For East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania’s Hiller Family collecting autographs is just another day at the office.
The family-owned and operated, MMA Signatures, houses what is quite possibly one of the world’s largest collections of authentic mixed martial artist autographed items and apparel.
A.J. Hiller has been collecting autographs of not only MMA fighters but all athletes for more than 30 years. He has owned and operated several storefronts, currently running the operation out of his home and website mmasignaturesusa.com
Meet Pennsylvania’s newest fight promoter – Jeff Darienzo - Fighter, judge, referee….promoter of ECCM, East Coast Caged Monkey MMA
When you ask the casual mixed martial arts fan when it was that they started watching the sport, most will tell you....”the beginning man. I watched UFC 1 live,” yet they could not tell you who Royce Gracie defeated to win the organization’s first event that November night in Colorado back in 1993.
Jeff Darienzo is actually one those fans who has been there and has done that. How do we know? Because I have been friends with and known Jeff for more than 20 plus years.
It is not often you will find the last name ‘Gracie’ in the losing column when searching an opposing fighter’s win-loss record and it is even more rare to discover a mixed martial artist has beaten two Gracies back to back.
Rich Patisnock, now 6-1, did just that this past weekend at World Series of Fighting 5 at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Gregor Gracie.
Following the biggest win of his career, Richard Patishnock (5-1) of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania’s Chamber MMA, recently signed on to a four-fight agreement with one of the hottest new fight organizations in mixed martial arts, the World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
Patishnock did what many men could not; he made a member of the famed fighting Gracie family verbally submit when he defeated Igor Gracie at WSOF 2 in March. Gracie did not tap due to strikes or submission; however, he chose not to come out from his corner for the start of the second round.
On Saturday, June 8, Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard heads back into action against fellow banger Roger Zapata in the next installment of Reality Fighting at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Conn. This will be Pollard’s 12th professional fight. His record currently sits at 7-4 overall. Pollard is both feared and respected by his fellow mixed martial artists due to his willingness to stand in the pocket and trade with anyone in the welterweight division.
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."
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