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GPG 22 Heads To New Combat Sports Arena on Oct. 24, Live on GFL



PHILADELPHIA, PA. (August 18, 2015) –Global Proving Ground (GPG) announced today its 22nd live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, featuring a collection of the Philadelphia area’s top professional fighting prospects, on Saturday, October 24, live on Go Fight Live (, from the promotion’s all-new venue, the GPG Sports Complex, in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Tickets for GPG 22, which will be headlined by a flyweight (125 pounds) matchup between rising star Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (13-5-1, 1 NC) of Whippany, N.J. and an opponent to be announced soon, are priced from $40 and are available for purchase at

“We are excited to begin the next chapter in Global Proving Ground’s growth, in a new venue that can comfortably accommodate our rapidly expanding fanbase, and give spectators the exciting experience they look for when they attend a fight,” said Global Proving Ground President James J. Jefferson.

In the co-main event and first Global Proving Ground middleweight (185 pounds) championship bout in history, aggressive-minded, four-time Bellator veteran Jesus “Chavo” Martinez (9-6) of Philadelphia will square off with Tony Parker (11-11) of Fairfield, Ohio.  To date, all but 1 of Parker’s 11 career victories have come by way of submission.

Battle-tested veteran Dante Rivera (16-7) of Jackson, N.J. will battle an opponent to be determined in a 190-pound catchweight fight.

Local fan favorites Alec Hooben (2-2) of Pompton Lakes, N.J. and Tim Dooling (1-2) of Ewing, N.J. will also see action against opponents to be determined.

Additional main card matchups will be announced soon.

In preliminary bout action, unbeaten Peter “The Joker” Petties (2-0) of Columbia, Md. will lock horns with Matt “The Cat” DiMarcantonio (8-5) of Welland Ontario, Canada.  The 24-year-old Petties soared to internet fame when a video of his Aug. 23, 2014 amateur bout with Jeff Melvin, in which Petties unleashed a series of strikes that forced Melvin to vomit, went viral.

Josh Key (6-11) of Perth Amboy, N.J. will battle Eric “Atomic” Attard (4-6) of Welland, Ontario in a welterweight scrap.

In a meeting between two flyweights (125 pounds) making their respective, professional debuts, Gabe Ruiz (0-0) of Woodland Park, N.J. will take on Vladimir Kazbekov (0-0) of Welland, Ontario.

Doors at the venue will open for GPG 22 at 6 p.m. on October 24, and the first preliminary bout and live stream will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG)

Global Proving Ground is a New Jersey-based professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise that was designed to unearth and build new fight talent in the North Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of The United States and to provide an exciting entertainment experience for combat sports fans.

Launched in 2012 by marketing executive James J. Jefferson along with several, original pioneers of MMA, the company operates its own combat sports venue, the GPG Sports Complex, where it hosts all of its events that are distributed live on Real TV as well as PPV on Go Fight Live ( with its syndication deal on a tape delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet and the Comcast Network GPG is not only creating new fighter talent but is developing its own loyal fan base.

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