Weapons 9 is proud to present yet another outstanding muay Thai card on Saturday, March 3, 2012. This event is sure to be action packed and features the finest Thai fighters in the area.

We are very excited to announce that this Warriors Cup will be headlined by a Class A Title match between Tiger Schulmann's Stephan Regman, the current title holder, and Boston Muay Thai's Flavio Brito. We are also pleased to say that the
legendary Thai champion Coban has been assigned by the NJSACB to referee this championship contest. Vladimir Borodine of Brooklyn's famed Borodin's Gym will also be officiating at the event.

In another Class A title match, our co-featured bout pits Boston Muay Thai's Romain Gaston vying to wrest the title from Rich Brattole of Weapons 9-Strategic Combat.

This card features some of the best upcoming muay Thai talent in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Some of the participating gyms include Boston Muay Thai, Coolhearts Muaythai Camp PA, Five Points NYC, Lions Roar Bronx, Modern Martial Arts, North

Jersey Muay Thai, OSMA Warriors Virginia, Sitan NY, Sitkangmongkorn NJ and PA, Tiger Schulmann NJ, Jersey Fight Club,B-52 Muaythai, Nick Catone's MMA,Newburgh KMT Muaythai, Gold Team BJJ, Fatjo's MMA, Iron Wolverines and Alex Wilkie's.

There are sixteen approved bouts scheduled. Please contact Chris for tickets at 609-678-6728. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

This should be a great night of fights for Muay Thai fans, a night to remember!

You don't want to miss it, so please come and join us!

On March 6th the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York brings you a full day of events to support the legalization of live Mixed Martial Arts in New York State Rally to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York.

11:30am – 1:30pm - Governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan Office (633 Third Avenue, NY, NY, 10017)

Michael Benjamin, former NYS Assemblyman and co-sponsor of the Assembly MMA bill. Mr. Benjamin has a long history in New York State government, politics, and human services. He is currently a political columnist and speaker.

Rob Haydak, is the co-owner and President of Atlantic City-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Mr. Haydak and his team have built the CFFC brand into one of the nation’s top regional professional MMA promotions. CFFC provides a competition platform in New Jersey for many elite New York-based mixed martial artists.

It's fight week.  This Friday, February 10th, Lou Neglia is back with Ring of Combat 39, to be held at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The ROC is a staple down in AC, and the show is always sold out, so get your tickets now by visiting RingofCombat.com.

I will be commentating the show on the GoFightLive broadcast, and should be joined by Kurt Pellegrino and other MMA VIPs on the mic.  The card is stacked, and it's another great mix of local, national and international talent.  On the card are my two picks for MMA prospects of 2011, Tom DeBlass, who takes on the very tough Randy Smith, and Frankie Perez Jr., who will face Jeremy Uy.

The big names on the card are Pete Sell, who has never had a dull moment in the ring, as well as UFC TUF House fighter Jeff Lentz.  In addition, you'll see some great up and comers such as James Jenkins, Ed "Truck" Gordon and Lester Caslow.

On top of that, the card will feature one of the sports most fearsome strikers, Uriah Hall.  Uriah's fights are always highlight reel worthy, so this is one card you don't want to miss.

See you at the ROC!


Cage Fury Fighting Championship returns to Resorts Hotel and Casino this Saturday night for their twelfth installment.  We have come to expect each show to better than the last and Saturday night should solidify that fact.  Matchmaker, Arias Garcia and company have put together a stacked card that you can safely assume is an early Christmas present for the fans.  Some MMA veterans and newcomers will be on hand to electrify the sold out crowd.  Without further ado, let us peek at some of the headlining match-ups.

The main event of the evening will see UFC vet, Greg Soto (8-2) try to take the Welterweight Championship away from the explosive Chip Pollard (5-2).  Pollard took the title at CFFC 10, back in July after beating up Joey “Boom Boom” Rivera and forcing a Doctor stoppage.  Pollard will bring his crisp and precise striking to the cage to force the same outcome this weekend.  Soto will be ready as he has been around the block before and will be ready to weather Pollard’s violent offensive attack.

Chip Pollard likes to keep the fight standing and this will be his best chance at stopping Greg Soto.  Soto is very well versed on the ground, but can manage a fight wherever it may end up.  Soto can strike and he can grapple with the best of them as he is incredibly well rounded.  If Pollard wants to keep his title, he will need to bring his “A” game with him Saturday night.  One mistake and no doubt, Soto will capitalize and bring the welterweight belt home.  This championship main event will be a great one to watch.

Also returning to the local MMA scene will be Pellegrino standout, George Sullivan (8-3) who looks to get back into the “win” column after coming up a little short in a title fight back in April of this year.  Sullivan has been working harder than ever to not make the same mistakes he made back in April and should be ready to go on Saturday night.  Sullivan has his work cut out for him, though, as he will square off against always tough, Mike Winters (5-1).  Winters has seen action in M-1 as well as Bellator so he is no stranger to a big fight atmosphere.  Both these fighters have some impressive ground and pound so we will find out whose is better.

Winters is also a CFFC vet and is always impressive in the cage.  Last time out, he beat Mike Wade at his own game, wrestling.  Winters is strong on the ground and dangerous on his feet as he does have some very heavy hands.  Winters has a fast shot for his takedowns as well.  Sullivan had better be prepared to do some sprawling Saturday night.  Sullivan is also incredibly well rounded and should not be taken lightly.  Sullivan’s bread and butter is his ground and pound, but he can submit you just as easily.  There is a good reason that this fight is your co main event for the evening.  Wherever the fight ends up, both fighters like to stay busy so there will be no shortage of action here.

Rounding out the headlining match-ups on this stellar card will be Chris “The Story” Liguori (13-9) taking on Don Carlo-Clauss (7-5).  There will be a ton of experience in the cage Saturday night with this fight.  I have always said, Liguori’s record does not reflect how incredibly gifted this fighter really is.  You will see why I continue to say that when “The Story” adds yet another chapter to his career.  Win or lose, you will see one of the best MMA skill sets around.  Liguori trains with some of the best around with Ricardo Almeida, Frankie Edgar, Mark Henry, Tom DeBlass, and Nick Catone.  With a camp like this, it is no surprise that these guys keep winning.

Don Carlo-Clauss has fought all over, but as of late has lost two straight fights and desperately needs to get back into the win column.  Carlo-Clauss is another one that even when he loses, it is a very competitive fight.  Saturday night, he will need to have a mistake free performance if he hopes to defeat Chris Liguori.  Carlo-Clauss likes his striking, but is a little lacking in the ground game and submission defense.  Expect Liguori to soften Don up with some footwork and strikes and then take the fight down and try to finish off his opponent.  As with any other Liguori fight, this one could be your fight of the night.

Amongst these fights you will also see some of the best talent on the East Coast when the likes of Dan Cion, Daniel Holmes, Steve Perez, Ariel Sepulveda, Brian Kelleher, and the always entertaining - Artur Rofi and Ozzy Dugulubgov set foot in the CFFC cage and put on a heck of a show for you, the fans.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy this fantastic card and kick off your Holiday season with some breathtaking MMA action.  CFFC 12 goes down this Saturday night, December 10th at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  The action is set to start at 7pm.  Head over to www.cffc.tv for more information.


Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat is the East Coast's premier professional MMA promotion.  Over 50 fighters who fought at the Ring of Combat have gone on to fight in the UFC, including current UFC LW champion Frankie Edgar.  The ROC is a great way to showcase your skills and get attention from the MMA world.

This Friday, November 18, 2011, the ROC is back at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  Pete Sell is headlining the stacked card, and there are many great fights scheduled.  Uriah Hall is also slated to fight but his opponent dropped out.  If you are 185 pounds and want to step in the cage with Hall this Friday, contact me ASAP at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This is a golden opportunity, so if you think you have what it takes, let me know.


NY MMA fans have a special treat awaiting them this Sunday, November 6th at NYU's Eisner Auditorium located at 60 Washington Square, New York City.  The premier of Fightville, an outstanding MMA documentary, followed by a discussion about the legalization of MMA in New York.  Not be to missed!  From the Fightville website:

The acclaimed directors of Gunner Palace and How to Fold a Flag take us into the world of mixed martial arts fighting. Set around Lafayette, Louisiana, the film follows aspiring fighters and captures the rise of Dustin “the Diamond” Poirier. Gorgeously shot, this is an unexpectedly lyrical portrait of men trying to better themselves through hard work, guts and determination.

Followed by a Discussion on Legalizing MMA in NY State

As Mixed Martial Arts  enters the mainstream–with the UFC on Fox, fighters with name brand sponsors and the sport becoming a Hollywood staple–why is it still illegal in New York and who is keeping it from Madison Square Garden? A discussion with Fightville co-director Michael Tucker and Ariel Helwani, MMA journalist for AOL’s MMAFighting.com and NBCSports.com.

Tickets for NYU screenings are available in advance online or at the IFC Center box office. Same-day tickets are only available at the specific screening venue.

4:45 PM, Sun. Nov. 6, 2011 - NYU's Kimmel Ctr. 4th Floor (Eisner Auditorium) - Buy Tickets

Watch the official trailer here:  Fightville Trailer

More info and the offical trailer after the jump.

Section of Festival:

Expected to Attend: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, Ariel Helwani

Director: Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker

Producer: Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker

Cinematographer: Michael Tucker

Editor: Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker

Music: Alex Kliment

Running Time: 85 min.

Language: English

Country: USA

Official Site: http://www.fightville.net

On Twitter: @fightville



KahL-One's outstanding film, NY MMA, is going to be airing on Go Fight Live TV's iPPV/VOD service. It's the very first feature film to ever be broadcast on that site, and it's a fitting way to launch the service.  This film documents NY MMA and the struggle to get it legalized in the state.  It's a great piece of filmmaking and you should definitiley check it out.

The film premiers on October 21st. For pre orders, hit this line: NY MMA pre order.

And be sure to check out the official site for the film: NYMMAFilm.com.

Do not miss this film!

Marcelo Mello will be having a a BJJ seminar on November 23 at Carmine Zocchi's BJJ Academy of Queens in Ridgewood, Queens.  Marcelo is a legendary BJJ black belt, and Carmine is one of his black belt students.  If you want to improve your BJJ game, you do not want to miss this seminar.  Attendance is limited, so hit this link for more info on how to sign up:  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Queens.

Also, while you're there, do yourself a favor and pick up Carmine Zocchi's DVD instructionals.  This is a great video series showing some unique techniques that can really improve your game. I highly recommend them.

Jennie Nedell not only put on a fundraising kickboxing event in memory of her Dad, Laurence Nedell, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, she also fought in the main event.  Putting on a sporting event is no easy task, and there are hundreds of things that can go wrong, but Jennie had it all under control on September 10th, and the show ran very smoothly.  And then, in the main event of the evening, the kickboxing promoter, who is also the PKF's NY State Women's Champion, took on the PKF Florida State Champion and won a dramatic split decision victory.  Talk about an eventful day!

I was honored to be the ring announcer for this show, and the fans turned out in droves to help raise money for the Ceder Beach 9/11 Memorial.  It was standing room only once the fights got underway, and the fighters all gave it everything they had inside the ropes.  There were kid's matches, women't bouts and men's fights, and everyone who fought on the card had reason to be proud of their performances.

But it was Jennie Nedell who really shined throughout the night.  You could tell that the day was emotional for her.  But even under the stress of putting on the event and fighting in it, Jennie stayed cool, calm and collected.  Her dad must be very proud of her right now.

In her fight, Jennie took everything her opponent had and gave it right back.  She fought tough, and the fight was a very close split decision win for Nedell.  Which was a perfect ending for a perfect evening.  The fight, and the event showed, that nothing is easy in this life, but if you persevere, like Jennie Nedell did, you will come through victorious.

Congrats to Jennie and the team she put together to make this show possible.  And congrats to all the fighters who showed up and gave it their all in the ring.  It was a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this great event!



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