Today is Wednesday. That means that we are halfway between 2 Asylum Fight League events. Last Saturday night, I was hosting the show at Club Abyss and sang my heart out during the National Anthem. This Saturday, I'll be at the Raritan Center in NJ once again doing the honors. But there's more than just great amateur MMA going on at the AFL. Saturday is going to be a full day of grappling and mixed martial arts. It will start early and end late and it's going to be capped off with a full card of the best amateur MMA talent on the East Coast. Last Saturday delivered big time. In the main event AFL champ Noah "Pressure" Faunce put his title and undefeated record on the line against Eric "The Rogue" Purcell. Like Faunce, Purcell held an AFL title and was undefeated. The fight was at a catch-weight and both belts were on the line. Noah was able to keep the pressure up and after a close first round where both fighters looked amazing, Faunce was able to end it in the second round with a submission. It was a great fight and both fighters showed why they are Asylum Fight League championship material. And now, with barely enough time to catch our breaths, the AFL is back. Saturday is going to be a blast. In addition to me being there, there are going to be several UFC fighters on hand doing seminars. I told you it was going to be a big day, didn't I? If you want to meet Phil Baroni, Jay Heiron and others, come on down to the Rariton Center.  Promotor Carl Mascarenhas and his right hand man Noah Spitalnick work very hard on bringing you the best amateur action on the East Coast, and I work hard on my singing...just in case.  So don't let us down! See you at the fights!


I am getting ready to head on over to Club Abyss in Sayerville, NJ today.  The Asylum Fight League is having a show and I am the ring announcer, as always.  Great card, chock full the East Coast's finest amateur MMA talent.  The main event features undefeated Noah Faunce going against Erik Purcell, who trains with Brutal Brendan Barrett.  That fight is going to be off the hook. Hopefully some of you can make it down to the show.  If you do, make sure you come up and say hi.  See you at Club Abyss! Dominic Macchino 0-0 122-125.9 lbs 0-0 Mike Maldanado Taurus MMA ALL N MMA Robbie Flores 0-1 130-134.9 lbs 1-1 Eric Ruiz TSMMA American Fighter Claudio Ladesma 2-1 130-134.9 lbs 2-0 Edwin Uzquiano Garrett Goldsberry Carmine Zocchi Greg Belardinelli 0-0 135-139.9 lbs 1-2 Mike Serrano TSMMA Dragon Theory Michael Riley 0-0 147-153.9 lbs 0-1 Brandon Rook Taurus MMA Dragon Theory Nick Muriello 2-2 147-153.9 2-0 Brian Kellehar AMA American Fighter Danny Carbonel 1-2 147-153.9 lbs 1-2 James Jenkins Team Endgame/AMA Fight Club American Fighter Piotr Andrejko 1-1 154-159.9 lbs 0-0 Sam Hoenig Garrett Goldsberry American Fighter Chris Dupars 0-1 167-174.9 lbs 0-0 Patrick Rodnite AMA American Fighter Jason Alcoba 0-0 167-174.9 lbs 0-0 Dave Rosa ALL N MMA Dragon Theory Mike Fischetti 0-0 167-174.9 lbs 0-0 Brian Deboar TSMMA Dragon Theory Ed Verdel 0-0 167-174.9 lbs 0-0 Joseph Domingo Iron Horse MMA Taurus MMA TBA 0-0 183-189.9 lbs 1-0 Craig Hannigan Jerry Jones Ariel Sepuida 0-0 190-194.9 lbs 0-0 Rob Willis Carmine Zocchi Dragon Theory Stelian Rizea 3-0 190-194.9 lbs 6-3 Lewis "The Beast" Rumsey Jerry Jones MMA Team Vicious Noah Faunce American Fighter 6-0 DUAL TITLE FIGHT CATCH WEIGHT 196 LBS. 195 LB TITLE 209.9 LB TITLE Erik Purcell Brendan Barret
Carl Mascarenhas is the Asylum Fight League, the East Coast's premier amateur fight league, and vice versa.  Carl's the owner of the promotion, which has its next event on April 25th at Club Abyss in Sayerville, NJ.  I will be there, of course, doing the ring announcing.  And Dino Kostakio will be there too, covering the show as only thegarv.com can.

At last Friday's Ring of Combat, I talked with Carl about the AFL and what his plans are for the promotion. Check it out!

Last Friday night, at Ring of Combat 24, down in the bowels of the Tropican Showroom, Dino Kostakio interviewed two of New Jersey's rowdiest (not to mention finest) fighters, Tom Gallicchio and Kevin Roddy.  This video is surreal.  It's gonna make you feel like you're tripping on acid. It's that good!

roc Another Ring of Combat is in the books and the show was awesome as always.   I was there doing some fight commentary for GoFightLive.tv and it was a lot of fun working alongside Thad, Dino and Andrew Montanez.  We complete each other! The fights were great.  Long Island was well represented by teams Serra-Longo and Bellmore Kickboxing. Its fun to watch guys I saw fighting in the ammys now fighting pro and there were quite of few guys last night making the move to the professional ranks. Also great seeing the NJ officials. Two of the best refs in the business were working last night, Big Dan Miragliotta and Kevin Mulhall.  And it was great to see Doctor Michael Kelly back in action.  Haven't seen him in awhile.  I was beginning to wonder if Dr "Deathtouch" had accidentally scratched himself the wrong way with his dim mak finger.  And of course at ringside was another great ringside physician Dr. Sherry "Kick Ass" Wulkan. Dr. Wulkan just so happens to train kickboxing with Ray Longo.  Which means that after she knocks you out, she'll safely bring you back to consciousness.  Who could ask for anything more? And of course, New Jersey MMA legend Nick "Luscious" Lembo was there to preside over the event and lay the smack down if necessary. As always Id like to thank Lou Neglia for his hospitality, always a pleasure covering his shows. Here are the official results: 129.5 Louis Gaudinot vs. 129 Chris Aquino Ref Mulhall All three judges score 20-18 unanimous decision for Gaudinot 161 John Salgado vs. 158.5 Dave Church Ref Mulhall All three judges score 18-18 unanimous draw, Salgado deducted 2 points in round one for illegal head kick 134 Jose Villanueva vs. 135 Joshua Montoya Ref Mulhall All three judges 20-18 unanimous decision for Villanueva Montoya suspended 30 days and needs exam by opthamologist 154.5 Al Iaquinta vs. 155 Will Martinez Ref Mulhall All three judges 28-28 unanimous draw, Iaquinta deducted one point in round two for grabbing fence Martinez suspended pending x-ray of right hand 144.5 Jason McLean vs. 145.5 Matt McManmon Ref Miragliotta All three judges 29-28 unanimous decision, McManmon 145.5 Joe Camacho vs. 145 Fernando Bernardino Ref Mulhall Judges Bilyk and Rodriguez 30-27 for Camcho, Judge Crosby 29-28 for Bernardino, winner split decision three rounds Camacho 190.25 Chris Weidman vs. 190 Mike Stewart Ref Miragliotta Weidman via TKO referee stoppage due to unanswered punches at 2:38 of round one Stewart suspended 30 days and needs neurological examination 161 Chris Schlesinger vs. 160.25 Shawn Forman Ref Miragliotta Schlesinger win unanimous decision, Judges Crosby and Rodriguez 30-27 and Judge Bilyk 29-28 146 Andy Main vs. 144 Ricky Lee Ref Mulhall Main win via KO punch at 3:58 of round one Lee suspended 30 days 219 Gian Villante vs. 228 Paul White Ref Miragliotta Villante via rear naked choke at 1:46 of round one 186 Sean Salmon vs. 186 John Doyle Ref Miragliotta Salmon win unanimous decision, Judge Bilyk 30-27, Crosby 30-26, and Rodriguez 30-25 185 Lamont Lister vs. 185 Dante Rivera Ref Mulhall Rivera win via guillotine at 1:25 of round one 159 Dom Stanco vs. 158.5 Charles Oliveira DaSilva Ref Mulhall Oliveira DaSilva winner via rear naked choke at 3:33 of round one 229 Ricardo Romero vs. 221 James McSweeney Ref Miragliotta Romero win via rear naked choke at 2:27 of round one 185 Rafael Sapo vs. 186 Plinio Cruz Ref Miragliotta Sapo via rear naked choke at 3:13 of round two


Ring of Combat 24 takes place tonight and Dino and I will be down in AC covering the event for this website and for GoFightLive.tv. If you can't make it down to the show but want to watch all the great action, click this link and enjoy. Click to Watch ROC 24

After the jump, you can view the complete card.

  • Dom Stanco vs. Charles Oliveira (USKBA Eastcoast 155-lb. Title)
  • Rafael Sapo vs. Plinio Cruz (ROC 185-lb. Title)
  • James McSweeney vs. Ricardo Romero
  • Dante Rivera vs. Lamont Lister
  • Ricky Lee vs. Andy Main
  • Joey Camacho vs. Fernando Bernandino
  • Matt McManmon vs. Jay McLean
  • Will Martinez vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Chris Schlesinger vs. Shawn Forman
  • Sean Salmon vs. John Doyle
  • Chris Weidman vs. Mike Stewart
  • Gian Villante vs. Paul White
  • Louis Gaudinot vs. Christopher Aquino
  • Jose Villanueva vs. Zack Burhans
  • David Church vs. John Salgado
Back on March 14, I had the pleasure of once again doing the ring announcing for Asylum Fight League's Battle at Club Abyss. Not only is Club Abyss a cool nightclub in Sayerville, New Jersey, it's a great venue for MMA. And as usual with AFL shows, the place was absolutely packed and the fans in attendance were totally into it. Nothing beats hearing a huge reaction every time you announce a fighter's name. And the fights? OMG the fights! You'd never know these guys were amateur fighters. They all fought like seasoned pros. Especially Major John Lapidow, an Iraq war vet. He took just 24 seconds to submit his opponent with a guillotine choke. The place went absolutely nuts when that happened and it was a site to behold. MMA journalist Jim Genia did a great write up of the event on his site, a 6-part live blog that you can check out here: Jim Genia's website. The Asylum Fight League will be back at the Abyss of April 25, and of course I'll be there too.  So make sure you come on down and get CRAZY! Full results after the jump. 171 Gabriel Crowley win at 2:11 of round two due to referee stoppage TKO due to slam over 173.6 Kenny Blewett Ref Peterson Blewett needs neurological exam 145.6 Eric Steppe win unanimous decion three rounds, all three judges 30-27 over 146.8 Randy Dunn Referee Carolei Dunn needs laceration clearance of right eyelid prior to next fight 179 Craig Thieme win unanimous decision three rounds, Judges Mendez and Velasquez 30-27 each and Judge Krawiec 29-28 over 178.4 Juan Pichardo Ref Peterson Thieme suspended 60 days for facial laceration Pichardo needs x-rays of zyglomatic arch 190 Phil Mazzurco win unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27 over 189 Matt Barth Ref Carolei 193.4 John Flock win unanimous decision three rounds, Judges Krawiec and Mendez 30-27 and Velasquez 29-28 over 187 Naheem Selby Ref Peterson 142 Steve DiSebastian win majority decision three rounds, Judge Mendez 28-28 and Judges Velasquez and Krawiec 29-28 over 143.6 Brandon Rook Ref Carolei DiSebastian suspended 30 days 120.8 Jovany Alvarez win via armbar at 2:12 of round three over 122 Josh Aarons Ref Peterson 148 Leif Albright win unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27 over 143 JC Carle Ref Peterson 155.4 Jon Lapidow win at 0:24 of round one via guillotine over 156.2 Kyle Malone Ref Carolei Malone needs EKG prior to next bout 134 Claudio Ledesma win unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27 Ref Peterson 208 Jason Moore win via armbar at 0:56 of round one over 204.4 Rex O'Corr Ref Carolei 160.6 Liam Kerrigan win via kimura at 2:06 of round one over 153.6 Oscar Arizmendi Ref Peterson
The card is complete and the fighters are all set to do battle tonight at Club Abyss in New Jersey. As I mentioned in a previous article, Dino and myself will be at the event and it's guaranteed to be INSANE! Otherwise, why would it be called Asylum Fight League? I've done enough of these shows, as ring announcer and/or color commentator to know that Carl Mascarenhas puts on the best amateur shows on the East Coast. I'm always glad to be a part of this and it's always a lot of fun hanging out with the fighters and fight teams at the events. Check out Asylum Fight League's website for the complete card. For direction to the show, check out the Club Abyss website. They are located in Sayerville, NJ. See you at the show! 03141
It's baaaack!  The Asylum Fight League is back at Club Abyss. If the last event there is any indication, this show is going to be off the hook. Once again yours truly will be doing the honors as ring announcer/MC.  But this time, thegarv.com's own Dino Kostakio will also be in attendance, and we'll have some cool video to post afterwards. If you live in NJ, be sure to check it out! 0314


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