Wow, what a night of fights!  You never could have guessed that the fighters at AFL 24 last night were amateurs.  These guys fought their hearts out and left everything in cage.  In fact one fighter, James Funaro from Long Island, left so much in the cage that it took ten minutes for the staff to clean up the blood.

James was in an absolute war with Iron Mike Fischetti.  Iron Mike apparently broke Funaro's nose in the first round.  Funaro was not fazed, however, and continue battling but the blood was too much and referee Tom Velaquez stopped the bout. Fischetti has been dominant in his amateur career and he was absolutely beastly last night.  He's a kid who is going places.

In the two title fights, both Noah Faunce and Julio Arce showed why they are true champions.

Faunce fought the very tough and talented Pistol Pete Burdge for the vacant AFL 170 pound title.   Burdge held his own, but it appeared that Faunce was just a little too big and strong for him and won the decision.  Not surprising since Noah also holds the AFL 205 and 185 titles as well.

I am about to head down to Edison, NJ now where I will be ring announcing the Asylum Fight League's 24th show.  Tonight there are two titles on the line and foru undefeated fighters looking to retain or become champion.

In the 167 pound division, two undefeated fighters are clashing for the strap.  Current title holder Noah Faunce out of Long Island will look to remain champion against New Jersey's Pete Burdge who trains with the Pelligrino camp.  That fight alone is worth the price of admission.

In the 140 pound division, two more undefeated prospects will battle for the belt.  Julio Arce and Chris Wright will be mixing it up to see who leaves the cage with the title.

I am very excited about this card and can't wait for the action to begin.  Check out for ticket info.

If you can't make the show live, it might be airing live on  It will be free, so check it out.  The broadcast depends on whether they can get a signal at the venue.

After the jump, check out the full card

Breaking News from  Tim Credeur is injured and out of the Mike  Massenzio fight at UFN 20.  Mike's new opponent will be 13-2 Gerald Harris.  This has been confirmed by sources close to Massenzio.

Tough break for Tim.  I think Harris is a good replacement.  I know Mike is more than ready to get back in the Octagon after his injury and he wants to show people what he can do.  I'll be interviewing Mike before the fight, so look for that soon.

Here's a Hightlight reel of Mike in action:



Great news for hardcore MMA fans. Rafaello "The Tractor" Olivera will be fighting in the UFC. He is scheduled to take on Sean Sherk at UFC 108 on January 2. Olivera is well known for his ferocious fighting style and has competed extensively in Brazil. He is training now with my good buds over at AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, which is run by Mike Constantino and is home to the Miller Brothers of the UFC and other great fighters.

Looking forward to seeing The Tractor back in action next month. In the meantime, check out this great highlight real of him in action in Brazil.



Edson Carvalho recently won the 2009 Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament by winning 10 matches.  Edson is very well known and respected in BJJ and MMA circles.  I know that Mike Massenzio of the UFC got his blue belt under Edson.  Check out this video of Edson in action at the 2009 Pan Ams.




Jerry Bohlander is one of the original members of the infamous Lions Den camp, the first official UFC Lightweight Champion, and one of the fighters who inspired my involvement with MMA.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to correspond with Jerry on a number of topics, such as training at "The Den", what he thinks of the evolution of the UFC and MMA, and what it was like being coached by Ken and Frank Shamrock. Jerry also discusses his war with Scott Ferrozzo, which is still one of my all-time favorite fights.

Since you were such a prominent figure in MMA during a unique time in the sport’s youth, how do you feel about what the sport has evolved into today?

"I think the growth is great. The potential for a fighter to make a great living is there. I like the fact that there are so many quality clubs right now that offer a variety of techniques, skills, and styles. Of course, just about every McDojo out there offers some kind of MMA class with an expert instructor. Even in the little town that I live in there is a guy claiming to have trained extensively with Ken and frank (Shamrock). By extensively he is referring to the 1 time a week he used to drive out to the Lodi Lions Den back when we used to train there. Anyway, I’m going to get off of my high horse and tell you that I appreciate where the sport is going. It offers a lot for the guy or girl that is willing to put in the time and effort to excel."

TheGARV Interviews Jon Jones

Today I was on a conference call with Jon Jones's co-managers Ryan Ciotoli and Gary Marino.  We discussed the Matt Hamill fight and the stoppage.  They plan to appeal the ruling that gave Jones a DQ loss and will attempt to have the loss changed to a no-contest.  Hey guys, thanks for the call.  First off, I just want to say that Jones looked great in there against Hamill.  Amazing performance.

Ryan Ciotoli:  Oh yeah.  He did the things he wanted to do.  I talked to Jon and he’s not disappointed by the performance, just the result.  After the fight he said he accepted the ruling.  But now after reviewing the tapes, you feel he has a case for a no-contest?

Ryan Ciotoli: He doesn’t want to embarrass anyone but he feels that the fair ruling would be a no contest.   After the fight we watched the tapes again and there were a few things that stuck out in our minds that the ref did wrong. We'd  like to see the loss removed. What should the ref have done differently?

Gary Marino: The ref said to Matt Hamill, "Are you done?" but Matt didn’t answer and he called the fight.   If he would have stood Matt up, cleaned the blood out of his eyes, and brought in his interpretor, he would have found out right there that Matt could not continue due to the shoulder injury.  The commissioner  said at the press conference that if an illegal blow is the cause of the end of the fight, then it has to be ruled a DQ.  But in reality, the illegal elbows did not end the fight, it was the shoulder injury.  If the ref had communicated better, he would have seen it was the shoulder not the nose.

Ryan Ciotoli: I also think that Matt felt he'd lost the fight and didn’t see Mazzagatti standing over him.   Mazzagatti should have cleaned off  Matt’s face and brought in the doctor to evaluate him.   Brazilians have translators;  Matt does as well.  But his interpretor was not used by the ref.  Jones did throw some questionable elbows.  Jon was looking for a different angle and it wasn’t intentional.  And if you look at the slow motion replay, it doesn’t look like 12 to 6, there was a curve to it.  Maybe 12 to 7 or 12 to 8.  Plus there was no warnings from the ref prior to the stoppage.


The Strikeforce organization has just made another power-play by acquiring multi-divisional Pride champion and UFC contender Dan Henderson, according to Loretta Hunt on Sherdog.

Henderson is another perfect choice for Strikeforce, as he joins other premiere fighters who are strong enough to anchor a single division but have the capability to fight in several, such as Nick Diaz, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, and Jake Shields.  Henderson already has his sights set on Jake Shields (middleweight champ), Gegard Mousasi (light-heavyweight champ) and Fedor Emelianenko (heavyweight champ), and since he would be a legitimate challenger to each of those titles, I'd say he aptly describes a "good bang for the buck" opportunity for Strikeforce.

Hendo is speculated to make his Strikeforce debut in April, and could face Shields for his first fight.  Henderson's manager, Aaron Crecy, mentioned that money was not the sole criteria for Dan's decision to sign, and also provided the following comments:

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