As usual Lou Neglia put on a great show. The card was stacked with local talent and the fights delivered. The fight I was most interested in seeing was the one between Brutal Brendan Barrett and Costantinos Phillippou. Unfortunately, Barrett suffered a cut over his eye early in the first round and the doctor stopped the fight before the round was over. Phillippou was awarded a TKO victory but it was not a satisfying conclusion. The fight was shaping up nicely before the premature stoppage. Phillippou landed a big right hand on Barrett very early in the fight, but Barrett didn't even blink and then took Costa down. Brendan had side control for a bit, tried a few subs from bottom and looked to be pretty much in control on the ground. On the feet, Coast, a former boxer, had the edge. He's a bomber, but his ground game is coming along too. How can it not with the great Matt Serra in his corner? Congrats to Costa and Team Serra Longo. Tough break for Brendan and the Rhino Fight Team. I'd love to see a rematch. Lou, make it happen! The rest of the card was excellent. My good friend John Moody covered the event with me and has full results on his site TriStateFighter.com. Also, I snagged exclusive interviews last night with Pete Drago Sell and the man himself Matt Serra. Matt is one of the funniest guys in MMA and he was cracking everybody up last night. I'll post those later.
Hey fight fans, I will be heading down to beautiful Atlantic City today to check out ROC 21 at the Tropicana.  Lou Neglia always puts on a great card, and this one should be fireworks.  If you see me down there, come on up and say: Here's some money, Garv!
By TheGARV.com Staff

At this past Asylum Fight League show on July 26, we saw our fair share of wars, knockouts and submissions. Throughout the night the top Amateur MMA fighters of the Northeast squared off at the Philadelphia Flyers minor league practice center. With a decent crowd in attendance the fighters pleased the excited fight fans giving them what they want, that being knockouts and tons of heart.

The team that really proved to be a class above the rest are those fighters that hailed from Long Island, representing 4-Time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Emerson Souza's talented squad.

In the first bout of the night featured 27 year old Emerson Souza blue belt Ivan Gomez. But we never got a chance to see the blue belt pull out any flashy submissions, or takedowns. Instead we saw Mr. Gomez come out into the middle of the ring, throwing a "2-3-2" combination leaving his opponent out cold at just 19 seconds of the first round, before coaches could even get a work out. With this very impressive win Ivan Gomez brings his record to a clean two wins and no losses.

Up next for the Long Island BJJ squad was flyweight phenom Jared Picariello. Picariello came into this fight undefeated, winning his last two MMA fights in under two minutes, not to mention competing in the prestigious New York Daily News Golden Gloves where he earned a first round TKO, and lost a close decision to go into the quarterfinals.

Jared's original opponent who had a record of 1-1, had to pull out of the fight hours prior to the fights, scrambling together Jared received a new opponent this time he got a fight against an Undefeated MMA fighter who also hailed from New York and held a 4-0 record in boxing. Without hesitation Jared came out and boxed with his opponent, landing jabs and body shots at will. After landing some successful body shots, Jared tenaciously went after his opponents neck, going for the guillotine choke. After two failed attempts at a takedown, his opponent caught himself in one of the tightest guillotine/front chokes I've seen. Wrenching his opponents neck without an arm in, and in full guard, Picariello end his opponent's night. One and a half minutes into the fight, and less the two minutes of work, Emerson Souza BJJ went 2-0 for the night.

Next up for these "jits" guys is a standup test, this time in the form of Muay Thai. They will both be competing this month along with 185 pound teammate Kevin Murphy at the Inagural New York Fight Club, August 28th at the Freeport Recreation Center. No bad for a bunch of Jiu-Jitsu guys. Go to NYfightClub.net for more information on the fights and EmersonSouzaBJJ.com to learn more about these fighters and other up and comers. Expect some big waves from these two in the Northeast fight scene.

Note: TheGARV will be at the August show in Freeport doing the Ring Announcing. So if you want to me me or beat the living crap out of me, here's your chance. Come on down to Freeport Long Island on August 28.


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