On Tap: Strike Off 7

On Tap: Strike Off 7

by Felix Falcon

Strike Off FC will return to action on Saturday, March 26th, at the Ernst Cultural Center in Annandale, VA. As it stands, the card will showcase 12 pro fights. While the largest contingent of fighters will be local, there will be competitors present from Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, and D.C...

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In The Books: Battle FC: MMA Marine Brawl

In The Books:  Battle FC: MMA Marine Brawl

by Ryan MacDonald 

History was made on Saturday, February 27th.  Battlefield Fighting Championships accomplished what nobody had done in the 98 years of existence at the Quantico Marine Base, hold a sanctioned mixed martial arts event on base.  Granted, MMA hasn’t been around 98 years, but the fact that it took Battle FC owners a year of convincing the notoriously toughest branch of the military to allow them on the base was an impressive feat, nonetheless...

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MMA in VA Now Partnering with Go Fight Live

MMA in VA Now Partnering with Go Fight Live

by Ryan MacDonald

The leader in MMA news in Virginia is teaming up with the largest broadcaster of combat sporting events in the World, Go Fight Live.  GFL has broadcast more than 2000 live events that have been seen by over 1.8 million viewers in 60 countries and has an ever growing catalog that currently features over 9,000 videos, with new shows and videos being added weekly.

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The Longest 24: Gaudreau, Chung, and Lillard Provide Insight to Time Between Scale and Cage

The Longest 24: Gaudreau, Chung, and Lillard Provide Insight to Time Between Scale and Cage

by Felix Falcon

MMA fighters have two fights. The first with the scale and the second with their opponent. For as long as I have been covering MMA events, I’ve been obsessed with the time in between these two fights. The 24 to 30 hours from when a fighter steps off the scale to the time they get to step into the cage...

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In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

In the Books: EWC9: Takeover

by Felix Falcon

On Saturday, February 6th, the folks at the Elite Warrior Challenge had the whole floor of the Salem Civic Center covered with both a full size boxing ring and their 30-foot circular cage side by side. It was reminiscent of the recent Bellator "Dynamite" show they co-promoted with Glory Kickboxing. The arena itself is pretty fascinating, while it's an older building, the layout is super conducive for viewing combat sports. The seats on both sides of the arena are deceptively intimate regardless of how far from the cage you actually are. Just in case, the promotion also put up two big projection screens to ensure there's not a bad seat in the house...

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Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover Preview & Weigh in Results

Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover Preview & Weigh in Results

by Felix Falcon

The Salem Civic Center will once again be the home for Southwestern VA's growing promotion Elite Warrior Challenge, Saturday, February 6th. This event was supposed to take place two weeks ago, but due to the historic snow storm that covered most of the state, they were forced to postpone the event. Although the rescheduling affected some of the original lineup, EWC 9 still has a line up of 9 Pro MMA fights with some Pro Boxing and Pro Muay Thai bouts in the under card as well... 

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Spartyka Fight League XXII - Live Play by Play & Awards

Spartyka Fight League XXII - Live Play by Play & Awards

by Ryan MacDonald

MMA in VA reports from the Ted Constant Center, in Norfolk, VA, Friday, January 29th, at approximately 7:00 PM EST with the play-by-play, results and post-event awards for Spartyka XXII - Friday Night Fights...

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New Proposed Legislation Highlights Need for a VA Athletic Commission

New Proposed Legislation Highlights Need for a VA Athletic Commission

by Felix Falcon

As we reported all last year, a new law was passed last February that largely affected both amateur MMA promotions and fighters alike. The law, which has been in effect since October 1, 2015, gave the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) the authority to approve sanctioning bodies that fit the law’s criteria to be able to oversee amateur MMA events across the state. All pro events are still overseen strictly by DPOR... 

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Season 3 of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge to Feature VA Fighter

Season 3 of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge to Feature VA Fighter

by Ryan MacDonald

CMT’s hit series, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge will return for a third season, beginning January 3rd, 2016.  The retired professional wrestling superstar, Austin, is an Executive Producer and Host for his namesake show.  Broken Skull Challenge features 8 competitors, per episode, who compete in physical challenges against one another... 

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Through the Lens: 2015 Virginia MMA

Through the Lens: 2015 Virginia MMA

by Felix Falcon

It is time, once again, to look back at the year that was all things Mixed Martial Arts in Virginia. While we are busy going over our choices for the end-of-year awards, it's nice to look back at all the great pictures taken throughout the year. Once more, we will not only focus on pictures taken by us, although we were able to cover a lot more territory this year, we are also giving a look to four other photographers that were consistently cage-side at multiple events through out the year...

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Two Organizations Approved by DPOR to Sanction Amateur MMA in VA

Two Organizations Approved by DPOR to Sanction Amateur MMA in VA

by Felix Falcon

Nothing like the last second to make things interesting. 

We have been following the developments of the new law that passed earlier this year, requiring DPOR (the State's regulatory office in charge of licensing Pro Boxing & MMA) to approve Sanctioning Organizations to oversee all Amateur events in the State...

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