NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fighters Source™, an International Amateur MMA League, in partnership with USA MMA Kick International Federation, announced today the "Kings of New York," New York State's first sanctioned large-scale Amateur MMA tournament premiering at the Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 6:00 PM.
The "Kings of New York" competition will feature the top Amateur MMA Fighters from the New York and New Jersey area. Fighters Source™ will select these athletes with the coordination of USA MMA Kick Intentional Federation.
"This is an exciting time for Fighters Source™ and Amateur MMA. Fighters Source is looking forward to showcasing the best of Amateur MMA athletes in the New York and New Jersey area for the first time ever in a sanctioned forum," said Anthony Medina, CEO of Fighters Source™.
The winner in each weight division will qualify to join Fighters Source's™ Amateur MMA Team and will be provided with an all expense paid trip to compete in the Fighters Source Korea Open in the Summer of 2013. This tournament will be known as the "Super Bowl" of Amateur MMA. USA MMA Kick International Federation & Fighters Source will take this highly skilled team of Amateur MMA athletes to the international stage to compete at the prestigious Yong-In University in Seoul Korea.
Tryouts for "Kings of New York" will be conducted throughout the New York and New Jersey area during February and March. All athletes will be required to demonstrate the following skills: conditioning, striking, takedowns and grappling. Their skills will be tested and graded by USA MMA Kick International Federation and Fighters Source™ senior instructors.
"The USA MMA Kick International Federation sanctions competitive events for Mixed Martial Arts with dedicated supervision focused on the safety of the athletes. Each fighter is watched closely by certified referees and medical physicians to ensure minimal risk to these aspiring athletes who have trained hard and dedicated themselves to excel in our sport," said Frank Babcock, President of USA MMA Kick International Federation.
"We are working toward bringing this sport to an Olympic level," added Renzo Gracie, North Eastern Regional Director of USA MMA Kick International Federation.
This tournament will be commentated by former UFC fighter Seth "Silver Back" Petruzelli, and guest commentator former television sportscaster Sal Marchiano.
"The increasing worldwide appeal and popularity of this form of sports entertainment cannot be denied. Fighters Source will be the source for athletic and combative talent for years to come, as the Golden Gloves competitions are to boxing," said Sal Marchiano, MMA commentator & former sports television commentator.
Sponsors of the event include D.A.R.E, Adidas, Elite Arsenal, Medcam, Kulture, Powerful Yogurt, Aqua Hydrate, Club 39, Moving Box Studios and MBP.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004A4795AD83B7 or by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $40 for General Admission to $250 for the Front Row VIP Package. Additional facility fee and taxes may apply.
Event Begins: 6:00 P.M.
Manhattan Center 311 W. 34th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY 10001 T: (212) 279-7740 www.mcstudios.com
Fighters Source™ is an international amateur MMA league dedicated to helping amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes accomplish their dreams of athletic achievement. The organization promotes amateur MMA as a sport requiring high-level performance in a wide range of martial arts from striking to kicking to grappling, Jiu Jitsu and Judo.
Fighters Source's founders, Anthony Medina, Kevin Medina, Brandon Medina, and Adam Meyers are life time Mixed Martial Arts practitioners themselves and know the obstacles young men and women face in establishing themselves as professional fighters in this sport. They have created an organization that provides young athletes with the experience, resources, discipline and opportunity to successfully compete against other top international amateur teams at the highest level. The organization's encourages fans to "Find the Fighter in You™."
USA MMA Kick International Federation (USAMMAKIF), is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Missouri Corporation dedicated to the advancement of safety in the sport of amateur competitive combative competition. Their participating athletes strive for recognition in highly disciplined sports that requires practice and dedication to excel in mind, body and spirit. USA MMA KICK International Federation serves as a developing organization in the USA creating a platform for national and world-class international competition leading to future Olympic recognition. To learn more about the organization visit http://kickinternational.org/,
International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is often referred to as the world's fastest growing sport. Its popularity with athletes and followers alike is constantly increasing and there are organizations, clubs and professional companies started all around the globe. The possibilities for development of MMA are great, but as for any sport there are also challenges. In order to harness all this potential there is a need for a common point of reference, a democratic body to organize and drive the development of the sport on a worldwide basis. It is in response to this that the IMMAF was founded in Stockholm, Sweden on February 29th 2012 with the following purpose: The purpose of IMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts, enabling international competition through the organization of national MMA federations around the world. The IMMAF was founded by August Wallen, former athlete and previous President of the Swedish MMA Federation. To learn more about the IMMAF visit http://www.immaf.org/.
Media Contact for Fighters Source™: Hillary Herskowitz [email protected] 917.279.9574