premier showcases for MMA in the Garden State.

Darwish also runs anti-bullying seminars at his gym and at schools in North Jersey.

For more information on Hani Darwish or the EFC organization, log onto www.EFCMMA.com.

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