Pat “The Punisher” Russo, 33, is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a former police officer in Plainfield, N.J., now a Pennsylvania state trooper and a professional mixed martial artist.
The former Military Police Officer, now a resident of Allentown, PA has been serving on the Pennsylvania state police out of the Belfast for eight years. The hours of his work schedule may vary from time to time, however they follow a pattern of 10 consecutive days on with four days off.
“If I’m not in a patrol car, I’m in the gym” Russo said.
During an exclusive interview with USCS reporter Eric Kowal talks to Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis, one of the most exciting fighters to ever fight inside the Octagon.
The respected veteran talks about his gym Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy, cutting weight to the point of near death, and how a misunderstanding of words led to a new beef with British fighter Paul Daley.
"The Irish Hand Grenade" also discusses his bad blood with Dan Hardy, interest in another season of the Ultimate Fighter the Comeback, and the outcome of the rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
In the second part of the interview with Marco Alvan I got more of an insight into how humble Team Links’s head coach truly is. We get a little bit more of an understanding of how he came to the state of Massachusetts and how important the people around him are, I hope the final segment of this interview gives you a better understanding for Marco and the people he has chosen to surround himself with.
Marco Alvan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt as well as head coach of Team Link in Ludlow, Massachusetts which just opened a new location. Alvan has won countless black belt tournaments as well as open weight class tournaments under IBJJF rules.
Alvan also coaches a group of "Elite Athletes" which includes UFC Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga, UFC Welterweight Veteran Ricardo Funch and now UFC Fighter and TUF Alumni Jon Manley.
UFC Fit Magazine recently crowned Alvan the top grappling specialist over all his peers, and it is with great honor that I was able to speak with Marco Alvan. Don't miss this informative interview.
Known as "The Valley's Real Rock Station," WWYY 107.1 The Bone is one of the most highly listened to stations in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos and western New Jersey. On any given day listeners can find a variety of classic rock, hard rock, alternative, and metal music along with radio personalities Gina Crash and Scotty Brilliant.
Brilliant, a lifelong fan of mixed martial arts and student of the sport has been featured in local newspapers such as the Express Times and on the cover of Exposed. The stories revolve around the fast rise of MMA in the Valley and the intense training routine young fighters must go through to make it to the big time.
The outgoing and comical Brilliant took time out of his busy schedule to respond to some questions during an exclusive email interview with U.S. Combat Sports. Before we begin, Brilliant wanted to announce the following:"As Joe Rogan would say "And Hereeeee Weeeee Gooooo". These answers are not sponsored by Bud Light."
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 operating like a well-oiled machine. The Burchfield family and Classic Entertainment & Sports treats their fighters very well, but they also hold them to a "gold standard" which is something that became incredibly evident while speaking with Jimmy Jr. and Pat Sullivan.
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 of Bunch, according to MMA junkie. "I've traveled the world with Shawn competing together in wrestling competitions, and know what kind of competitor he is. He'll make an incredible addition to the Bellator family, and I'm excited to see what he brings to the cage."
The front line is the center of a conflict or struggle between two parties. In the art of combat it all comes down to whose techniques and determination is strong enough to withstand the brunt.
Whether the goal be championship gold or Olympic prestige, a Fighter's Heart takes him through an ordeal because in his mind there is something desirable at the end of the tunnel.
A fighter's heart can sometimes be built from prior events, which evidently aids in their current and future career pursuits. Case in point, active serviceman SSG Colton Smith has been constructed through suffering, maturity, and divine will.
When analyzing the word "Instructor" one distinct trait comes to mind: responsibility. Carrying out this important role gives on the opportunity to pass their knowledge in hopes of helping others and continuing their legacy.
With a nine-year stretch as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Jay Hayes has come a long way in his jiu-jitsu journey. Through his vast experiences and guided mentorship these attributes has helped Hayes in his conversation as an educator to others allowing him to build his highly successful NJ United academy.
In this interview we get an in-depth look inside the mind of the BJJ Black belt as he reveals his travels and thoughts on being an instructor.
Leg Lock techniques have become a very popular trend that has elevated the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling. Many great competitors have formulated their own strategic approach concerning this sector of the grappling game.
Offering his take on the subject Black Diamond MMA instructor and BJJ brown belt Dan Faggella has created his own fundamental learning system for anyone aspiring to master the concept of leg locks.
With the release of his new DVD "Leg Locks of Doom" Dan's remarkable translation on the topic gives all viewers a vivid perception of the hierarchy of constructing a leg lock game. Explaining the full background on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of development of this great DVD.
Explaining the benefit and details on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of the concepts and development of this great DVD.
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