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PinnacleFC Amateur Rankings:

                              PinnacleFC Amateur Rankings: 

One of the undertakings of our staff writer David Mckinney has taken on is to evaluate and rank our current Pinnacle amateurs fighting in the tournament.  

The criteria for this ranking is pretty straight forward:  Fighters are ranked by their current record, record within the promotion and previous opponents.

The smoke has cleared and the dust has settled from PinnacleFC 7, here are the new updated rankings for the amateur tournament

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The HGC (Hayastan Grappling Challenge) & Gokor Chivichyan Gi & No-Gi Seminar Returns to Fredonia, NY on September 14th & 15th:

The HGC (Hayastan Grappling Challenge) & Gokor Chivichyan Gi & No-Gi Seminar Returns to Fredonia, NY on September 14th & 15th

This unique grappling event has been running in Fredonia since 2004 with competitors coming from all over the US and Canada. The Hayastan Grappling Challenge tournament circuit was created by Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell using promoters in different areas of the United States and Europe. Norman Yonkers is the representative for the circuit in NY and PA. These tournaments have divisions for Kids, Teens, Women, Seniors (40+), Masters (30-39), and Mens in both Gi and No-Gi. Gi is single elimination and No-Gi is double elimination. All 1st thru 3rd places will be awarded beautiful custom 5 inch medals. There will also be awards for all places in the kid and teen divisions. We will be awarding 5 championship belts in the absolute divisions: Kids, Teens, Women, Men’s Gi and Men’s No-Gi. There will also be a SuperFight between defending Gi Champion Keith Forant out of Buffalo BJJ and his challenger, Jay Wadsworth from Kinetix Combat Sports in Jamestown, NY. Another unique aspect of the HGC tournaments are the 3-2-1 rules. Round 1 - 3 minute submission only, Round 2 - 2 minutes points or submission, Round 3 - if necessary, first takedown or standing submission. Some leg locks are permitted which make for a well rounded grappler.

The tournament will start on Sat, Sept. 14th with our SuperFight at 10:15am. The kids and teens rules meeting begins at 10:30am with their competition beginning immediately following the rules. The adult rules meeting will begin at 12:30pm with the competition beginning with Gi: women, seniors, masters, advanced men, intermediate men, beginner men, & novice men. The No-Gi will follow Gi in the same order. Weigh-Ins are Friday, September 13th from 7:30pm-8:30pm and Saturday morning from 8:30am-10:00am for kids and teens, and 8:30am-noon for adults. All weigh-ins, registration and the tournament will be at Fredonia High School, 425 E. Main St, Fredonia, NY 14063. Fredonia, NY is about 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Toronto.

To find out more about the tournament and to pre-register to save $15 off of the door rates, go to or call Norm at 716-679-7685. Sunday, September 15th, World Champion Gokor Chivichyan will once again hold a 5 hour Gi and No-Gi Grappling Seminar at Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA Academy located at 168 Cushing St, Fredonia, NY 14063. The seminar will run from 10:00am-3:00pm with a light lunch included. Techniques will be shown from Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, stand-up throws, leg locks, arm bars, chokes, and much more.

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Guest Piece: Scott Umberger of Umberger Performance

For the Fighter who wants to hoist the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE!

(That’s Joel on the far right)

Scott Umberger is one of the top physical preparation coaches in the state, arguably the country and is a friend of mine who trains some of the best fighters in our area.  He recently attended a seminar in Richmond, Virginia geared towards sports science and human performance and is kind enough, and cool enough to share it. This piece focuses around the creator of Joel Jamieson and his work with some of the UFC's finest athletes. Do yourself a favor and check it out below: 

Umberger Performance: A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend a seminar in Richmond, Virginia in which some of the some of the best minds in sports science and human performance presented.  I’m not exaggerating.  Natalia Verkhoshansky, who is the PhD daughter of one of the greatest sports scientists that has ever lived, Dr. Yuri Verkhoshansky, presented.   Dr. Yuri V is actually the creator of plyometrics.  Yes,  plyometrics.  And I’m not talking about the “jumping” that you’ve done in gym class, training for a sport, Crossfit, or watching some useless P90X or Insanity video.   Real plyometrics should be reserved for elite athletes.

Some other highlights were world renowned track/sprint coach Henk Kraaijenhof, who has trained several Olympic Medal Winners and world champions.  Dr. Richmond Kalinski of Kent State, who is a former Sports Scientist from the Soviet Union, also presented, and is the one of the top hormone experts in the world.  

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Maddog Gym: Photo Gallery

                            Maddog Gym: Photo Gallery 

The Maddog murder squad recently held a photo shoot at their war room and the results are pretty sweet.  Meet Monica, Maddog's newest spokeswomen as she dawns some of that new Murder machine swag.  Let's face it I could write a ton of funny, quirky shit here but you didn't come here for that. Props to Stefanie Scotti for the photography work and the designs you see here will be available for sale this weekend at the Pinnacle Fighting Championships event at the Iceoplex arena.

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New York State Grappling Championships 4/13/13

                                  2012 Tournament Winners

      2013 New York State Grappling Championships 4/13/13

The 10th Annual New York State Grappling Championship, promoted by Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA, will be held on April 13th at Fredonia Central School in Fredonia, NY 14063. 

This Grappling Tournament is Just a short distance from Cleveland OH – 2 hours and 45 minutes, Pittsburgh, Pa – 2 hours and 30 minutes, Erie Pa, 40 minutes, Toronto, Canada - 2 hours and 50 minutes, and 40 Minutes South of Buffalo, NY and easy to access from Interstate 90 to tournament event.

We Welcome All Styles of Grappling!

  • There are 6 Championship Belts Up for grabs and multiple beautiful custom medals. All Kid & Teen Divisions will receive awards for all places. This is a Gi & No-Gi Tournament (Double Mod. Elimination No-Gi & Single Elimination for GI) for all Kids, Teens, Women, Men, and Masters!
  • There were over 500 divisional competitors in 2012 from teams all over the country and Canada.
  • We will be running 8 rings of grappling action all day long at Fredonia Central School, located at 425 E. Main St, Fredonia, NY, 14063.

The Absolute Champions for 2012 were as follows: 12 and under: Steven Seljan of Red Griffin from Grimsby, Ontario Canada, Teen: Ace Milner from Red Griffin, Women: Valerie Aspaas from BBJJ, Men’s Gi: Erik Herbert from Victory MMA, and the Men’s No-Gi Winner was Jabril Patterson from Victory MMA.

The NYS April 13th & HGC August 2013, tournaments have some cool rules: First Round Submission Only, Second Round (if needed) Submission or points. If the match requires a 3rd round, it will go to a  Sudden Death Round!

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