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  • CES MMA's VP Jimmy Burchfield Jr and Matchmaker Pat Sullivan Discuss Friday's Event and More

    On Friday, December 7th, Classic Entertainment Sports will present the next installment of what has become one of the Northeast's most anticipated happenings and successful promotional events. This one is set to feature Pawtucket's Keith "Sonic Boom" Jeffery and Chuck "Cold Steel" O'Neil in a welterweight bout for the northeast ages. I had a chance to pick the brains of both Vice President Jimmy Burchfield Jr. and CES Match Maker Pat Sullivan about a range of topics that touched on women's MMA, the last card, and Friday Night at Twin River Casino. Both Jimmy and Pat are card holders to a very tight knit group that makes sure the CES brand is operati...
  • Valley Fight Series VII Invades Sands Casino Event Center

    Fighters are looking to drop bombs come this Friday, Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7 when the Valley Fight Series brings their seventh star-studded card to the Event Center at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The card is headlined by Bellator Fighting Championships veterans and local MMA standout, Scott "the Animal" Heckman (12-3) vs. Ralph Acosta (10-6). Heckman is moving down to bantamweight even after riding a four-fight win streak at 145. In the evening's co-main event, Ricky Nuno (4-1) and Brad Mountain (1-2) will do battle at 170 pounds. The fight card is also scheduled to provide fans with 11 amateur bouts to watch, headlined by undefeated Adam Atiyeh (5-0) and ...
  • Charlie Brenneman and Wife Enter Wedding Video into Contest

    It is not very often a professional mixed martial artist reaches out to his fan base and asks for a helping hand, but that is exactly what the Spaniard is doing. This time, however, the fight is not inside of a cage. It's a battle between 10 couples to see just who has the best wedding film of 2012. Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman, 31, and his wife Amanda were married in May of this year at the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Hollidaysburg, PA followed by a reception at the Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken.
  • Sam Alvey's TUF Blog: Mike Ricci and Jon Manley Earn Victories

    Hello again to everyone that reads these wonderfully written, behind the Ultimate Fighter scenes exclusives with me Smile'N Sam Alvey. This week's episode led off with the two nicest guys in the house squaring off in the octagon Jon Manly and Joe Rivera. Let me tell you, both of these guys really didn't want to fight each other. Jon had a ton of respect for Joey, and Joey knew how good Jon's ground game was, and this led to a fight that Dana was not to impressed with but Jon did pull out the win and will be moving onto the semi finals. The build up for the fight between the Canadians was a little bigger and the fight a little faster paced. Hill and Ricci were "budd...
  • Scott “The Animal” Heckman at Toys for Tots Event this Saturday

    One of the northeastern Pennsylvania's brightest young mixed martial arts stars, Scott "The Animal" Heckman will be kicking off the holiday spirit this weekend at a Marine Corps Toys for Tots event at Reagle Dodge in Bangor. Heckman (12-3) will be at the car dealership's third annual Toys for Tots kickoff event from 1 – 3 p.m and will be joined by the jolliest of all, Santa Claus himself who will arrive via helicopter. Anyone who brings a brand new unwrapped toy will automatically be entered to win a 2013 Dodge Dart. The Marine Corps Bulldog mascot will be escorted to the event by the Plainfield Township Fire Department.
  • Will XFC 21 Main Event Title Fight Pitting Nick Newell vs. Eric Reynolds Be a Fight of the Year Candidate?

    XFC 21: Night of Champions II is set to be the promotion's biggest event of the year and will feature a lightweight championship main event between Nick Newell and Eric Reynolds. Both fighters have put together three straight wins in the XFC cage and are now headed to Nashville, Tennessee for the biggest fights of their careers live on AXStv. Newell entered the XFC cage for the first time in late 2011, after attending the XFC Open Fighter Tryouts. He took the MMA word by storm with an ankle lock submission in the early minutes of the first round over Denis Hernandez. The St. Pete Times Forum erupted with applause as Newell put a storybook ending to his Tribute fight, in honor of Abi Me...
  • Happy Thanksgiving from US Combat Sports

    Food, family, and football – is there anything better than Thanksgiving? Well, maybe an Anderson Silva versus Jon Jones superfight, but we'll save that for another day. US Combat Sports would like to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. Over the years, your support has been overwhelming and all of us here at USCS wholeheartedly thank you for making us your number one source for local combative sports news. Now go enjoy some turkey.
  • Autism Awareness Inspires New Jersey's Tom DeBlass to Mentor at Grapplers Quest

    Last year Grapplers Quest partnered with AutismRadio.org, to create the "Grappling Autism Charity Seminar Series" in order to help raise funds for Autism Awareness. Grapplers Quest gives proceeds to AutismRadio, a non-profit (501c3) charitable organization who developed the first Autism Family Support, Diet, and Treatment Radio Network, a program that help families cope with the challenges of Autism. Recently retired UFC middleweight fighter Tom DeBlass is one of the fighter's stepping up to support the cause. DeBlass went to Facebook today to show his support:
  • Who Will Land the First Punch When Bellator Hits Spike?

    When was the last time you as a fan got to actually pick and choose a fight card lineup? Probably never, but now you can. Bellator Fighting Championships, the fast rising competitor to the UFC, will make the switch to the television network Spike in January. Spike, the former home of the UFC, started showcasing one behind the scenes in-depth looks at four different welterweight fighters each Thursday evening in November starting November 8.
  • Decorated Amateur Wrestler Shawn Bunch to Make MMA Debut Against Chad Coon at Bellator 82

    Former Olympic hopeful Shawn Bunch came up a match short of representing the United States of America in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Bunch transitioned from being purely a World competitive amateur Freestyle wrestler to a professional Mixed Martial Artist. Bunch nick named "Bunch the Great", signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championship in June of 2012. The young career of Bunch began when Bellator Fighting Championship CEO Bjorn Rebney took a leap of faith on the former Edinboro University NCAA runner-up and 3-time All-American. "The best way to describe Shawn is just explosive and dynamic," fellow wrestler turned mixed martial artist Ben Askren said...

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