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Misuse Of Rules Robs Good Of Victory

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What happened to Lyman Good on Saturday night can only be called a travesty. Good fought for the CFFC Welterweight Title against highly regarded prospect and defending champion Jonavin Webb. Good entered the cage for his 20th professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, and he fought perfectly.

His opponent, the champion, found the perfect opportunity to escape the cage and the fight without putting the first loss on his resume. Instead Webb was the beneficiary of a rule that never was intended to be used the way it was on Saturday.

A no contest is meant to score a fight that ends as a direct result of an unintentional illegal technique. Most frequently in MMA it would happen from a clash of heads that results in a deep cut or in an eye poke that makes it impossible for one fighter to see.

Only the eye poke that led to the stoppage of Saturday nights fight never really happened. At least that’s what Jonavin Webb told his opponent in the cage after the fight.

Let’s start from the beginning. Webb has earned seven straight victories to start his pro career by taking opponents to the ground using a slick grappling game to secure submissions and generally overwhelming his opposition. His game plan against Good was simple, take him down and control him on the ground.

Only problem was he couldn’t do it. Webb shot his first takedown within seconds of the opening bell. He actually got Good to the mat, but the Tiger Schulmann’s Manhattan Sensei simply pushed off Webb’s head to create space and stood right back up.


It was one of only two times in the 12 minute fight Webb got Good to the mat, neither time could he keep him there. The frustration was clear as Webb’s shots started coming from further and further away and demonstrated less explosion and technique. In fact some of the most punishing shots of the fight were Webb’s face slamming the mat as Good stuffed yet another takedown attempt.

The biggest shot of the fight, that would be Good’s right shin bone, which connected with Webb’s face midway through the second round. The force of the kick was so powerful it lifted Webb off his feet before depositing him on his backside. It was from their Webb would endure more than a minute of constant ground and pound as Good switched from straight punches to hammerfists to elbows as he eventually mounted the fighter who was supposed to have an advantage on the ground.


Referee Keith Petersen was clearly monitoring events closely as he darted from one vantage point to the next on the verge of stepping in. Webb demonstrated enough heart to continue to defend himself and made his way out of the round but the damage had been done. Webb would spend the minute break under the care of the cutman as his face was a mess.

He gamely answered the bell for the third round, but that was when things turned ugly. The Daniel Gracie, Philadelphia student shot a takedown from which Good again stood right back up. Good continued to land punishing shots including another round kick that stunned Webb.


The two got in the clinch before Good pushed off Webb’s face to create space. After a couple seconds Webb turned away from Good and motioned to the referee. It was not the reaction of someone who has received a direct poke to the eye. That reaction is almost always instantaneous.

According to referee Keith Petersen Webb claimed he was poked in the eye and Petersen awarded him the mandatory five minute recovery time. Webb wouldn’t even use a minute of it as he called for the Doctor and immediately told the Doctor he could not see. That led the Doctor to call the fight. The TSMMA crowd went wild as Good clearly had an insurmountable lead on the scorecards, one the Gracie fighter could only have overcoming by stopping “Cyborg”. That clearly was not going to happen on this night. 

Under the rules of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission if a fight is stopped because of an eye poke before the end of the third round (for a five round championship fight) then it is ruled a no contest. Lead Counsel Nick Lembo asked the ringside Doctor if the stoppage was a result of a poke or a punch and the Doctor said their was an abrasion on Webb’s eye and he thought it was a poke. Lembo had no choice but to rule the fight a no contest.

It was an ugly scene as Webb then accepted his championship belt in the middle of the ring. Sickening to Lyman Good who relayed a post fight conversation with Webb to his coaches in which he says Webb clearly told him he didn’t get poked. That would seem to be supported by video replay which at best showed Good may have brushed a finger across Webb’s eye as he pushed away, but very likely did not touch his eye at all.

In thirteen years of seeing MMA fights it is the first time I have ever seen a fight stopped due to an eye poke by a Doctor where the fighter wasn’t arguing with the Doctor to let the fight continue. All in all it did not seem like the actions of a champion. In fact Webb had every opportunity to take his full five minutes to recover his vision. It is very typical for a fighter to take a couple of minutes for their vision to clear up from a poke. Instead the fight was called off less than a minute after the alleged poke happened.

Good said after the fight it felt worse than losing, something he has only experienced a couple of times in his illustrious career. In the eyes of this viewer he was the clear victor in the fight, whether the record books reflect it or not. Good fought the absolute perfect fight. He controlled the distance perfectly, picked his spots to attack with vicious punches and utilized one kick perfectly!

While Webb was happy to accept his title belt back after the no decision, he was not surprisingly noncommittal when asked about a rematch. I have a feeling that rematch won’t be happening any time soon as in all likelihood Webb’s eye socket is fractured and he will need some healing time before getting in the cage again.

Look for Good to be back in the cage again soon as he put on an amazing show which the fans at The Borgata will look forward to seeing again!

Congratulations to Sensei Good on what might be the best performance of his career, even if it may never be marked in the win column.

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Rivera Shows Championship Mettle In CFFC Title Fight

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Someone should have warned Anthony Durnell that the “El Terror” in between Jimmie and Rivera was not just a nickname. It was what everyone of the Rivera’s fourteen professional opponents have gone through in the cage. Durnell brought the record of a championship contender into the CFFC cage Saturday night, but where he built that record didn’t help him escape the cage with a win.

Rivera did what Rivera does, only this time he did it a little more convincingly. The Tiger Schulmann’s Manhattan Sensei has built his reputation by relentlessly pressing his opponents while using his unmatched cardio to make the cage a living hell. Durnell would feel that pain right from the opening bell.

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Rivera’s two best weapons in the fight were his own jab and Durnell’s jab. That may seem a little strange until you see it. Every time Durnell threw a jab he would get hit with two or three hard shots in return. Rivera’s timing was perfect all night as he closed the distance on the taller Durnell with a lightning fast jab of his own.

Then when Durnell tried to return fire, Rivera used perfect timing to slip his head to the left while connecting with an overhand right following with a left hook to the body. He did it twice in succesion in the first round, following the second left hook to the body with a beautiful right leg low kick to the shin.

That kick would put Durnell on the mat where Rivera would land some more punishing shots. “The Death Dealer” was lacking the right cards in this fight as Rivera sustained almost no damage in the two plus rounds of the fight. Instead it would be Durnell constantly getting staggered while Rivera kept pouncing every time he sensed a chance for the knockout.

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That knockout would come in the third round and it would come in a way most fighters can only dream about. Rivera’s commitment to working the body paid off as Durnell threw another jab at 3:22 of the third round. In less than a second Rivera again slipped the jab and connected with a cross to the head and a left hook to the body. Only this time the hook hit the right button and Durnell immediately curled up in the fetal position and backed into the cage. That was enough for the referee as he quickly stepped in to save Durnell from further damage.

Jimmie Rivera has made a career out of putting on intensely crowd pleasing fights. He never puts on a boring show. This fight may just have been the very best of his young career. It earned him a rousing ovation from the TSMMA fans and the CFFC Bantamweight Championship Belt! Congratulations to “El Terror” who was just that for his opponent Saturday night.

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World Class Kickboxing Championship 2 Results

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November 1st, Rahway, NJ

Andrew Greenspan (TSMMA) vs Greg Styles  – Animal MMA -190 Lbs.

Styles wins via TKO Round 3

Robert Varricchio (TSMMA) vs Eric Jung – The Institute -154 Lbs.

Varricchio wins via unanimous decision

Pablo Alvarez (TSMMA) vs Nick Lombardo  – Ray Longo – 147 Lbs.

Lombardo wins via Round 1


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Burgos Victory Testament To TSMMA System

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Shane Burgos knew he wanted to be a professional MMA fighter the minute he first watched Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter. Nine years later that dream has turned into a stunning reality, not only for him, but for a series of opponents he has left in his wake.

On Saturday night the young Highland Mills, New Yorker proved he can grapple or kickbox with anyone in the world. Training at Team Tiger Schulmann has given Burgos elite skills in every aspect of the MMA game. At only 23 years old he is a growing force in Mixed Martial Arts.

William Algeo was the latest victim of Burgos’ tremendous 5-0 start as a professional mixed martial artist. In fact Algeo won a small victory, becoming only the second of Burgos’ opponents to make it out of the first round. Algeo may actually have won the first round, but that didn’t stop Burgos from stopping his much ballyhooed opponent quickly in the second.

Fight prognosticators had the 25 year Algeo as a heavy favorite over Burgos with more than 72% of those polled picking him to win, the overwhelming majority of those calling it by submission. Ultimately it was the minority who had it right.


The fight started with Burgos displaying his standup skill. He dazed Algeo with a clean left hook that left the older fighter looking to take the fight to the ground. Burgos was at one time the highest ranked teen grappler in the country, but it was Algeo, a force on the submission grappling circuit, who was thought to have the better ground skills.

Burgos was able to avoid the takedowns early in Round 1 and continued to throw straight punches that effectively held off Algeo. After numerous failed takedowns he finally succeeded in getting Burgos to the mat late in round one. And for the first time in his fight career Burgos found himself mounted. The young Tiger Schulmann’s fighter used the cage to roll out of the mount, but the smooth grappling Algeo countered by throwing an armbar in the transition.


It wasn’t near enough to catch Burgos though. His years of NAGA victories kicked in and he smoothly stacked Algeo, keeping his arms locked and folding the bottom fighter before he felt the necessary space to escape from danger.

Still the near submission may have been enough to win the round for the older fighter. Like a true champion Burgos responded to the adversity.

Algeo came out for round 2 once again looking for the takedown, but Burgos cracked him with punishing shots right from the opening bell. Eventually Algeo was forced in to a desperate takedown attempt which Burgos used to secure his own double underhooks. The Tiger Schulmann’s Vails Gate instructor would use those underhooks to take Algeo to the mat. The Pennsylvania fighter turned to his knees immediately in an attempt to get back up, but Burgos immediately spun to back mount and was able to secure his hooks before Algeo could even begin to defend.

The submission fighter is known for securing a body triangle from backmount and submitting his opponents with a rear naked choke.  This time though he was on the wrong side of the equation. It was Burgos who was able to secure the body lock while Algeo tried to scramble up the cage. Eventually the two hit the mat where Burgos wrapped a short choke, going with a palm to palm grip instead of a traditional rear naked choke.


Algeo showed his toughness by keeping his chin tucked and waving off the referee, but Burgos’ squeeze was so strong that just a second after waving to the ref, Algeo passed out. Burgos ran his record to 5-0 at 2:36 of the second round. Stunningly it is the longest fight of his professional career as the Featherweight has finished all five of his fights, four by submission and three of those by rear naked choke.

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Burgos has finished  many of his fights by submission, but in every instance it was his kickboxing dominance that setup his submissions. That Kickboxing talent is a true testament to the system put in place by Burgos’ instructor, Tiger Schulmann. Even as Burgos was wrapping up NAGA titles like most high school kids wrap up school dances, Schulmann refused to promote him to Black Belt and would not let him compete in MMA. Instead he made Burgos spend years concentrating on his weaker area.


That discipline on the part of Schulmann could have made a lesser man leave the organization and seek out a fight school with less strict standards. Burgos showed exactly what type of person he is by embracing the disciplined structure of Tiger Schulmann’s and putting in the time to bring his Kickboxing skill to the same elite level he had attained grappling.

The fruits of that labor have been on display five times now and we expect nothing less than the same continued success in Burgos’ career going forward. Congratulations to Shane Burgos on another impressive win and more importantly on setting the example of hard work and discipline that TSMMA has been built on.



By: Sensei Thad Campbell

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Reigning Cage Fury Fighting Championships 170-pound titlist Jonavin Webb will defend his strap against Lyman Good on pay-per-view on Nov. 1.

The title bout will headline CFFC 43, which airs via pay-per-view both on cable via In Demand as well as online at The five-fight card, which takes place at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., begins at 8 p.m. ET and costs $19.95. The evening’s co-main event will pit Ronald Stallings against Tim Williams for the promotion’s vacant middleweight crown. Two other title bouts will take place on the main card, as Jimmie Rivera squares off with Anthony Durnell for bantamweight gold, while Zu Anyanwu puts his heavyweight belt on the line against Plinio Cruz.

CFFC is partnering with Go Fight Live and Integrated Sports Media to produce the pay-per-view. The preliminary draw will begin at 6 p.m. ET exclusively on

“This is, without a doubt, the finest and most complete lineup of top-level professional bouts we have assembled to date, so we are looking forward to crowning four new world champions in front of a live television audience on Nov. 1,” CFFC President Rob Haydak stated in a release.

Unbeaten in seven professional bouts, Webb captured the CFFC welterweight title with a third-round TKO triumph against Daniel Stittgen on Aug. 9. The Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product has competed exclusively for CFFC since his pro career began in April 2012.

Good, the first-ever Bellator 170-pound ruler, first fought for CFFC on June 23, 2007, taking a three-round verdict over Doug Gordon. Following an 8-3 stint with Bellator, Good returned to CFFC on June 21, knocking out Matt Secor 4:21 into the first round.

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Combat at the Capitale 34 Results

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October 17th – Capitale, NYC

Malik Blake (TSMMA) vs Chris Edmund – 175lbs Title Fight

Blake wins via decision – defends title

Missael Sanchez (TSMMA) vs Orondi Henry – 138lbs

Sanchez wins via decision

Shennen Maceo (TSMMA) vs Brian Burgan – 147lbs

Maceo wins via 2nd Rd TKO

Munah Holland (TSMMA) vs Jennie Nedell – 130lbs

Nedell wins via decision

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Challenge of Champions 37 Registration has Begun!

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Early Registration for Challenge of Champions 37 has begun! Challenge of Champions will be held on 12/14/14 at the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison NJ.

Once again, we have easy online Registration Order Form so you can register at any time in a matter of minutes! Online registration must be done with a credit or debit card. If you chose to pay by cash or check please select that option below. Early registration pricing is $80 for one event and $150 for two events. This is a savings of $10 for one event and $20 for two events over the Late Registration pricing. Early Registration Ends 11/02/14 so don’t hesitate to take advantage of this great offer.

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