August 18, 2012 – Cleveland, Ohio. MMA veterans Jessica Eye and Angela Magano met at this NAAFS event, which also featured pro fights with Isaiah Chapman (2-0) vs. Mike Nesto (4-5), Torrance Taylor (10-7) vs. Tom Waters (4-3), and Benjamin Smith (3-0) vs. Dave Vandevelde. Photos by Mike Wrobel (available for purchase at shootitmma.com).
April 20, Cleveland Ohio – Eddie Alvarez avenged the biggest loss on his career when he pummeled Shinya Aoki into throwing in the towel in their lightweight meeting. Meanwhile, Rick Hawn, Andreas Spang, and Brent Weedman also advanced in their respective tournament bouts. Photos by Mike Wrobel.
April 13, 2012 – Bellator returned to Atlantic City, NJ to crown a new bantamweight champion as Eduardo Dantas submitted Zach Makovsky to usurp the title. Daniel Corey beat Mike Straus to advance in the featherweight tournament, while Luis Nogueira moved ahead in the bantamweight tourney. Also on the card, Lyman Good, Jessica Eye, Marcus Galvao, and others. Photos by Jacob Klensin.
March 30, 2012 – The Bellator welterweight tournament kicked off in Uncasville, CT, when Ben Saunders, Karl Amoussou, Bryan Baker, and David Rickels advanced into the next round with their wins. On the undercard, Dan Cramer and Ryan Quinn won unanimous decisions in their respective bouts, Munah Holland knocked out Marianna Kheyfets, and Andrey Koreshkov defeated Tiawan Howard with a KO of his own. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
Nov. 23, 2011 – Canton Civic Center, Ohio – Aisling Daly defeated Kelly Warren by armbar in the main event of NAAFS' Night of Champions event, which saw multiple title bouts in many divisions. Jessica Eye beat Jennifer Scott and Nick Duell beat William Kuhn by decision. Also in action was Josh Hendricks, William Penn, Tony Castillo Jr., Mark Cherico, Evva Johnson, Isiah Chapman, and many others. Photos by Mike Wrobel.
Nov. 26, 2011 – Bellator closed their fifth season in Atlantic City with a show where the underdogs shone bright. Patricky Pitbull ruined Kurt Pellegrino's return to MMA, sending him back into retirement via a TKO stoppage. Eduardo Dantas won the bantamweight tournament, while neither Eric Prindle or Thiago Santos earned a title shot in the heavyweight division when their bout ended in a no-contest due to an illegal low blow. Marcin Held also upset Phillipe Nover in a close three round battle to start the televised show. Also on the card was Levon Maynard, Lucas Pimenta, Chris Wing, Scott Heckman, and Karl Amoussou . Photos by Cathlin Daley.
Inside the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, Rich “No Love” Clementi submitted Ronnie “Bam bam” Rogers in the second round of the main event of this stacked card via rear naked choke. Also on the card, Matt Sung Lee earned a win by unanimous decision against Taiwan Howard, while Ricardo Georges succumbed to trainer Carlos Neto, who was making his pro debut at this show. Also on the card was Ben Peck, Cody Anderson, Kaline Medeiros, Katie Merrill, and others. Photos by Mark Kosman.
From the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Connecticut, this “Reality Fighting” event saw UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga make his return to MMA, defeating Parker Porter for the RF Heavyweight title. Also on the card, Emil Haddad Johnny McLaughlin knocked out by headkick for the Bantanweight title, while Joe Proctor defeated Matt Bessette for the lightweight title. Other fighters included Dwight Grant, Eric Bedard, and Jason Ward. Photos by Mark Kosman.
Dominick Cruz defended his UFC Bantamweight title against Demetrious Johnson at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. Also on the card, Stefan Struve defeated Pat Barry by triangle choke, and Anthony Johnson defeated Charlie Brenneman with a quick finish. Also on the card was Mac Danzig, TJ Grant, Matt Wiman, Yves Edwards, and many others. Photos by John C. Zielinski.
ON September 30, 2011, at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., Zuffa held their weigh-in's for this Saturday's event, UFC on Versus 6. Headlined by a bantamweight championship match between Dominick Cruz defending his belt against Demetrius Johnson, as well as Pat Barry VS Stefan Struve, Charlie Brenneman VS Anthony Johnson, Matt Wiman VS Mac Danzig and Yves Edwards VS Rafaello Oliveira. Photos by John C. Zielinski.
Jon Jones defended his UFC light-heavyweight title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by submitting him in the fourth round with a rear naked choke. Also on the card, Josh Koscheck knocked out Matt Hughes, Nate Diaz submitted Takanori Gomi, and Mark Hunt zombified Ben Rothwell. Other fighters in this gallery include James Te Huna, Aaron Riley, Tony Ferguson, and Travis Browne. Photos by John Burkard.
For the first time in his Bellator career, Joe Warren not only lost a fight but was finished as Alexis Vila put an exclamation mark on the evening with a 64-second knockout victory over the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” in the main event at Bellator 51 from the Canton Civic Center. Marcos Galvao, Eduardo Dantas and tournament veteran Ed West all advanced in the bantamweight tournament, while Jessica Eye, John Hawk, and Frank Carabello picked up wins as well. Photos by Mike Wrobel.
Sep. 23, 2011 – The fighters for UFC 135 weighed in at The Wells Fargo Center in Denver, Colorado, and made weight with no trouble. Fighters included Jon Jones, Quinton Jackson, Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Takanori Gomi, Nate Diaz, Mark Hunt, Ben Rothwell and many others. Photos by John Burkard.
Atlantic City, NJ was the home of the season-five premiere of Bellator FC on MTV2, which kicked off their welterweight tournament. Luis Santos, Douglas Lima, Chris Lozano and Ben Saunders all advanced to the semi-finals, while JA Dudley, Binky Jones and Giedrius Karavackas also picked up wins at this show. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
September 3, 2011 – Evo FC held their seventh event at the Rahway Rec Center in NJ as three championships were on the line, including a featherweight title unification bout. Fighters in the event included Ben Syers, Caleb Solano, Ariel Solano, Dwayne Holman, Mike Colon, Gladstone Allen, Aldo Equia, Chris Edmund and many others. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
The Bellator summer series featherweight tournament ended in the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, as Pat Curran knocked out Marlon Sandro to earn a huge paycheck and a shot at the featherweight title. Also on the card, Cole Konrad won a majority decision against Paul Buentello, Seth Petruzelli defeated Ricco Rodriguez, and Rene Nazere beat Juan Barrantes. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
Back in the spring of 2011, Lionsgate films held rehearsals with their leading actors in their MMA film “Warrior”. Eric Hibler's Pittsburgh Fight Club was where stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Kurt Angle and the stunt team practiced and shot test footage for the movie. These photos were taken during the first two weeks of fight rehearsals, and shot by John C. Zielinski.
June 26, 2011. UFC on Versus 4 featured several fights that aired live on Facebook, including Joe Lauzon's slick kimura on Curt Warburton, the war between Tyson Griffin and Manny Gamburyan, Joe Stevenson VS Javier Vasquez, and many others. Fighters in this gallery also include Rich Attonito, Charles Oliveira, Nik Lentz, Michael Johnson, and Ricardo Lamas. Photos by John C. Zielinski.
June 26, 2011. In spite of Nate Marquardt being exiled from the main event and the UFC entirely, the show went on! In the main event, Cheick Kongo overcame being knocked out several times against Pat Barry, returning the favor with a huge knockout punch on wobbly knees to end the bout and come out on top. Charlie Brenneman utilized his wrestling to beat Rick Story, while John Howard beat Matt Brown in a hard-fought battle by decision. Matt Mitrione started the night with a vicious knockout over Christian Morecraft. Photos by John C. Zielinski.
June 25, 2011. At the Heinz Field Coca Cola Great Hall in Pittsburgh, all fighters made weight for UFC on Versus 4. Nate Marquardt failed his medicals however, leading to Charlie Brenneman replacing Nate against Rick Story, and Pat Barry VS Chieck Kongo being promoted to the main event. All fighters pictured in gallery. Photos by John C. Zielinski.
May 14, 2011 – Caesar's in Atlantic City, New Jersey was the place for Bellator FC's debut in “The Garden State”. Middleweight champion Hector Lombard added another knockout on his record over Falaniko Vitale, while Michael Chandler beat Patricky Pitbull to become the lightweight tournament champion, and earned a shot at Eddie Alvarez's title. Also on the card was Alexander Schlemenko, Brett Cooper, Sam Oropeza, Giedrius Karavacras, Jamall Johnson, Anthony Leone, Jeff Lentz, and Jay Silva. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
May 30, 2011 – The Stevens Ave. Armory in Portland, Maine was home to CFX 15 (also called CageFC 15). The show was co-promoted with Marcus Davis' Team Irish gym, and saw 11 fights go down, 6 amateur and 5 professional. Fighters included Colby Brown, Ryan Sanders, Mike Filippone, Tony Woodman, Kevin Youngmen, Pat Walsh and others. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
April 16, 2011 – “Vicious” Victor Ortiz lived up to his nickname tonight, upsetting defending WBC Welterweight Champion and previously unbeaten Andre Berto by 12-round decision, headlining the “East-West Showdown” card at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut in a match of the year candidate. Red-hot Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Thomas “The French” Dulorme also stopped veteran Harrison Cuello in sensational fashion in the co-main event. Also on the card was Joseph Elegele, Luis Rosa jr., Deandre Latimore, J'Leon Love, and Sonya Lamonakis.
April 2, 2011. Bellator 39 returned to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, where Eddie Alvarez defended his lightweight championship after five hard rounds against Pat Curran. Rick Hawn edged out Lyman Good to advance in the welterweight tournament, while Patricky “Pitbull” Freire knocked out Toby Imada to advance in the lightweight tournament. Ben Saunders made his Bellator debut a bloody success against Matt Lee. Also on the card was Greg Rebello, Ryan Quinn, and David Jansen. Photos by Cathlin Daley.
March 19, 2011 – Newark, New Jersey. Jon “Bones” Jones dominated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for three rounds, leading to a stoppage to crown a new UFC light heavyweight champion. Urijah Faber also defeated Eddie Wineland in the co-main event after three rounds of action. Other fights in this gallery included Dan Miller VS Nate Marquardt, Jim Miller VS Kamal Shalorus, Mirko Crocop VS Brendan Schaub, Erik Koch VS Raphael Assuncao, Kurt Pellegrino VS Gleison Tibau and Costas Philippou VS Nick Catone.
March 18, Newark, New Jersey. UFC 128 weigh-ins were held at the Prudential Center with all fighters making weight. Jon Jones and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who would meet for the UFC Light heavyweight title, had a non-stare down. All fighters made weight with no problems. Gallery includes Mirko Crocop, Brendan Schaub, Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland, Jim and Dan Miller, Kurt Pellegrino, Ricardo Almeida and Mike Pyle.
Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut. Parker Porter and Alexandre Moreno took home gold at Reality Fighting's first show in 2011, in a night filled with quick finishes and non-stop action. Fighters also on the card included Mike Dexter, Jeff Nader, and Brett Oteri. Photos by Casville “BiggCaZ” Ferguson.
February 12, 2011- East Rutherford, New Jersey. The opening round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament started off with a bang, as Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva defeated Fedor Emelianenko by doctor stoppage before the third round began, giving Fedor his second loss in a row, and third ever. Sergei Kharitonov also advanced with a knockout of Andrei Arlovski. Other fighters included Shane Del Rosario, Chad Griggs, Valentijn Overeem, John Cholish, Igor Gracie, Josh Laberge, Ray Sefo and Gian Villante. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
On February 11, 2011, Strikeforce held their weigh-ins for the opening round of their heavyweight grand prix tournament, which saw all fighters making weight with only one that was forced to cut and another that was allowed to fight thanks to his courteous opponent. Fighters who weighed in included Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Sergei Kharitonov, Ray Sefo, Valentijn Overeem, Gian Villante, Chad Griggs, John Cholish and more. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Dec. 4, 2010 – North Bergen, NJ. Evolution Amateur MMA held another great event in their series, crowning two new champions in a night filled with submissions and three round battles that made you forget these guys were not pros just yet. Fighters included James “Jimbo” Hoffman, Kenneth Rivera, Jared Gordon, Robert Fabrizi, Mark Agnew, Ramy Awad, Greg Quarantello, Tim Fowler and Abdul Beyah. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
November 24, 2010 – Trump Taj Mahal, NJ. DaMMAge Fight League held their debut pro MMA event, headlined by Tara Larosa winning the women's bantamweight title after a five-round battle with Takayo Hashi. Chris Liguori defeated John Salgado in an exciting match and UFC veteran Brandon Lee Hinkle smashed through Kevin Jordan. Also on the card was Binky Jones, Ran Weathers, Rafaello Olveira, Tenyeh Dixon and Jonathan Helwig. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
November 6, 2010 – Evolution Amateur MMA held their championship event in Wayne, New Jersey, which saw three new champions crowned in dramatic fashion. These fighters might not be pros yet, but they fought like them, with two amazing first round knockout's, submissions and three round wars! Fighters included Michael Caulo, Gladstone Allen, Caleb Solano, Generoso Spagnuolo, Ben Syers and Jonathan Pecyna. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
October 23, 2010 – Ring of Combat held their 32nd event at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. John Cholish defeated Rich Moskowitz for the ROC Lightweight title and Munah Holland defeated Kim Couture in a featured bout. Other fighters on the card included George Sheppard, Giedrius Karavackas , Melissa Bopp, Brendan Barrett, Claudio Ledesma, and Constantinos Philloppou. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
October 20, 2010 – Bellator held their 33rd event at the Licouras Center in Philadelphida, PA. This event from season three saw Ben Askren defeat Lyman Good for the welterweight title and Eddie Alvarez defeat Roger Huerta, as well as victories with Rick Hawn and Wilson Reis. Other fighters include Jamal Patterson, Tuan Pham, Kenny Foster, Deividas Taurosevicius, Tim Carpenter, and Luiz Azeredo. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
The first ever Fight Nerd Video Game Open was held at 8 bit & Up gaming at 35 St. Mark's Place on October 16. Entitled “Fall Brawl 2010″, contestants played UFC Undisputed 2010 in a double-elimination tournament to win prizes from Skin Industries, BJJ Lifestyle, Klutch Wear, King of the Cage, M-1 Global, Jakks Pacific, Round 5, Topps and more! After hours of battles, Kevin Wang took first place with Alvin Colon as runner-up. Guests included King of the Cage flyweight champion Jimmie Rivera and 5x UFC middleweight champ and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz, Casville Ferguson, and Iveta Lacane.
October 2, 2010 – Newark, NJ. Louis Turco debuted his new MMA company with an eight-fight card with fighters from Greg Jackson's camp, Team Renzo Gracie, Rhino Fight Team and other major schools. Competitors included Gregor Gracie, Jerome “The SynJrome” Martinez, Eric Bradley, Ran Weathers, Carlos Cline, Daisuke Yamaji, Artur Rofi and others. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
October 2, 2010 – Bellator Fighting Championships held their Philadelphia try-outs at the Daddis Fight Camp, in hopes of finding some new local talent to add to their roster. Many recognizable faces came out as well as many newcomers to compete in grappling and hitting pads, but ultimately, the top pick and winner was Giedrius Karavacras. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
September 18, 2010 – Atlantic City, New Jersey. The final round of the Selection series wrapped up as finalists were decided to move on to the M-1 Challenge series. Fighters who moved on included Tom Gallicchio, Kenny Garner, Jose Figueroa, Byron Byrd and Tyson Jeffries. Other fighters included Mike Guerin, Pat Bennett, Len Bentley, and Luigi Fiorivanti. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
September 17, 2010 – Mohegan Sun, CT. KOTC made their first show on the East Coast in over a decade, headlined by Jimmie Rivera defeating Abel Cullum in a five round war for the KOTC Flyweight title. Also competing was Noah Wiseman VS Sean Wilmot, Myles Jurey, Sam Oropeza, Jesus Martinez, and Donald Sanchez. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, NJ – The third installment of the M-1 selection series saw knockouts, submissions and wars fought with fighters like Tom Gallicchio, Aaron Meisner, Pat Bennett, Medhi Hassan, Tyson Jeffries, Kenny Garner, Shane Primm, Mike Guerin and more. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
July 10, 2010 – Sayreville, NJ at the Club Abyss was home to the third installment of EVO AMMA. 14 fights went down including two amateur title fights, with such fighters as Ariel Solano, Billy Dee Williams, Kenneth Rivera, Hugh McKenna, Richard Delgado, Fernando Carral, and many more. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
M-1 returned to Bally's in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for their second show to determine the fighters who would be on the American M-1 team in the global tournament. The event was filled with knockouts, submissions and bloodstains on the mat. Featured on the card was Tom Gallichio, Joshua Key, Shane Primm, Wesley Welch, Medi Hassan, Pat Bennet, Matt Hopkins, Aaron Meisner, Robert Rodriguez and more. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Worcester, MA. set the stage for Moosin's American debut as Tim Sylvia defeated Mariusz Pudzianowski in the second round to cap off a great night of fights also featuring Roxanne Modafferi, Tara Larosa, Travis Wiuff, Yves Edwards, Mike Campbell, Matt Lee, Lukasz Jurkowski, Forrest Petz, Travis Lutter, Rafael Natal and more. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Moosin held weigh-ins for their debut in America at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. All fighters made weight, including Tim Sylvia, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Roxanne Modafferi, Tara Larosa, Travis Wiuff, Mike Campbell, Travis Lutter, Yves Edwards, Lucas Jurkowski, Matt Lee and many others. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Battle on The Intrepid – May 13, 2010 – “Beat the Streets” held a wrestling fundraiser event on the flight deck of The USS Intrepid in Manhattan, NY, with some great matches with high ranking and Olympic level athletes. Wrestlers participating included Ben Askren, Spenser Mango, Ellis COleman, Kelsey Campbell, Leigh Jaynes, Jorge Jimenez, Andre Antoine, Brent Metcalf and Kyle Dake. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
Bellator 15, April 22, 2010 – The second season of Bellator FC continued in Uncasville, CT as the Welterweight and Featherweight quarter finals culminated, as well as some local stars getting their time to shine. Included in the gallery is Dan Hornbuckle, Ryan Thomas, Brett Cooper, David Branch, Jacob McClintock, Patricio Pitbull and Matt Sung Lee. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
From Bally's in Atlantic City, New Jersey. M-1 Global held their first show on US soil in the history of their company to choose the American team for their upcoming worldwide tournament. Pictured in the gallery is Lennox Chance, Renato Migliaccio, Pat Audinwood, George Sheppard, John Salgado, Dennis Bermudez, Zach Makovsky and many other fighters from the Mid-Atlantic. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
The debut show of the Urban Conflict Championships from the National Guard Armory in Newark, New Jersey. Included in this gallery is Jimmie Rivera, David Branch, Lamont Lister, Ryan Contaldi, Hitalo Machado, Matt Troyer, Doug Miller and many other East Coast fighters. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
From Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Undefeated Devon Alexander “The Great” stunned Juan “Iron Twins” Urango with two knockdowns in the eighth round that led to a spectacular technical knockout win. Alexander took Urango's IBF title at 140 pounds and added it to his WBC super lightweight championship. Also pictured is Derric Rossy VS Zack Page and Harrison Cuello VS Steve Forbes. Plus Don King's hair. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
June 12, 2009 – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut. The first Bellator Tournament begins to wrap up as Lyman Good takes the welterweight title home. Other fighters included Jimmie Rivera, Uriah Hall, Edwin Aguilar, Igor Gracie, Nick Pace, Omar De La Cruz and Justin Torrey. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
4-11-08 – From Atlantic City, New Jersey. The infamous YAMMA Pit Fighting event, which included the eight-man heavyweight tournament won by Travis Wiuff, with contenders including Ricco Rodriquez, Chris Tuchscherer and Olexey Oleinik. Two super fights included Oleg Taktarov vs Mark Kerr and Butterbean vs Pat Smith. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
May 30, 2008 – Elite XC makes their NBC debut at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. 12 fights, highlighted by Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson, Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith and Gina Carano vs Kaitlin Young. Also on the card were Phil Baroni, Joey Villasenor, Brett Rogers, Chris Liguori, and Nick Serra. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
9-23-08 – Held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. This was the final round of their middleweight grand prix which saw Gerard Mousasi win after defeating Jacare and Melvin Manheof. Also on the card were Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic, Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov, Hideo Tokoro and Minowaman. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
7-19-08 -Fedor Emelianeko destroyed Tim Sylvia in 36 seconds to win the WAMMA heavyweight title at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It also saw Josh Barnett avenge his loss to Pedro Rizzo, as well as bouts with Matt Lindland, Renato Sobral, Vitor Belfort, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.
From the Izod Center in New Jersey, another solid IFL event with Vladimir Matyushenk defending his belt against Jamal Patterson. Also on the stacked card included Bart Palaszewski, Chris Horodecki, Jim Miller, Wagnney Fabiano, Jay Hieron, and Mike Ciesnolevicz. Photos by Matthew Kaplowitz.