Friday, 05 October 2012 15:07
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, Sam Caplan will be inducted as New Jersey’s MMA Match Maker of the Year.
Sam Caplan currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Relations for Bellator Fighting Championships. He has helped match and promote shows all over the continental United States as well as Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Holland, and Bulgaria.
A devout fan of Bruce Lee, Caplan began studying Long Fist Shaolin Kung Fu under Master Jeong Jeon Hoon in Elkins Park, PA in 2001. He later transitioned to contemporary martial arts, training under the watchful eye of Master Brad Daddis and Daddis Fight Camps since 2004.
After participating in several low-level amateur bouts early in his training, Caplan decided his future was outside the cage and combined his love of MMA and sports writing and created the popular and influential MMA website FiveOuncesOfPain.com, which he sold to Rebellion Online Media in 2010.
Prior to working for Bellator, Caplan worked for M-1 Global, the Titan Fighting Championships, and SHOWTIME Networks/CBS, where he was given the honor of helping produce the first-ever Mixed Martial Arts event telecast live on primetime network TV.
In 2012, Sam has already been involved with 3 Bellator events in Atlantic City with one more scheduled there this year. Bellator 74 included Marius Zaromskis vs. Nordine Taleb. Bellator 68 included Marcos Galvao vs. Travis Marx and Bellator 65 included Eduardo Dantas vs. Zack Makovsky.
Sam also brought fights such as Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard, Vitor Vianna vs. Bryan Baker, Michael Chandler vs. Patricky Pitbull and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper to Atlantic City.
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.