Written by: Connor Northrup – http://njmmanews.com
Recently, many fighters from the North east region have been signing contracts with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). With many New Jersey fighters moving on to bigger promotions, who is the top fighter in the Garden State without a UFC contract?
A fighter who makes a lot of sense is a bantamweight from Ramsey, N.J. by the name of Jimmie “El terror” Rivera (14-1). Rivera earned his thirteenth straight victory this past weekend when he dominated Cody Stevens at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 35 at the Borgata hotel, spa and casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Previous to his most recent victory, Rivera defeated Sedimar Honorio at World Series of Fighting 5 via unanimous decision. Rivera is also the owner of four wins inside the Bellator cage, most recently defeating Jesse Brock and Brian Kelleher.
Rivera tried out as a featherweight for season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Rivera was defeated by Dennis Bermudez and did not make it into the house. Since the show, Rivera has moved to bantamweight and has not lost since.
Although Rivera has not fought many UFC caliber fighters, he has defeated many of the best fighters the Northeast division has to offer. “El Terror” also earned a unanimous decision victory over former UFC bantamweight, Jared Papazian at King of the Cage: Empire in February of 2011.
Rivera is very well rounded with terrific striking, great cardio, solid wrestling, and a good ground game. Eleven of his victories have come by the way of decision.
Rivera continues to impress many in each and every one of his bouts. Rivera is in need for tougher competition because that is where he belongs. Rivera belongs in the UFC with the ranks of other successful New Jersey fighters like Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar, George Sullivan, and his teammate, Louis Gaudinot. The UFC returns to Atlantic City in July, providing an opportunity for a few fighters with hopes of signing a UFC contract, why not Rivera?
Allentown, PA – Team TSMMA gets valuable experience fighting at Althouse Fight Night. The biggest Kickboxing show in Pennsylvania features many of the up and coming Tiger Schulmann’s fighters. On Saturday night in Allentown five Kickboxers would continue the prolific history of Team TSMMA in the event.
Roger Garcia of TSMMA Bethlehem would kick things off Saturday night taking on Nathan Maul of High Voltage. Garcia would be greeted by a great home crowd as Team TSMMA fans made their voices heard. Garcia wouldn’t disappoint, picking Maul apart with a series of power punches early.
Using a few successful kicks to set up his power punches, Garcia kept the pressure on Maul, backing him against the ropes for the whole of Round 1. Maul continually covered up, but Garcia used a strong right uppercut to slice through his defense.
Round two started off much like Round 1. Maul was a willing combatant, but couldn’t handle Garcia’s power. Every time he landed a shot he was hit back with three or four. Maul showcased an amazing chin, eating dozens of power punches, but simply had no answer for Garcia’s superior boxing.
Maul started things out strong in Round 3, but Garcia remained calm. Maul could never seem to get anything going for more than a few seconds. Instead Garcia would push the pace and take over control with a barrage of crosses and hooks. It was a cross hook that would put the exclamation mark on the fight as the bell to Round 3 ended the fight.
Roger Garcia took home the victory over Maul moving his record to a perfect 5-0 Kickboxing.
Up next was Will Brown of TSMMA in Cherry Hill. Fighting ten pounds lighter than Garcia at 155, Brown would face off with Josh Vanns of Jack’s Gym. Brown was fighting for the third time looking to move his record above .500. The Cherry Hill fighter came out firing at Vann, pushing a hard pace throughout the first round.
Delaware’s Vann made it an exciting night as he answered shot for shot with Brown. The two kept the crowd entertained by throwing non-stop for the whole two minute round. A tough round for the judges, but a fun one for fans.
Both fighters came in shape as the second round was a near repeat of Round 1. Vann started dropping his hands near the end of the round but kept answering Brown shot for shot.
Brown came out strong looking to challenge Vann in Round 3 on conditioning. Both fighters obviously trained hard as the amazing pace of the first round never faltered throughout the fight.
In the end the judges saw it for Vann, but credit to TSMMA Cherry Hill’s Will Brown who fought a great fight and did what TSMMA fighters are known for, come to the fight in great shape.
TSMMA Bethlehem would be represented one more time with Terron Cunningham taking on Kollin Bordner in the third fight of the night for Tiger Schulmann’s.
The Bethlehem lefty came out bouncing in his rhythm before landing the very first punch he threw, a beautiful cross right down the middle. That was followed by the thudding round kick that stunned Bordner.
Cunningham remained amazingly calm for an amateur fighter, showing awesome combinations using level changes to hit Bordner in the head, body and legs.
Bordner would stumble back to his ring after a two minute long barrage from Cunningham. At one point the taller Cunningham caught a kick from Bordner before answering with one of his own that chopped the Althouse Kickboxing competitors legs out from under him.
Round 2 was a clinic as Cunningham used nothing but a cross, hook, round 2 combination to devastate Bordner. The referee would step in to give Bordner a break after a perceived illegal blow, but that didn’t help him get back in the fight.
Cunningham would press the action and finish Bordner with a beautiful left leg kick to the head. He set it up with repeated kicks to the body and leg before bringing the back leg upstairs for the finish.
It was Cunningham’s debut in the ring and may have been the most composed and effective debut I’ve ever seen.
Sempai Eric Rodriguez of TSMMA Manhattan was up next. Rodriguez routinely makes the trip out to TSMMA Allentown on Friday nights to train with Shihan James Simpson and his talents in the ring earned him a Junior Title fight Saturday night.
Rodriguez would take on Sean Keys of Jack’s Gym in the quest for the Title. The young Black Belt has recently added a Junior Olympics boxing title to his trophy case to go along with numerous NAGA and Challenge of Champions trophies.
Now he was looking to put a USKA Kickboxing title alongside all of them. The three round fight would be contested under Leg Kick rules. ‘The Beast’ didn’t make the trip out 78 for nothing. He came to win, using a crisp jab to close distance on the taller Keys before firing power shots inside.
Late in the Round Rodriguez landed a crisp low kick and followed a few seconds later with a cross that snapped Keys head back.
The cross continued to be effective for him in the second round though Keys was firing back with low kicks to the calf muscle and spinning techniques. Rodriguez stayed composed throughout finding the sweet spot with a procession of punches as the round came to a close.
Round 3 looked much like the first two rounds with both young fighters showing courage to stay inside and trade shots. Ultimately the fight would go to Keys on a close decision, but both fighters earned the respect and appreciation of the crowded Ballroom.
Finishing up the night for Team TSMMA was Andrew ‘Jackal’ Alvarez. The Cherry Hill student graces the walls of many of the different Tiger Schulmann’s locations as his ripped physique has helped promote recent advertising campaigns.
He entered the ring looking to prove it was more than just his abs he built at Tiger Schulmann’s. He would take on another Althouse Kickboxing fighter, Brandon Bobbin, in the 165 pound fight.
Both fighters came out swinging for the fences with the first salvo coming as Alvarez knocked Bobbin to the mat with a body kick. Bobbin would get up quickly and the referee didn’t award a knockdown but it set the tone.
Alvarez would finish the round with the same body kick that floored his opponent earlier. This time Bobbin stayed on his feet but went back to his corner with his chest heaving looking to catch his breath.
It would be punches that dominated Round 2 as Alvarez earned two standing eight counts early in the round. Bobbin would try and make a stand but it wasn’t enough as the ‘Jackal’ would force the referee to stop the fight. Bobbin turned his back to a barrage of punches which would normally earn a standing eight count. Since he already had been given two in the round it brought Alvarez a TKO victory and finished a great night for Team TSMMA.
Once again Althouse Fight Night served up a great night of fights for fans and gave the young fighters under Shihan James Simpson’s training a place to show their talent. Team TSMMA will be right back at Althouse in June and look for the first Professional Kickboxing event in Pennsylvania coming in September.
4/26/14 – Atlantic City, NJ
Shane Burgos (TSMMA) vs Donny Ooton – 145lbs
Burgos wins via submission round 1
Jimmie Rivera (TSMMA) vs Cody Stevens – 135lbs
Rivera wins via Unanimous Decision
by Jason Schielke – http://themmacorner.com
There seems to be a natural progression for fighters who compete in Ring of Combat: win the title, defend the title, move on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Current ROC bantamweight champion Julio Arce hopes this trend continues for him. Arce holds an undefeated professional record of 5-0. He also went undefeated as an amateur, including a decision victory over The Ultimate Fighter alum Anthony “Shark Bait” Gutierrez. Training out of Team Tiger Schulmann in New Jersey, Arce embraces the grind, with three of his professional victories coming by decision, one by submission and one by TKO.
Recently, Arce joined The MMA Corner staff writer Jason Schielke via Skype to discuss is upcoming title bout. The video interview can be viewed at the top of this post. Since the interview, Arce had a change in opponents and will now defend his title against Jonathan de Jesus. When The MMA Corner reached out to Ring of Combat about the change of opponent, Director of Public Relations Frank Vallejo stated that the fight coordinator said Arce’s original opponent “was only approved pending a win in a fight he had a few weeks ago. He won, but was injured in his win, so [he] had to be replaced.” Ring of Combat 48 takes place on May 16 at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.
A short story about a boy named Joey. Joey was a five year old boy not unlike every other five year old. Toys and cartoons were his life. He found himself in kindergarten surrounded by a lot of different personalities. It’s a new and exciting experience, right? Mostly. See… Joey isn’t a big kid. He’s rather small in stature. He found he was having trouble with some of the larger students. It started out innocent enough but soon it started to escalate. The laughing soon turned into making fun and the teasing turned into tripping. You can see where this is going.
After many attempts to fit in, it was obvious that his confidence was in a downward spiral.
He was a strong willed child and it didn’t seem to affect him much. He would get a little upset every now and then but nothing extreme.
Then the day came… his books were knocked out of his hands and he was tripped in the hallway… in kindergarten. Tempers flared and something needed to be done. The schools zero tolerance policy was a joke. It only lead to more abuse because now he was a tattle tale.
Enter Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts in hopes we can help him gain his confidence back. He walked through the door hiding and a bit scared. The first person he encountered was Joshu. Back into the office for a quick conversation. Learn how to stand. Learn how to greet. Guidance from the very beginning. He felt like one of the Power Rangers he liked so much on television. Next up was meeting Sensei. Being a small five year old it was like looking up at a tower for him. Sensei kneeled down to his level and asked Joey if he was ready to have some fun. He was hesitant but he said yes.
Joey is about to turn eight. He barely remembers the trouble he had in kindergarten. He is a yellow belt (with four stripes). He competes in tournaments in both kickboxing and grappling. He has gained confidence. He has focus. He has drive. He is in great shape. Although he has grown a lot in the past three years he is not huge in stature. He definitely does not get bullied. He is a leader and he even helps protect some of the shyer kids at school.
That’s all great news! Even better… with all of his focus and confidence he is a great student. He consistently gets good grades in school and he recently scored in the 99 percentile on his state tests. Without having distractions, being able to stop bullying and having gained the confidence to know he will never have to worry about it, he is able to focus on what is more important. School work.
“Kids with Confidence Can Focus on the Important Things In Life, A Great Kids Martial Arts Program Will Help With That”
It’s possible that he would have outgrown the bully. It’s possible that he would have gained confidence and focus through all the distraction. Why leave it to chance. It’s also possible that he could have gotten bullied to the point where he has no confidence and loses his zest for life. We have all seen the reports on the news. We all think about how sad that is. It happens every day.
I am Joey’s father. I have witnessed firsthand the life changing events in not only Joey but also in the other students at Tiger Schulmann’s in the Kids Martial Arts Program. There tends to be a “family” atmosphere. Never any bullying but plenty of fighting. At any given class he has a dozen of more older and younger brothers and sisters.
The reason he started was to be able to stand up for himself and stop bullying. He does. The bonus is that it has grown throughout the rest of his life. The way he carries himself. The way he focuses to get the job done. The confidence he’s gained. Easily the best decision I ever made. Thank you to the entire Tiger Schulmann’s family. You’ve made a huge difference in my son’s life.
Chuck – TSMMA Wayne
Follow the link to learn how Tiger Schulmann’s Kids Martial Arts Program can help your child regain confidence and stop bullying.
Congratulations to our New Black Belts – 04/06/2014 – Elmwood Park, NJ
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We heard of Philip’s Journey through Tiger Schulmann’s MMA last September, where he gained the skills and confidence to overcome bullying (read here). Now, 1 year into his training, we would like to share his continued success training at Tiger Schulmann’s.
On April 12, 2013, my son, Philip, arrived at TSMMA for the first time. He was extremely shy, depressed, timid and weighing 280 lbs. At that time, my son had hit rock bottom and his life was not something he wanted to wake up to the next day. Who knew that day would change his life forever?
After our initial meeting with Sensei Demetrius, and a trial class, Philip decided that TSMMA was something that he wanted to pursue. Of course, my initial reaction was skeptical because, in the past, Philip’s insecurities have always compromised his desire to begin something new. Not this time though!!
Philip began his training and instantaneously became obsessed with it. Philip’s two Mentors, Sensei and Joshu, inspired him so much that he began setting goals for himself – which is something Philip had never done! He set goals to lose weight; to achieve his next belt; social goals and even academic goals – an indication that he was finally looking forward to the next day.
Over the past year, Philip has made many good friends at TSMMA – A new family if you will. He was immediately accepted and even began socializing more. The positive feedback from everyone at TSMMA was something that Philip had never experienced outside of his own home. There was no drama; no negativity; no social out casting. At TSMMA there has been nothing but friendship, support and acceptance.
Today, exactly one year later, Philip stands before us happy and confident. He achieved his “weight” goal; losing almost 100 lbs! He achieved his “belt” goal and is now sporting a solid blue belt and wears it with pride. He is doing well in school and is being accepted socially by his peers at school.
The journey of this past year has been one that I do not believe Philip will ever forget. I do not know where my son would be today if it weren’t for Sensei, Joshu and all the wonderful people that make up the TSMMA family. I don’t even know how to begin thanking everyone.
The only thing I can say is that I believe Philip is who he is today — a confident, healthy and happy young man — because of his TSMMA Mentors and TSMMA Family. I believe that, together, you have ALL taken part in rescuing my son from a very dark place and gave him a new life.
04/12/14, Lincroft, NJ
Matt Castillo (TSMMA Bayside) vs Chad Goodenson (Goldburry MMA) – 175lbs
Castillo Wins via Split Decision
Jason Cruz (TSMMA Bayridge) vs Erly Abrigo – 147lbs
Abrigo wins via Unanimous Decision
Danny Ramirez (TSMMA Yonkers) vs Victor Rodriguez (Cohn Lee Kempo) – 147lbs
Rodriguez wins via via Unanimous Decision
Jerome Bourne (TSMMA Elmwood Park) vs Dhezan Morgan (Almeida BJJ)- 161 Lbs
Bourne wins via Unanimous Decision
Damien Bailey (TSMMA Elmwood Park) vs Joe Bastone -(Impact) – 154 lbs
Bastone wins via KO in Round 3
Angel Rodriguez (TSMMA Manhattan) vs Pierry Costa Drummond – 161lbs
Rodriguez wins via Unanimous Decision
Andy Segovia (TSMMA Elmwood Park) vs Peter Bouton -175lbs
Bouton wins via Unanimous Decision
04/11/14 – Bethlehem,PA
Robyn Klenk (TSMMA) vs Mandana Rafat – 120lbs International Muay Thai Title Fight
Klenk wins via Unanimous Decision
Congratulations to Robyn on winning the International Muay Thai Championship
Aleen Prentice (TSMMA) vs Jenna Jenkins – 130lbs
Jenkins wins via unanimous Decision
Spirited Performance by Aleen, who fought a closely contested 3 round decision.