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VICTORY VII MMA To Rock MADISON SQUARE Garden NOV 21ST-MMA Confidential                    Nov 21

VICTORY VII MMA To Rock MADISON SQUARE Garden NOV 21ST-MMA Confidential

,By Bruce KiVo

Mixed Martial Arts is coming to MSG. Took long enough and it’s goin down Friday, Nov 21st, thanks to Victory Combat Sports. Victory CEO, Kevin Lillis partnered up with Take On Productions to bring in the biggest event ever sanctioned by the WKA in New York.  Some of the best Kick Boxers and Muay Thai Fighters will compete alongside the best amateur Mixed Martial Arts Athletes in the Tri-state area for this historic event.  TITLEFIGHTS and GIRLFIGHTS are included.

 

 

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Coming off a nice win over Chris Carmozzi @ UFC FightNight, Renzo Gracie fighter, Rafael “Sapo” Natal,  gives his thoughts on Victory VII coming to MSG.

 

Take On’s 170lb Champ Ariel Abreu is set to face NYC’s Chike Obi in a 3 round explosive MMA  Showdown.  KO artist Pawel Zawistowski will compete against  Muay Thai and MMA standout Manny Casias in a 3 round Victory title fight.
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Former UCL Champ, Chad Hernandez of Radical MMA is set to take on  Anthony Glacchina of Serra/Longo in what looks to be a great fight.
Coach Rene Dreyfus of Radical MMA is well aware of  the  famous Serra/Longo camp. Nobody can deny that former UFC WW Champ Matt Serra’s KO of former UFC WW Champ George St Pierre and UFC MW Champ Chris Weidman’s KO and TKO of the former UFC MW Champ Anderson Silva, AKA The GOAT  were possibly the biggest upsets in UFC history. According to Coach Rene, Chad is more then ready.

 

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Also on the card are 2012 Olympian Ibrahim Faraq, UFC Gym’s NJ Mac, Renzo Gracie’s Max McGarr, NY Combat Sambo’s Hassan Hope and Thomas Doyle, Take On Muay Thai Champ Jason ahim faraqVan Oijen and the ever exciting Bernard Cano who always brings it.  Victory VII’s card  is stacked.  Max McGarr’s submissions are off the hook and who can forget Hassan Hope’s great back and forth match against Brad Bateman?  Sambo Steve says his athletes are ready.
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Limo Bob Talks VICTORY VII:

 

Speaking of stacked, did somebody say GIRLFIGHT?
The 2013 Female Fighter of the Year, Gianna Smith, Women’s Muay Thai and MMA Phenom Prairie Rugilo, Long Island’s Jessica Cavagnaro, Katalina Morales and Krav Maga Academy’s Viktoria Makarova will hilite this history making event. Just look back on previous Victory and Take On events. Is the next Ronda Rousey fighting on this card?

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GIRLFIGHTS Totally ROCK!

 

Madison Square Garden is considered the greatest arena in the world. Dating back to the early 1900’s to today, Champions like John L. Sullivan, Jack Jonson, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Graziano, Sugar Ray Robinson,  Ali, Vito Antuefermo, Duran, Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Holyfield  and so many more have  all fought here.

I know Former UFC Champs and Hall Of Famers Dan Severn and Royce Gracie would have been honored to fight here as well as Olympic Silver Medalist and UFC legend Matt Lindland.

In our last interview with New Yorker and former UFC Champ Matt “The Terror” Serra, he hinted at a possible  comeback if it were at MSG.  The Great Renzo would love  the chance to compete here too.  Former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar has mentioned it.  Even UFC Champs, Chris Weidman and Jonny “Bones” Jones hope for the  chance to compete in the greatest arena in the world!  Refs Big John McCarthy and New Jersey’s Dan Miragliotta also have that itch and Dana White would would like nothing better then having a UFC @ MSG.

MMA fan, Actor Alex Corrado of TV’s Gotham, here with Penguin says “Big Congrats to Victory for bringin MMA to MSG!

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It’s a dream come true for every athlete.  See you at the Garden Nov 21st.

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Bonus! Photos from previous VICTORY FIGHTS! Enjoy!

Nick and Bruce

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MMAConfidential @ Victory V In NYC

 

By Bruce KiVo

 

 

With lines around the block, one would think that Adele, Beyonce or maybe even JLO was in concert, but no, it was Victory V at Terminal 5 back with a vengeance in NYC. With a very impressive card, hot ring girls, two titles on the line, and undefeated MMA standout and former XFC World Champion Nick Newell doing the fight commentating, here’s how it all went down.

 

 

Nick Newell’s protege, Ali Zebian, TKO’d a very skilled Carlos Monteiro. Although Monteiro looked impressive, Ali’s size and experience might have been too much for Carlos to overcome. Monteiro’s cartwheel kick at the end of round one was impressive and got the crowd on their feet. We can see that Monteiro will be a force to be reckoned with and Zebian looks ready for a title fight.

Adam Pakiela got taken down by Asylum Fight Team’s Ethan Gomes and then got reversed in round one. This was anybody’s fight. Gomes had great takedowns and had Adam’s back in round one. Adam reversed and was now on top. It was a great fight and Adam Pakiela got the decision.

John Pina scored a devastating KO four seconds into round two against his opponent, Michael Casill. Casill was doing well in round one, but that quick KO by John Pinaa ended the fight.

Renzo Gracie fighter Rohan Dalton got a real tight rear naked choke submission victory over Rafat Kandaker in round one. You had to be there!

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One fight I was really looking forward to was Renzo Figher Takahiro Ishikawa versus Richard Pabon. It was good seeing Joe Sampieri in Takahiro’s corner. Round one ended with Takahiro grounding and pounding. Round two was a back and forth battle with Pabon escaping submission attempts and delivering heavy strikes. Round three, Tak was in side control after taking heavy knees from Pabon. Tak secured a real tight armlock with Pabon executing a brilliant escape. It was a close fight, but according to the judges, Rich Pabon did more damage. From a grappler’s perspective, it looked like Tak should have gotten the decision, but Pabon did do damage and got the W. This fight rocked.

With Max McGarr in his corner, Renzo Warrior Jairo Israel Machuca took on Ronin Athletics fighter Adrian Czmielewski. Adrian was getting takedowns in round one. Round two had Adrian on top and won via ref stoppage due to ground and pound. Machuca will most def be back. YO ADRIAN!

In the Co-Main Event, the 170 lbs title was up for grabs. It was Bernard Cano versus Rob Ovalle. None of the spectators dared blink, because everybody in the house knew war was declared! Bernard Cano, the hometown hero, looked like the welterweight title was his after a devastating back fist that rocked Ovalle early on in round one. Cano kept looking for a guillotine. Ovalle survived the onslaught and started imposing his will on Cano. Round three had a very tired Cano tapping to a beautiful rear naked choke. From the beginning, it looked like Bernard Cano’s fight, but as the saying goes, “It ain’t over ’til its over!” Big congrats to the new Victory Combat Sports champion Rob Ovalle. One thing’s for sure, if you know Bernard Cano, he will be back with a vengeance! Cano deserves props big time and might have burned himself out going for the guillotine in round one.

Asylum Fighter Chris Tiernan took on Jake Skelly of Daddis Fight Team and unfortunately blew out his knee @ the beginning of round 1 and the fight had to be stopped giving Jake the TKO victory.  Not to take anything away from Jake, but Chris was totally dominating the fight.   Both guys showed good sportsmanship  and Chris Tiernan dedicated his fight to his sister in law who died of cancer. Speedy recovery to Chris!

Phil Dunlap fighter Brad Bateman took on NY Combat Sambo’s Hassan Hope. In round one, Hassan had Brad on his back. Round two had Bateman going for a triangle choke submission. Gave round one to Hassan and round two to Bateman and both guys looked gassed after round two. Round three, both guys seemed pretty gassed, especially Bateman. Hassan got the split decision win, what a battle! Big congrats to Hassan and NY Combat Sambo’s Steve Keopfer who was cornering.

Then, it was main event time, a fight everyone was looking forward to. The 155 lbs title was on the line. The bell rang, Yutin Hong versus Marcus Surin. As everyone knows, Marcus Surin is the fighter to watch. With great grappling and great submissions, he didn’t give Yutin Hong any space or any time to breathe and was all over him from the beginning. His superior Jiu-Jitsui gave him the ability to dominate a very game Hong. Surin caught Hong in a beautiful head and arm choke in round three. Congrats to the Champion, Marcus Surin.

The sold out, standing room only crowd got what they wanted: a very impressive fight card with big time action. No lay and pray with great submissions and TKOs.

Kudos to Victory Combat Sports’ CEO Kevin Lillis who said: “This is just the beginning”. If this is an example of the caliber of events that Victory Combat Sports puts on, you better be in Boston at Club Royale on June 20th.

And now before I forget, big congrats to Victory Combat Sports’ vet Patrick Walsh on his recent victory on the Ultimate Fighter.

Victory V took NYC by storm! Can’t wait for Boston! See you at the fights!

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Bones Jones Richie Incognito Glover Teixeira Rampage Patricio Pitbull

by Bruce KiVo

UFC Lightheavyweight Champ, Jonny “Bones”Jones would love his next opponent to be Richie Incognito.

Jones threatens to “smoke” Incognito if he has the opportunity.  According to Sports World News.  Jones wants Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathon Martin to know that he is there for him and in his corner.  Let’s see how tough Incognito really is.  Will he accept the challenge?

Due to injuries suffered in his match with Alexander Gustaffson, Jones vs Teixeira will be postponed till March ‘2014.

Also on the injured is UFC  Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.  He’ll most likely be out for approx 8 months and will undergo knee surgury.

Tonites Bellator:  Rampage Jackson is back.  With his r1,  tko victory over Joey “Mexicutioner” Beltran, Rampage  looked real good.  Although it’s questionable if it was a premature stoppage, Rampage seems psyched to be “back”.

Big props to Team Nogueira Rio standout Patricio Pitbull  for his r1, 2minute  23 second tko of Justin Wilcox in the Bellator tourney on Spike tonite.  According to Team Nog head wrestling coach, Eric Albarracin, aka Cpt Americano, both Pitbull brothers are pretty much unstoppable.  Patricio earned his rematch and title shot against the always dangerous  Bellator World Champ Joe Warren.

Had the opportunity to talk to former UFC standout Charlie Brenneman over at Edge Wrestling.  He was there Monday training with Team Nog Rio’s Patricio Pitbull.  Charlie has won 4 straight since being dropped by the UFC  and hopes to be back in the Octagon asap.

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Fighter News, Ronda, Meisha and Women’s MMA

by Bruce KiVo

Ultimate Fighter season 18…with women training alongside male fighters for the first time and “Rowdy” Ronda

Rousey’s nemesis Meisha “Cupcake” Tate replacing an injured Kat Zingano as coach, this season looks to be off the hook.

16 men and 16 women battled in 2 round elimination bouts to gain entry into the house.  Narrowed down to 8 men

and 8 women, everyone is vying for that six figure UFC contract plus bonuses for best KO, best submission and

best fight.

Veteran Tara LaRosa, once considered the best female fighter in the world lost by unan decision and never made

it into the house.

Meisha gets first pick based on Dana’s coin toss and Ronda gets first fight.  Meisha  chooses one time training

partner Julianna Pena.

Ronda’s first pick is veteran superstar, Shayna “Ace Of Spades” Baszler.

Ronda gets first fight and picks Shayna vs Juliana. From jumpstreet, Shayna and most of the house thought

Julianna had little chance, if any of beating Shayna.

Next the fighters moved into “The House”.  Some fighters got on their swimsuits and jumped into the outdoor jacuzzi.

The following day Tim Gorman discusses his views on women fighters and says morally, he could never go 100

percent vs a female fighter. “They would get hurt”.  Sara Moras and Shayna Baszler don’t appreciate the

disparaging talk and in a fun way Sarah vows to tap out Gorman in practice.

Veteran Shayna tells how her first fights were for a few hundred bucks, were held in warehouses and the sacrifices

over the past decade have paid off.  Women’s MMA is now in the UFC.

Julianna seems a bit concerned about her opponent’s experience advantage, but vows to kick her ass.

At the weigh-in, Shayna slaps an Ace of Spades card on Julianna’s chest followed by an intimidating staredown and

believes she got into Julianna’s head.

Back at the house, extremely charismatic Shayna Baszler was professing that Julianna Pena doesnt even belong in

the same ring with her, was most likely scared and should be taking her seminars and learning.

Round one, Pena comes out swinging and aggressively charging forward pits Baszler against the fence.

Baszler gets the takedown and soon winds up in guard.  Pena goes for an armbar, stands up and “Ace Of Spades”

Baszler puts her back down getting side control.  What a fight!!  Baszler tries for a guillotine, Pena rolls with it,

winds up in Baszler’s half guard dropping hard elbows and punches.  Julianna Pena seems unstoppable.  Veteran

Shayna Baszler gets a single leg takedown and r1 is over.

 

Round 2 starts with Julianna scoring a big right and then a powerful left hook.  Julianna pena is on a mission.

A stunned Shayna secures a clinch and pushes Julianna against the cage. Pena reverse Shayna and begins landing

vicious knees in the clinch.  Julianna takes Shayna down, gets her back and locks in one tight rear naked choke.

At 1:52 of round 2  Shayna taps.   What a fight.  I’m sure Shayna Baszler will be back. She is truly one of the greats

in the women’s division.

As for Julianna Pena…this girl has heart and super skills to back it up.  She may just be the next Ultimate Fighter.

Lookin’ forward to next week’s episode for sure!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cung Le MMA Confidential “Dragon Eyes” Trailer Van Damme Peter Weller UFC 148 Rich Franklin

By Bruce Kivo

New film “Dragon Eyes”, stars  former Strikeforce MW Champ Cung Le, Jean Claude Van Damme and Peter

Weller.  The action takes place in prison and Cung’s acting and fighting rock the house.

The buzz in Hollywood is that Dragon Eyes is the hottest fight movie to hit the screen since Sly Stallone’s

“Rocky”.  Cung fights former UFC LH Champ Rich Franklin in July @ UFC 148 and Dragon Eyes premiers in April.

Is Cung Le the next big action star or what??

Check out the UK trailer for “Dragon Eyes” and see for yourself.

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