Tom Connolly Captures Middleweight Crown at Gladius X

Connolly’s Devastating Round 1 TKO and Full Card Report

By Briggs Seekins,
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,
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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

Jiu-Jitsu Fraud David Lang Kicked Out of Martial Arts Facility… But Has He Opened Somewhere Else?

Police Gazette Investigation Continues into Notorious Jiu-Jitsu Fraud and Phony War Hero
Droves of New Witnesses Emerge to Reveal Lang’s History of Dishonesty, Social Deviance, and Criminal Impersonation
The David Lang Saga, Part Two

By Briggs Seekins
In the week since the National Police Gazette broke our investigation into notorious Brazilian jiu-jitsu fraud and phony war hero David Lang, citizens of Cortland County, NY, have been contacting this writer multiple times every day, anxious … Continue reading

The Alex Rodriguez Conundrum

In view of the recent Alex Rodriguez unpleasantness, we reprint an editorial we originally ran in the September 2013 local print issue. It’s as pertinent now as ever….

What if Ted Williams Had Done Steroids?
Baseball has the distinction of being the sport with the most obsessive statistics fanatics. There are a dozen basic ways to measure batting skill and fans have come up with dozens more. The fact that Moneyball was as successful as it … Continue reading

Police Gazette Investigation Uncovers Notorious Jiu-Jitsu Fraud and Phony War Hero David Lang Operating in Cortland, New York

Cortland Citizens Have Their Trust Betrayed and Pockets Picked!
Well-Known Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Conned!
Scam Involves Oregon State Prison Inmate Serving Time for Sexual Assault of a Minor!
The Investigation and Its Quickly Developing Results!

By Briggs Seekins
In a story that is still developing, this writer has uncovered evidence that David Lang (aka David Lang Da Silva) of McGraw, NY—nationally known as a notorious fraud—has been uncovered once more operating … Continue reading

UFC’s Fertitta Uses New York State Denial to Score Anti-Union Points

UFC chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has been reigniting the theory that the only thing blocking approval of pro MMA bouts in New York State is “the culinary union… Local 226 in Las Vegas.” The theory goes that the union, upset that Fertitta’s Las Vegas business, Station Casinos, refuses to organize, is using its influence with sympathetic unions in New York to pressure State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and/or the Legislative Women’s Caucus into not allowing the … Continue reading

Briggs Seekins: Gladius VIII Live Fight Card Report

Henry_and_DiSalvoAlex Henry, left, and Joey DiSalvo defended their Gladius welterweight and middleweight championships, respectively, in two of Gladius VIII’s finest bouts. (Photo courtesy of Gladius Fights)

Despite the ongoing persecution of professional mixed martial arts by Sheldon Silver and the New York State Assembly, the amateur portion of the sport continues to thrive. The major player for this … Continue reading

Briggs Seekins: Jon Jones’s Boxing Coach, Patrick O’Connor, a Special Talent with the Paint Brush Too

Although Jon Jones is now associated with the elite Jackson MMA team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Southern Tier fight fans are proudly aware that the UFC light heavyweight champion’s roots are based here in the Binghamton-Ithaca area. And when training for his most recent title defense last September against Alex Gustafsson, Jones reunited with one of his earliest striking coaches, long-time Ithaca boxing trainer Patrick O’Connor.

O’Connor spent the hot summer months in New Mexico with Jones, … Continue reading

Briggs Seekins: National Champion Ricardo Gomez to Headline Gladius VIII Card

On December 7, Gladius Fights Promotion will return to their Ithaca headquarters to present another live card of high-quality amateur MMA action at the Ultimate Athletics Gym in the Pyramid Mall. Headlining the card will be 2013 Ithaca College graduate and Division III national wrestling champion Ricardo Gomez.

A national championship level wrestler starts out with a major head start when picking up the sport of mixed-martial-arts fighting. Of all the independent arts and sports that come … Continue reading

Muscle and Mayhem, The Saginaw Kid and the Fistic World of the 1890s by Lauren D. Chouinard

saginaw-kid-book-coverA while back Lauren Chouinard of Eugene, OR, wrote us about researching the Police Gazette’s coverage of his cousin, former lightweight boxing champion George “Kid” Lavigne. Well, Lauren’s book is now finished and in stores. It’s already gotten a glowing writeup in the local Eugene newspaper, The Register-Guard, and doesn’t just describe the life of Kid … Continue reading

Briggs Seekins: Jon Jones Retains World Light Heavyweight Championship in Thrilling Five-Round War

In a battle that will likely end up receiving some “Fight of the Year” mention when MMA journalists compile their year-end award lists, former Union-Endicott wrestling standout and current Ithaca resident Jon Jones successfully defended his UFC 205-pound world title against the extremely game Alexander Gustafsson. The veteran fighter from Sweden pushed the previously invincible Jones to the brink and inflicted more damage on the champion than all19 of his previous opponents combined.

Jones broke his foot … Continue reading