GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents BAMMA USA Badbeat 14 on TCN & CSN Comcast Beginning January 26

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)
GFL PRESENTS “BAMMA USA: BADBEAT 14” BEGINNING JANUARY 26

January 23, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as BAMMA USA presents another show stopper with Badbeat 14, featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California.

In the main event, Greg Parker (4-0) battles Andrew Ramm (2-0) in a welterweight clash. Parker is undefeated and has won all of his fights inside of two rounds. Parker is a strong wrestler with a solid grappling game, having defeated 3 of his 4 opponents via tapout. Look for Parker to use his strength and size to try and out muscle Ramm in the clinch and on the mat. Ramm has had a successful amateur and pro career and is also a decorated grappler earning tapout wins in a majority of his pro/am fights. Ramm is very confident on the ground and goes for submission after submission, continually setting up his next move. If the fight hits the mat, it will be a chess match between the power of Parker and the elusiveness of Ramm.

In the co-main event, Mike Jasper (7-2) battles Justin Vazquez (4-6). Jasper is a quick starter having 6 of his 7 wins come before the final bell. Jasper’s only 2 losses have come via decision. Look for Jasper to come out aggressive with his striking and takedowns. Vazquez is taking the fight on short notice and has nothing to lose in this fight. Vazquez is a gritty, durable fighter who is looking to pull the upset. Vazquez will need to let his hands go and meet the intensity of Jasper.

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Monday, January 26 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Thursday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network (Philly): Sunday, February 1 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, February 1 at 5:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, January 31 at 12:30pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, February 1 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing BAMMA USA: Badbeat 14 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
1/26: BAMMA USA – Badbeat 14 (MMA)
2/2: Global Proving Ground 17 (MMA)
2/9: “Lightning” Joe Yorgey and Chazz Witherspoon (boxing)
2/16: Arm Wrestling

About GFL:
GFL (www.gfl.tv) is a fast-growing media and sports entertainment company that utilizes a proprietary technology to deliver the most exciting LIVE combat sports events worldwide and an incredible viewing experience to a global audience. With a diverse mix of combat sports properties, GFL is the premier online destination for live boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and more. Since its inception in 2007, GFL has streamed more than 2,500 live events with over 10,000 hours of combat sports content. In addition to its web platform, GFL is available on Roku, IPhone, IPad, as well as other internet ready devices, and broadcasts a weekly, two-hour, syndicated fight TV show on CSN, TCN and SNY, as well as live pay-per-view events directly to iN DEMAND.

Hard Knock Fighting Championship 41 Preview

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting presents “HK 41”, on January 30 at the Century Casino in Calgary. Hard Knocks Fighting is the fastest growing promotion in Canada with shows in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Regina, Estevan, Prince Albert, and expanding quickly to new cities. The action packed 12 bout pro/am card will feature many of the established up and coming superstars of the Great White North.

In the main event, for the HKFC Light Heavyweight Title, UFC and Bellator veteran Rodney Wallace (22-9-1) from Team ROC battles Misha Cirkunov (7-2) from Xtreme Couture. Wallace is a power puncher who has fought around the world and amassed some of the best highlight KOs in the sport. Wallace is always looking to finish the fight and has taken on all challengers in his career. Wallace will look to make it a quick night as he will be in attack mode from the opening bell. Cirkunov is also a fast starter and has 5 first round stoppages. Cirkunov is an active striker but brings a solid grappling game, having 3 tapout wins to his credit. These two will light up the night sky when the cage door closes behind them. Expect fireworks.

In the co-main event, Souk Khampasath (6-6-1) fights Jesse Arnett (5-4) in a bantamweight showdown. Khampasath has only gone to a decision twice in his career and loves to go for the finish early and often. Khampasath is on a 3 fight winning streak, all by finish, and looks to make it 4 in a row. Look for Khampasath to try and go for takedowns early and often and try to get the fight to the ground. Arnett is on a 2 fight win streak with his last fight lasting less than a minute. Arnett is also a fast starter having only going to decision once in his career. 4 of Arnett’s 5 wins have come via stoppage. Don’t blink as these two will be looking to destroy one another.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting presents “HK 41” on January 30 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.

Sugar Creek Showdown 24 – Demolition Preview

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Oklahoma’s #1 MMA promotion returns as Sugar Creek Showdown presents “SCS 24 – Demolition” emanating from Hinton, Oklahoma on January 24. MMA fans, this event is scheduled for tons of great fights anchored by a title fight featuring the top up and combing prospects inside Oklahoma and from surrounding states. SCS is the premier MMA organization in the Sooner State and one of the region’s top cage-fighting promotion’s.

In the main event, SCS Heavyweight Champion, Jesse “The Hulk” Hernandez (6-1) will be defending his title against Bellator, KOTC and WEC vet Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez (32-15). Hernandez won the title back in 2012 and has cut through the competition in SCS ever since. Hernandez brings a devastating well-rounded MMA game into the title fight and all 6 of his wins have come via stoppage. Hernandez packs dynamite in both fists and is also a solid grappler if an opportunity presents itself for a submission attempt. Lopez will be the champion’s toughest test to date and brings a wealth of experience into the cage. Lopez has fought everyone on the regional circuit and has proven his mettle and durability time and again. Lopez is a former KOTC Champion and has plenty of championship experience and will not be deterred by the bruising style of Hernandez. Look for Lopez to use the aggression of Hernandez against him by trying to wear the big man down. With these two warriors in the cage, it’s a safe bet that this fight will not go the distance and someone’s night will end violently. Don’t blink.

In the co-main event, for the vacant SCS Lightweight Title, Mitch Thompson (4-2) battles Christopher Brooks (6-9). Thompson won his last fight after a tough back and forth battle. Thompson showed perseverance, and heart as he battle back from some tough positions to win the fight. Thompson is a submission specialist with 3 of his fights ending via tapout. Brooks is an experienced vet with one punch KO power. Brooks loves to get into shootouts and fights with a high risk-high reward style, which always has him in the running for fight of the night. Brooks has hit a rough skid lately, but looks to reverse that course with a highlight reel win against the rising Thompson.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on January 24 as Sugar Creek Showdown presents “Demolition” only pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Rage in the Cage 175 Preview

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Rage in the Cage returns to GFL.tv on January 31 with “RITC 175” as the top fighters from around Arizona and the surrounding states do battle in Arizona’s premier MMA organization at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott, Arizona. RITC has been a proving ground for the Southwest’s top fighters for years and years and now the world will get to see the Grand Canyon State’s next crop of champions. RITC is always stacked with several quality matchups.

In the main event, for the RITC Interim Middleweight Title will be on the line when RITC Middleweight Champion Joe Gigliotti (3-0) fights UFC and Bellator veteran Clifford Starks (8-2). Gigliotti won the title back in October 2014 with a RNC in the third round. He is a versatile fighter with slick combos thrown from multiple angles as well as a solid ground game that is underrated. All 3 of Gigliotti’s pro wins have come via stoppage and he has walked through most of his competition in the cage. Starks will be the toughest test in the career of Gigliotti who returns to RITC where he is 5-0 inside the cage. Starks has faced much stiffer competition in his career than Gigliotti and is already proven and battle tested. Look for Starks to use his wrestling edge and try and get the fight to the mat where he can work his ground and pound. This fight is sure to be explosive from start to finish.

In the co-main event, in a featherweight bout, Danny Hilton (3-2) fights Ray Robinson (7-11). Hilton brings a solid ground game and is especially dangerous off of his back. His only losses have come via decisions including by split, where many observers felt Hilton won. Hilton brings a ferocious pace to all of his fights and looks to break his opponent’s will in the early going. Robinson brings a well-rounded MMA game into the fight. Robinson is a veteran of the cage and his last fight was a title fight where he fought gallantly but came up short. Robinson is looking to get back in the title picture and a win over the rising Hilton will do just that. Expect a barnburner.

For the RITC Amateur Lightweight bout, Anthony Wray (2-1) battles Dante Patrick (9-1). Wray is a rising prospect who brings one-punch KO power into the cage. Wray can end a fight with a solid blow and will be headhunting early and often. Patrick is on a 6 fight winning streak and brings a huge experience advantage into the fight against Wray. Patrick is a grappling wizard with 4 wins coming via tapout and will look to negate the punching power of Wray by using wrestling and getting the fight to the mat where he can work his ground game.

Rage in the Cage is one of the pioneering MMA promotions in the United States. A surplus of current and past UFC fighters cut their teeth in RITC. Watch the stars of tomorrow compete today as “RITC 175” comes to you live on January 31 on GFL.tv.

NAAFS Caged Fury 21 Preview

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1/15/15 Toledo, OH: Two of the sports premier bantamweight prospects will finally collide in the main event at NAAFS Caged Fury 21 on January 31st. The card which will feature both professional and amateur bouts, will take place at the Lucas Country Recreation Center located in Maumee, Ohio just a short drive from Toledo.

Chapman, who is replacing an injured BJ Ferguson, is a two time NAAFS national amateur champion and most recently competed for the Word Series of Fighting on NBC Sports. Prior to his WSOF debut, Chapman had established himself as one of the fighters to beat in the NAAFS bantamweight division and will look to cash in on his second opportunity to capture the NAAFS pro series title on January 31st.

Antonio Castillo Jr has proven to be one of the division’s brightest prospects over the past two years and has been on quite a roll since dropping to 135 lbs. His current 4 fight win streak has opened eyes around the sport and Castillo will look to keep his momentum rolling against a motivated and hungry Chapman.

Two of the most exciting fighters on the NAAFS roster will go to war when former NAAFS bantamweight champion Cody Stevens returns to action against former title contender Jeremy Czarnecki. Plus Michigan Top Team standout Josh Robinson takes on Andrew Cseh in what will be the first ever male flyweight bout on NAAFS pro series history.

In addition to a stacked professional main card, the undercard will showcase many of the nation’s elite amateur fighters from across the region as the 2015 NAAFS national amateur tournament gets underway January 31st.

Complete Caged Fury 21 Fight Card

Featured Professional Bouts

170 lbs – Travis Hussey 0-1 (New League Fight Team) vs Larry Ray 0-3 (USA Martial Arts)
130 lbs – Dominick Sindone 3-2 (Michigan Top Team) vs Tim Enright 3-1 (USA Martial Arts)
145 lbs – Jeremy Czarnecki 7-7 (Murcielago MMA) vs Cody Stevens 11-8-1 (Strong Style Fight Team)
125 lbs – Andrew Cseh 6-3 (Team Ascension) vs Josh Robinson 10-9 (Elite BJJ/Michigan Top Team)
135 LBS TITLE – Isaiah Chapman 6-2 (Rock Hard MMA) vs Antonio Castillo Jr 8-4 (MTC)

Preliminary Undercard Bouts
205 lbs – Zack Cross 2-2 (Topp Dogg MMA) vs Chris Creakman 2-3 (Ameri-Kan Martial Arts)
185 lbs – Charles Owens 1-0 (Independent) vs Grant Rockwell 1-0 (USA Martial Arts)
265 lbs – Seth Shakley 0-0 (Independent) vs Dan Nowakowski 0-0 (New League Fight Team)
145 lbs – Mark Carosella 2-0 (Demolition Fight Team) vs Tommy Richmond 2-0 (New League Fight Team)
130 lbs – Brad Mills 0-0 (Demolition Fight Team) vs Josh Meyers 0-2 (USA Martial Arts)
200 lbs – Aleksa Camur 1-0 (Strong Style Fight Team) vs Ricky Davis 1-1 (USA Martial Arts)
135 lbs – Robert Potts 1-1 (New League Fight Team) vs Antonio Spears 2-1 (USA Martial Arts)
155 lbs – Erin Powell 0-0 (Demolition Fight Team) vs Kiana Taylor 0-0 (Ameri-Kan Martial Arts)
135 lbs – Dalton Brady 4-0 (Team Ascension) vs TBA
170 lbs – Dylan Finegan 1-0 (ASK MMA) vs Jake Kools 1-0 (Independent)
All bouts subject to change

Fight Lab 43 Preview

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Fight Lab debuts on GFL on January 24 (on demand on January 30) with “Fight Lab 43″ emanating from the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The stacked card will featured top ranked MMA showcasing the top prospects in the Southeast ready to show their grit to a global audience. Don’t blink when these warriors step into the cage and go to battle.

In the main event, Keith “The Rockstar” Richardson (12-6) fights Bellator vet Rodrigo Lima (10-1) in a lightweight scrap. Richardson is on a 2 fight winning streak and is a grizzled vet in the Southeast MMA scene. Richardson is always an exciting fighter and only 3 of his fights have ever gone to decision. Richardson will look to use his size advantage and get takedowns early and often. If Richardson can get top control, his elbows are a very dangerous weapon he has utilized in previous matches. Lima is a solid grappler who took 2014 off to heal up from injuries and work on his all-around MMA game. Lima has 7 finishes to his credit and will look to start 2015 off with a bang and climb right back up the ladder as one of the most feared fighters in his division.

In a Fight Lab Flyweight Title fight, Champion Josh Smith (6-0) takes on Michael Whaley (2-1). Smith is looking to defend his title for the first time after winning the championship back September 2014 with a third round TKO in a back and forth, grueling fight. Smith has only been to decision once in his career and has reeled off 5 straight wins via finish. Whaley is a resilient fighter who brings his lunchbox to the cage every time. Whaley is a tough matchup for anyone and will give the undefeated Champion all he can handle. Don’t blink when the cage door close.

In other action, Mike Stevens (4-2) battles Lawrence Dennis (2-2) in a lightweight showdown. Stevens is a triple threat fighter with solid wrestling, grappling and striking. All 4 of Stevens’ wins have come via submission or TKO. Stevens is looking to steal the show with his performance and move up the ranks of the 155 lb division within Fight Lab. Dennis is a durable fighter who has only suffered decision losses. Dennis has never been in trouble in a fight and brings an iron jaw and hands of stone into the cage.

Watch every KO, submission and scrap inside the cage. Catch all of the nonstop action exclusively on GFL with Fight Lab presents “Fight Lab 43″ exclusively at GFL.tv. Watch on demand on January 30 or any time after on VOD. Order now.

Triple A MMA – Cold War Preview

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Triple A MMA returns to GFL on January 24 with “Cold War” emanating from the Buffalo Casino & Resort Ballroom Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The stacked card will feature both MMA and boxing as the top prospects in the Southwest look to make a name for themselves to a worldwide audience. Don’t blink when these gladiators suit up and go to battle inside the ring.

Scheduled to compete, up-and-coming boxers Patrick Holmes Jr. (2-1) and Antonio Martinez (1-2-3) will take on tough challengers in their respective bouts. Holmes Jr. is a hot prospect within New Mexico and is riding a 2-fight win streak. Holmes Jr. uses solid footwork and punches from weird angles that allow him to score with a large amount of punches as well as keeping his opponents off balance. Martinez seems like he is in close fights every time he steps in the ring. Martinez throws big bombs and is always looking for the KO, but he also leaves himself open for his opponents to rack up points. Martinez has tightened up his technical side and still plans to throw devastating combos, but will also be using his feet and head movement more to avoid the counter punches from his opponent.

Fans will also be able to see Legacy MMA Champion and UFC vet Damacio Page who will be making his professional boxing debut. Page has a record of 14-10 in MMA and has 7 KO or TKOs to his resume. He will look to transition that into the boxing ring where most of his tools will have to be shelved. But he will still be able to use his height, length, distance and pacing that has already made him a world champion on one combat sport.

Cody East (2-0) who is looking to extend his undefeated boxing streak to three wins as he takes on the always gritty and durable Manuel Eastman (1-3). Both fighters have a lot to win and lose in this fight. Look for both men to come out firing their punches with bad intentions and looking for the KO of the night. A win here, by either man can vault their career into the next stage.

Watch every KO, submission and scrap inside the cage. Catch all of the nonstop action exclusively on GFL with Triple A MMA X “Cold War” exclusively at GFL.tv. Watch live on January 24 or any time after on VOD. Order now.

Global Proving Ground 17 Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 17″ from the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey on the GFL Combat Sports Network. GPG has quickly established itself as a rising combat sports promotion on the East Coast and this event further cemented their credibility within the region.

In the main event, Bellator vet Sam Oropeza (12-2) defeated another Bellator vet in Timothy Woods (7-5) via KO due to a slam in the first round. In the first round, the southpaw Oropeza went for a flying knee that was partially caught by Woods. Oropeza was able to close the distance with the move, though and once in the clinch, where he wrestled for control, got behind Woods and slammed him to the ground. Woods recovered and got up and Oropeza got the back of Woods and Woods, trying to shake Oropeza off his back, slammed himself and Oropeza into the mat with Woods getting the worst of it as he drove his own head into the mat where the impact knocked Woods out. Woods lay motionless for minutes and it was a scary sight, but he recovered enough to get to his fee and received a round of applause for his efforts. The bout received a lot of hype leading up to it because of Oropeza’s decision to leave Bellator for bigger and better fights and was risking a lot in this fight against the durable and dangerous Woods. With the win, Oropeza makes it 8 wins in a row.

In the co-main event, Abdula Dadaev (5-2) defeated Louis Johnson (3-2) via unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board. Dadaev dominated the fight with his wrestling and grappling as he was able to get Johnson on the mat and control the action in most instances and went for numerous submissions, mostly chokes, to finish the fight. Johnson showed off a great scramble game where he would explode from the bottom and end up on top and look to score with ground and pound, but Dadaev would use the change in position to work for kneebars and leg locks from the bottom. In the second round, Dadaev once again got the back of Johnson and went for rear naked chokes over and over again as Johnson defended, but didn’t do much else. The wrestling and control of Dadaev was too much for Johnson to overcome. In the third round, it was more of the same as Dadaev got the back of Johnson once again, and continued to rack up the riding time while keeping Johnson off of his feet and away from throwing his powerful strikes. Johnson used solid wrist control defense that kept Dadaev from getting the fight ending submission, but Dadaev was clearly the victor as he dominated the ground by being in dominant position 90% of the fight. Both fighters gave their all and Johnson should be commended for his defense, but in the end, Dadaev had racked up too many points due to controlling the action and pace of the fight.

East Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 17″ exclusively at GFL.tv.

Ring Of Combat 50 set to air on GFL.tv and iN Demand on January 23

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Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returns with its historic 50th event Friday, January 23rd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey. And it will be live on pay-per-view television, as well as streaming to a live global audience on GFL.tv.
•Only $17.99. UFC 1 was $14.95 but that was 21 years ago. This is a great value.
•Can be ordered easily from your TV remote or by calling your cable provider.
•Watch ROC and see the future of MMA from the comfort of your couch.

The event begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Additionally, a live, free-of-charge preview show featuring two preliminary card bouts from the event begins exclusively on GFL.tv at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

This card is stacked from top to bottom, with 13 bouts and seven Ring of Combat titles on the line. Lou has sent over 90 ROC alumni to the UFC, including middleweight champion Chris Weidman. UFN 59 this weekend features four ROC alumni – Uriah Hall, John Howard, Chris Wade and Frankie Perez. Perez was in fact pulled from the ROC 50 card when the UFC came calling.

The “American Idol of MMA” will showcase undefeated young gun Julio Arce, NCAA national wrestling champ Gregor Gillespie, KO artist Oluwale Bamgbose among many other exciting fighters.

“Having Ring of Combat on PPV is a tremendous break through for us,” said Lou. “We are thrilled to team up with GoFight Live, which gives us the opportunity to showcase this event – a major milestone for Ring of Combat – to fight fans all over the globe. And Ring of Combat fighters will get the exposure and publicity they deserve.”

Undefeated Ring of Combat national bantamweight champion Julio Arce (6-0) of Queens, NY will put his title on the line in the co-main event against battle-tested Thomas Vasquez (7-2) of Horn Lake, MS, and undefeated, former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and four-time All- American for Edinboro University Gregor Gillespie of Wantagh, NY, who will square off with Justin Stewart of Greene, NY in one of the pay-per-view pre-show matchups on GFL.tv.

Unbeaten KO artist Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose of New York, NY will battle Devon “Bam Bam” Morris of Niles, MI for the vacant Ring of Combat national middleweight title once held by Chris Weidman.

Since making his professional debut at Ring of Combat 45 on June 14, 2013 with a blistering first round TKO of Fikret Darzanoff, the 27-year-old Bamgbose has been unstoppable, continuing his dominant success with two more first round stoppages – a TKO of Michael Elshamy on Jan. 24, 2014, and a TKO of Steve Nichols on Sept. 19, 2014.

In the main event, 25-year-old Jeff Lentz will square off with fellow up-and-coming finisher, 26-year-old George “Lights Out” Sheppard, for the promotion’s vacant, national lightweight championship.

Unbeaten Randy “Rude Boy” Brown of Queens will lock horns with Mike Winters of Cortland, N.Y. for the vacant Ring of Combat national welterweight strap.

A Jamaican import, the 24-year-old Brown made his professional debut under the Ring of Combat banner on May 16, 2014, submitting Steve Tyrrell with an armbar in the first round. On Sept. 19, 2014, Brown turned in another powerful performance, finishing Leonard Simpson by way of second roundTKO with a barrage of punches.

Brown will face his toughest test to date in Winters, a veteran of more than five times as many fights than Brown. Winters has yet to be finished by an opponent since making his professional debut in 2010, and reeling off wins in his first four starts – three by way of TKO.

Ring of Combat flyweight champion, Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo will defend his title against Corey Simmons. Rizzo is coming off a brilliant first round rear-naked choke of Jimmy Grant at Ring of Combat 49 on Sept. 19, 2014, avenging a KO (punch) defeat at the hands of Grant, just one fight before that in May. Prior to the loss, Rizzo had collected four straight wins – three via first round submission.

Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover of Brooklyn, N.Y. will square off against Dan Cion of Farmingdale, N.Y. for the Ring of Combat East Coast lightweight title.

Nover, 30, is aiming for his third consecutive win, after earning back-to-back unanimous decisions over Darrell Horcher and Mike Santiago on April 4, 2013 and June 14, 2013, respectively. The victory over Horcher represented Nover’s final start of a 2-1 stint fighting for Bellator.

Cion is looking for his second straight win in what will be his first appearance since June 1, 2012 when he decimated Casey Milliken in just 18 seconds with an onslaught of punches.

Kenny Foster will battle Mike Santiago for the Ring of Combat East Coast featherweight belt.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents GPG USA VS Russia Beginning January 19 on TCN & CSN Comcast

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN) & COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN)
GFL PRESENTS “GPG CHRISTMAS IN THE CAGE: USA VS RUSSIA” BEGINNING JANUARY 19

January 16, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as Global Proving Ground presents another show stopper with GPG Christmas in the Cage: USA VS Russia, featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Pennsauken, New Jersey.

In the main event for the GPG 170lb Title, Russian rising star Khusein Khaliev (8-1) and accomplished veteran fighter Tenyeh Dixon (10-11) square off with gold on the line. Dixon is a slick fighter with solid striking combos while Khaliev is more methodical and wants to get the fight to the ground. This will be the classic striker versus grappler match and if Dixon can keep the fight on the feet and avoid the takedowns of Khaliev, this will be a long fight. If Khaliev can get the fight to the ground, this could be a quick night as Khaliev is very dangerous on the ground.

In other action, Mervin Rodriguez (6-8-1) battles Solan Abanokov (4-2) in a featherweight clash. Rodriguez is a gritty fighter who likes to break his oppoennt’s will inside the cage. Look for Rodriguez to be pushing the pace and try to grind and wear down Abanokov from the opening bell. Abanokov brings heavy hands into the cage and can end the fight with one punch. Abanokov plans to land early and often and he will need to if he is going to overcome the aggressiveness of Rodriguez.

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30pm ET
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Friday, January 23 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, January 24 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, January 24 at 11:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, January 24 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, January 24 at 12:30am ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, January 25 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Mid Atlantic, CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing GPG Christmas in the Cage: USA VS Russia in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.

To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
The Comcast Network http://www.csnphilly.com/page/tcn
CSN Philadelphia http://www.csnphilly.com/ontv/listings
CSN Washington http://www.csnwashington.com/ontv
CSN Baltimore http://www.csnbaltimore.com/ontv
CSN New England http://www.csnne.com/pages/oncsn
CSN Northwest http://www.csnnw.com/ontv
CSN Bay Area http://www.csnbayarea.com/ontv

Upcoming Events on Comcast
1/19: GPG: USA VS Russia (MMA)
1/26: BAMMA USA Badbeat 14
2/2: Global Proving Ground 17 (MMA)
2/9: “Lightning” Joe Yorgey and Chazz Witherspoon

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