Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative (NYMMAI) Fundraiser to Support Self-Defense Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative (NYMMAI) Fundraiser to Support Self-Defense Programs for Youth in East Harlem Set for October 29


NEW YORK, NY - October 25, 2011 - The New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative (NYMMAI) is pleased to announce that its annual fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 7 PM to 12 AM in midtown Manhattan in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The fundraiser will support the NYMMAI’s community outreach effort, which currently includes a beneficial after school self-defense program for public high school students in East Harlem.

Attendees of the NYMMAI fundraising event will have the unique opportunity to meet key players in the mixed martial arts industry and local professional MMA fighters such as Ryan LaFlare and “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show contestant Dennis Bermudez. All proceeds will benefit the NYMMAI, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

According to NYMMAI founder, Justin Klein, “We are now in year two of our support for what has become an incredible and very effective after school self-defense program for high school students in East Harlem.”

Klein went on to say, “The program has effectively served as an anti-violence and emotional support group for the students who participate. Our hope is that we can continue to support even more programs throughout the city that contribute to the students’ overall confidence, safety and well-being.”

During the fundraiser the UFC 137 Pay-Per-View will be shown live, food and beverages will be served, and there will also be a private screening of the feature documentary film, “New York Mixed Martial Arts.” Attendees will be presented with gift bags featuring items from various NYMMAI supporters and sponsors.

The NYMMAI fundraising event will coincide with a charity auction on Charity Buzz, an additional effort to raise funds to support NYMMAI’s free after school programs and youth outreach.

*Below are just a few of the highly sought after items that will be auctioned off during the NYMMAI Charity Buzz auction:

• Two ringside tickets to the WWE “Survivor Series” event at Madison Square Garden. For the first time in 8 years “The Rock” will be joining John Cena and many other WWE Superstars, as he makes his return!

• MMA gloves signed by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Ryan Bader

• MMA gloves signed by Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Dan Miller, Antonio Rogerio Noguera, and Diego Sanchez

• Lunch in California with Frank “The Legend” Shamrock. Shamrock is a legendary mixed martial arts fighter and popular MMA color commentator on CBS, Showtime, and ESPN2 and actively supports anti-bully initiatives such as the NYMMAI program.

• A three night all-inclusive stay for two at Sol Melia’s Paradisus at the Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic.

• MMA gloves signed by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez

• MMA gloves signed by Fedor Emeliananko

• Fight shorts signed by Daniel Cormier

• MMA Elite shirt signed by UFC Veteran Mark Coleman

*To participate in the Charity Buzz auction, please go to www.charitybuzz.com/support/nymmai.

Supporters are encouraged to join the ‘New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative’ on October 29, 2011 from 7 PM to 12 AM in mid-town Manhattan for their annual fundraising event. MMA enthusiasts can watch the fights and mingle with NYMMAI special guests, all while supporting a great cause!

Tickets to attend this exclusive fundraising event are $100 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please email info@newyorkmma.org for additional information or to purchase tickets. To learn more about the NYMMAI and the programs that they support, please visit http://www.newyorkmma.org/.

About the New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative:

NYMMAI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to preventing bullying, gang participation and domestic violence by providing and supporting community and character-building programs for inner city youth. Currently, NYMMAI is supporting an after school self-defense program for public high school students in East Harlem. For more information on NYMMAI, please log on to www.newyorkmma.org.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Philadelphia v. New York" Muay Thai in Atlantic City this Weekend

Here is the press release for the full rules professional and amateur muay thai fights this weekend down in Atlantic City that I will be attending. 

The last event at the Beacon in the city was excellent and this event should be no different. 

NEWS RELEASE


“Philadelphia versus New York”

Justin Greskiewicz vs. Eddie Martinez Main Event

To Headline “Battle At Bally’s” Muay Thai Kickboxing Event in Atlantic City

Saturday, October 22 at Bally’s Grand Ballroom

New York, NY (October 19, 2011) – TaKe On Productions, New York’s premiere Muay Thai promotion, and MSG Sports announced today that the “Battle at Bally’s” Muay Thai Kickboxing event will be headlined by a new Main Event featuring Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz versus Eddie “The Knockout Artist” Martinez on Saturday night at Bally’s Grand Ballroom.

This full rules professional and amateur Muay Thai event live from the Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City is being sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, and will feature an explosive fight card including the best professional and amateur Muay Thai fighters, competing under full Thai rules which allow for forceful knee and elbow strikes.

Tickets are available via: www.thegarden.com , all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, and at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Special event VIP packages will also be available via www.TakeOnProductions.com, along with fighter information, and other exciting content. “Battle at Bally’s” is being produced by TaKe On Productions in association with MSG Sports.

Headlining this Saturday’s “Battle at Bally’s” Muay Thai Kick Boxing event will be Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz (14-9, Cool Hearts Muay Thai, Philadelphia) vs. Eddie “The Knockout Artist” Martinez (28-4, 1-0-2, 19 KO’s, 5 Points Academy, New York). Greskiewicz has fought all of the top North American Muay Thai fighters including Kevin Ross and Omar Ahmed now looks to take down Martinez who fought to a draw with main event participant Turan Hasanov on the “Battle at the Beacon” card.
Other featured bouts on the card include:

• Nick Vaughan (12-1, The Wat) vs. Jessie Cronier (8-3, Sudbury Muay Thai) – Vaughn trains under legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Phil Nurse, and recently won the WKA 165 lbs North American Title. Cronier hails from combat sports crazed Ontario, Canada, and has trained under Muay Thai legend Coban "The Cruncher" Lookchaomaesaitong.

• Jay Matias (12-5, Sitan Gym NYC) vs. Jake Mainini (12-1, Boston Muay Thai) – Matias trains under World Champion Muay Thai coach Aziz Nabih, and is one of the country’s top 5 amateur fighters. He is the WKA North American light weight champion, and will be making his professional debut. Mainini, who holds an outstanding 12-1 record, went to Thailand to train for his extremely tough opponent.

This exciting event will also showcase top female Muay Thai talent, including Prairie Rugilio from Girl Fight MMA, Wat Sriboonbang from the revered Church Street Boxing Gym, and Molli Barg representing Cool Hearts Muay Thai.

Full bout sheet is listed below, subject to change. Media is invited to attend the fighter weigh-ins on Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm, in the Bally Room located on the 6th floor of Bally’s Casino (adjacent to Bally’s Grand Ballroom).

The “Battle at Bally’s” event will also be streamed live via internet PPV provider GoFightLive (GFL.tv) at a cost of $14.99.

Red Corner WEIGHT Blue Corner WEIGHT

1 A 3X2 Kerry Boughton (0-0) 155lbs Andrilo Suarez (0-0) 155lbs

Black & Blue MMA NY American Killer Bees

Result:

2 A 3X2 Rich Brattole (5-2) 152lbs Tim Scmeier (4-2) 152lbs

Weapons 9/Strategic Combat Sitan Gym NY

Result:

3 A 3X2 Heath Walton (2-0) 175lbs Vs. Flavio Brito (2w-2L-1D) 175lbs

The Wat Boston Muay Thai

Result:

4 A 3X2 Caitlyn Dempsey (0-0) 162lbs Vs. Christina Rodriguez (1-0) 162lbs

Impact Martial Arts Girl Fight MMA NJ

Result:

5 A 3X2 Ramon Maldonado (1-1) 185lbs Vs. Tim Sylver (2-1) 185lbs

Performance Muay Thai Daddis Fight Camp

Result:

6 A 3X2 Molli Barg (0-1) 120lbs Vs. Watt Sriboonruang (0-2) 120lbs

Cool Hearts Muay Thai Church St Boxing NY

Result:

FULL THAI RULES FULL THAI RULES

7 A 5X2 Chris Mauceri (4-2) 150lbs Vs. Omar Estevez (4-2) 150lbs

Black & Blue MMA Sitan Gym NY

Result:

8 A 3X2 Andre Miller (1-0) 155lbs Vs. Anthony Bryson (0-0) 155lbs

Performance Muay Thai Choice Martial Arts

Result:

9 A 3X2 Tianna Uman (1-2) 123lbs Vs. Prairie Rugilo (2-1) 123lbs

The Wat Girl Fight MMA

Result:

10 A 3X2 Casey Von Brookhaven (1-0) 185lbs Vs Ariel Abreu (1-1) 185lbs

Performance Muay Thai Camp Undefeated

Result:

11 A 3X2 Ruben Lopez (3-1) 140lbs Vs. Anthony Santiago (2-0) 140lbs

The Wat Weapons 9/Strategic Combat

Result:

FULL THAI RULES FULL THAI RULES

12 P 5X3 Jake Mainini (0-0) Pro Debut 135lbs Vs. Jay Matias (0-0) Pro Debut 135lbs

Boston Muay Thai Sitan Gym NY

Result:

FULL THAI RULES FULL THAI RULES

13 A 5X2 Nick Vaughan (12-1) 165lbs Jessie Cronier (8-3) 165lbs

The Wat Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Result:

FULL THAI RULES FULL THAI RULES

14 P 5X3 Justin Greskiewicz (14-9) 147lbs Eddie Martinez (1w-0L-2D) 147lbs

Cool Hearts Muay Thai Sitan Gym NY


About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis, as well as MSG Action Sports, an action sports and lifestyle division. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.



About TaKe On Productions

TaKe On Productions came onto the fight scene in 2009, and rapidly became the top Muay Thai fight promotion company in New York. TaKe On has brought fight fans many exciting Professional and Amateur Thai boxing events, including the legendary Battle at the Beacon, and the $10K Pro Tournament where 8 Pro fighters competed in a one night to take home the title and the prize. Take On events always showcase the best local, national and international talent, from up and coming prospects to seasoned veterans of the sport. For more information, visit www.TaKeOnProductions.com



About Bally’s Atlantic City:

At Bally’s Atlantic City, guests can choose their experience from three casinos: Bally's, the Wild Wild West Casino and Claridge Casino. With multiple dining destinations, four hotel towers, an unrivaled hotel spa, an acclaimed beach bar, big name entertainment and championship boxing and MMA fights, Bally’s certainly defines being in The Center Of The Action. Bally’s is located at the famed address of Boardwalk and Park Place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 609-340-2000 or visit www.ballysac.com.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

UFC 136 Predictions

My UFC 136 predictions via Tapology:

My UFC 136 Predictions

Think there are some really interesting fights tonight.  Could see Edgar Maynard, Sonnen Stann and Aldo Florian going either way.

Fight Lawyer

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Full Rules Muay Thai In Atlantic City



Looking forward to heading down to Atlantic City to check out these muay thai fights being presented in association with my friends at MSG.
FULL RULES MUAY THAI KICKBOXING COMES TO ATLANTIC CITY

“BATTLE AT BALLY’S” SET FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

AT BALLY’S GRAND BALLROOM



Tickets Go On Sale Friday, September 30, 2011



New York, NY (September 29, 2011) – TaKe On Productions, New York’s premiere Muay Thai promotion, and MSG Sports announced today “Battle at Bally’s”, a full rules professional and amateur Muay Thai event live from the Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City on Saturday, October 22. Sanctioned by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, this event will feature an explosive fight card including the best professional and amateur Muay Thai fighters, competing under full Thai rules which allow for forceful knee and elbow strikes.



Tickets go on sale Friday, September 30, and start at just $50. Tickets will be available via: www.thegarden.com , all Ticketmaster locations, the Bally’s box office, and at Muay Thai and MMA gyms throughout NY, NJ, and PA. Special event VIP packages will also be available via www.TakeOnProductions.com, along with the full fight card, fighter information, and other exciting content. “Battle at Bally’s” will be produced by TaKe On Productions in association with MSG Sports.



“Following eleven sell-outs in Queens, and a truly history-making event at the iconic Beacon Theatre, we are thrilled to partner with MSG Sports to bring the internationally acclaimed martial art of Muay Thai kickboxing to the Bally’s Grand Ballroom. This is another huge milestone for TaKe On Productions and our athletes,” said company CEO Mike Gasparski.



“With Mixed Martial Arts not sanctioned yet in New York, combat sports fans in this area have flocked to Muay Thai kickboxing. To fans that prefer stand up battles, Thai boxing is even more exciting,” added company President Eddie Cuello.



"After an exhilarating and successful event at the Beacon Theatre in July, Bally's in Atlantic City seems like the perfect extension and location for our next Muay Thai kickboxing event in partnership with TaKe On Productions," said Scott O'Neil, president, MSG Sports.



“As Atlantic City’s destination for boxing and mixed martial arts, the partnership with TaKe On Productions and MSG to bring Muay Thai to Atlantic City is a natural fit,” said Daniel Brockdorf, Regional Vice President of Database Marketing at Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “Bringing another form of entertainment to Bally’s ensures that we remain the center of the action in Atlantic City.”



Featured bouts for this thrilling twelve bout card include:



• Sean Hinds (16-5, Mushin MMA) vs. James Martinez (21-8) – Hinds trains at Mushin gym alongside UFC Fighters Georges St-Pierre and John Cholish, and pro MMA fighter Erik Owings. Martinez is a K-1 veteran, and also competed on “The Contender: Muay Thai”.



• Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz (14-9, Cool Hearts Muay Thai) vs. Eddie “The Knockout Artist” Martinez (28-4, 1-0-2, 19 KO’s, 5 Points Academy) - Greskiewicz has fought all of the top North American Muay Thai fighters including Kevin Ross and Omar Ahmed. Martinez fought to a draw with Turan “The Tornado” Hasanov on TaKe On’s recent “Battle at the Beacon” card.



• Nick Vaughan (12-1,The Wat) vs. Chase Walden (13-2, Hybrid Training Center) – Vaughn trains under legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Phil Nurse, and recently won the WKA 165 lbs North American Title. Walden hails from Virginia Beach, VA, and holds an impressive 13-2 record.



• Jay Matias (12-5, Sitan Gym NYC) vs. Jake Mainini (12-1,Boston Muay Thai) – Matias trains under World Champion Muay Thai coach Aziz Nabih, and is one of the country’s top 5 amateur fighters. He is the WKA North American light weight champion, and will be making his professional debut. Mainini, who holds an outstanding 12-1 record, went to Thailand to train for his extremely tough opponent.



This exciting event will also showcase top female Muay Thai talent, including Prairie Rugilio from Girl Fight MMA, Wat Sriboonbang from the revered Church Street Boxing Gym, and Molli Barg representing Cool Hearts Muay Thai.



The “Battle at Bally’s” event will also be streamed live via internet PPV provider GoFightLive (GFL.tv) at a cost of $14.99.



The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis, as well as MSG Action Sports, an action sports and lifestyle division. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG's diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.