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  • UFC 130 Bout Preview: Rafaello Oliveira vs Gleison Tibau

    Earlier this month, the UFC announced that they would be resigning number one ranked Mid-Atlantic featherweight Rafeallo Oliveira to move back up to his original spot on the scale at 155 pounds and face Gleison Tibau at UFC 130 this Saturday. The AMA exponent, who has had dual citizenship between his native Brazil and the Mid-Atlantic regional circuit since his original dismissal from the UFC, will be coming in as a massive +270 underdog against Tibau. The consummate homers of the New York/New Jersey area pulling for Oliveira, aside, there is a reason why Vegas doesn't lose money in the long run. Oliveira will be coming back to the big show after bouncing between 145 and 155 against on...
  • Fight Night in the Cage II Card Breakdown

    This Saturday, Fight Night in the Cage returns to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for its second installment. The mixed professional and amateur MMA card will be hosted by the Lancaster Host Resort and marks the first event by Champ Hall Productions since September of 2010. Below is a breakdown of some key bouts on the card: Brandon Sailing vs Chase Owens- Headlinging the card will be Ohio middleweight Brandon Sailing against the recently inducted professional Chase Owens. Sailing has appeared unstoppable in his last three fights, with back to back dramatic finishes, each just a month apart and another fight scheduled for the middle of June at Ring of Combat. Owens will not only be facing the young...
  • CFFC 8- Seek and Destroy Card Breakdown

    This Friday at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, professional MMA promotion CFFC will hold its eighth iteration titled Seek and Destroy. Headlining the card will be local journeyman Douglas Gordan against undefeated prospect from Arizona, Joey "Boom Boom" Rivera. Below is a breakdown of some key bouts of the evening. Douglas Gordan versus Joey Rivera- The bout between Gordon and Rivera could be an upsetting one to the Mid-Atlantic homers in the audience. Gordan, a Delaware native, does come in with a significant experience advantage, having 20 professional bouts to Rivera's three. Gordon ha fought more or less all the top flight competition in the reg...
  • Bellator 44 Card Breakdown

    This Saturday, May 14th at Caesar's Hotel and Casino, tournament-style MMA promotion Bellator will make its debut appearance in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Bellator 44 card will be headlined by a non-title affair between middleweight champion Hector Lombard and Falaniko Vitale, as well as a lightweight tournament final pitting the larger of the pitbull brothers, Patricky Freire, against Michael Chandler for a shot at Eddie Alvarez's title. Below is a breakdown of the main card of the evening: Hector Lombard versus Falaniko Vitale- Bellator is famous for giving its champions safe bouts between taking on tournament winners in order to keep them active and in the public eye. And ...
  • Movie Review: New York Mixed Martial Arts

    New York Mixed Martial Arts is the feature length debut of documentarian Kahleem Poole-Tejada about the political struggle to sanction the young combat sport in the Empire State. The film, set to debut on the opening of the Bronx Week Film Festival on May 16, is characterized by many daring choices from the director that will strongly resonate with large portions of the audience but may risk alienating those that were expecting a more conventional documentary. New York Mixed Martial Arts is produced by Stephen Koepfer, founder of the Coalition to Legalize MMA in New York, and has a specific agenda of promoting the sanctioning of the sport as related bills approach a vote in the State Legi...
  • Carano's Return a Detriment to Women's MMA

    This Saturday, among the many spectacles of the UFC 129 Pay Per View was one sight that most die-hard MMA fans probably still aren't used to: an advertisement for a Strikeforce card on a UFC broadcast. Since acquiring their leading competitor, Zuffa Entertainment has began taking steps to push the Strikeforce brand onto the main stream with minimal changes to the actual product. One particular bit of business as usual that stuck out in the Strikeforce ad was the announcement that the card would be co-headlined by "the return of Gina Carano" to mixed martial arts after starring in the Lions Gate film, Haywire. At least as far as the organization's female divisions are con...
  • UFC 129 Mid-Atlantic Pick 'Em

    This Saturday, Ontario, Canada will host the UFC 129 event headlined by welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defending his title against challenger Jake Shields. Below are the Mid-Atlantic staff picks for for the main card of the event: Georges St. Pierre versus Jake Shields- Las Vegas shows very little faith in the challenger, putting Shields down as a +325 underdog with an over-under on the bout lasting three and a half rounds. Shields is set to beat the spread and not much else. While an aggressive wrestler and fantastic submission artist, Shields' only asset in the striking game is his chin. St. Pierre has shown himself to be more than capable of using his quick movement and o...
  • Matrix Fights IV Card Breakdown

    Matrix Fights makes its first stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Friday, April 22 for the promotion's fourth installment. The card features a number of Mid-Atlantic top prospects including undefeated phenom Christopher Wing and Albert Alvarez, little brother to Philly's favorite MMA son and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Below is a breakdown of some key bouts on the card. Christopher Wing versus Jesus Martinez- Chris "Redline" Wing has already made a huge splash on the regional circuit for an untested young buck with only two professional fights to his name. It's easy to dismiss the notoriety that Wing has gotten in such a short career as homer hy...
  • UCC 4: Supremacy Card Breakdown

    This Friday, April 22, UCC Fights will hold their fourth event in Morristown, New Jersey with a card filled top to bottom with some interesting and unusual match-ups. Headlining the bout will be TUF season 12 veteran Andrew Main in a bout with Felipe Arantes. The card will also feature the return of Rolles Gracie Jr. to MMA after a disappointing loss and subsequent cut from the UFC. Below is a breakdown of some key bouts to watch out for on the card: Andrew Main versus Felipe Arantes- On paper, this bout should be a neat and clean welcome back to the Mid-Atlantic for Main. Most may remember the AMA fighter as an undersized lightweight who couldn't make it to the promised land on season...
  • CFFC 7: No Mercy Card Breakdown

    This Saturday, April 16, the Cage Fury Fighting Championship returns to the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey for its seventh event titled "No Mercy." The card will feature several local prospects including a headliner between number two ranked middleweight in the region Tim Williams as he puts his undefeated record on the line against his biggest challenge to date in former UFC fighter Andre Gusmao. Below is the breakdown of some key bouts to watch out for on the card: Andre Gusmao vs Tim Williams- After logging two losses in a row in the UFC, Gusmao has been bumped back down to the regional circuit. For Williams, a young 5-0 fighter with a penchant for beatin...

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