Monday, 09 June 2014 18:49
The New York Fight Exchanges third outing, which took place on Saturday, June 7, 2014, was called "Unstoppable." The name is apt, not only for this particular event, but for the promotion itself. The NYFE, after just three shows, is already the biggest and best amateur MMA promotion in the state of New York.
NYFE events take place at the famed Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens. And in this third outing, NY fight fans enjoyed the finest mixed martial arts offered in the state of New York. Once again, promoters Tom Sconzo and Mike Washington did an amazing job putting on fights that not only pleased the crowd, but gave New York fighters the opportunity to fight in their home state.
As always, the card was stacked with talent, with fighters representing some of the best camps anywhere, including Long Island MMA, Renzo Gracie Fight Academy, East West MMA and the Jungle Gym. The event, which is sanctioned by the WKA, had three vacant titles up for grabs.
The first title fight, for the vacant WKA NY State 135 pound crown, featured Elijah Punzone from East West MMA taking on Mike "Caveman" Kuhn out of Long Island MMA. The first round was a back and forth battle, but in the second round, Kuhn came out with a vengeance and stopped Punzone with a TKO.
The second title fight, for the vacant WKA NY State 185 pound crown, featured Constantine Gemelas, out of East West MMA, taking on Eric Ott, out of Long Island MMA. The first two rounds saw some great exchanges on the feet as well as exciting scrambles. Both men had their moments in the fight until the third round, when Ott landed some huge shots on the very tough Gemelas, forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest.
In the very highly anticipated main event, undefeated fighter Jerome "The Bull" Mickle put his 10-0 record on the line against yet another Long Island MMA fighter, Hugh McKenna. McKenna came into the bout with a record of 2-2, but records can be very deceiving. And it showed in the fight, as McKenna immediately took the feared striker Mickle down and kept him down for most of the first round. In the second round it was more of the same. At one point Mickle was able to get back to his feet and land some punches, but McKenna's wrestling takedowns were relentless. McKenna kept the fight on the ground and in the second round took Mickle's back, sinking in the rear naked choke for the victory and WKA USA welterweight title.
All in all it was an amazing night of fights, and it solidified the NYFE's standing as New York's premier fight promotion. The event was videotaped by Ring Fever, and should be available for viewing soon. For more info and photos of this event, be sure to check out the NYFE's website and Facebook page.
The next show is September 20, 2014. Make sure you get your tickets early, because this event, like all NYFE events, will be unstoppable!