The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Jim Genia will be inducted as New Jersey’s Media Personality of the Year.

Jim Genia is the author of Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts, and has covered the sport of mixed martial arts since 2001. For nine years he was a writer and editor for Full Contact Fighter magazine, and has sat ringside for hundreds of fighting events, covering the action and penning over a thousand articles on the subject.

He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Ricardo Almeida will be inducted as the MMA Judge of the Year.

Almeida is a long time Bordentown resident who has had an academy in Hamilton.

Obviously, Almeida could be inducted as a master grappler, a worthy MMA fighter, or as a respected trainer.  However, Almeida is being inducted for taking the historic step of being the first UFC and Pride veteran to ever offer their services back to the sport as a MMA official.

On May 5, 2012, he made his major event debut as a main card judge at UFC on FOX 3 card at the Izod Center in East Rutherford.

Almeida is a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie.

Almeida is a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, ADCC, Grapplers Quest and a former Middleweight King of Pancrase.

Almeida has trained and taught former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and many others at his Gracie system academy in Hamilton.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Dr. Wulkan will be inducted as the Ringside Physician of the Year.

She is the lead MMA/Muay Thai ringside physician for the State Athletic Control Board. In this capacity, she reviews almost every medical for MMA and Thai competitors in New Jersey, and also practices ringside at most such events.

Dr. Wulkan is currently the Chair for the Association of Boxing Commissions Combat Sports Medical Committee. She was a featured speaker at the group’s 2012 convention in Florida. She developed a handbook of ringside medicine and an evaluation examination.

She was selected as the Ringside Physician of the Year by the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians.

In 2012, she developed the first combat sports fellowship elective training program in the nation, and led a ringside medicine lecture and training series at Atlantic Health and Morristown Hospital.

She is currently testing a portable neurocognitive device at the request of the United States Navy, at combat sports events.

She has been quoted by several major media sites as she is viewed as an expert in the field of performance enhancing drugs.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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Asylum Fight League is back with its 39th big show on September 22 at the beautiful Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The Asylum Fight League is one of the top amatuer MMA promotions in the country, and many of its alumni have gone on to have great professional careers.  Promoter Carl Mascarenhas has an eye for talent, and his matchmaking always results in amazing fights.

I've been the voice of the Asylum for years now, and I am always pumped for these shows.  I'll be down at the Golden Nugget doing my thing from inside the cage, so do not miss this event! Check out the Asylum Fight League website for tickets.

See you at the Golden Nugget!

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The Warriors Cup returns on September 29, 2012, at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey!  Fans have been waiting for this event, and as always, it promises to be an explosive night of Muay Thai action.  New Jersey is the only place on the East Coast to see WBC-sanctioned professional Muay Thai, so don't miss your chance to see some of the best Muay Thai available in the United States.

Muay Thai is one of the premier striking arts in the world, and it is studied extensively by mixed martial artists. Knees, elbows, feet and fists are all in play in a Muay Thai fight, which makes it one of the most exciting combat sports in the world.

I am thrilled to be a part of this show and will be hosting the event from inside the ring.  Come join me at the Rahway Rec Center on September 29 for a full night of professional and amateur Muay Thai.  For ticket info, visit the Warrior's Cup website.  This is Muay Thai!!

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Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XLII took place last night at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  There were ten fights altogether, including four title fights.  As usual, the place was packed and the fans were treated to some amazing action throughout the night.

In the 135 pound title tilt, Jimmie Rivera defended his crown and once again showed himself to be among the best bantamweights in the world with a very impressive unanimous decision victory over tough Joel Roberts.  Roberts was able to match Rivera's speed at the beginning of the fight, but as the minutes ticked by he could not keep up with Rivera, who fights out of the Tiger Schulmann camp.  It was a classic Jimmie Rivera fight, where he showcased both his striking power and ground game.  This kid is definitely going places.

In the second title fight, this one for the ROC LHW championship, Anton Talamantes showed great wrestling technique and a granite chin in winning a unanimous decision over formerly unbeaten ROC champion Ed "Truck" Gordon.  In the first round, Talamantes was able to get the takedowns and control the fight on the ground.  But in the second round, he got rocked by a Gordon uppercut, but managed to hang on, and even scored a takedown later in the round.  In the third round, Anton was cautious, and Truck kept coming forward throwing bombs, but Talamantes was able to weather the storm and score more takedowns.  It was a very impressive performance from Anton Talamantes, and I look forward to him defending the belt.

Next up was Deividas Taurosevicus defending his featherweight crown against Mike Santiago. Deividas started strong with a big slam takedown, but Santiago reversed the position and landed some brutal ground and pound. Both fighters gave as good as they got for the rest of the first round and most of the second, before Deividas caught Santiago is an armbar, forcing the tap out.  It was a very gutsy performance by Taurosevicus, and was my personal fight of the night.

In the main event, Ronald Stallings shocked the crowd and Mike Massenzio with a monster knee to the midsection that put Mike down in the first round. Stallings wasted no time in launching a ground and pound blitz on Massenzio, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to step in an call a stop to the action.  Throughout the fight Stalling looked very comfortable and confident, and he showed world class skills in beating a fighter of Mike Massenzio's caliber.  Ronald Stallings is definitely a fighter to keep you eye on, and he is now the Ring of Combat regional middleweight champ.

All in all, it was once again a great night of fights, and further proof that the Ring of Combat is the premier MMA promotion outside of Zuffa and Bellator.  If you missed the action last night, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive.com.

Here are the official results of all of last night's bouts:

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Ognjen Topic will be inducted as the Muay Thai Fighter of the Year.

Ognjen Topic is a Muay Thai fighter from Pompton Lakes who trains with North Jersey Muay Thai in Lodi.

Ognjen Topic has had a passion for Martial Arts since he began training as a young teen. He began his relationship with the arts by studying Tae Kwon Do, eventually receiving his black belt. His love of challenges and further training brought him to the art of Muay Thai, “I like trying to figure someone out before they figure me out”.

He credits a big part of his success to his trainers Kru Ray Cruz and Kru Joe Bumanlag as they increase his knowledge of Muay Thai as well as providing guidance in his day to day life.  Ognjen has over 30 amateur and professional Muay Thai fights and won the Amateur ISKA 135lb Title. During his amateur fight experience he became one of the top amateurs in the nation.

His winning record as an amateur has continued in his professional career with all of his professional wins coming by early stoppage. Since going pro he is making a name for himself as one of the best professional Thai fighters in the country.

He was selected as the 2011 North American Professional Rookie of the year by Muay Thai Authority website. He was chosen as the 2011 United States Breakthrough fighter of the year by  Muay Thai Is Life website. He was selected as the World Kickboxing Association professional fighter of the month for December 2011.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat is back tonight with its 42nd big show at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Three titles are on the line, and the card features a veritable who's who of MMA stars.  Mike Massenzio, Jimmy Rivera and Deividas Taurosevicius will be featured in title tilts, as well as rising star Ed "Truck" Gordon, who will be defending his LHW crown.  In addition, Andy "The Main Event" Main, a familiar face from the UFC's TUF show, will be fighting in front of his hometown Jersey fans.

As usual the card is stacked from top to bottom, and undoubtedly one or more of the fighters you see tonight will eventually go on to or back to the UFC.

Once again, I will be calling the action, along with some surprise guests, and a great time will be had by all.  If you can't make it down to the show in person, be sure to check out the action live on GoFightLive.

See you at the ROC!

Check out the complete card and official weights from last night's weigh ins after the jump:

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, UFC champion Frankie Edgar will be inducted as New Jersey’s MMA Fighter of the Year.

Frankie Edgar wrestled at Toms River High School East, making it to the state championship tournament three times. Edgar continued wrestling at Clarion University where he qualified for the nationals all four years.

Edgar accepted a fight with undefeated fighter Tyson Griffin at UFC 67 and Edgar won. Edgar followed with a victory over Mark Bocek at UFC 73. At UFC 78 he defeated Spencer Fisher. Edgar suffered his first loss at UFC Fight Night 13 against Gray Maynard but rebounded with a Fight of the Night victory against Hermes França at UFC: Silva vs. Irvin. Edgar then defeated former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and defeated Matt Veach on The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale.

At UFC 112, Edgar defeated lightweight champion BJ Penn. ESPN announced Edgar as a nominee for Best Upset of the Year at the 2010 ESPY Awards. At UFC 118 Edgar again defeated Penn for the championship. Edgar’s next title defense was another match against Gray Maynard, at UFC 125. This rematch ended as a draw. Edgar fought Maynard for a third time at UFC 136 and won while earning Knockout of the Night honors. Edgar then faced Benson Henderson at UFC 144. Henderson defeated Edgar via a razor close decision as the bout earned Fight of the Night honors. A rematch with Henderson took place at UFC 150. Edgar lost via a highly questionable and roundly criticized split decision.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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.

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