Any fighter or combat sports athlete surely knows the “grind.” It is a combination of many things…cardio, strength and conditioning, going to class after class, trying to hone your chosen endeavor/skills. This includes selling tickets, finding sponsors, all piled on top of working a job, taking care of a family. It’s a lifestyle that will test one’s inner strength. The same can be said for the mixed martial arts promotion business. You need a venue, insurance, quality fighters who can sell tickets, a fan base, a DJ, a ring announcer, the list goes on and on. To survive in this atmosphere and prosper is a huge achievement.
Stellar Fights has fought the grind and is thriving. Promoter/CEO Brad Dalton will be entering his second decade of hosting MMA events on February 1 in Harrington, Delaware as Stellar Fights 45 leads off his schedule for 2020. Brad has become a staple in his home state and he’s done a “stellar” job of providing a forum where mixed martial artists can display their hard work. It truly says something about a promotion that can survive over ten years and keep building relationships.
Delaware does not have it’s own sanctioning body and everything is handled by the World Kickboxing Association (WKA). I see many of the same referees, judges, and officials working his events that I see in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Dalton’s cards is variety. He has the flexibility to mix both professional and amateur bouts in MMA, kickboxing, and grappling, and whichever particular sport may be on tap, it will always be in the Stellar cage.
That cage will be very busy on the 1st as Stellar Fights 45 brings the fans 7 MMA bouts and 4 Glory rules kickboxing contests. You can check out the entire card below. MyMMANews will be in the house and bringing you the best live coverage on the planet. Nobody covers regional combat sports like we do. Every other site will just tap out!
|1||Lightweight MMA||Brandon||“Shazam” Lewin||0-0 (4-1 MT)||8 Limbs Academy||vs||Erik||Marsh||2-0||Outfox MMA|
|Sluggin Ricky Remedy||JBlock||Gangsta by School Boy Q||Virginia Beach, VA|
|2||Heavyweight MMA||Alexander||Bank||(3-1 MT)||TIMT||vs||Gregg||“The Warrior” White||1-3||Delaware Grappling|
|Elevate – Dj Khalil||Hazlet, NJ||Different by Michah Tyler||Greenwood, DE|
|3||135 Pound Glory Kickboxing||Kyle||Hannigan||(1-0 MMA)||Grindhouse MMA||vs||Kyle||“Chicken Nugget” Thompson||1-2||Outfox MMA|
|No Church in the Wild by Kanye West||Burlington, NJ||Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill||Virginia Beach, VA|
|4||Flyweight MMA||Mic||“The Baby Gorilla” O’Brien||2-10-1||Kioto BJJ||vs||Reece||Ward||2-8||302 BJJ|
|Carl Douglass – Kung Fu Fighting||South WIlliamsport, PA||New Level by ASAP Ferg||Wilmington, DE|
|5||Heavyweight MMA||Raiden||Keller||0-0||Bowerhouse MMA||vs||Dale||“Hammerfist” Reed||0-2||Delaware Grappling|
|Young – Nipsey Hussle||Milton, DE|
|6||140 Pound Glory Kickboxing||Mason||Derbyshire||1-1||American Muay Thai||vs||“Smokin” Joe||Thompson||1-0||Outfox MMA|
|rip and tear doom 2016||Towson, MD||Cowboy Bebop OST 1 – Tank!||Virginia Beach, VA|
|7||Middleweight MMA||Michael||West||0-0||Method MMA||vs||Melo||Gonzalez||0-0||Diamond State BJJ|
|Dangerous by Royal Deluxe||Edgewood, MD||cartel de santa – cloroformo||Wilmington, DE|
|8||Bantamweight MMA||Wesley||Russum||1-1||First State BJJ||vs||Scott “The Last Neandertha”||“Dirty Scooter” Suiter||0-2||302 BJJ|
|Cold Blood by Davd not Davd||Dover, DE||Triad by Tool||West Grove, PA|
|9||170 Pound Glory Kickboxing||Jocque||Hunter||0-0||Premier Martial Arts||vs||Ben||Lewis||0-0||Independent|
|151 Rum by JID||Dover, DE||Paint It Black Epic Trailer Version by Hidden Citizens and Rånya||Ellendale, DE|
|10||Welterweight MMA||Aking||DeLeon||0-0||Triple Threat Combat Sports||vs||Nick||Mancini||0-0||Diamond State BJJ|
|Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill||Santa Isabel, Puerto RIco||Heart of a Champion by Nelly||Wilmington, DE|
|11||170 Pound Glory Kickboxing||Rosendo||Leyva||3-0||Bowerhouse MMA||vs||Trevahn||“War Angel” Stephens||3-2||Beltrante Fighting Fit|
|El Chapo by Skrillex||Norristown, PA|
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.