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On March 7, New York Fight Exchange (NYFE MMA) put on their sophomore event of amateur mixed martial arts in “The Big Apple.” The WKA sanctioned event was one of the biggest mma events to hit the state. Nearly 2,000 people packed in the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens to see some of the best amateur competitors from the tri-state compete in 13 completive bouts. The event received a huge presence of mma journalist and was highly praised.

And like the first event, the venue was packed with eager NY fight fans who were treated to an amazing night of action. Promoters Tom Sconzo and Mike Washington, in only their second NYFE event, showed everyone who is boss when it comes to providing MMA to New York fight fans” reported Kevin Garvey for The Garv.Com.

“NYFE” has clearly put themselves as the front runner to help demonstrate to the elected officials of New York, how safe regulated amateur mma can be while sanctioned by a “pre-approved” sanctioning body such as the World Kickboxing Association (WKA), which is the only sanctioning body permitted to govern professional combat sports such as kickboxing.

“We (NYFE) plan to continue showcasing the best amateur fighters on the highest profile cards. Ideally, once professional mma is allowed in the state we would like to do ammy/pro events if permitted.” Said Mike Washington, co-owner of New York Fight Exchange, in an interview with “Life of a Fighter.”

Who we are:

​New York Fight Exchange is NY's premier amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Our events feature proven amateur fighters on the brink of turning pro to offer the most exciting fan experience. Our events cannot be topped by any of our competitors, NYFE is prepared to convert their event to professional mixed martial arts once the current legislation is over turned.

(Pic courtesy of NYFE)

Although MMA is legal in just about every other state, New York still prohibits professional mixed martial arts events from taking place. Despite the state having two UFC champions, Jon Jones and Chris Weidman, NY politicians have shown a stubborn unwillingness in allowing the sport to flourish in Jones' and Weidman's home state. But all is not lost for NY fans who want to see live mixed martial arts action without having to travel out of town. Because the New York Fight Exchange has stepped up and begun putting on amateur MMA bouts, which are not banned under NY state law.

Last Saturday, March 15, the NYFE put on their second event. This show, dubbed The Ides of March, took place at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens. And like the first event, the venue was packed with eager NY fight fans who were treated to an amazing night of action. Promoters Tom Sconzo and Mike Washington, in only their second NYFE event, showed everyone who is boss when it comes to providing MMA to New York fight fans. This event was as professional as they come, and the Amazura was rocking as the fighters left everything they had inside the NYFE cage.

There were two titles on the line at The Ides of March. In the co-main event, challenger Rob "Hurricane" Scotti took on NYFE champ Felipe Carlos. After a brief but vicious exchange on the feet, the fight went to the ground where Scotti worked for a heel hook. As Carlos tried to roll out of it, his foot popped and, despite refusing to tap, the ref jumped in and stopped the contest. Neither Carlos nor the crowd was happy with that decision, but the referee's job is to protect the fighters, and so it is really tough to argue with the stoppage. Carlos was offered a rematch for the June 7 show, but he might be turning pro instead, and we'll have to wait and see if this rematch happens. Still it was an impressive performance by the new champion, and I look forward to see him back in the cage in June.

In the main event, Bronx fighter Jerome "The Bull" Mickle continued his dominant reign as NYFE welterweight champion. After being mounted by the very tough challenger, Jonathan "The Don" Lopez, Mickle reversed the position and started landing bombs from inside Lopez's guard. After several big shots landed flush, the referee jumped in and Mickle was declared the winner by TKO. It was yet another outstanding performance by Mickle, who moves to a perfect 10-0. Watching Mickle fight is a real treat, and if you haven't seen him in action yet, make sure you come down to his next title defense in June.

All in all, it was a great night of action. The fans in attendance, which included some very special VIPs, were more than satisfied by the end of the evening. And it was a personal pleasure for me to be able to ring announce in my home state. It was also great to see so many members of the MMA media in attendance. The NYFE is already a big deal, and it's only getting bigger.

It's interesting to note that while the UFC has been lobbying New York to legalize MMA for years now, all the lobbying in the world can't do what Mike Washington and Tom Sconzo did with the NYFE. These two pioneers have shown the world--and especially the NY pols--that NY MMA events can be run safely, smoothly and with the utmost professionalism. And they've only just begun. They deserve all the credit in the world for braving many obstacles faced by anyone putting on MMA events in NY, and overcoming them all. Albany, please take note.

For more info on the event, including upcoming video and pictures, visit the NYFE website. You can also follow them on Facebook. The next show is June 7, so get ready! Because the NYFE and MMA in NY are both here to stay.

 

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New York Fight Exchange (NYFE) set for the Ides of March NYFE 2.

Saturday, March 15th we head back to the famed Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica Queens New York.   We have attracted the very best fighters from the most successful MMA Gyms in the area.”  “These Schools recognize that NYFE has built a solid reputation for placing the fighter’s best interest in before anything else says Thomas Sconzo co-owner of NYFE.”

NYFE has quickly become the face of New York mixed martial arts by producing amateur events that compare to professional. Fighters and fans leave feeling like they were part of a major promotion with focus on detail and overall event production.

NYFE has quickly become a platform for launching amateur to their pro careers.  We have two NYFE fighters who will be making their pro debuts in May at the Ring of Combat in Atlantic City. N.J. after this show.

  • Get your tickets today and use code “ides” for a 10% discount on tickets at NYFEMMA.EventBrite.com
  • For more information on NYFE go to the official web site at www.NYFEMMA.com

New York Fight Exchange is proud to announce Global Proving Ground will be filming and handling the video production of our March 15th event.   “We are very excited to be working alongside some of the best in the industry” said Mike Washington co-owner of NYFE. GPG are the masterminds behind "Warriors Island", a reality tv show that is in the works and countless other high profile events in the combat sport community.  Check them out www.globalprovingground.com/ NYFE decided to bring in the best in Video production with the Global Proving Ground Television Production Team who will be turning the amazing fights into 3 or 4 one our shows for Network Television.

Who We Are:  New York Fight Exchange

​New York Fight Exchange is NY's premier amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Our events feature proven amateur fighters on the brink of turning pro to offer the most exciting fan experience.

Our events cannot be topped by any of our competitors, NYFE is prepared to convert their event to professional mixed martial arts once the current legislation is over turned.

NYFE's first foray into MMA was a huge success. The event took place last year at the famed Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, NY, and New York fans were treated to some outstanding MMA action. The Amazura was rocking as fighters battled it out in the cage, and the hype is building for the next event, to be held at the Amazura on March 15. The Ides of March is coming!

I am honored to once again be hosting this show from inside the cage. New York MMA is a rarity, despite so many great fighters being from the Empire State, including two current UFC champions, Jon Jones and Chris Weidman. Who will be the next NY Superstar? Find on March 15!

For ticket info, check out the NYFE MMA website.  They are also on Facebook, so be sure to check them out.

For a taste of action from the last event, here's a great little highlight video. Enjoy!

 

 

MMA returns to Long Island on November 16 at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.  This event is round 2 of a 3 round tournament, and it's got NY fight fans buzzing!  Round 1 took place on October 24 and was a huge success.  Round 2 looks to be even bigger and better, so don't miss this show!  New Yorkers have waited long enough for MMA--and here it is.

For ticket info, check out the MMA Platinum Gloves website.

About MMA Platinum Gloves Fight Championships:

The MMA Platinum Gloves Fighting Championships (Platinum Gloves) was developed to showcase amateur MMA talent. We are fully sanctioned through the UMMAF (USA MMA KI Federation, visit usammakif.org for info)

We run full tournaments with the goal of sending the winners to UMMAF sanctioned Regional and National Tournaments.

Tournament and Non-Tournament Fights

Our plan is to be the Bellator of amateur MMA. We plan to run 4 weight class tournaments per season plus have non-tournament fights at each event. There will be 12-15 fights per event.

For the tournaments, each fighter is ranked based solely on their performance in the cage, earning more points for a knockout or submission than a decision win. Top ranked fighters may qualify for the UMMAF regional tournament (all expenses paid). Fighters who win the regionals may qualify for the World Championships. The 2014 World Championships will be held in Las Vegas.

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MMA returns to Long Island on November 16 at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue.  This event is round 2 of a 3 round tournament, and it's got NY fight fans buzzing!  Round 1 took place on October 24 and was a huge success.  Round 2 looks to be even bigger and better, so don't miss this show!  New Yorkers have waited long enough for MMA--and here it is.

For ticket info, check out the MMA Platinum Gloves website.

About MMA Platinum Gloves Fight Championships:

The MMA Platinum Gloves Fighting Championships (Platinum Gloves) was developed to showcase amateur MMA talent. We are fully sanctioned through the UMMAF (USA MMA KI Federation, visit usammakif.org for info)

We run full tournaments with the goal of sending the winners to UMMAF sanctioned Regional and National Tournaments.

Tournament and Non-Tournament Fights

Our plan is to be the Bellator of amateur MMA. We plan to run 4 weight class tournaments per season plus have non-tournament fights at each event. There will be 12-15 fights per event.

For the tournaments, each fighter is ranked based solely on their performance in the cage, earning more points for a knockout or submission than a decision win. Top ranked fighters may qualify for the UMMAF regional tournament (all expenses paid). Fighters who win the regionals may qualify for the World Championships. The 2014 World Championships will be held in Las Vegas.

Major Rules

UMMAF follows the majority of rules of MMA with the exception for the following:

  • No elbows
  • No knees to head
  • No foot stomps
  • No twisted ankle locks
  • No headgear or shin guards
  • All fighters will wear 7 ounce gloves

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Live To Fight No Gi BJJ Seminar with

UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman

October 27th 2013 at 1:00

Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC

224 West 30th St

NY, NY 10001

Live To Fight (LTF) proudly presents our first event, Live To Fight No Gi BJJ Seminar with UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, exclusively at the Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC. The  Seminar will be held on October 27th 2013 at 1:00. Weidman, who serves on the Board of Directors of Live To Fight, will be joined by special guest instructor, UFC Lightweight Jim Miller. Additional guest instructors will be announced shortly. The event will also feature giveways and raffles including items donated by Roots of Fight, Manto, Digitsu, East Coast MMA, and original artwork signed by the UFC Champion.

LTF is the platform from which the Martial Arts, Combat Sports, and MMA Community can stand up together and fight relentlessly for those who are fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. As a cancer survivor I know the physical, financial, and emotional hardships that serious illness places on an individual and their family.

We are a not for profit organization that seeks to:

  • Engage in various charitable activities, including benefit instructional martial arts/MMA seminars
  • Raise awareness and money in an effort to support worthy LTF beneficiaries within the MMA community including martial arts practitioners, fighters, and their loved ones

Join the fight!!

Tickets are $90 and are available online at www.LiveToFight.org and also available in person at East Coast MMA Fight Shop (220 Sunrise Highway Rockville Centre, NY) All proceeds of the event will go to supprt LTF's charitable mission.

Beginners welcome! Don't miss your chance to learn from the best while help someone in our community win their fight!

At the end of the day, Live To Fight is yours—when and if that time of need makes its mark on your team mate, your dojo, your gym, or your loved one, LTF exists for the sole purpose of being in a position to help; to bring relief and compassion that allows the surrounding fight community to rally together and Fight to Live.

For more information about Live To Fight and the Live To Fight No Gi BJJ Seminar with UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman please visit our website at www.LiveToFight.org.

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The NY Fight Exchange held its first event at the beautiful Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica Queens, New York on Fridaysa, and the event was a smashing success.  The huge arena was packed as NY fight fans roared with appreciation at the MMA skills being displayed inside the cage.  I am honored to have been chosen to MC this event, and like everyone in the audience, I was wowed by the action.

Promoters Tom Sconzo and Mike Washington pulled out all the stops in putting on this show.  There was plenty of press in attendance, as well as many VIPs, including 22nd District Assembly Member Micaelle Solages's Chief of Staff Craig G. Forbes.  Forbes is a fan of mixed martial arts and is doing his best to make professional MMA legal in the state of New York.

As for the fights themselves, well, it was obvious to the crowd in attendance why two UFC champions, Chris Weidman and Jon Jones are from NY.  New York has some of the most talented fighters and some of the best camps, in the world, and it was great being able to see the fighters do their thing in the cage in their home state.

Two NYFE champions were crowned on Friday.  Jerome Mickle, who remains undefeated at 9-0 became the NYFE's 170 pound champion in a short and brutal fight with the tough and talented Aaron Sifflet.  Sifflet came out strong and began opening up on Mickle, but then Mickle turned the tables and ended the fight with a huge knockout that stunned the crowned, and showed why Mickle is the number one welterweight in NY.  It was a very fitting end to an explosive night of action, and hopefully it is a sign of big things to come for the New York Fight Exchange. In the co-main event, Felipe Carlos and Uniah Banks battled it out for three tough, exciting rounds.  Both fighters had their moments, but Carlos landed the crisper strikes and walked away with a unanimous decision and the NYFE 145 pound belt.

Be sure to check out the NYFE website at NYFEMMA.com and their Facebook page for more pics of the event and info on upcoming shows.

Here are the results of the evenings fights, courtesy of Mike Caulo's Life of a Fighter website.

Global Proving Ground (GPG) announces that partner, New York Fight Exchange's Mixed Martial Arts (NYFEMMA) next amazing event happening October 4th, in Jamaica Queens, New York at the legendary Amazura Concert Hall. Formerly known as the Jamaica Arena, Amazura Concert Hall has hosted some of the most entertaining boxing matches, professional wrestling, and concerts ever in New York, and now NYFEMMA can add their "Believe the Hype" fight card to this illustrious list. Boasting over 20,000 square feet and 5 giant IMAC screens, and laser & lighting rigs that challenge most Hollywood productions, this event is surely one you wouldn't want to miss!

The card has 15 scheduled fights with a reserve of additional fighters waiting for an opening. NYFEMMA has been able to attract the best gyms such as LIMMA, East West MMA, Team Bobby Campbell, Golden MMA & the Renzo Gracie Fight team. Also well-known local NY talent as Aaron Siflet 8-0 fighting Jerome Mickle 7-0, Wade Werosta battles Ken Sweeney, Felipe Carlos vs. Uriah Banks as well as pro wrestler Fadi Madani goes head to head with Kevin Wall.

GPG founder James Jefferson said, "When Tom Sconzo asked GPG to be part of the Largest Mixed Martial Arts Event in NYC History, we had to say yes! The events that their putting on and the talent that they have promoted makes complete sense for GPG and NYFEMMA to partner together."

NYFEMMA co-founder Tom Sconzo stated, "As a former competitor my goal has been to create an event that win or lose will be a fighter experience he or she will always remember. I believe my partner Mike Washington & I have will have raised the bar where fans & fighters will come to expect no less for their time or money when choosing an event in the future."

For more information, please visit www.GlobalProvingGround.com, and for Tickets put in Discount code "GPG" at www.nyfemma.com.

 

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