Asylum Fight League 38 is just days away!  Have you gotten your tickets?  If not, you'd better hurry.  Last show was a sellout, and delivered one of the best MMA fight cards of the year.  This Saturday, June 16 at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Asylum returns.  As always, I'll be in the cage hosting the show, as the East Coast's top amateur fighters punch, kick and grapple their way to victory.  Do not miss this show!  Check out the Asylum Fight League website for ticket info.  See you at the Nugget!

Ring of Combat XLI takes place this Friday, June 15 at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The XLI part is quite fitting, seeing how well LI is represented on this card.  The ROC is run by promoter Lou  Neglia, who resides on Long Island, and the card is stacked with local talent.

Fighting Friday are Ed "Truck" Gordon, James Jenkins, Andre Harrison, Chris Wade, and my teammate at Team Renegade, Ben Syers, who is making his pro debut against Marvin Eastman III.

With Tom DeBlass vacating his ROC HW and LHW titles, this card has major title implications, and it will be another great one, so come on down and check out some fantastic MMA action.

If you can't make it to the venue, you can check out the show on GoFightLive. I'll be doing the commentating and should have some special guests with me, so be sure to tune in.  See you at the ROC!


I will never forget Randy Smith's words back in 2008, immediately following a knockout loss.  He told me, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  In the years since, Randy has backed up those words, and his efforts have now earned him a shot at former UFC champion Tim Sylvia.

Smith will be fighting Sylvia on June 16 at New England Fights in Lewiston, Maine.   If Tim thinks he's got an easy fight in front of him, he's got another thing coming.  The Wolf is far better than his record, and he brings a lot of firepower into the cage with him.  I would not be surprised at all if Randy shocks the fight world by beating the former UFC champ.

Randy is coming off a loss to the UFC's Tom DeBlass via heelhook.  But Tim Sylvia is more of a bomber than a submission artist, so this fight is sure to be fireworks for as long as it lasts.  For more info about this card, check out the NEF website.

Good luck, Randy "The Wolf" Smith!



I've been touting young Raffy Mararscio for quite a while on this website, and the kid just keeps getting better and better.  He is already a champion in many striking and grappling disciplines, but now he's added to his arsenal the art that many people believe is the best best base for MMA--wrestling.

Raffy recently competed and won second place in New York at the USA NY State championships for Greco Roman wrestling and free style wrestling.  He is now the 2012 USA NY state runner up in both styles for 65 pounds.  What makes this truly amazing is that the fact that this is Raffy's first year of wrestling, and going into this tournament he'd only has been wrestling free style and greco for three weeks.  His performance at the state championships earned Raffy a national ranking in wrestling.  This accomplishment adds to his already extensive resume.  He is ranked number 2 in the country in Judo, and is a champion is many other arts as well.

Raphael Marascio is a name you will be hearing a lot of in the future.  He is looking ahead to the junior Olympics, and the sky is the limit for this very talented young man.  Check out his website and YouTube channel for more info on this rising MMA prodigy.  After the jump you can enjoy a couple of recent videos of Raffy doing his thing on the wrestling mat.  Keep on eye on this kid, he is definitely going places!

If you want to sponsor Raffy, please drop me a line and I will connect you with the right people.  Raffy is the future of MMA.

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!

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

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

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!!

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!




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, 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




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