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Asylum Fight League's 38th big show is just one week away!  Get your tickets now before they are all sold out.  The venue alone is worth the price of admission, as the Golden Nugget is one of Atlantic City's top hotels.  Watch the insanity unfold in the cage from some of the best seats in AC on Saturday, June 16.  Be there!
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Krush Promotions got out of the gate very strongly with its first show last Friday night.   The event, which took place in Jackson, NJ, can only be described as a rousing success.  People turned out in large numbers to attend the show, and the fighters did what they do best--punching, kicking and grappling inside the cage.  The crowd left very satisfied with the action in the cage, and I'm sure many fans are itching to do it all over again.

Promoters David Franciosi and John Rush did an outstanding job in putting this event together.  The show was so well run that if you didn't know better, you'd think these guys have been doing this for years.  I had a great time MCing the event, and I'm already looking forward to the second show.

MMA photographer Kevin Wuchter from Final Round Photography was on hand to shoot some pics of the action, a few of which I have for you here.  To see the entire collection, check out FinalRoundPhotography.com.

Here are the official results of the night's fights:

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Are you ready to get insane??  Well, the fighters who will be throwing down on the Asylum Fight League card coming up on June 16 down in Atlantic City sure are.  The Asylum puts on some of the best fights in the business, and the Golden Nugget venue is spectacular.  So be sure to catch all the action on Saturday June 16.  Get your tickets now, because fans go crazy for them and the place will be sold out.  Check out the Asylum website for ticket info.  As always, I will be in the cage hosting the show, so see you at the Golden Nugget!!
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Ever wanted to work as a cutman?  Learn the ins and outs of the cutman trade by attending Steven Katz's on Saturday, June 9 at Renzo Gracie's new academy in Brooklyn, NY.  The address is 100 Bayard St, Brooklyn.  Cost is 100 bucks.  If you need gauze and tape, it's just 15 dollars more.

I can vouch for Steven Katz.  He's an excellent trainer, and this seminar will be worth every penny.  For more info, shoot Steve an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Enjoy the workshop!

 

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Tomorrow night is the big night. Krush Promotions is putting on their first show, at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson, New Jersey.  The card is stacked, and I can't wait to hear that opening bell.  But tomorrow's card is more than just about great fights.  The promoters, David Franciosi and John Rush, will be donating a portion of ticket sales to help victims of drunk drivers get their lives back.  This is an important cause, and its a very generous gesture by David and John.  Please help by showing your support and attending this event tomorrow.  You will not be disappointed!  Here's the press release that ran in the local papers:

Two local men known for their professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) expertise are taking their fight into a new arena: the battle against drunk driving. An MMA fight event June 1 at Jackson Liberty High School not only aims to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, but also seeks to raise medical-relief funds for three area men recently harmed by a drunk driver.

David Franciosi, a 1981 Jackson Memorial High School graduate, and John Rush of Toms River, founders of Krush Promotions, agreed to devote a portion of ticket sales to help relieve the stress of bills that these accident victims now face.

Specifically, the Krush fight will benefit Edwin Triana and Brian Unglert, both 28, and Anthony Nieves, 25, injured May 3rd in an accident at the intersection of routes 70 and 88 in Brick.

Dozens of fighters—including a surprise appearance by popular world-class pros—are slated for the June 1 event, during which time attendees also will have a chance to make direct donations.

“The community is showing great interest in the MMA fight, and this is our way of expressing our appreciation,” according to Franciosi.

Franciosi and Rush are widely known throughout and even beyond New Jersey for their intensive involvement in competitive combat sports.

Franciosi, for instance, is a professional boxing referee for the N.J. State Athletic Control Board, and currently is a pro ring official for the North American Boxing Federation. Franciosi, who also owns the boxing-themed Knockout Pizza in Lakewood, is former president of the Howell Township Police Athletic League, where he and Rush have helped nurture countless amateur boxers from the Ocean and Monmouth County area.

Rush currently is vice president and head boxing trainer for the Howell PAL. A former amateur boxer, he has coached three international boxing teams representing New Jersey. Rush has trained several amateur MMA fighters as well a professional MMA fighter who has fought in the UFC and appeared on the Ultimate Fighter television show.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available via krushpromotions.com, or can be purchased at Knockout Pizza, located on Chambers Bridge Rd at the Lakewood/Brick border. General admission is $43. Cage side seats are $58.

For those who would like to donate but cannot make it to the event, visit www.edwinbenefit.com

 

 

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Let's just say that humbled is not strong enough of a word for how I felt when I read the letter advising me that I am going to be inducted into the NJ Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  I was floored, to say the least, and this honor is way too big for me.  Not that I will turn it down, mind you.  I am just in shock that the NJ MA HOF has chosen me to be one of its first inductees.

The NJ MMA Hall of Fame has just come into being, and its having its first annual year end awards dinner on December 7.  On that date, the awards for the various contributions to NJ MMA and Muay Thai will be presented, and the winners get inducted into the Hall of Fame. The list of winners has been determined, and I have it for you here.  As NJ's Ring Announcer of the year, I just want to thank the committee and the people who made this all possible.  I can't wait to give my speech!

Here is the official press release announcing the winners:

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud to announce the 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.

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 has always been on the forefront of combat sports, and some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and muay Thai history have taken place at various venues around the state.

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.

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 friends, fun, and music.

Award Winners--

2012 Inaugural Class Inductee Awards

Legend Award- Renzo Gracie

Lifetime Achievement Award- Louis Neglia

MMA Fighter of the Year- Frankie Edgar

MMA Female Fighter of the Year- Munah Holland

Muay Thai Fighter of the Year- Ognjen Topic

Muay Thai female fighter of the Year- Prairie Rugilo

MMA Trainer of the Year-Mike Constantino

Muay Thai Trainer of the Year- Ray Cruz

MMA Promoter of the Year- Rob Haydak

MMA Matchmaker of the Year-Sam Caplan

Muay Thai Matchmaker of the Year- Chris Tran
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Muay Thai Referee of the Year- Coban

MMA Referee of the Year- Dan Miragliotta

MMA Judge of the Year- Ricardo Almeida

Muay Thai Judge of the Year- Vladimir Borodine

Ringside Physician of the Year- Dr. Sherry Wulkan

Announcer of the Year- Kevin Garvey

Media Personality of the Year-Jim Genia

Pioneer MMA Fighter Award- Dave Tirelli

Outstanding Achievement in MMA- Kurt Pellegrino

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Dead Serious MMA 4 is in the books, and the train keeps a-rolling!  Despite concerns about having the event on the Memorial Day Weekend, fans showed up in droves to watch 26 fighters do battle in the cage.  The house was packed as two vacant became filled, and anticipation is already building for Dead Serious MMA 5, scheduled for October 28.

Frankie Perez, of the fighting Perez family, did his usual bang up job of putting together great fights, and running a fantastic show.  All the matches were very well made, and the fighters left everything they had in the cage.  Frankie Perez's reputation grows with each event, and there is good reason why so many fighters want to fight on his cards.  He makes everyone feel like a champion.

In the two title fights, statements were definitely made.  Both titles were vacant at the beginning of the evening, but not at the end.  In the first title fight, a highly anticipated rematch took place between Hurricane Shane Burgos and RJ Starace.  The first match was ruled a No Contest due to an accidental foul, and the rematch was quickly set.  Both men started fast, but it wasn't long before Hurricane Shane took control of the fight.  He landed some bombs that hurt the very tough Starace, and followed up with a flurry, causing the referee to jump in and stop the contest.  Hurricane Shane Burgos is now the Dead Serious MMA 140 champion, and will be defending his belt in the future, possibly in October.

In the evening's final bout, the Dead Serious 210 pound title was on the line.  Jose Pinto and Steven Sooy both wanted to go home with the strap, but it was Pinto who pushed himself harder and came out on top with a unanimous decision victory to claim the belt.  Pinto looked excellent in winning every round, and he makes for very formidable champion.  Like Burgos, Pinto will be defending his crown in an upcoming show, so be sure to catch these two future MMA stars now, while you still can!

As always, it was great hosting the show from inside the Dead Serious cage.  The NJ staff is like a family, and it's always a blast hanging out with Nick Lembo and company at the shows.  I'm already pumped for the October event, and it's still May!  Am I serious, you might ask.  Yes.  I am Dead Serious.

Stay tuned for more info about the October 28 event.  In the meantime, check out the official results of last Saturday's action and also puruse some outstanding photos of the event by one of MMA's top photographers, Dan Rod.

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MMA is thriving in the state of New Jersey, and there's a brand new promotion on the scene.  Krush promotions presents its first show this Friday night, June 1, at Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson, New Jersey.  I am pumped to be MC of this show, and the card is stacked.  I'll have more about this event in a day or two, but for now click on the poster above to check out the Krush website and order tickets. This is yet another show that is not to be missed!
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Are you Dead Serious about MMA?  If so, you do not want to miss this Saturday's Dead Serious MMA event, which will once again be held at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  The last show, back on April 7, was amazing, with a standing room only crowd and subs and knockouts galore.  And the Dead Serious show at the end of last year closed out the year with a bang. It may have been the best card of the year.

Promoter Frankie Perez definitely knows how to put a show that keeps people talking.  He and his family put on shows, have a great clothing line, provide cage rentals, DJ services, you name it.  His son Frankie Jr. is a very talented up and coming fighter who is undefeated and fighting at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat in June.  And his daughter Chantelle placed in the Abu Dhabi world trials.  So yes, they are indeed Dead Serious.

I spoke to Frankie the other day and he's pumped for this card.  Many great schools will be represented and you are guaranteed to be amazed at the action.  Tickets always go fast for these Dead Serious shows, so click here to gets your now:  Dead Serious MMA 4 tickets.

I will once again be hosting the show, and I am psyched!  Let's all get Dead Serious on May 26.  See you in Rahway!

 

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