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Frankie Perez is something special. Even when he was an amatuer mixed martial artist, people who watched him fight knew that he would one day fight for the biggest MMA organization in the world, the UFC. And now, after a 9-1 pro career, with his lone loss being a very close split decision against Chris Wade, Frankie makes his UFC debut tomorrow night on the undercard of the McGregor vs. Siver fight.

I've been lucky enough to see just about every one of Frankie's fights, and I've been saying for a long time that he is a world class fighter. Now he's going to get to showcase his skills to a worldwide audience. Frankie is the real deal, and I really look forward to him fighting the best fighters in the world.

The UFC Lightweight division is on notice: Franke Perez Jr. has arrived!

 

 

The Asylum Fight League rings in the new year with a big show on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the famed Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Asylum is south Jersey's premier MMA event, so get your tickets ASAP.

Check out the Asylum Fight League Website for more details.

 

Dead Serious MMA is back to kick off 2015 with a big show at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Dead Serious MMA is north Jersey's premier MMA promotion, and their cards are always stacked. Titles will be on the line, so get your tickets ASAP.

Check out the Dead Serious MMA website for ticket info. Also check Dead Serious Fight Gear for some of the best fight gear in the biz.

 

NYFE is back with its 5th big show on Saturday, January 23, 2015.  The event takes place at the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens, NY. For NY fight fans, it doesn't get any easier to check out some world class MMA.

Check out the NYFE MMA website for ticket info.

 

Dead Serious MMA closed out 2014 with a bang at Dead Serious MMA 13 last Saturday, December 13. The event took place at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where three titles were up for grabs.  Here are the official results of all the night's bouts:

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Dead Serious MMA is back with their final show of the year, this Saturday, December 13 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  This card is stacked and it's a great way to end the year. So be sure to get your tickets and check out the action!

Hit up the Dead Serious MMA website for ticket info. And check out Dead Serious Fight Gear for some of the finest quality fight apparel and equipment money can buy.

 


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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014.

On December 5th, Chris Liguori will be inducted as Pioneer Fighter.

Chris started training and competing in MMA at the age of 16 with local NJ gym Pittspen. The sport of MMA, or as it was known back then, NHB (No Holds Barred), was new and just starting to evolve. There wasn’t much available as far as coaching, so it was not uncommon for Chris to travel as far as Iowa to train with the famous Pat Miletich at points early in his career.

Chris would fight his first MMA fight under the Bamma banner. The event was held in South Plainfield High School. After a few fights for Bamma, Chris began to fight for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, which was in its early stages of development. He would later go on to win the Ring of Combat lightweight championship. Chris made his UFC debut on, November 21st 2003, at the age of 20 years old. In his stellar career, Chris has compiled an extensive resume of 3 championships in 2 different weight classes and competed in many top organizations such as Strike Force, Bellator, MFC and CFFC. A loving father of 4 and true pioneer of the sport, both in and out the cage, Chris now trains under Professor Ricardo Almeida and has started to coach athletes in the sport he loves.

We hope you will join us on December 5, 20124 Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Tom Manelski

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns& Suites on December 5, 2014.

On December 5th, Tom Manelski will be inducted as Grappler.

Tom Manelski was born and raised in NJ.  He resides in Toms River NJ and has lived there for about 22 years. He graduated college in 1997 with a degree in Business.  He then started working in finance.   He now has 17 years banking and investing experience behind him and continues to work in the financial industry.

Tom started playing sports at 7.   He played many sports but focused on wrestling in high school.  He decided not to wrestle in college because he was pursuing a racing career in Motocross.  He raced for 12 years but was unable to make a living at it so he decided to move on.  He then spent a lot of time in the gym weight training, but needed more.  After watching many of the “UFC’s”, like many others, Tom developed an interest in Jiu Jitsu.  He started training Jiu Jitsu in 2006.  First he trained at “Madama Jiu Jitsu” which lasted about 6 months.  He was introduced to Bill Scott who was a Brown belt in BJJ at the time.  Scott opened a school close to Tom’s home so Tom decided to train there.  There were many higher belts there that led to great training and advancement for Tom.  He immediately started competing and had success right away.  He received my Blue belt through Black belt with Bill Scott/Pablo Popovitch.   He has over 150 gi and no gi grappling wins, with victories in Grapplers Quest, NAGA, PGL and IBJJF to name a few.  He continues to train at least 3 times a week.  As long as he is physically able to train, he expects to train for the rest of his life.  Training Jiu Jitsu helps him be better prepared in life both physically and mentally.

We hope you will join us on December 5, 20124 Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

Scott Goodale

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014.

On December 5th, Scott Goodale will be inducted as Wrestling Coach.

The Jackson, N.J., native which eventually took over the Rutgers program, first found great success in his impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. In seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007. The then high school wrestling coach was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 2009. Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups, along with 16 additional state place winners. In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions. While also leading his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles. During the 2005-06 season, the Jaguars finished ranked No. 10 in the country then finishing seventh the next year.

In 2007 Scott Goodale began his reign as Rutgers head wrestling coach for the next 8 years and has amassed an impressive record of 111-38-1 during that time. He has lead the Scarlet Knights to two top 25 finishes and one top 10 during his tenure and has made the Rutgers Wrestling Program a top contender while also producing 36 NCAA Championship bids and 42 place winners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. Three Scarlet Knights received automatic bids to nationals, while also earning an at-large selection gave Goodale at least four NCAA qualifiers in five of his seven seasons “On the Banks.” The Goodale-led squad put together a 15-match unbeaten streak from early December to late February which was the longest streak in school history. In 2008-09, Rutgers broke the then-school record for victories in a single season with a 20-7 mark in dual action. Three Scarlet Knights earned NCAA Championships bids, which at the time was the most for RU since 2004. Scott Goodale’s career speaks for itself as an impressive collection of wins, titles, firsts and championships that leave no doubt of his deserving of yet another induction in yet another Hall of Fame.

We hope you will join us on December 5, 20124 Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

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