IFL 65 at the Joe a Smashing Success for Donofrio MMA!

On Saturday, April 9, Donofrio MMA brought approximately 5000 fans what they’ve come to expect from the State’s premier MMA promoter.

Impact Fight League 65 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was a smashing success with several fights resulting in all-out wars and the slick production the promotion has become famous for.

In the night’s surprising main event, Scorpion Fighting System’s Josh Shaw tasted defeat for the first time at the hands of Indiana’s Aaron Smith. After three punishing rounds of back-and-forth action, Smith took Shaw out with punches at 1:42 of the fourth round.

In the process, Smith became the IFL Super Lightweight Champion.

In the co-main event, Chelsea Faulder of Piqua, Ohio, became the IFL Female Straw Weight Champion with a third-round submission over Scorpion Fighting Systems’ Tabatha Ann Watkins.

Full Results:

Aaron Smith KO/TKO 4 Josh Shaw (Punches) 1:42
Chelsea Faulder SUB 3 (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:57 Tabatha Ann Watkins
Solomon Renfro KO/TKO 2 (RTD) 0:01 Labron Oldham
Matt Cylla SUB 1 (Armbar) 2:15 Marcus Maulding
Alexandra Ruppel SUB 1 (Armbar) 1:50 Diamond Long
Erik Vondenhuevel KO/TKO 1 (Punches) 0:07 Randy Uresti
Robert Fretenborough SUB 2 (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:19 Dylan Carpenter
Tim Frye KO/TKO 3 (Punches) 2:13 Nick Trongale
Lee Siersma SUB 2 (Armbar) 2:15 John Svoboda
Munib Alsalmani W 3 (Split) Dominic Dobbins
Sterling Brown KO/TKO 1 (Punches) Dylan Dunnington


UNDEFEATED SHAW TO FACE TOUGH VETERAN SMITH IN MAIN EVENT OF "FIGHT NIGHT AT THE JOE" IFL 65 AT JOE LOUIS ARENA IN DETROIT

Coach James Gray, of Brighton, Michigan’s Scorpion Fighting System, wanted his undefeated protégé, Josh Shaw (7-0) to have a tougher MMA fight than he’s had so far in his undefeated career and it looks like he’s found it.

Shaw will face Indiana’s Aaron Smith (33-13) for the IFL Super Lightweight Championship on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m., in the five-round main event of Donofrio MMA and The Impact Fight League’s "Fight Night at the Joe" IFL 65 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

The pair headline a stacked night of full-contact Mixed Martial Arts action being put on by the Midwest's premier Mixed Martial Arts promoter, Donofrio MMA, that will feature explosive, hard hitting bouts between the Midwest's fiercest male and female cage warriors in several IFL championship fights. 

In the night’s five-round co-main event, Tabatha Ann Watkins, also from Scorpion Fighting Systems, will face the formidable Chelsea Faulder of Piqua, Ohio, for the IFL Female Straw Weight Championship.

Tickets for "Fight Night at the Joe" IFL 65 at Joe Louis Arena are priced at $15, $25, $35, $50, $200 VIP and $300 VIP and are on sale now. They can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com.  Charge tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 313-471-3099. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables are also available at (248) 770-6000. <<READ MORE>>



PRESS CONFERENCE AND OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN TO BE HELD FOR "FIGHT NIGHT AT THE JOE" IFL 65

WHAT: On Friday, April 8, before a great night of full-contact Mixed Martial Arts action, the Midwest's premier Mixed Martial Arts promoter, Donofrio MMA and The Impact Fight League (IFL) will come together for the official weigh-in for fighters who will compete at "Fight Night at the Joe" IFL 65 at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Media are invited to cover the conference and capture the results of the fighter weigh-in. One-on-one interviews with the event fighters and Joseph Donofrio will be available. Food and beverage will be provided.

WHEN: Friday, April 8 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hooters Sports Bar & Grill
2950 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083

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Biggest loser after Conor McGregor, Holly Holm upsets: the UFC

LAS VEGAS – From his traditional perch at the side of the Octagon on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White could only watch as piles of millions burned in front of him.

Holly Holm … choked outConor McGregor … choked out. A pair of the sport’s biggest and most bankable stars suffering stunning upsets, turning UFC 196 into a carnage of commerce. Suddenly a year of easy-to-make mega-fights became more complicated, from the uncertainty of Holly Holm-Ronda Rousey rematch, to McGregor headlining July’s historic UFC 200.

“In 16 years in this business, the one thing you don’t do is plan anything out,” White said after. “Because you don’t know.” <<READ MORE>>




Results from Brawl in the Fall 

Date:  11/7/2015
Location:  Joe Louis Arena 

Compiled by Samuel Crawford, Jr. 

Bout 1:  John Svoboda defeated Mike Guindon by KO 1. 

Bout 2:  Pat Carlson defeated Ray Hernandez by TKO 3. 

Bout 3:  Juan Pain defeated Donald Kruzel by TKO 1 due to strikes. 

Bout 4:  Anthony Coleman defeated David Ratliff by Tap Out 1 due to Rear Naked Choke. 

Bout 5:  Matt Cylla defeated Antonio Antonio Berkey by Tap Out 1 due to Rear Naked Choke 

Bout 6:  Dustin Roller defeated Greg Schaefer by Tap Out 2 due to Rear Naked Choke.  

Bout 7:  Zach Rini defeated Austin Delargey by Unanimous Decision.  

Bout 8:  Fabio D'Augastino defeated Christopher Riggs by TKO 2 due to strikes. 

Bout 9:  Jay Albert defeated John Kish by Disqualification.  

Bout 10:  James Holloway defeated Rob Fretenborough by TKO 1 due to strikes. 

Bout 11:  Marco Smallman defeated Robert Gidron by Tap out 2 due to Rear Naked Choke.


13-bout MMA card hits Joe Louis Arena on Saturday

Mike Brudenell, Detroit Free Press
November 6, 2015

Mixed martial arts returns to Detroit on Saturday night, with the 13-bout "Brawl in the Fall" show at Joe Louis Arena.

Heading the card is a five-round cage battle between Detroit's Marco Smallman (9-0) and Robert Gidron (13-2) of Grand Rapids for the Impact Fight League super welterweight super championship.

In the night's co-main event, James Holloway (12-2) of Detroit meets the Motor City's Rob Fretenborough (9-8) for the IFL featherweight championship. <<READ MORE>>


EIGHT TITLE FIGHTS, 13 BOUTS TOTAL THIS SATURDAY FOR ‘BRAWL IN THE FALL’ AT JOE LOUIS ARENA – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The full card has been announced for Donofrio MMA’s "Brawl in the Fall - Impact Fight League 64,” this Saturday, November 7, at Detroit’s famed Joe Louis Arena.

Eight IFL titles and 13 bouts in total will be contested for in Michigan’s premier combat-sport league, headlined by Detroit’s undefeated Marco Smallman (9-0) of FUSE/MASH/Team Caique taking on Robert Gidron (13-2) of Grand Rapids and Team GRMMA in a five-round battle for the IFL Super Welterweight Super Championship.

In the night’s co-main event will be the highly anticipated return of James Holloway (12-2) of Bryan Paz Cook Academy of Martial Arts from injury to face fellow Detroiter Rob Fretenborough, 9-8 and coached by Brendan "Devastation" Sequin. Holloway vs. Fretenborough is scheduled for five rounds for the IFL Featherweight Championship.

Tickets for "Brawl in the Fall - Impact Fight League 64,” start at $15 General Admission and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. Charge tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables are also available at (248) 770-6000. <<READ MORE>>


Undefeated Smallman to Face Gidron for MMA Supremacy at Super Welterweight

Donofrio MMA Returns to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, Nov 7 with Brawl in the Fall - Impact Fight League 64

(Detroit) On Saturday, November 7, at Detroit’s famed Joe Louis Arena, Michigan’s premier combat-sport promoter, Joseph Donofrio, will proudly present "Brawl in the Fall - Impact Fight League 64,” a 15-fight night of full-contact MMA fighting.

Stacked from top to bottom with non-stop action, Brawl in the Fall will be headlined by a long awaited showdown between the state’s two best at the weight.

Representing the East Side of Michigan will be Detroit’s undefeated Marco Smallman (9-0) of FUSE/MASH/Team Caique. And from Western Michigan will be Robert Gidron (13-2) of Grand Rapids and Team GRMMA. The two will battle five rounds for the IFL Super Welterweight Super Championship.

Tickets for "Brawl in the Fall - Impact Fight League 64,” start at $15 General Admission and and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com.  Charge tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000.  For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.  VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables are also available at (248) 770-6000.

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Brawl in the Fall Returns!

IFL #64 on Saturday, November 7, at JLA

The Legendary Joe Louis Arena has been the center stage for the NHL Stanley Cup. It has also been the performance venues for icons such as Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Jay Z, Eminem, The Detroit Pistons, and many more.

Now on Saturday November 7th @7pm The Joe Louis Arena and DONOFRIO MMA will bring the BEST amateur mixed martial arts competitors from around Michigan, for a live MMA event. This is as big as it gets!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


Donofrio MMA Returns to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, March 14

On March 14, 2015, Donofrio MMA in association with the Impact Fight League (IFL) and The Joe Louis Arena will proudly present "FIGHT NIGHT AT THE JOE" IFL 61, another great night of full-contact Mixed Martial Arts action.

Known as the Midwest's top promoter of mixed martial arts, Donofrio MMA events always feature the best fighters, the top venues, blazing pyrotechnics, gorgeous ring-card girls and the most exciting matchups. March 14 will be no different, as many IFL Belts will be on the line in heart-stopping battles.

“I am happy to be returning to Downtown Detroit with such a terrific show,” said Donofrio MMA President, Joseph Donofrio. “This state is home to so many of the world’s best fighters and IFL 61 will be putting many of them in action.”

Get your tickets now and join the thousands expected at this spectacular night of MMA action at the Historic Joe Louis Arena. Tickets start at just $15 and are on sale now at The Joe Louis Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster locations. For VIP Table Seating E-Mail Donofrio MMA at joe@donofriosports.com.


'Thrilla at the Villa' MMA event brings out east-side VIPs, raises $50K
for multiple sclerosis

By Mike Brudenell
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer

Former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown was in the house. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel made some noise. Around them sat judges, local politicians, cops and a rowdy but well-behaved bunch of east-side business types and friends.

Jimmy Mallo, manager/trainer of former world boxing champion Mary Jo Sanders of Auburn Hills, the daughter of Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, summed it up: “This is a group of decent people supporting a wonderful cause.” <<READ MORE>>


Sixth-Annual Donofrio ‘Thrilla’ at the Villa’ Fundraiser to be Held Wednesday, May 14

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Michigan’s "Godfather of MMA", Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio MMA will host his sixth-annual “THRILLA AT THE VILLA” charity MMA fight card in association with Multiple Sclerosis Society of Michigan.

To be held at Villa Penna Ristorante and Banquet Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan, THRILLA AT THE VILLA will again feature fine food, beverages and Michigan’s top up-and-coming MMA talent in full-contact cage-fighting war. <<READ MORE>> 


5 Things We Learned from Turf Wars III

By Antonio Cooper

1- There has to be a rematch.

With fourteen fights on the card, although a 7-7 split is extremely fortunate. The result still feels kind of unresolved in terms of bragging rights.

A rematch needs to happen, I, the intern wants it. You, the people want it. Next year's Turf Wars has all the makings for a Donofrio instant classic.

2-Adrian Hadribeaj, Ian Blair and Jake Malloway were as skilled as they come.

While there were plenty of skilled fighters, some that put together masterful performances against their opponents in the cage. It was Adrian Hadribeaj whose awe-inspiring performance would have easily took home a performance of the night. <<READ MORE>>


Turf Wars III Results

By Antonio Cooper

Donofrio Entertainment held its third installment of Turf Wars, featuring 28 of the best amateur mixed martial artist from both, the United States and Canada. With 14 fights taking place in front of a crowd well over 4,000 spectators, this installment offered the patented Donofrio excitement you’ve come to expect from Donofrio and the impact Fight League.

With 14 fights on the card, neither country would end with the upper hand having seven Canadian and U.S fighters take home victories. The Turf Wars would inevitably end in a 7-7 draw concluding the true winners to be the fans by the events end.

While the Donofrio organization always delivered fireworks no matter the event. No one expected the amount of highlight reel finishes to take place inside of the historic Joe Louis Arena, as 11 nights would end in explosive finishes from both countries. <<READ MORE>>


Canada, USA mix it up on MMA card at
Joe Louis Arena

By Marvin Goodwin

The thousands of spectators assembled at Joe Louis Arena Saturday weren't there for their health, they were there to witness a declaration of war - war between two countries separated, in these parts, by the Detroit River.

Yes, Canada and the USA got it on again in Turf Wars III: USA vs. Canada, in an Impact Fight League mixed martial arts battle royale between the two nations.

With Phil "The Voice" Davey introducing the fighters, and the electricity among a charged-up crowd, not to mention the gorgeous gals escorting the fighters to the cage, everyone got what they wanted - except a clear-cut winner.

That's right, after 14 battles, it was USA 7, Canada 7, an indication that a rematch between the two nations is in store. That's fine with the Canadian crew.

"We're coming back," said Lou Milonas, an MMA coach from Toronto who endured at customs to get to his final destination. Was the hassle factor apparent? "Yeah," smiled Milonas. "We spent an hour there. But we made it through." <<READ MORE>>



Explosive Hadribeaj vs. Whittal Match-up to Serve as Co-Main Event for Donofrio’s 'TURF WARS III' MMA Extravaganza, This Saturday, April 5 at Joe Louis Arena

Another battle of undefeated fighters will serve as the exciting co-main event this Saturday (April 5) night when Donofrio MMA and Impact Fight League’s (League in association with Olympia Entertainment) IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III -- USA VS CANADA on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the famed Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

In the chief supporting bout before the explosive main event, two of the area’s hottest young welterweight (170-lb.) prospects will lock up in all-out cage warfare, as Macomb, Michigan’s (via Albania) Adrian “The Eagle” Hadribeaj (6-0) from Fight Club Proving Ground and Fuse MMA (under coaches Joseph Battaglia, Don Richard and James Lee) will take on Chatham, Ontario’s Nick Whittal (3-0) from the Gracie Barra Gym in Chatham (under coach Thomas Armstrong).

Tickets for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: "TURF WARS III -- USA VS CANADA are priced at $15, $25, $35, $50 and Super Fan $75 and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables available at 248.770.6000. <<READ MORE>>


Undefeated Warriors, Moore and Efford, Top Donofrio’s 'TURF WARS III' MMA on Saturday, April 5 at Joe Louis Arena

The main event has been announced for Donofrio MMA and The Impact Fight League in association with Olympia Entertainment Present: IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: “TURF WARS III — USA VS CANADAon Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the famed Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Topping this instalment of Donofrio MMA’s stunning cage-fight extravaganzas will be a battle of undefeated fighters between Howell, Michigan’s undefeated Taylor Moore (9-0) of Scorpion Fighting System (coach James Gray) and Scarborough, Ontario’s also undefeated Spencer Efford (6-0) of Team UMAC MMA & Fitness (coach Lou Milonas).

Tickets for IMPACT FIGHT LEAGUE 60: “TURF WARS III — USA VS. CANADA are priced at $15, $25, $35, $50 and Super Fan $75 and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. VIP Reserved Cage Side Tables available at 248.770.6000. <<READ MORE>>


Donofrio Returns to Joe Louis with 'TURF WARS' MMA on Saturday, April 5

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the famed Joe Louis Arena, Donofrio MMA, The Impact Fight League in association with Olympia Entertainment Present "TURF WARS" USA vs CANADA.

The third installment of USA vs CANADA, The Impact Fight League 60 will present 15 of Canada's best fighters from fight clubs in Windsor, London, Toronto, Hamilton, Sault St Marie, Sarnia and a host of others.
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Charity Event Knocks Out Blindness

By Antonio Cooper

Donofrio Entertainment held its annual “knockout Blindness” charity function, in partnership with the Shelby Township Lion’s Club, the charity foundation looked. Donofrio Entertainment more than lived up to its name as the fight promotion put on a spectacular event, showcasing a few of MMA’s rising prospects.

Joseph Donofrio was the first to express his excitement for the event in itself, stating “This is the 7th annual event, we raise money for “Leaderdogs for the Blind” and we always try to top last year’s amount. This year our goal is $40,000.” <<READ MORE>>


Donofrio Set to Knockout Blindness on Tuesday, March 25

On Tuesday, March 25, promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment, the Shelby Lions Club and Leader Dogs of the Blind are holding their fourth-annual KNOCKOUT BLINDNESS MMA event at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township, Michigan (54660 Van Dyke).

This annual event generates the largest donation by the Shelby Lions Club for The Leader Dogs for the Blind, an organization that provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life.

"This has become such a great event," said Joseph Donofrio. "We've got 10 action-packed fights scheduled for this year plus a gourmet dinner, top-shelf open bar, door prizes and a silent auction and the best part is the proceeds go to such a great cause."

The Shelby Township Lions Club has been serving its community for more than 50 years.

For tickets to KNOCKOUT BLINDNESS, please call Joe Burke (586.216.9338) or the Palazzo Grande at 586-731-2100.


Antonio Cooper MMA Column

Prior to UFC on Fox 10, a shocking announcement took place involving top lightweight, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, as the UFC lightweight confessed to his money woes, stating

’m just out of control. It’s hard to have money in the bank, want something and not get it. I just [expletive] buy it. I have no idea what saving money is.”

As a result, the lightweight requested six fights for the 2014 fight year and seems to have began things on the right track. Winning in devastating fashion, finishing Adriano Martins with a highlight reel knockout simply moments into the first round.

With that victory Donald Cerrone earned “Knockout of the night” honors, surpassing both Anderson Silva and Joe Lauzon for fight bonus awards.

The victory should represent more than a award bonus as fight bonuses usually range between $30,000-$50,000 dollars in bonus. Including the already high salary of Cerrone which begins at $60,000 and it seems as though kicking someone in the head may have taken care of “Cowboy” money woes faster than they began.

While taking little to no damage during his last fight, look for Cerrone to step into the Octagon as soon as possible as he looks to go 2-0 inside the 2014 fight year.


Antonio Cooper MMA Column

Following UFC 167, two things were evident. One, Johnny Hendricks came out on the wrong side of a bad decision and two, something was bothering Georges St. Pierre so much that it affected his octagon performance.

Following the post-fight press conference, things would reviled themselves as it turned out GSP in-fact was soon expecting his first child. While this is a feat most men would appreciate, GSP in-fact hated the idea. While that occurred, further news established that GSP's father was also in the hospital, suffering from what could have been a fatal illness. <<READ MORE>> 


Results from Donofrio MMA’s "Brawl In The Fall" November 2, 2013

By Antonio Cooper

Donofrio Entertainment presented the "Brawl In The Fall" a surefire fight card for both entertainment and finishes. Featuring nine title fights, only three fights would go on to reach a decision on the night, as the rest presented memorable octagon wars that will be remembered for ages.

The night began and ended in full circle, opening with a first round stoppage, while ending in the same fashion. Displaying a vast display of Mixed Martial Arts skill which captivated the fans attention from beginning to the end. <<READ MORE>>


Snyder Taking Sober Look at Grudge Match Against Martin This Saturday at Fillmore Detroit

"It took me a little longer to grow up," admits Sparta, Michigan, MMA veteran Kameron Snyder. "I've been sober from alcohol for six months on Friday and it's really helped me with my training and dedication. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in."

Snyder (29-14) will need his newly found focus when he takes on his arch rival, Traverse City's Derek Martin (18-8) in a long-awaited grudge match for the Impact Fight League 155-lb Lightweight Championship this Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The highly anticipated battle will serve as the main event of Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit.

"He thinks he's Superman," said Snyder of opponent, Martin. "He thinks he's one of the top fighters in Michigan and he's way too cocky about it. He irritates me. He's been saying I've been running from him for a couple years. A couple times, we were supposed to fight and for different reasons, it didn't happen. He said I was making excuses because I'm scared I'm going to lose. He's about to find out he underestimated me. If he hits me, I'll hit him twice as hard."

Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

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Culmination of a Whirlwind Year Finds Jennings Going for MMA Championship  This Saturday at Fillmore Detroit

A year ago, Flint, Michigan's Angie Jennings probably wasn't expecting to be in the position in which she currently finds herself.

Jennings will face Tecumseh, Michigan, kickboxer Katelyn Dykas for Impact Fight League Women's Flyweight Championship this Saturday, November 2, 2013, in one of the featured bouts at the Donofrio Entertainment and Impact Fight League (in association with the Fillmore Detroit) IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" mixed martial arts event at the Fillmore Detroit.

Tickets for IFL 58 "Brawl in the Fall" are priced at $100.00 VIP, $25 Mezzanine, $35 Sections B & C and $15.00 General Admission. General Admission seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. Mezzanine and Sections B & C seats are available at all Ticket Master locations and the Fillmore Box Office. VIP seats are available by calling (248) 770-6000. On fight night, the action starts at 7 pm.

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