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


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.

Kristen Brown


Live To Fight Inc

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(Photo courtesy of Anil Melwani)

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.


by Rob Wolf

On Friday, September 27th, Take On Productions returned to Resorts World Casino in New York City for Take-On Muay Thai XXIII. The eleven bout card promised and delivered hard hitting action, including a Title Fight and three with full Muay Thai rules, one of which was a battle of two undefeateds, and did not disappoint fans as top level Muay Thai was once again on display at Resorts World. For those of you who haven’t been there yet, it is a well outfitted venue where fans can cheer on their favorite fighters, watching the action live and on six big screens that offer great ringside camera angles, close-ups, and all the instant replays of the most exciting, hard hitting moments. There are also strategically located full service bars and a food concession.

The night was studded with impressive and competitive bouts, including two knockouts (one by way of a knee strike!) and seven unanimous decisions, including the night’s co-main and main events.

The most exciting performances came from Eddie Martinez (Sitan Gym, CT) and Justin Greskiewicz (Cool Hearts Muay Thai) in the Main Event, which was a re-match and a title fight for the vacant New York State WKA Welterweight (147#) Full Rules Title, and Joel Estevez (Sitan Gym, NY) and Jon Curtis (Weapons 9) in the Co-Main Event (132#). Martinez and Estevez each won their respective bouts by unanimous decision. While both bouts were action packed back and forth battles, the Co-Main was one of three that were full Muay Thai rules and included elbows and knees, which were masterfully displayed by Estevez. In the Main Event, Martinez was the busier of the two fighters, landing many powerful kicks and punches.

Here’s a rundown of the other bouts:


New York fans have been the victim of idiot politicians keeping the sport illegal in the state.  Professional MMA is still not allowed, but sanctioned amatuer events can take place.  On October 4, at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens, the New York Fight Exchange will be hosting its first show.  The card is stacked with the best talent in the area, and it's important that NY fight fans support this show.

I am honored to be hosting the event and really looking forward to seeing live MMA in NY.  For full details and to get tickets, check out the NY Fight Exchange website.  NYFEMMA.com. The Amuzura Concert Hall is just steps from the LIRR Jamaica train station, so travel to the event is very easy.  If you're driving, there is plenty of parking available.  Let's all support MMA in NY!

The show takes place this Friday, October 4, so get your tickets right now.  See you at the Amazura Concert Hall!


Al Iaquinta, the pride of Wantagh, Long Island, will be fighting on the undercard of UFC 164 tomorrow night.  Al takes on Ryan Couture, son of legendary fighter Randy Couture, in a bout that is sure to be explosive. The fight will be broadcast Facebook and YouTube, and is the second fight of the evening.

I've been following Iaquinta's career since the beginning, and I've always said that he is truly a fighter to watch.  He has excellent wrestling and great hands and he is dangerous at all ranges.  I predict he will look sensational tomorrow and that this fight is the start of something big for the 26 year old mixed martial artist.

Check him out tomorrow night free on Facebook. And check out his Twitter account for the latest news on his career.


New York MMA, a film by legendary MMA cinematographer Kahleem Poole, aka KahL-One, is now available free on Hula.  This film documents the efforts to get MMA legalized in the state of NY, and features many of the top stars in the sport.  It's a great film, and an important one.  Check it out here:  New York MMA.

About the film:

New York Mixed Martial Arts is an enthralling documentary that provides a back seat view of the grass roots struggle to legalize and regulate the professional sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. New York is one of a handful of states in which MMA is still outlawed; sacrificing athlete safety, jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to neighboring states and countries since 1997. In his first feature length film, martial artist and filmmaker Kahleem Poole – Tejada presents an intimate account of the struggle to legalize MMA through the lens of one amateur fighter’s (Bradley Desir) quest to turn professional under the guidance of his coach (Stephen Koepfer). Viewers are offered a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the political, sometimes frightening, and always exciting world of mixed martial arts.

Rob Terlizzi

Stephen Koepfer

Kahleem Poole-Tejada

Levan Reginald Hines

Robert Billings

Bradley Desir
Stephen Koepfer
Tyga Maclin
Eddie Goldman
Paula Romero
Justin Klein

Josh Barnett
Gesias Calvacante
Fedor Emilianenko
Steve Kardian Steven Katz
Tara LaRosa
New York Assemblyman Dean Murray Nestor Marte New York City Councilman Joel Rivera Bas Rutten Oleg Savitsky Frank Shamrock Mike Straka Dana White


The New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame will be holding its 2nd annual Hall of Fame dinner/induction ceremony on December 6, 2013.  The first event was a smashing success, and the venue was filled with a who's who of combat sports.

I understand that the committee is working on this year's list of inductees, and I should have that in the near future.  The venue is once again the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey, which is minutes away from New York City.  It was a great event last year, and should be even bigger and better this year.  Tickets will sell out fast, so jump on yours right away.  You can find ticket info on the NJ Martial Arts Awards website or call the number on the poster above.

It is a personal honor to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I will definitely be attending this year's event.  Stay tuned for this year's list of inductees!



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