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.


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>> 


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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