Aug
30

World Series Of Fighting 5 Adds Three Preliminary Contests to Sept. 14 Event in Atlantic City

A trio of contests have been added to September's "World Series of Fighting 5: Arlovski vs. Kyle" lineup, as Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (13-2-1) meets Artur Rofi (6-0), Ozzy Dugulubgov (4-1) faces Andrew "Ozzy" Osbourne (7-5) and Sidemar "Sideco" Honorio (8-3) takes on Jimmie "El Terror" Rivera (12-1).

With the additions to the evening's preliminary fight card, the World Series of Fighting 5 lineup now includes 10 total fights.

Tickets for World Series of Fighting 5 are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. A heavyweight slugfest between sambo master Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (19-10) and slugger Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) serves as the evening's main event.

The night's NBC Sports Network-televised main card also includes previously announced middleweight tournament bouts of David Branch (12-3) vs. Danillo "Indio" Villefort (14-4) and Elvis "The King" Mutapcic (13-2) vs. Jesse "JT Money" Taylor, as well as a heavyweight matchup of Rolles Gracie (8-1) vs. Derrick "Caveman" Mehmen (15-5) and a featherweight contest between Georgi Karakhanyan (21-3-1) and Waylon Lowe (14-4).

An Iowa native, featherweight Glenn now lives in Wisconsin, where he's a part of Milwaukee's famed Roufusport MMA Academy. Training since he was a teenager, the 24-year-old prospect opened his career at just 3-2 but has since gone 11 straight fights without a loss. Glenn made his World Series of Fighting debut in March, where he earned a third-round knockout over Alexandre Pimentel.

Glenn now meets New Jersey's own Rofi, a Team Bittencourt fighter who has earned all six of his career wins by way of stoppage. After opening his career in October 2010 with a knockout win, Rofi has since tapped out five consecutive opponents.

The Russian-born Dugulubgov, now a resident of Hackensack, N.J., fights for a second time under the World Series of Fighting banner. The 24-year-old Renzo Gracie-trained fighter debuted for the promotion in March, earning a unanimous-decision win over Chris Wade.

Dugulubgov faces North Carolina's Osbourne, who fights out of Angel's Gym in Fayetteville, in a 160-pound catchweight contest. Fighting professionally since April 2011, Osbourne is 4-1 in his past five contests, with the lone loss in that stretch coming to former Ring of Combat champion Ryan LaFlare.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian bantamweight Honorio trains at Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After opening his career with seven wins in his first eight appearances, Honorio has struggled in recent bouts with top prospects Aljamain Sterling and Sean Santella but is poised to make a statement against a tough Rivera, who brings an impressive 11-fight win streak to the contest.

Rivera, a Team Tiger Schulmann fighter, hasn't tasted defeat since 2008. In fact, before turning pro, Rivera compiled an amateur record of 7-0, giving him an incredible 19-1 career mark at all levels of competition. Along the way, Rivera picked up 135-pound belts for highly respected regional promotions King of the Cage and Ring of Combat.

World Series of Fighting 5's two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast airs live at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The five-bout preliminary card, which also includes previously announced matchups of Gregor Gracie (7-3) vs. Rich Patishnock (5-1) and Neiman Gracie (0-0) vs. Darren Costa (0-1) streams on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Source: Danny Brener

Aug
22

Full Card Announced for EFC WARRIOR Saturday, August 24, at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

EFC

** PRESS RELEASE **

The complete card has been announced for The Darwish Brothers' latest MMA blockbuster: EFC WARRIOR, being held this Saturday (August 24) in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

12 support bouts are scheduled in addition to the three big title fights, headlined by Maryland's Roya Darvishian (5-2) rematching Whippany, New Jersey's Jennifer Lopez (4-1) for the EFC Bantamweight Championship; Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight
Club in Woodland Park, NJ facing Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, facing Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial
Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Anthony Verdesco from Lionheart Modern Martial Arts in South Amboy, New Jersey will fight Brandon Browne of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.)

Kevin Gocklin of the Ironbound Fight Club in Newark, New Jersey will face Adam Sylvester (1-1) Rosky Combat Sports Training Center in Rahway, New Jersey.

Lightweight (over 130 to 135 lbs.)

Will Dodd of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will take on Damon Bonner
(0-3) of Millville, New Jersey.

Middleweight (over 154 to 161 lbs.)

Nick Manela (1-0) from Ricardo Almeida Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Robbinsville, New Jersey, will battle Nile Dillon (0-2) of Sparta NJ Mixed Martial Arts in Lafayette, New Jersey.

Super Welterweight (over 147 to 154 lbs.)

Tyreek Jacobs (1-0) of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will take on Raeph Koch of Camp Sao Lak in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Justin Hinds (0-1) Kurt Pellegrino's Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Belmar, New Jersey will go against Charles Argilan (1-0) Worthington Martial Arts

EFC Featherweight Championship (over 122 to 126 lbs.)

Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey will face Jovany Alvarez (4-2) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Welterweight (over 140 to 147 lbs.)

Rodrigo Correa of the Ironbound Fight Club in Newark, New Jersey, will make his debut against Matt Firneno (1-0) of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ.

Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.)

Nicholas Kracsun (2-1) from Lionheart Modern Martial Arts in South Amboy, New Jersey will face Andres Velasques (1-0) of Pure Mixed Martial Arts in Denville, New Jersey.

Light Heavyweight (over 168 to 175 lbs.)

John Monaco of Blue Line Defense and Fitness in Ewing, New Jersey, will battle Andy Segovia of Tiger Schulmann's Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Super Welterweight (over 147 to 154 lbs.)

Tim Dooling (2 -1) of Blue Line Defense and Fitness in Ewing, New Jersey, will battle Nate Fultz of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ.

Junior Heavyweight (over 197 to 210 lbs.)

Tim Lutke (1-0) of AllStar BJJ/MMA in Kenilworth, New Jersey, will face Mike Forte (2-1) from Alex Wilkie's Martial Arts Academy, in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Super Lightweight (over 135 to 140 lbs.)

Robert Wallin (2-0) of Carmine Zocchi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy of Queens, New York will go against Ricky Bandejas (6-1) of Nick Catone's Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Brick, New Jersey/RJ BJJ.

EFC Middleweight Championship (over 154 to 161 lbs.)

Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, New Jersey, will take on Victor Romero (3-3) of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, New Jersey.

MAIN EVENT

EFC Bantamweight Championship (over 112 to 118 lbs.)

Jennifer Lopez (4-1) of AMA Fight Club of Whippany, New Jersey, will rematch against Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin's Martial Arts Academy in Camp Springs, Maryland

Source: Big Media Buzz

Aug
18

“Charlie Brenneman Fight Scrapped; George Sullivan Keeps Welterweight Strap at CFFC 26″

Sherdog.com
Lutfi Sariahmed

"The 26th edition of Cage Fury Fighting Championships will be known as much for a tussle that never took place as it will be for the main event.

Saturday night’s card at Borgata Hotel and Casino was supposed to feature two title fights, including one between UFC vet Charlie Brenneman and Ronnie Rogers for the vacant CFFC lightweight belt.

Brenneman was initially slated to take on Kyle Baker, but the “Alley Cat” pulled out of the bout due to injury three weeks prior. Though CFFC was able to fill the spot with late replacement Rogers, the recent Bellator competitor had a rough weight cut in the weeks leading up to the fight. Rogers made weight at 155.5 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in, but an overnight stint in the hospital for Rogers ultimately to the bout’s cancellation……" [READ MORE]

Aug
18

Andrei Arlovski replaces Anthony Johnson in main event of WSOF 5 Sept. 14 in Atlantic City

The man who was victorious in the featured bout of World Series of Fighting's very first event will return once again to headline for the promotion.

Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (20-10) will compete in the main event of next month's World Series of Fighting 5 against slugger Mike "MAK" Kyle (20-9-1) in a heavyweight bout on Saturday, Sept. 14 at New Jersey's Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Arlovski is a replacement for the injured Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.

The live, two-and-a-half-hour NBC Sports Network telecast of the World Series of Fighting 5 main card begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The night's preliminary bouts stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, are currently on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

Arlovski, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder, hails from Belarus and currently resides in Chicago. The 34-year-old knockout artist made his World Series of Fighting debut this past November, when he earned a first-round TKO victory over Devin Cole. He returned to the promotion in March, when he suffered a hard-fought, unanimous-decision loss to "Rumble" Johnson. The result snapped a five-fight win streak for Arlovski, who remains one of the most popular figures in mixed martial arts.

Meanwhile, Kyle is a 12-year veteran of the sport who hails from one of MMA's most-respected fight camps, American Kickboxing Academy. A resident of San Jose, Calif., Kyle is no stranger to the spotlight and has stepped in the cage against a who's who of MMA's top fighters in two weight classes, including Paul Buentello, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, James Irvin, Gegard Mousasi, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Krzysztof Soszynski and Fabricio Werdum, among others.

Kyle fought most recently on May 24, when he needed just 21 seconds to score a knockout win over 86-fight veteran Travis "Diesel" Wiuff.

World Series of Fighting 5 features a five-fight main card in addition to a full lineup of preliminary contests. Middleweight tournament opening-round matchups of Dave Branch (12-3) vs. Danillo Villefort (14-4) and Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) vs. Jesse Taylor (26-9) have been booked, and additional bouts will be announced soon.

The nationally televised event, which airs live on NBC Sports Network, marks the promotion's second visit to the world-class venue.

"After a very successful first event with the promotion this past March, We are very excited to welcome back the World Series of Fighting on NBC Sports Network to Revel Casino Hotel," said Entertainment Consultant Bernie Dillon. "We are looking forward to another great night of fights."

Offered WSOF President Ray Sefo, "We're very happy to be headed back to Revel. They treated us so well during our first event and we had a great showing from the fans out there. The people at the hotel and venue are first-class and we look forward to a successful event on Sept. 14 and many more in the future."

Source: Danny Brener / Bzapr.com

Aug
16

Lopez to Rematch with Darvishian: Darwish Brothers EFC WARRIOR Show Now Topped by Female Main Event

EFC

** PRESS RELEASE **

History will be in the making in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, on Saturday, August 24, when New Jersey's premier MMA promoters, The Darwish Brothers, will present EFC WARRIOR a night of full-contact cage fighting topped by, for the first time in EFC history, a female main event.

In a rematch to their sensational war last February, Jen Lopez (4-1) from AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey, will once again lock up with arch-rival Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, Maryland. Their three-round female war will be the featured bout at EFC WARRIOR and will also be for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Tickets for EFC WARRIORare priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com, or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

Darvishian and Lopez met on February 16 at Xtreme Caged Combat: Mayhem and, after three of the most brutal rounds in female MMA this year, Darvishian was able to secure a razor-thin split decision victory. This time, with a title on the line, they will fight three more rounds and Lopez is on a mission for revenge.

With EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Christopher Vallaro forced to withdraw from the event with a broken nose, event co-promoter Hani Darwish says he didn't hesitate to elevate the two ladies into the main event.

"I'm extremely proud to be hosting a female main event at one of our shows," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "These ladies truly deserve to be honored this way after the show they put on in their first match-up. Both of them are extremely talented athletes and they're both very eager to get in the cage again."

EFC WARRIOR will host two more title fights, as Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ and Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, will fight for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Victor Romero (3-3)of Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

For more information on the EFC and its fighters, visit the EFC website: www.efcmma.com.

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: All EFC events sell out. Purchase your tickets now before it's too late.

Source: Big Media Buzz

Aug
13

“Thai combat attracting plenty of attention on east coast of America”

"New York City and its neighbouring states have emerged as the new fighting hub for Muay Thai. While the Big Apple's sports administrators consider allowing the full rules Thai weaponry of knees, elbows and grappling in public arenas, the New Jersey and Connecticut states have put out the welcome mat for Muay Thai. The 18th edition of the Muay Thai Warriors Cup will be held at Schuetzen Park, New Jersey on Sept 7 …….." [READ MORE]

Aug
07

Darwish Brothers Next Show Announced: EFC WARRIOR Saturday, August 24 at Trump Taj Mahal

EFC

** PRESS RELEASE **

New Jersey's top name in MMA promotions, The Darwish Brothers, proudly announce their next blockbuster show: EFC WARRIOR on Saturday, August 24, in the Grand Ballroom at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

EFC WARRIOR will host no less than four exciting title fights, headlined by the EFC's newest champion, the colorful and brash New Yorker Christopher Vallaro (6-2), who will defend his EFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the first time, against New Jersey's dangerous Mustafa Khalil (3-1) of Lionheart MMA.

Tickets for EFC WARRIOR are priced at: $125, $100, $67 and $46 and are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the EFC website: www.efcmma.com or at the Trump Taj Mahal box office on fight night.

In the very special co-featured bout, female warriors Jen Lopez (4-1) from AMA Fight Club in Whippany, NJ, and Roya Darvishian (5-2) of Lloyd Irvin MMA in Camp Springs, MD, will fight a rematch to their sensational and unforgettable battle last February (won by Darvishian) and, in the process, will vie for the EFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.

Also scheduled for title-fight clashes that night are Gabriel Ruiz (3-2) of the EFC Fight Club in Woodland Park, NJ and Jovany Alvarez (4-2) from Modern Martial Arts in Englishtown, NJ, will fight for the EFC Featherweight Championship; and the always exciting Barat Jan (3-0) of Eagle Martial Arts in Boonton, NJ, will take on Andrew Salas (2-1) of Zealous Nation MMA in Middlesex, NJ, for the EFC Middleweight Championship.

"Four title fights in one night, plus so many other great matchups. I'm excited. This is definitely our biggest show yet," said event co-promoter Hani Darwish. "Chris Vallaro is a star in the making with his personality and toughness. His fights are always exciting and he brings a lot of flair to the cage that fans either love or love to hate. His opponent, Mustafa Khalil, is a beast. In the co-main, we've got the female bout, which, like their first fight, is going to be a fight of the year candidate in the New Jersey MMA scene. Both those girls will eventually be stars of the sport and they're having the rematch everyone wants to see on our show. Every match-up is extremely competitive and solid. I'm very proud to be part of this."

Doors open at 7 pm on fight night and the first bout is at 8 pm. All bouts subject to change.

WARNING: All EFC events sell out. Purchase your tickets now before it's too late.

Source: Big Media Buzz

Aug
04

Take on Muay Thai Battle at Bally’s 3 Official Fight Results

Below are the official weights and fight results from Take-On Muay Thai Battle At Ballys 3 held Saturday, August 3, 2013 from the Bally's Casino and Hotel ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

(Fighter Weight)

Class B
Chris Berrocal (140.2) of Impact Muay Thai vs. Ricardo Mixco (138.8) of Crazy 88 Maryland
Mixco wins unanimous decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 Tabora.

Class B
Christopher O’Hannon (152.8) of Sitan Gym PA vs. Nick Grant (148.8) of The Wat NYC
Grant wins split decision in three rounds 30-28 Kaensak, 29-28 Bilyk and 29-30 Tabora.

Class B
Vinnie Landolfo (130.6) of Impact Muay Thai (129.4) vs. Dan Walls of Choice Martial Arts
Landolfo wins split decision in three rounds 30-28 Tabora and Colon, 28-29 Bilyk.

Class A
Matt Bonaventure (143.8) of PinPoint Muay Thai vs. Carl Gaeta (139.2) of Five Points NYC
Gaeta wins unanimous decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 30-28.

Class B
Joe Laterra (133) of Impact Muay Thai vs. Gerson Ochoa (133.2) of Daddis Fight Camp
Ochoa wins via TKO referee stoppage at 1:09 of round three.

Class A
Jess Ng (103.2) of Sitan Gym NY vs. Kit Fung (102.2) of Queens MMA
Ng wins via unanimous decision in five rounds 49-46, 49-46 and 49-47 Tabora.

Class B
Boya Gao (152.2) of Cool Hearts PA vs. Keemaan Diop (154.6) of Crazy 88 Maryland
Diop wins via TKO referee stoppage at 1:19 of round one.

Class B
Pete Bouton (171) of Impact Muay Thai vs. Derrick Garlington (166.2)of BC MMA
Bouton wins unanimous decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27 Kaensak.

Class B
Bridget McEleice (140.6) of Daddis Fight Camps vs Nicole Schimeme (137.2) of Pride Fitness
Schimeme wins unanimous decision in three rounds, all three judges 30-27.

Class B
Pete Banasiak (171.4) of Thornton Muay Thai Connecticut vs. Jose Araujo (173.2) of The Wat NYC
Banasiak wins split decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 Bilyk.

Class A
Georgui Smaguin (174) of Pride Fitness. vs. Brian Hansen (175.4) of Five Points NYC
Smaguin wins unanimous decision in three rounds 29-28, 29-28 and 30-28 Tabora.

Class A
Omar Estevez (148) of Sitan Gym NY vs. Christopher Williams (146) of Pound 4 Pound MMA Canada
Williams wins unanimous decision in five rounds 48-47, 48-47 and 49-48 Tabora.

Source: NJSACB

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