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December 31, 2014


Reality Fighting is kicking off the New Year in a big way.  They return to Mohegan Sun with a night of 13 fights including the main event which is Tim Sylvia taking on Juliano Coutinho.  Most people have been celebrating the holidays and relaxing but Reality Fighting team have been working hard behind the scenes to put together this show.  GFL will be having the live stream of the event for a small fee so make sure you check that out.  I have to give a shout out to the fighters on this card for the sacrifice they had on not eating during the holidays.  Weight cut is never an easy task but it takes a special type of will power to cut during the holidays.  Let me break down the card for you all.  Please keep in mind that this might not be the exact fight order.

155 AM Joe Giannetti (3-0 SSSF) vs. Jose Rivera (1-2 Kipp's Basement)

At 155 lbs Joe Giannetti will take on Jose Rivera.  Joe trains out of SSSF and comes into this fight with a 3-0 record.  He has 2 wins by ko/tko and one win by submission.  He is looking to start off the new year with a bang and leave Mohegan with the W.  His opponent is Jose Rivera who trains out of Kipp's Basement and comes into this fight with a 1-2 record.  Jose has 1 win by ko/tko and two losses by decision.  This fight is going to be action packed as both of these fighters love to please the crowd and finish fights.

185 AM Ryan Munger (3-2 Spa City Jiu Jitsu) vs. Ray Johns (0-6 Team Thunder MMA)

Next up is the amateur fight at 185lbs between Ryan Munger and Ray Johns.  Munger comes into this fight with a 3-2 record and trains in New York out of Spa City Jiu Jitsu.  He has 2 wins by ko/tko and one by submission.  For his two losses he lost both of them by decision.  His opponent is Ray Johns who trains out of Thunder MMA.  Johns comes into this fight with an 0-6 record and is still hungry for his first taste of victory in the cage.  He has lost 1 by decision and 5 of them by way of submission.  If my fight records that I found online are correct this seems like a bit of a mismatch and I give the edge to Munger winning this one.

145 AM BJ Prak (0-1) vs. Harris Bonfiglio (0-0)

In another amateur fight for Reality Fighting BJ Prak takes on Harris Bonfiglio at 145lbs.  I wasn't able to find out what team BJ is from but I know that he comes into this fight with an 0-1 record.  He lost his first ammy battle to Mike Piacentini by submission at the last Reality Fighting show at the last second of the first round.  He will be ready and looking for his first amateur victory of his career.  His opponent is Harris Bonfiglio and he will be making his amateur debut.  This is an exciting fight because both of these fighters are young into their mma career so we just simply don't know what to expect.

145 AM George Lischke  (0-0) vs. Rob Brown ( Strike Zone 2-0)

In another amateur bout at 145lbs George Lischke takes on Rob Brown.  Lishke fights out of CT and is making his amateur debut.  His opponent Rob Brown trains with Kipp's Basement and comes into this fight with a 2-0 record.  Brown has both of his wins by ko/tko.  He comes out aggressive and guns blazing and overpowers his opponents with flurries of punches.  I expect this fight to be the same and be a fast action fight.

135 AM Joe Albani (0-1 CT United BJJ) vs. Mike Piacentini (1-2 Coondog MMA)

Next up is the 135lb amateur fight between Joe Albani and Mike Piacentini.  Albani comes into this fight with an 0-1 record and he trains with CT United BJJ.  He lost his first fight for WNXFA against Will Smith (no relation to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) by decision.  His opponent is Mike Piacentini and he trains with Coondog MMA.  He comes into this fight with a 1-2 record with his sole win by by submission over BJ Prak.  For his two losses he lost one by ko/tko and one by submission.  This will be his second time fighting for Reality Fighting as he will be looking to pull to 2-2.  As you can see by the breakdown this fight is as even as they come which should make for a good battle.

PRO Jose Rivera (0-0) vs. Marcus Surin (C3 Athletics 0-0)

In the first pro fight of the night Jose Rivera takes on Marcus Surin.  I wasn't able to find out much information about Jose Rivera but I do know that he is making his pro debut. His opponent is Marcus Surin and he trains out of C3 Athletics.  He will also be making his pro debut and as an amateur he went 3-0.  He finished all 3 of his amateur fights by way of submission.  He will be looking to kick off his pro career in a big way on the big stage of Reality Fighting and show the fans he is a force to be reckoned with.  I feel this fight will be a ground battle.

PRO Brandon Polcare (0-0 Spa City Jiu Jitsu) vs. Johnny O’Brien (0-2 Modern Self Defense)

The next pro fight is between Brandon Polcare and Johnny O'Brien.  I am not sure on the decided weight but it should be in the 135-145lb range.  Polcare trains out of Spa City Jiu Jitsu in New York and will be making his pro debut.  As an amateur he went 3-0 and had wins by hat trick (1 ko/tko, 1 sub, 1 decision) as I like to call it.  No doubt he will be ready for his pro debut on the big stage.  His opponent is Johnny O'Brien and he trains with Modern Self Defense.  He comes into this fight with an 0-2 professional record.  He has one loss by ko/tko and one loss by submission.  RF fans will remember him in the cage in which he lost by submission to Johnny Lopez last January.

145 PRO TBA vs. Jessy Miele (2-1 IBCT)

I thought Jessy had an opponent but last I read on facebook Reality Fighting was looking for a new opponent on December 29th so we will have to see if they have found a last minute replacement yet.  This really is disappointing as I know Jessy has been cutting weight all throughout the holidays!

135 PRO Josh Baker (1-1 Inferno BJJ) vs. Carlos Candelario (0-0 New Britain Judo)

At 135 lbs Josh Baker is challenging Carlos Candelario in the cage.  Baker trains out of Inferno BJJ and comes into this fight with a 1-1 record.  He has one win by ko/tko over Asa Zorn.  His one loss came at a previous Reality Fighting show against Johnny Lopez by submission in Rd 1.  He is facing another tough opponent in Candelario.  Carlos trains with New Britain Judo and will be making his pro debut.  I have seen just about all of Carlos's fights and this kid is good.  He went 5-0 as an amateur with 4 submission wins and 1 by knockout.  Both of these guys like to strike and I think this is going to be an awesome stand up war for the fans.

155 PRO Chris Remedios ( 0-0 Kurt Pellegrino MMA) vs. Mike Mangan (0-1 Team Thunder)

The next battle is at 155lbs and it is between Chris Remedio and Mike Mangan.  Remedios will be making his pro debut and fights out of Kurt Pellegrino MMA out of NJ.  Chris went 4-2 as an amateur with 3 decision wins and 1 by submission.  He lost his last two amateur fights one by submission and one by decision.  It looks like he fought some tough fighters in his ammy career so he should be more than ready to make the splash into the pro division.  His opponent is Mike Mangan and he trains out of Team Thunder.  He comes into this fight with an 0-1 record as a pro.  Reality fans will remember Mangan's last fight against Jarrid Heon in which he lost by ko/tko to strikes.  Heon was a tough fight for him and this one is going to be another tough battle.  I see this one being a ground battle as Remedios has a wrestling background.

185 PRO Cheyenne Vasquez (2-0 IntenZe MMA) vs. Jason Ward (3-3 Black Dragon MMA)

At 185lbs Cheyenne Vasquez returns to the cage against Jason Ward.  Vasquez trains out of IntenZe MMA and comes into this fight with a perfect 2-0 record.  He won his first fight by split decision and in his second fight he won by ko/tko.  Vasquez has some excellent striking in his repertoire and is also very solid on the ground.  His opponent is Jason Ward and he trains with Black Dragon MMA.  He comes into this fight with a 3-3 record.  For his 3 wins he won them all with by way of strikes.  For his losses, he lost them all by ko/tko.  This fight has all the right ingredients to be an all out war.  I see both of these guys standing and banging it out and they will leave it all in the cage.  I do not see this fight going to a decision.

135 PRO Marvin Maldonado (2-2 Renzo Gracie Latham) vs. Johnny Lopez (3-3 Underdog BJJ)

At 135lbs Marvin Maldonado faces off in the cage against Johnny Lopez.  Marvin comes into this fight with a 2-2 record and trains with Renzo Gracie Latham.  So far in his pro career he has won 1 fight by ko/tko and 1 by submission.  His two losses are against Dan Cormier and Rico Discuillo and they both were decision.  Marvin is a tough fighter who loves to scrap.  He is very dangerous on the ground.  His opponent is Johnny Lopez and he trains with Underdog BJJ.  He comes into this fight with a 3-3 record.  All 3 of his wins came by submission.  For his losses, he lost 2 by ko/tko and one by submission.  Once again this is another solid match up for Reality Fighting.  I see this as being a ground battle and it is going to be a real treat for the BJJ fans.

HVY PRO Juliano Coutinho (6-1 Gracie Fitness/CCFA) vs. Tim Sylvia (31-10 Champions Gym)

The main event is the heavyweight showdown between Juliano Coutinho and UFC vet Tim Sylvia.  Coutinho trains with CCFA and his own school Gracie Fitness.  He comes into this fight with a 6-1 record.  He has 3 wins by ko/tko, 2 submission wins and 1 by decision.  Banana has pretty much fought every heavyweight in his division that he doesn't train with and has ran out of opponents.  Thankfully Reality Fight stepped in and got him an awesome match up with Tim Sylvia.  Sylvia comes into this fight with a 31-10 record.  He has 20 wins by ko/tko, 4 by submission and 7 by decision.  Sylvia is on a 3 fight losing streak and would love to break that this stat this Saturday.  This fight here is worth the price of admission and you don't want to miss it!

There you have the complete breakdown of the event happening this Saturday at Reality Fighting.  Tickets will be available at the box office and from what I read online the tickets are going fast.  The Artist and I will be making the trip to the beautiful Mohegan Sun to cover for you all.  As you can see it should be a solid night of fights so come on down and hit the slots then enjoy a night of mixed martial arts.