Exclusive Interview: Mixed Striking Championship Matchmaker and Sports Attorney Greg Bloom

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Mixed Striking Championship (MSC) has upped the ante in kickboxing with a new set of rules and its patented "EVO" competition glove

Mixed Striking Championship (MSC) has upped the ante in kickboxing with a new set of rules and its patented “EVO” competition glove

By Randy Jean

Mixed Striking Championship (MSC) is a Miami, Florida-based fight promotion that’s essentially bringing back the fighting style vs. fighting style theme to combat sports and distinguishing itself from Muay Thai or Glory style kickboxing by outfitting its combatants with a patented glove that is more compact than a traditional boxing glove and, similar to an MMA glove, does not cover the athlete’s fingers.

Unlike Glory or K-1, MSC also allows its fighters to throw elbow strikes, like those used in Muay Thai competition.

Just days out from its second live event, which will stream live on GFL from BankUnited Center in Miami, Greg Bloom, a lawyer by day and matchmaker for MSC by night, took the time to discuss MSC’s unique combat sports product, the “EVO” glove, ways athletes and entertainers can protect themselves both in and outside the ring and the chances of MSC dethroning MMA as the premier martial arts combat sport.

Randy Jean: You played in integral part in the creation of MSC, but before all of that you are a lawyer first. You also used to work in Wall Street. Walk us through the journey of how all of that came about.

Greg Bloom: I initially worked in Wall Street for 10 years, prior to going back to law school.  Then when I was in law school, I was approach by a professional boxer who needed some assistance with a contract which, from there, I ended up managing this fighter.

It was basically a snowball effect because, before I was even done with law school, I was representing about 15 different fighters between boxing and MMA. So the natural progression for me, while I was studying law, was to eventually practice and work in sports and entertainment law.

One of my clients was Wayne Bermudez, who’s the founder of MSC. I started off as his attorney, and then was welcomed aboard to help steer the company and as a matchmaker as well.

RJ: So how is your relationship with Wayne Bermudez?

GB: Great! He’s a great guy who has an extensive background in MMA and it’s a great concept that he’s created. I’m just excited to be a part of it.

RJ: As a lawyer, what legal issues do you to tend to deal with when it comes to athletes and entertainers on a daily basis?

GB: Everything from negotiating their agreements with managers or promoters to endorsements and sponsorship deals. Whether it’s second business entities or real estate issues, I try my best to help them out the best I can.

RJ: I was looking at the MSC Facebook page and I noticed the slogan “ No Tap outs, Just Knockouts.”  Why do you feel like it’s important for MSC to stand out in this manner from its competitors?

GB: I think right now there’s a lot of saturation in the MMA market. You’re starting to see other types of combat sports come out of the forefront.  A lot of the Glory fights and Lion Fights as well as boxing are making a big comeback on free TV. So it’s important that MSC becomes a home for those martial artists who don’t necessarily want to get involved in MMA, but dedicate a lot of time to developing their craft in the standing striking arts.

RJ: Do you think MSC, which is essentially its own sport because of its unique rule set, as well as a promotion, can dethrone MMA and become the new king of the mountain of combat sports?

GB: I mean it’ll take time, like everything else. But it’s definitely picking up steam and gaining more fans by the day. We’re trying to get as active in putting out as much events as we can. I think in due time it’ll rival any other combat sport out there. We just need time to create stars and grow.

RJ: The concussion issues we’ve seen in the NFL bring athlete safety to mind  What is MSC doing different to protect its stars?

GB:  We have a patented glove called the “EVO” glove. It’s an 8 to 10 oz. glove, depending on the weight class of any particular matchup. We do everything we can to ensure the safety of the fighters.

In any fight, though, athletes can get injured. We do everything we can from standing 8 counts to having capable officials presiding over the action.

RJ: I actually had notes on the Evo glove.  Do you think this glove alone allows MSC to stand out?

GB: I do. It’s a unique glove that allows for a comfortable fit, which allows for fewer injuries in the hand.  It covers the thumb and the finger tips aren’t close to the edge of the glove, which limits eye pokes. It’s also a great glove for hitting bags and what not. We believe the glove can stand out on its own and make a marketplace for itself in the combat sports world.

RJ:  You usually give seminars to young athletes and entertainers who are coming up. What are some lessons you always share with them?

GB: Don’t believe everything they tell you.  If they promise you something, then get it in writing and always make sure you have an escape clause just in case the plan doesn’t fall through.  Because once you sign an agreement and they don’t perform on it, then you’re stuck. Also, always get yourself a great attorney.

RJ:  Speaking of contracts, will we see you in Dez Bryant’s corner negotiating a new contract with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys?

GB: (Laughs) Hey, if you can give him my number, I would love to help!

 

 

Video: Shamrock FC and Bellator 138 Promoter Jesse Finney Recaps “The Most Exciting” Round in His Promotion’s 17-Year History

June 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Shamrock FC President and retired MMA star and kickboxing champion Jesse Finney chats with correspondent Jeremy Johnson about his promotion’s latest fight card that streamed live on GFL, as well as what is in store for Shamrock FC fans.

Video: Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella talks nine straight opponents missing weight and being overlooked by UFC

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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One day before his GPG 20 main event fight against Corey “Koko” Simmons headliner Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella opened up to GFL about the frustration of nine straight opponents missing weight, being overlooked by the UFC and the difficulty of putting in so much for so little in return.

GFL REAL FIGHTS Presents Cagezilla FC on TCN, CSN Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, FiOS & U-Verse

GFL PRESENTS “REAL FIGHTS” ON THE COMCAST NETWORK (TCN), COMCAST SPORTSNET (CSN), DISH, DIRECTV, AT&T U-VERSE AND VERIZON FIOS
GFL PRESENTS “CAGEZILLA FC” BEGINNING April 6

April 3, 2015

GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class boxing as Cagezilla FC presents another show stopper with Cagezilla FC featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from Ashburn, Virginia. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the Mid-Atlantic region as CFC presents another hard-hitting event anchored by multiple title fights!

Ashburn, Virginia, March 2, 2015 – OO Fights, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area’s most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company, is pleased to announce its newest project, Cagezilla Fighting Championship, featuring the Main Event, a Flyweight (125 lbs.) Championship Title Fight, three other Championship Title Fights and 14 other top-notch MMA fights at its next production:

At the newly expanded and renovated Silver Eagle Group in front of a huge crowd of roaring fight fans, George Billy will enter the Cage against Todd Holshouser for a chance to battle for the Flyweight Championship. These incredibly tough and talented fighters are two of the area’s top Flyweight prospects.

Billy, was a former VA high school state champ is now a top MMA prospect. He is highly skilled in all disciplines of MMA but is an outstanding wrestler that was tough to find an opponent for. He trains with local Professional MMA fighter Brent Hess in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA.

His worthy adversary, the very tough Todd Holshouser, is a highly disciplined and well-rounded fighter. He is coached by the very well respected David Morris in Charlottesville, VA.

If this bout is anything like their last battles, this bout between these warriors is destined to become one for the ages in the MMA world and is not to be missed!

The fight card for March 21st will also feature three additional and exciting Championship Title matches.

In the Light Heavyweight division, Middleweight Champ Scott Noble of Ground Control will go for a Title in a SECOND weightclass against, Mike Desantos of Freedom MMA. Scott has the notoriety of being the fighter with “The Head Kick Hear ‘Round the World” as we call it. Scott delivered a 7 second Head Kick KO to Francis Grant in our event in December 2012 that is still popular today, including being voted “KO of the Week” on cagepotato.com, “Best Head Kick KO of All Time” on worldstarhiphop.com and has been seen by millions around the world. These are two phenoms to watch.

A battle of UNDEFEATED fighters will be featured in our Bantamweight Title match. Roque Zapata, who trains under Eric Zamora, will defend his Bantamweight Title belt against MMA Institute’s Shaun Spath, who boasts an 8-0-0 record and was our Flyweight Title Holder until vacating when he moved up to Bantamweight.

Undefeated Lightweight Champ Tevin Cooke of MMA Institute puts his belt on the line versus former Welterweight Champ Raz Syan. Syan recently won his first battle at 155 after dropping from 170 after losing to current Welterweight Champ Esrom Montesino. Raz won his Welterweight Belt in August at the DC Convention center versus Jay Bee and was featured on Inside MMA for putting a huge hematoma on Jay’s forehead in that battle.

Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA fighters, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans of Cagezilla Fighting Championship!

Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Friday, April 10 at 9:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Philly): Friday, April 10 at 10:00pm
The Comcast Network: (all zones): Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 11 at 11:00pm ET
The Comcast Network: (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Saturday, April 11 at 4:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Sunday, April 12 at 8:00pm ET

CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest and CSN Bay Area will also be airing Cagezilla FC in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN including Dish, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

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
4/6: Cagezilla Fighting Championship (MMA)
4/13: Broadway Boxing: Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez v Joseph Rios (boxing)
4/20: GPG 19 (MMA)

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.

AFC 115 Preview

April 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Alaska’s #1 MMA promotion returns to GFL as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” emanating from the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska on April 15. MMA fans, this pro/am card is stacked featuring the top up and coming prospects inside the state of Alaska. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Last Frontier State with several alums moving on to the UFC and AFC continues to produce high quality MMA events comparable to any regional organization across the U.S.

In the main event, for the AFC Women’s Flyweight Championship, Nikki Knudsen (2-2) takes on Michelle Young (1-0). Knudsen has 2 first round stoppages in the first round. Knudsen fights with a high risk-high reward style and has never been to a decision. In her last fight, she gave UFC bantamweight newcomer Holly Holm all she could handle for 2 rounds. Now fighting at her natural weight, Knudsen is looking to make some serious waves in the flyweight division and brings a decided experience advantage into the championship bout. Young has a first round submission win in her debut and has shown an ability to submit high level grapplers. If Young can get the fight to the mat early, it could be a short night.

In the co-main event, for the AFC Middleweight Title, Garrett Morrison (2-0) battles Maika Grant (4-0). Both fighters are undefeated and some will walk out of the cage with their perfect record intact and championship gold. Expect fireworks early and often. Morrison has both wins via first round KO, one ending in 8 seconds. If Morrison connects early and often, he will walk away the champion. Not to be outdone, Grant has all 4 of his wins via first round TKO. Grant can match the power of Morrison and go punch for punch with anyone in the division. This fight is sitting on a powder keg and going to explode. Expect a devastating end to the fight as someone is likely getting put to sleep.

The ladies are represented in full force in the AFC Cage for “AFC 115” in another anticipated bout, this time in the strawweight division. As Katie Halley (1-0) takes on Gabby Walker (0-0) in a matchup of two rising stars. These women are 2 of the most feared athletes in all of women’s MMA in the strawweight division. With the sport of WMMA growing every day, the winner of this bout could easily find herself in Invicta or Bellator before the end of 2015.

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 15 as Alaska Fighting Championship presents “AFC 115” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Victory Combat Sports returns to midtown Manhattan with three shows this Spring New York, NY

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Victory Combat Sports returns to midtown Manhattan with three shows this Spring New York, NY

(April 10, 2014) –Victory Combat Sports, New York’s premiere martial arts promotion, was the first to host a legally sanctioned amateur MMA event in New York City. On November 21, 2014 Victory became the first to ever promote an MMA event at Madison Square Garden. That show was also the largest martial arts show in state-history, with over 4,000 fans in attendance.

The promotion has kicked off the 2015 season by announced three dates for this Spring. The first show (Victory VIII) will feature both Muay Thai and amateur Mixed Martial Arts contests and will take place on April 10, 2015 at The Hall (10 Columbus Avenue). Victory IX and Victory X are both scheduled for May of 2015.

The 2015 Finale event for the “The Road to The Garden.” is slated to return to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 20th.

According to Victory President and matchmaker Eddie Cuello “Victory fans will be treated to three title fights on this show and at least two title fights at Victory IX and X. We’re looking to crown as many worthy champs as we can and treat the fans to some of the best Muay Thai and MMA in the northeast.”

Victory CEO Kevin Lillis stated, “We’re excited to be able to produce these shows within a block of Columbus Circle. This will help give these athletes and the sport we love the exposure it deserves.”

The stacked Victory VIII card will feature three title matches- including Victory Combat Sports 105lbs Champion and USKA International Champion Gianna Smith-Cuello, coming off her win at MSG to defend her USKA 105 lb title against local fan-favorite Kit Fung. NJ Mac from Blade Fist Muay Thai is coming off winning the WKA title surviving through multiple challengers. At

Victory VIII he will square up with Canadian Amin Almelik from Warrior Muay Thai camp for the 147 lb title. Finally Welterweight Champ Robert Ovalle from Class One MMA in Brooklyn is finally recovered from his knee injury and eager to defend his title against Eric Taylor, who had an impressive performance at MSG against Bernardo Cano- the same opponent Ovalle beat to win the title in April 2014.

Also on the card, Muay Thai phenom Prairie Rugilo returns to action against hard-hitting Canadian Tiffany Cass and Codie Payne from American Top Team Whitestone takes on Jesus Morales from Mantra MMA. Signature Marketing Partners for ‘Victory VII’ include Sailor Jerry, Tullamore DEW,and In Fight Style. Tickets start at just $45 and are available at www.ticketfly.com locations, at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Victory VIP ticket packages are also available via www.VictoryCombatSports.com, along with the full fight card, fighter information, and other exciting content.

Full Card:

105 lb USKA Women’s Muay Thai Title- Gianna Cuello-Smith (5 Points Academy) vs Kit Fung (Queens MMA) 147 lb Victory MT Title – NJ Mac (Blade Fist Muay Thai) vs Amin Almelik (Warrior Muay Thai) 170 lb Victory MMA Title – Champ Robert Ovalle defends against Cire Taylor Prairie Rugilo (Girl Fight) vs Tiffany Cass (Krudar Muay Thai) Codie Payne (ATT Whitestone) vs Jesus Morales (Mantra MMA) Valeria Cardozo (Monster Muay Thai Arizona) vs Giovanna Wood (Sitan Gym Long Island) 115 lbs

Jeanette Esposito (CROM Physical Culture) vs Kyla Hachay (Kalsamrit Gym Canada) 115 lbs

Diego Jagessar (Striking 101) vs Josh Santos (Stockade MMA)

Matt McCullough (Wellington Muay Thai) vs Marlon Wiprud (Class One MMA, Brooklyn, NY) 190 lbs MT

Kyle McShane (Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai) vs Rohan Dalton (Renzo Gracie NYC) 170 lbs

Brandon Medina (ECUBJJ) vs Westley Chow (Renzo Gracie NYC) 125 lbs

Arthur Bartosiewicz (C3 Athletics) vs Travis Hassang (ATT Whitestone)

About Victory Combat Sports:

Victory includes partners with extensive experience in fight promotion, matchmaking, film production and directing, hospitality, branding and advertising, politics, photography, marketing, finance, and fine dining. Victory’s operations team has produced over 50 boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing and MMA events in six states (including Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington State), including events at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre, Jacob Javits Center and Bally’s Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City). Layered into the group are hospitality executives that will focus on improving the guest experience with better food and beverage service, better music and lighting designs, and overall more “fan-friendly” events that make the events a lot more fun and showcase our sponsors better. Finally, the team includes an experienced production team that will provide high-quality video and audio production to allow our fans who are unable to attend the ability to remain on their couch and feel like they are sitting cage or Ring-side.

5 title fights at ROC 51 on 6/5

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Courtesy of mixedmartialarts.com

Lou Neglia brings his premier mixed martial arts promotion, Ring of Combat, which has sent over 90 professional fighters to the UFC, back with its 51st installment, featuring five title fights from the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“It feels good to be back with another stellar card of very talented mixed martial art fighters,” said Neglia. “Don’t miss the opportunity to see five championship fights featuring the ROC champions in their most competitive bouts.”

Fight fans will be able to watch Ring of Combat 51 live from the comfort of their own home, which begins at 8:30pm, thanks to Ring of Combat’s partnership with Go Fight Live.

Ring of Combat has made a name for itself unlike any other MMA promotion by being the platform that launched the careers of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, former UFC champion Matt Serra, along with Frankie Edgar, Al Iaquinta, Uriah Hall, Costas Philippou, Edson Barboza, Ryan Laflare.

“This is an opportunity to see Ring of Combat fighters in what could possibly be their last fight with Ring of Combat before they break out to global stardom,” said Lou Neglia.

Set to return for action at Ring of Combat 51 is the the highly regarded and current undefeated Ring of Combat bantamweight champion, Julio Arce (7-0) of Queens, NY, who puts his title on the line for the third time against Ontario’s Mike Imperato (7-1) who is on a four-fight win streak.

Coming off an impressive title winning first round KO, Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose (4-0) of New York, NY returns to take on his toughest challenge yet as he looks to defend his Ring of Combat middleweight title against MMA vet, Mike Stewart (9-6).

In a battle of the undefeated, newly crowned Ring of Combat welterweight champion Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (3-0) will take on Vlad Popovskiy (3-0) for Ring of Combat gold.

Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and four-time All American, Gregor Gillespie (4-0) of Wantagh, NY will take on battle tested George “Lights Out” Sheppard (15-10) of Newport News, Va for the Ring of Combat regional lightweight title.

Coming of a spectacular first round win at Ring of Combat 50, Mike Santiago (13-9) returns to defend his Ring Of Combat regional featherweight title against the very dangerous Mervin Rodriguez (7-8-1).

The Ring of Combat 51 non title bouts are:
Nick Pace (6-3) vs Robert Walker (4-4)
Kyle Cerminara (3-0) vs Azamat Murzakanov (1-0)
Max Bohanan (3-0) vs TBD
Pat Defranco (4-3-1) vs Lashawn Alcocks (4-3)
Frank Buenafuente (2-3) vs Tim Dooling (0-1)
Michael Elshamy (2-1) vs Shedrick Goodridge (6-8)
Anthony Genovese (5-2) vs Meshack Adams(12-2)
Karl Roberson (3-0) vs Chike Obi (1-0).

(CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Ring of Combat 51 will take place June 5th at the world famous Tropicana Casino and Resort showroom.

Doors @ 8:00 PM / Fights @ 8:30 PM.

Tickets are priced reasonably between $50 and $125 and can be purchased at the Ring of Combat website, the Tropicana Box Office or any TicketMaster outlets.

This is sure to be another sell-out event, so get your tickets TODAY!

Visit www.gfl.tv where you can purchase the live online stream of ROC 51.

Asylum Fight League 48 Preview

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Asylum Fight League is back with its latest installment “Asylum Fight League 48” on April 11 from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This 12-bout card will feature some of the top prospects on the East Coast.

For the 161lb Championshp, Cesar Balmaceda (4-1) battles Juan Galarza (5-1). Balmaceda is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to defend his AFL title once again. Balmaceda can end a fight with either hand and will be looking to throw leather from the opening bell. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line. Galarza is also a strong wrestler and can usually get the fight to the mat whenever he wants to. Galarza is a submission master with 4 wins coming via tapout. Galarza has KO power in both hands and will look to make this a shootout from the opening bell.

In other action, in a light heavyweight battle, Adam Atiyeh (8-6) takes on Patrick Egbert (3-2). Atiyeh has held a title with a previous organization in the past and is one of the top technical fighters on the East Coast. Atiyeh has never been stopped in his career and has a chin made of granite. Expect Atiyeh to mix up his attacks and try to keep Noble off balance. Egbert is a beast in the cage as he has been able to impose his will on his opponents round after round. Egbert has KO power in both hands and lets them fly early and often. Egbert is also a durable wrestler with strong takedowns and top control. Egbert will be cutting down from heavyweight for this fight so he should have a strength advantage when the cage door closes.

Travis Spadafora (3-4) fights Tyler Feist (2-3) in what is sure to be a barnburner. Spadafora has a 47 second win via guillotine choke and has shown an ability to steal the show, because of his fighting style. Spadafora has a solid grappling game, with great takedown defense and can mix up his striking with combos from both his fists and feet. Feist has plied his tried up and down the East Coast with some of the most reputable organizations. Feist fights with a high risk-high reward style that has endeared him to tons and tons of fans. Feist is also a grinder and likes to impose his presence on his opponent round after round. Look for a dogfight in this matchup.

“Asylum Fight League 48” comes to you live and direct on April 11. With this mega card you can be sure there will be plenty of knockouts, submissions and great fights. Don’t miss this exciting event which has become a proving ground for some of the top fighters in the North East. If you can’t be there live, the only way to see this show is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.

Global Proving Ground 19 Review

March 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Hard hitting MMA action returned as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 19″ 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, Washington da Silva (5-1) defeated Marques Worrell (6-3) via unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. Da Silva used a strong wrestling and grappling game to put Worrell on his back and have him fighting from the defensive position for most of the fight. Da Silva used strong takedowns and top control as he was able to control Worrell for most of the fight that was a showcase of the ground fighting of da Silva. Worrell landed some solid punches, especially in the final round, where he connected with an overhand right, but da Silva was able to absorb the punch and stymie the rest of Worrell’s offense for the round with his grappling even going for an armbar from the bottom as the final seconds ticked off the clock. It was a solid win for da Silva who defeated a very battle-tested fighter in Worrell.

In the co-main event, Mike Winters (8-5) defeated Joshua Key (6-11) via split decision in a welterweight bout. It was a great performance back and forth with striking and grappling as they fought all over the cage. In the first round, Winters was relentless in trying for a takedown, but Key defended well and the two spend the majority of the time against the cage fighting for positional dominance. In the second round, Winters was close on a RNC, but in the third, Key pushed forward and pushed the pace. Winters was able to get Key on the ground but Key was sitting up and delivering punishing strikes while Winters was holding on.

Tim Dooling (1-1) defeated Darnell Murphy (1-1) via TKO in the first round. This fight was a barnburner and fight of the night. Both men started out trading strikes, with Dooling getting the better of the exchanges with his jab. Murphy switched up his attack and scored with a huge double leg takedown. Dooling was able to get back to his feet and dropped Murphy with a left high kick and then followed up with knees to the midsection and finished off the fight with a barrage of punches against the cage.

East Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action any time on VOD as GPG presents “Global Proving Ground 19″ exclusively at GFL.tv.

Sugar Creek Showdown 25 Review

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Oklahoma’s #1 MMA promotion returned as Sugar Creek Showdown presented “SCS 25 – Apocalypse” emanating from Hinton, Oklahoma. This event featured 14 bouts with 10 finishes. 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, for the SCE Light Heavyweight Championship, SCS Heavyweight Champion Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez (34-15) dropped down a weight class and defeated Light Heavyweight Champion Jeremy Horn (91-22-5) via split decision to win his second title with SCS and hold both belts simultaneously. In the beginning, Lopez started out throwing strikes and then Horn got the fight to the ground with a takedown where he worked from the top, getting the mount but being unable to secure a submission. Horn moved to the back of Lopez and tried to sink in a RNC that Lopez once again defended showing great defense. Horn got another takedown early in the second round and worked from the top again, as he once again got the back of Lopez and tried to work for a choke. Lopez worked out from the position and later in the round, tried for a can opener submission on Horn. Lopez showed he was not scared to grapple with Horn as this fight was heating up. Later in the fight, Horn went for another takedown and was unable to get a single leg takedown, so tried falling into guard and it worked as it got the fight to the ground. Horn went for submissions from the bottom as well as connecting with short elbows to the top of the head of Lopez but Lopez hung in there and ended the round. In the championship rounds, it was another takedown by Horn who worked for a kimura lock but Lopez once again escaped and got the back of Horn before getting the fight back to his feet. In the standup, Lopez connected with a stiff leg kick and threw combos while Horn plodded forward trying to get the fight back to the ground. In the final round, Horn got Lopez up against the cage and worked for another takedown. Lopez got the fight to the ground this time as Horn turtled up and Lopez began to throw punches. In a very close fight, it was clear in the final round, that Lopez had more stamina and was the more active fighter. Horn escaped from the position and fight resumed on the feet with Horn coming forward and trying for another single leg takedown as Lopez sprawled. In a great bit of grappling, Lopez was punching away and Horn rolled to improve his position as Lopez was right there to catch a headlock before Horn transitioned once again to get side control near the end of the fight. Lopez battled off his back and got inside the guard of Horn where Horn connected with a couple more elbows as the fight ended.

In the co-main event, Jonathan Hill (5-3) defeated Brad Faylor (3-3) via TKO after the end of the first round due to ref stoppage. Hill opened up a cut on Faylor in close quarters and it was a cut that bled a lot. Faylor actually did a good job of getting the fight to the ground and keeping Hill on his back as the round was probably won by Faylor. But due to the cut, it was stopped in between the first and second round.

For the SCS Featherweight Title was up for grabs and Bellator vet Jeremy Spoon (17-3) defeated will be Josh Tyler (7-2) via unanimous decision to become the new champion.

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