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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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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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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In This Corner: VA Pro, Reggie Barnett, Jr. on VA Amateur Rule Changes

In This Corner: VA Pro, Reggie Barnett, Jr. on VA Amateur Rule Changes

By Reginald Barnett, Jr.

Some much-needed change is finally coming to the entire Virginia MMA community. The first time I entered the cage, it was under unified rules. At the time I had no idea there were any differences in mixed martial arts rules, let alone anything about sanctioning. I just showed up to fight, unaware of the inherent risk and potential dangers of competing in amateur MMA in VA...

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Updates on Amateur Regulations Starting 10/1/2015

Updates on Amateur Regulations Starting 10/1/2015

by Felix Falcon

As promised in our previous report highlighting the remaining questions and concerns around the impending October first deadline for the implementation of a new law, passed earlier this year, authorizing the State to regulate amateur Boxing and MMA for the first time, we are following up with as much information as we have been able to gather...

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In the Books: SFL XX - Fight for the Warriors

In the Books: SFL XX - Fight for the Warriors

by Felix Falcon

Amateur MMA is an unpredictable beast.

During last Saturday’s fighters meeting, Jimi Partyka, founder of Spartyka Nation and matchmaker for the Spartyka Fight League, said that they matched about 25 bouts this time around in reaction to the number of fighters that dropped out during fight week last April. He figured that it would create a good enough cushion if people started dropping off this time.

Well guess what? Almost no one withdrew. There were two or three no shows, but at the end of the night, SFL 20 ended up with a whopping 23 fights, including three title fights...

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In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 6/27/2015

In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 6/27/2015

by Felix Falcon

Fighters and fans alike literally weathered the storm last Saturday, June 27th, for another Fight Night Challenge in beautiful Downtown Charlottesville, at the Main Street Arena. The night offered 12 entertaining amateur fights, 9 MMA and 3 Muay Thai bouts, including a fight for the FNC Welterweight title and an impromptu Muay Thai title fight...

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In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 4/25/15

In the Books: Fight Night Challenge 4/25/15

by Ryan MacDonald

Charlottesville-based Fight Night Challenge returned to the Main Street

Arena, in Charlottesville, VA, on Saturday, April 25th.  Due to inclement weather that 

caused the cancellation of their February show, this was the amateur promotion’s 

inaugural event of 2015...

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