Heavyweight Boxing Champ and Binghamton Native Jack Sharkey Subject of New Biography

Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story by James Curl

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today… until now.

In this book you will follow Jack Sharkey from his days as a teenage runaway and sailor to world heavyweight champion and … Continue reading

Shouldn’t Have Taken That Left at Albuquerque

Jon Jones Leaves Scene of Accident, Runs into Big Pile of Legal Doodoo

Local hero, soon to be convicted felon, Jon “Bones” Jones cracked more than just a telephone pole this time. In recognition of his continued automotive mishaps, we’ve posted the print edition from June 2012 that discusses Jones’s run-in with a Binghamton utility pole.


Gladius XIII: Card Report

November 1, 2014; Ultimate Athletics

By Briggs Seekins, #BriggsfightTalk on Twitter
Amateur MMA returned to Ithaca, New York on the first day of November, as Gladius Fights hosted their 13th card at the Ultimate Athletics Gym in the Ithaca Mall. After a busy day at UA, featuring a pee-wee wrestling tournament in the cage and an amateur boxing card that included several Central New York boxing gyms, the main event of the day kicked off at … Continue reading

A Night of Champions: Gladius XIII Card Preview

By Briggs Seekins, #briggsfightalk on Twitter
On November 1st, amateur mixed-martial-arts action returns to the Ithaca area as Gladius promotions hosts a card at the Ultimate Athletics gym in the Ithaca Mall. Five titles will be on the line as the Gladius light heavyweight, lightweight, flyweight and woman’s bantamweight belts are all up for grabs.

Between the two of them, Gladius Fights and Art of Combat have managed to build a thriving amateur fight scene from … Continue reading

Tamdan McCrory Wins Comeback Fight with 21-Second KO

Return of the Barn Cat

By Briggs Seekins, #briggsfightalk on Twitter
After a five-year break from the sport, UFC veteran and Binghamton-area resident Tamdan McCrory returned to the cage with a bang on Friday night, as he knocked out tough wrestler Brennan Ward in just 21 seconds on the nationally televised broadcast of Bellator 123. The victory improved McCrory’s record to 12-3 with 8 KOs and 3 submission victories.

McCrory was one of the first stars … Continue reading

Gladius XII Full Card Report

August 2, 2014; Sharkey’s Bar & Grill

By Briggs Seekins, #BriggsFightTalk on Twitter
In the first weekend of August, Gladius Fights Promotions continued their now long-standing tradition of bringing quality amateur MMA to Central New York when they held their 12th card at Sharkey’s Bar & Grill in Liverpool. With their huge outdoor volleyball-court area and ample lighting, Sharkey’s was easily converted into a mixed martial arts venue once the octagon cage was set up. Early … Continue reading

Art of Combat MMA Title Fights this Weekend

USA MMA and Five Element Sport & Fitness are mounting an Art of Combat title-fight card Saturday, July 26th, at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, 1500 Airport Rd, Binghamton, NY. This event is being billed as “A Mid Summer Night’s Fights” and will feature three Art of Combat title bouts: Paul McDonough vs Matt Kurey in the 170-lb. category, Deni Odefin vs Darrin Hunsdon at 205 lbs., and Derak Heyman vs Rob Best at 145 lbs.

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Full Gladius XI / Fighters Source Tournament Report

-Josh Mayville Advances to Fresno Regionals
-16 Bouts at Giant Cortland, NY, Event

By Briggs Seekins, #briggsfighttalk on Twitter
April 26, 2014: Cortland, New York, is a small town famous of late mostly for a Division III football-inspired riot last fall that required police response from a half dozen neighboring communities. If it’s known at all across the state, it’s as a place where not-so-bright Long Island kids go to party while they earn a … Continue reading

Binghamton Tiger Cats All-Female Football

The Binghamton Tiger Cats season is underway. The area’s only all-female full-tackle football team plays at home this Saturday, April 26th, at the Endless Mountains Athletic Complex in Towanda, PA, against the Cape Fear Thunder. Game time is 4:00pm; admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free. The Cats are members of the Women’s Spring Football League (WSFL) and last year made it all the way the the national championships in Memphis, TN.

The rest the … Continue reading

Tyler Bayer and Derak Heyman on the Fighters Source World Tournament at Gladius XI

By Steve Westlake
As we reported earlier, Five Element Sport MMA and Fitness in Vestal, NY, will be supplying half of Team Syracuse Gladius in the upcoming world competition Saturday, April 26th, versus Nashville, TN. Here we profile two more Five Element fighters.

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Tyler Bayer will be fighting in the heavyweight … Continue reading

Historic International MMA Tournament in Cortland this Saturday

By Briggs Seekins, #BriggsFightTalk on Twitter
Saturday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland the best amateur MMA fighters in the Southern Tier and Central New York team up under the banner of The Syracuse Gladius to face the visiting Nashville Renegades from Tennessee in the opening round of an historic tournament being organized by Fighters Source. The card will be broadcast over the United Fight Alliance Network into a potential 100 million homes.

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Exclusive: ESPN Headliner Willie Monroe Jr. Talks to Us About this Friday’s Event

By Briggs Seekins; #briggsfighttalk on Twitter
Southern Tier and Central New York fight fans will get the opportunity to see one of the area’s top boxing stars fight close to home this Friday when rising middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. faces undefeated Ukrainian Vitaliy Kopylenko in the semi-finals of the ESPN Friday Night Fights Boxcino middleweight tournament at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

A Rochester native and former resident of Ithaca, NY, Monroe was … Continue reading

Vestal MMA School Supplying Half Upstate Team in International Tournament

-New Gladius Middleweight Champ Tom Connolly Among Squad from Five Element Sport MMA and Fitness
-Syracuse vs Nashville Kicks Off Tournament April 26th
-Five Element Owner Jason Porter on Team Syracuse Coaching Staff

By Steve Westlake
Jason Porter, owner and chief instructor at Five Element Sport MMA and Fitness—formerly Power of One MMA—is looking forward to his 16 years in the business reaching a new high. Next month, members of his school will make … Continue reading

Derak Heyman Retains Art of Combat Featherweight Belt with Decision over Eric Mendiola

Full Report from “Knuckle Up or Stand Down”

By Briggs Seekins: thewritingcoach@yahoo.com
St. Patrick’s Weekend is always a great time for a fight card and the First Arena in Elmira is a great venue. The home facility for the Elmira Jackals minor league hockey team, First Arena is yet another location that would be in the running to bring high-level, professional MMA crowds to an upstate city that could use the business. But, of course, the … Continue reading

Tom Connolly Captures Middleweight Crown at Gladius X

Connolly’s Devastating Round 1 TKO and Full Card Report

By Briggs Seekins, thewritingcoach@yahoo.com
Amateur mixed martial arts returned to Ithaca on Saturday night with an exciting program at the Ultimate Athletics Gym in the Pyramid Mall. Three title fights highlighted the action and solidified the final spots on the Team Syracuse Gladius roster for the historic international team tournament set to kick off in Cortland at the end of April.

Up-and-coming fighters from across New York … Continue reading

Dave Lang the Fraudulent Black Belt and Phony War Veteran Exposed: Part Three

-New Details Emerge About How Lang Used His Phony Martial Arts Credentials to Target Vulnerable Young Mothers Being Served at a Christian Non-Profit in Cortland Run by His Mother Patricia Lang
-Lang’s History of Manipulating and Abusing Teenage “Students” Further Uncovered
-How the Phony War Veteran’s Lies Undermined a Real Soldier on Deployment and Destroyed His Marriage
-Dave Lang, Dog Murderer?
-Dave Lang Ignoring an Open Challenge

By Briggs Seekins, thewritingcoach@yahoo.com
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Aljamain Sterling and Anthony Leone Gearing Up for Major Fights

By Briggs Seekins
Two MMA fighters with strong Southern Tier connections are preparing to step into the cage for the biggest fights of their careers in the weeks ahead. This weekend on the undercard for UFC 170, 8-0 Aljamain Sterling will make his big league MMA debut against 8-3 Cody Gibson. And on March 7, tough veteran Anthony Leone makes a bid to become a world champion when he faces Bellator featherweight champ Eduardo Dantas.

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Briggs Seekins: Southern Tier Fighters Set to Compete in International Tournament

While back-room political shenanigans continue to keep New York as the only state in America where professional MMA is banned, the amateur side of the sport is flourishing. In one of the most exciting developments yet for local fighters and fans, Gladius Promotions announced on January 28 the formation of an all-star team comprised of Gladius and Art of Combat veterans from around the state who will compete in nationally televised cards with the chance to move … Continue reading