On Feb 24th seventeen year old Ryuki Kitazono was scheduled to fight in his first kickboxing fight of his amateur career at the Con Fuego restaurant in the heart of the Bronx in New York. When one of my partners and I, Rodney Harris from the show Cage Den Mma, walked into this venue we were absolutely amazed at how beautiful the establishment really was. We were welcomed in with open arms and were brought downstairs to meet and interview some of the fighters on the card of BX Cage Fights.
We had the opportunity to meet the talented six foot three two hundred and nine pound fighter Jonathan Garcia that Ryuki was fighting on the card that night as well. Johnathan Garcia was a tall confident young man but that didn’t intimidate Ryuki one bit that night. Sensei John Benedict, Ryuki’s coach, was very confident that he trained hard and was prepared to show everyone at this event that he was ready to go up against a bigger, older and more experienced fighter.
Ryuki’s family and friends all came to watch the first fight of his young career and were also very excited to see him finally stake his claim as a MMA fighter. The card was an excellent one; all of the fights were fantastic from top to bottom. I had looked forward to watching the young seventeen year old step into the cage for the first time of his amateur career, which was a true David vs Goliath type of fight.
Before the fight began, I couldn’t help but notice how much taller Garcia was to Kitazono. Ryuki fought an unbelievable fight, taking the fight to Garcia the whole way through and even knocking him down a few times as well. In the end Ryuki lost the fight by one point but on my card I believe the fight was a lot closer.
Sensei Hector put on a great event for BX Cage Fights and I’m looking forward to attending the next event he will be hosting- hopefully some time in the near future. As far as Ryuki’s fighting career, it’s just the beginning for this future rising star in the MMA ranks. If you want to see his next fight get your tickets for March 10thfor Jackhammer Promotions at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, New York.
On February 8th I experienced an MMA event like no other – FNT Worldwide on Wall Street in New York City. I would have never thought an MMA event could have been held in the heart of Wall Street next to the Trump building, where the NYPD would end up showing me where this event was being held because I was lost.
When I walked into the venue it was absolutely astonishing as to how they created this live event in this huge room. It was something out of the movie Lionheart. The light shows and the entertainment was worth every bit of the money you spent to go and watch these FNT fights.
They had artists like rapper Flipp Dinero performing during intermission and circus acts for the fans to enjoy between fights. The event had a live DJ spinning music like a club event which had the place rocking throughout the night and really set the vibe.
The fights lived up to everything this promotion was pushing for as well. There were knockouts, blood shed and of course entertaining fights throughout this card. My partner from my show CageDenMma, Mike Washington; helped to make this event a great success. The event was completely sold out and the two floors especially the VIP section, were filled with screaming MMA fans. It was something you needed to be there for to truly experience.
There were all types of people there as well, white collar and blue collar; all experiencing this extravaganza of an event. If you ever have the chance to experience an event like this, make sure to get the tickets when they go on sale because these events sell out quick! Be sure you check out when FNT Worldwide is going to be in your city because it’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss!
Bobby Campbell Jackhammer Promotions did it again at Mulcahy’s Pub for Super Brawl 4.
The fight’s all came down to the wire with prestige finishes from the amateur divisions to the Pros. The fight between Aaron Thompson vs Sergio Rivera was a fight that I wont forget at the event, these two fighters took it to each other all the way too the end but Sergio in the end landed more dominant shots that eventually won him his fight.
How about the battle the ladies gave us later in the night with Destiny aka “The Cage Cuty” Quinones vs Chrissy Yandolli that fight had everything thrown but the kitchen sink Chrissy had Destiny on the run in a lot of the fight but you can never count Destiny out of the fight but when it came down to the cards Chrissy just was the better fighter that night.
Congrats to Brian “The Rebel” Rochford for his comeback trail and taking the fight to his opponent at Super Brawl 4 and getting the draw as well. If you haven’t been to a Jackhammer Promotions event at Mulcahy’s, than you need to go to the “10 year Brawl” April 28th.
Bobby Campbell and Jackhammer Promotions sold out Mulcahy’s at Super Brawl 4 so if you plan to get tickets get them now!