After several sold out action packed MMA shows Extreme Fighting Championship is back Saturday, May 19, 2012 with EFC IV “Showdown”. Featuring some of the best New Jersey and New York amateur MMA fighters “Showdown” is sure to be a hit with fight fans of all ages. The May 19th event to be held at Nutley High School in Northern New Jersey will feature a fight card of nothing less than spectacular. Hani Darwish has selected seasoned MMA fighters from various fight camps including Extreme Fight Club, AMA Fight Club, Kurt Pellegrino MMA, Jungle Gym, Carmine Zocchi MMA, Lion Heart MMA, Guererro BJJ and Renzo Gracie NY.

This showcase of rising talent will make for a night of exciting fights.  “I’m really excited about this event!  We’ve been getting an unbelievable response from the fighters and the fans!  Everybody on the card is very evenly matched so it has the makings of an all out war written all over it!” says Hani Darwish, the organization’s president and long-time New Jersey fight promoter.

With yet another anticipated sold out event, fans are urged to obtain tickets in advance to May 19th. Tickets are available for sale via all fighters on the fight card, at Extreme Fight Club on 10 Squirrelwood Road in Woodland Park, NJ, or by visiting the website at www.EFCMMA.com Vendor and sponsor packages are also available for EFC IV “Showdown” with various options and can be custom built for any company by contacting EFC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling (973) 653-5449.



Helster- Ultimate Cage Fighters returns to action on Saturday, May 12, at the Starland Ballroom located at 570 Jernee Mill Road  in Sayreville, New Jersey.

This is the second outing for the Helster promotion, which is quickly gaining recognition as one of the East Coast's top amateur fight leagues.  In creating Helster MMA Fight League, promoter Carl Knapp felt he could take the local MMA scene to the next level.

"I've been involved in martial arts and mixed martial arts for awhile," Knapp explained,  "and my partner Karen has been involved in mixed martial arts and for a long time.  We went to some amateur shows and after watching some of these shows, we thought that this is something that we would be interested in doing, and something we could improve upon.   We kind of had a vision to do the amateur shows bigger and better.  That's not a knock on anybody out there.  We just thought we could do a good show, a good promotion that would give amateur fighters a chance to fight in a professional atmosphere, and really give them a shot to showcase their talents.  That's the way it got started."

Their first show, held last October, was a smashing success.  This one should be even better.

"I think the promotion is growing well," Carl said.  "This is our second show and it's significantly bigger than the first show was.  In terms of the quality of the fighters and the schools we've been drawing for this second event, we're really happy with the way that's come along.  We have another show scheduled for October, and the goal is that that show will be even bigger than this one. "

The card for the May 12 event is stacked with fighters from some of the best camps in the area.  And titles will be on the line.

"We've got a full card, sixteen fights," Carl said. "We have four title fights, and the guys fighting for the titles are all experienced and well rounded.  Some of these guys have six fights plus, so we're excited about that.  It's hard to find amateurs with that kind of record.  We have been actively seeking out the highest caliber fighters in the area. We've got some of the top schools competing;  schools from all over the area, New York, New Jersey, a couple of PA schools will be represented.  We have fighters from Renzo Gracie PA, Renzo Gracie Holmdel NJ, Renzo Gracie/Silver Fox,  Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu, AMA Fight Club, Nick Cattone's school, Fusion MMA.  We're really happy with the turnout on this one."

The participation of so many top schools is telling.  Helster – Ultimate Cage Fighters is all about creating a high level experience for the fighters, and the fans at their shows.

"What we're really trying to do is to make each show bigger and better," Carl explained. "We want these fighters to get a first class experience when they fight for us.  We don't spare any expense on these shows.  We spend a lot of money, but it's really all about promoting the fighters and giving them the chance to get out there and get in front of a big crowd with the lights and the cameras and the ring girls, and really have a first class experience.  For fighters looking to work their way up the ladder and turn pro, we think this is a great spot for them to start and get a feel for what it's like under the big lights."

Not only do the fighters have a great time at Helster MMA events, the fans do too.  And for this event, they are coming back in droves.

"We're gonna have  a packed house," Carl said.  "At this point it looks like we've got a thousand-plus coming.  There's going to be a lot of energy in the building, a lot of action.  And it's going to be a good time for everyone. "

For more information about Helster MMA Fight League, visit their website at helstermma.com or for tickets visit www.StarlandBallroom.com or call Karen 215-527-9712.


Rub a dub dub, Jim Miller in the tub.  New Jersey born UFC title contender Jim Miller has a unique way to cut way before fights.  He soaks himself in a tubful of very hot water to eliminate the water in his body.  It seems to be an effective way ot cutting weight while maintaining his energy levels, so whatever works is the way to go.

Jim is facing a very tough fight against Nate Diaz.  The fight is scheduled for five rounds, and the winner will be a very good position to fight for the title.  Diaz is guaranteed a shot if he beats Miller, but Jim may have to prove himself yet again if wins.  To me, that's absurd, but it is what it is.

I think Jim will look great against Diaz, and believe he'll be victorious.  His standup is very unrated, and his ground game is as good or better than Nate's.  Watch out, Nate Diaz, there's a bad man on the rise!

Check out this video of Jim soaking off the pounds.  Funny stuff, and very interesting.



Tom DeBlass made his UFC debut in Sweden recently, taking on Cyrille Diabate at UFC on Fuel 2.  Tom took the fight on very short notice, and he was coming off an injury, but the former ROC HW and LHW champion made no excuses for the majority decision loss.  He learned a lot from the experience, and I have no doubt he'll come roaring back in his next UFC fight.

I ran into DeBlass, as I often do, at the Ring of Combat last week, and he was kind enough to grant an interview.   Since I had forgotten the mic (as usual), this interview can be described as "in your face."  We talk about the Diabate fight, and also about Tom moving to the UFC's middleweight division.  Nothing is scheduled as yet, but UFC middleweights are on notice: Tom DeBlass is coming!

Here's the video:



Not only am I serious, I am Dead Serious when I say that Dead Serious MMA delivers the goods every time out.  This is a fast rising promotion whose cards have been outstanding.  And it just keeps getting bigger and better each time out.

Dead Serious returns to the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey on May 26th, and the card is already stacked.  I always have a great time hosting this show, and I'm really looking forward to this event.  For the last show it was standing room only, so grab you tickets now.  Visit DeadSeriousMMA.com or click the poster above for ticket info.  See you in Rahway!



The Asylum Fight League is back!  Get ready to get crazy, as the Asylum returns to the beautiful Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 16th.  The Asylum is a staple in New Jersey, and it is one of the top amateur fight promotions in the country.  On June 16th, you'll see some amazing action.  Tickets always sell out fast, so jump on them now.  Visit AsylumFightLeague.com for ticket info, or click the pic above.

As always, I will be in the cage hosting the show, so this is a can't miss event. See you at the Golden Nugget!



The Knick's chances against the Miami Heat took a big hit after Amare Stoudemire assaulted a fire extinguisher and cut his hand.  The Knicks, who are already down two games to nothing, will be without Stoudemire for game three tomorrow night.  It remains to be seen if he'll return at all this season.

Here's a heads up for all the Knick players: You guys aren't MMA fighters.  The only thing you should be using your fists for is pumping them after you score a bucket.  Get with the program!

And now for some video footage of the incident in question.

Get your tickets now for May 19th's big EFC event in Nutely, New Jersey.  EFC has been selling out their venues, and the fights have all been spectacular.  I am very much looking forward to hosting this show, which takes place at Nutley High School.  The Darwish brothers put on a great show, and the fighters all come to fight.  Tickets are going fast for this show, so click on the poster above, or check out EFCMMA.com for ticket info.  See you in Nutley!

Press release:

(Howell, NJ) We are very proud to announce the formation of the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  New Jersey has had a boxing hall of fame since the 1960′s and, in a similar sense, we hope to recognize and honor those involved in combat martial arts such as MMA and Muay Thai. New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities.

We are extremely excited to announce the inaugural awards dinner celebration. This gala event will take place on December 7, 2012 at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands hotel complex.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at NJ MMA Awards Tickets. Discount hotel room rates can be obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning Dead Serious allotted rooms.

Currently, our voting committee is working on selecting the MMA fighter of the year, Thai fighter of the year, trainer of the year, knockout, school of the year, lifetime achievement award, legend award, and many others.

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.

Stay tuned as our next announcement will disclose the identities of our awards winners who will be presented with their award at our inaugural dinner. 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. So save the date! Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history.



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