Carmine Zocchi is a good friend of mine and a great BJJ instructor and he's a fixture at pro and amatuer shows in New Jersey where his fighters do very well.  He'll be at Evolution AMMA on March 6 cornering the very talented Taj Abdul-Hakim.  You can train with Carmine at his school on the Brooklyn-Queens border.  Check out their website BrooklynQueensBJJ.com for details.

Caught up with Frankie "The Answer" Edgar at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat show last Friday night.  We talked about his upcoming title fight at UFC 112 with BJ Penn.

We're a little over a month away from UFC 111 in Newark, NJ, and the tension is beginning to build.  Here's a fanstastic video about the great Georges St-Pierre.

 

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In this wide ranging interview, legendary fighter Renzo Gracie talks about the difference between the old no hold barred days and today's rules.  Surprisingly, he thinks the sport was safer back then and explains why.  He also talks about his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes and avenging Royce Gracie's loss.  Plus a whole lot more good stuff.

Ricardo Almeida was at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat show in Atlantic City last Friday.  In this interview he talks about fighting in NJ, cutting to 170 and about his opponent Matt Brown.

Note: The audio on the video makes it sound like I said Mike Brown instead of Matt Brown.  The audio man has been fired and is now living in a large cardboard box on the streets of Manhattan.

 

Amateur MMA in North Jersey is being well represented by a new promotion called Evolution AMMA, run by Steve Katz, Jose Suarez and Francisco Arcibal. Their first event was a big success and now they're holding their second show, this time in Rahway, NJ, at the Union County Performing Arts Center.

The card is chock full of talent.  These are the guys who will be the future stars in the big promotions and I am excited to once again be hosting the show from inside the cage.

Make sure to check out the Evolution AMMA website and pick up tickets for the show!  Complete card after the jump.

It's time for another Asylum Fight League show!  On February 27th at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City, NJ, Asylum Fight League 26 will be taking place.  I will be in the cage as always, proudly ring announcing tomorrow's MMA stars as they fight their way into the pro ranks.

It's always great to watch these up and coming amatuers in action.  Asylum's promoter, Carl Mascarenhas always puts on a great show and makes some amazing matches.  I'll have more on this event later in the week.  For now, check out out the Asylum Fight League website.  These fights are insane!

 

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Caught up with Matt Serra at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat on February 19th.  Matt talked about beating Frank Trigg, Renzon's upcoming fight with Matt Hughes at Abu Dhabi, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and more.  Oh and he out burps the legendary Superfoot Wallace.

 

Wanderlei Silva had a few moments last night that reminded us of his Pride days when he was an absolute beast.  At one point, after he knocked Bisping down, it appeared that he had to fight off the urge to soccer kick Bisping's head into the 8th row.

Cain Velasquez also showed that he's the real deal and this big KO win over the legendary Minotauro Nogueira puts him in title contention.  The UFC HW division is stacked.

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