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!


The New York 2011 TaeKwonDo championships will be taking place on September 30.  This will be a fun family event.  Check out the video preview after the jump.

The tragic events of 9/11 are still firmly etched in everyone's minds, especially those New Yorkers who lost loved ones.  Jennie Nedell, a Long Island kickboxer, is one such person.  She lost her father on 9/11, as he was rushing back into the towers to help others escape the destruction.  Jennie last spoke with her Dad while he was in Tower 2 on that fateful morning.

"I love you,"  Laurence Nedell told his daughter before rushing upstairs to help people still trapped in the building.  His selflessness in the face of grave danger has left an indelible mark on Jennie, and is an inspiration to us all.  He is truly a hero, and his loss is monumental.

For the past three years, in tribute to her Dad and the other victims of 9/11, Jennie Nedell has been holding kickboxing fundraisers to help support the 9/11 memorial in Babylon, New York.  This year's event will take place on September 10th in an airplane hangar at the Romeo Aviation Company near MacArthur Airport.  Jennie is hoping to raise $10,000 for the memorial.  I will be at the show and I'm asking my fellow Long Island fight fans to show their support by attending this event.

Not only will you will be supporting the memorial, but you will also be treated to some of the best kickboxing you will find on the East Coast.  We'll have more information about this upcoming event in the near future so stayed tuned for futher details.

To be a champion in this day and age you have to have all the right tools, work ethic and experience.  Slaid Sainevil, a young rising talented boxer and kickboxer has all of these attributes.  For Slaid, it’s all about getting better and moving on to the next fight.

And that's exactly what he's gonna do on September 9th at Glo for a Kickboxing fight brought to you by Gladiator Promotions.  Sainevil steps in a faces highly regarded amateur fighter Larry Batista from Bellmore Kickboxing. This fight is guaranteed fireworks!

I had the pleasure of asking Slaid Sainevil some questions about his upcoming fight and some other questions, this is what he had to say:

Vic Torres Jr.:  Alright Slaid, you’re a young talented up and comer in the combative world. You have a fight coming up against a talented opponent on the 9th of September. How are you preparing yourself for this bout ?

Sainevil: Well, I'm doing a lot of running 5 miles a day for cardio. Sparring a lot and fixing my mistakes from previous fights.

Tom English is a professional MMA fighter who trains at one of Long Island’s elite MMA gyms, Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Bellmore, NY.  English was born in Glen Cove and now resides in Dix Hills on Long Island.  He holds a pro record of 1-1 and is looking forward to having a winning record after his next fight, which is September 9th for the Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat promotion in Atlantic city, New Jersey.  English will face Anthony Facchini, a (1-0) pro fighter who also holds a 3-2 amateur record.  This fight looks to be very explosive and has a good chance to be fight of the night.

I have trained with Tom before.  The man is a straight beast with excellent wrestling and an awesome striking game.  His cardio is top notch and he's only been getting better.  I can’t imagine how good he is now.

I had the chance to talk to Tom and ask him some questions about his career and his very important fight coming up.

Vic Torres:  Tom, Thanks for your time. I know your very busy getting ready for your fight so lets get right into it; You are 1-1 as a professional fighter, you have a huge fight coming up verse Anthony Facchini on the 9th of September. What have you been training on the most during your camp?

Tom English: Yeah, this is a big fight for me! Even though it's just my third fight, I started off with a loss and it will feel good to finally have winning record.  I've been going pretty hard with everything, but I know he's more of a ground fighter so I'm going to really step up my wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu training for this one!

Vic Torres:  Your opponent has his win over fellow teammate, Mike Benoit. Does this add more fuel to the fire leading up to the fight?

Tom English: It does not because he beat a teammate of mine, but the way he conducted himself after the fight was wrong. I don't know if anyone noticed, but when the ref was breaking them up he mushed Mike in the face. That was definitely uncalled for.  So I'm going in guns blazing!

Vic Torres:  Awesome! You started out training out in eastern long island at American Fighter. Now you have made the transition to Bellmore Kickboxing. How has the difference in camps help you jump from amateur to professional?

Tom English: Yeah, once I changed camps I felt my game go up big time. The other camps I was at were good for someone just starting out on a basic level. In order to compete at a pro level you need high level training. Keith Trimble is one of the best at taking fighters to that level and beyond!

Vic Torres:  That he does. Tom, What are some of your long term goals being a pro MMA fighter?

Tom English: Well, I want to go as hard as I can, for as long as I can! I started out late, so you know time is not on my side. I'm feeling pretty good, in excellent shape and right now I'm trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can. I know I'm not on an elite level right now but I'm going to keep striving to achieve greatness and hopefully get there some day.

Vic Torres:  Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to?

Tom English: Definitely, I'd like to Thank Keith Trimble from Bellmore Kickboxing & MMA and the rest of the Bellmore KB family ! Keith Trimble is literally a life saver ! I'd like to thank Tom Muller and my Gracie Barra family as well ! I'd like to thank my family and friends for there support. I'd like to thank the fans!

Vic Torres:  Tom, thanks for your time, I look forward to seeing you in the cage on September 9th, good luck my man.


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