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August 20, 2011 @ 9:49PM
With-in the Detroit city walls and surrounding suburbs of the original, once capital of the State of Michigan, Detroit holds a certain level of respect and loyalty for the sport of MMA.
The athletes that train here are exposed to higher learning and taught respect, honor and loyalty among the many benefits the high caliber training facilities have to offer.
With 2-3 venues being hosted each weekend here in the state, there's only a small hand full of promotions that meet the required expectation of the State, the athletes and the fight fans that reside here in Michigan.
With a pending legislation too regulate amateur MMA here in the state, the one thing that will never change is the mentality of our athletes and the right to represent and to be " Trained In Detroit."
Garage Muscle Attends Benefit For Fallen Officer:
August 8, 2011 @ 12:57PM
By: Ryan S. Spiteri
On Sunday 07,2011 Garage Muscle attended a benefit for a fallen Oakland County Sheriff Officer, Rick Cigile. Rickâ€™s story is unique and his family remains strong and confident of Rick making a full recovery from his injuries.
Garage Muscle first got wind of this benefit and Rickâ€™s story via Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Michigan, where Ryan S. Spiteri Owner and Founder of Garage Muscle works as an active volunteer and committee board member.
Fellow officer on the force, Shannon Giffins reached out with the intention of making a difference and helping the Ciglie family during this hard struggle. Below is her touching email:
â€śTo whom it may concern,
This email is in regards to a benefit we are doing for Deputy Rick Cigile from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Rick has been a Deputy with us for 23 yrs and was in our Alcohol Enforcement Unit for 14 of those years.
On June 21, 2011 Rick was in Florida vacationing with his wife and three son's. While Rick was teaching his son's how to body surf, a second wave hit him causing him to hit his head on the ocean floor. His son's pulled him from the ocean and began CPR on him along with others at the scene.
Rick spent a week in a hospital in Florida on a ventilator, tracheotomy, sedated with a feeding tube, two broken vertebrae's C4 and C5 which is commonly known as a broken neck, dislocated shoulder, liver and kidney damage.
Rick's wife spent day's trying to get the insurance company to have him med-flight to U of M Hospital so that he could be closer to home to recover where his family and friends are. Also, she wasnâ€™t happy with the medical treatment they were providing. The insurance company refused to pay to have him med-flight.
On June 29th, 2011 Rick's wife had him med-flight from the Florida Hospital to U of M Hospital in Michigan. Due to the Insurance Company refusing to pay, she had to pay $14,500.00 to have him brought to Michigan.
On July 6, 2011 I visited him in ICU. He's on a ventilator a couple hours a day, he still had the tracheotomy, he's eating a little and talking. He is currently paralyzed from the chest down and has limited use of his arms. He has a blood clot in one arm.
He recalls the whole incident. He was body surfing attempting to catch a 12 foot wave to show his boys how to ride the waves. Rick said he seen another large wave coming and it smashed his head into the ocean floor. He said he clearly remembers hitting the bottom and hearing his neck snap. He said his neck snapped, he seen a bright lightning bolt, bright lights and knew he was drowning. He said he could not breathe or move and knew he was paralyzed. He remembers telling himself to hold his breath as long as he could and then he blacked out.
Again, this email is in regards to the Benefit we are having for Rick Cigile on August 7, 2011 at Boomer's Roadhouse in Waterford MI. I'm sending this email to see if the MADD Foundation would be interested in donating towards the benefit.
Thank you for your time,
Deputy Shannon Giffin #648â€ť
The benefit was very successful; Boomerâ€™s roadhouse was packed wall to wall in respects to Officer Rick Cigile. It was very overwhelming to see people showing up by the car load and to have great people in attendance wiling to help the cause at any price.
With 50/50 raffles in full swing and silent auctions building up to record values, the event came to a close at 10pm wrapping up a solid 7hrs of continued support for the Cigile family. The benefit was a huge success and raised $27,000 just at last nights gathering. Overall since the accident, the total raised is $58,000.
In attendance was over 650 people and Deputy Cigile really surprised everyone by showing up to the benefit. His nurses drove him and he graced everyone with his presence for about 1 1/2 hrs. Nobody knew he was coming not even his family!
Refereeing Seminar Done Deal
July 27, 2011 @ 9:39AM
TXC Summer Fest Post Report:
July 26, 2011 @ 8:30AM
By: Ryan S. Spiteri
Triple X Cagefighting hosted the 1st annual Summer Fest venue at the beautiful Uptown Grille in Commerce Township,MI this past weekend on Saturday 23, 2011. With the forecast calling for rain, there was no obstructing loyal TXC fight fans and local residents from coming out and having a great time.
As valet became busy, people started to line up out side of the entrance anxiously waiting to gain entry to yet another great show put together by TXC, with the help of the Uptown Grille staff. As the doors opened at 5:00pm sharp, within just under an hour the grounds quickly filled.
With local vendors aligned around the perimeter of the event, Garage Muscle drew an immense amount of attraction releasing the growing line of â€śTrained In Detroitâ€ť apparel and debuting the new TXC Undisputed red carpet backdrop, giving some added leverage to the TV Show â€śTXC MMA Undisputedâ€ť that airs every Sunday evening at 11pm on MY TV20.
(Pictured Above: Otis and Amadeo from Team LeJits)
With professional athletes such as; Kara Ro, Scott Bickerstaff, Todd Allee, Don Richards and several other high caliber athletes and VIPâ€™s in attendance, the scenery became overwhelming with excitement quickly, knowing that you had already gotten your money worth before the show even started.
With a loaded card, the first punch was thrown promptly at 7:30pm starting the festivities. Though Mother Nature was brewing her own storm in the sky above, the real squall was inside of the cage below under the lights. One bomb after another, fight fans were exposed to tapouts, knockouts and on one occasion a corner men throwing in the towel, as the intensity climbed and stakes became higher.
In all, TXC rebelliously challenged Mother Nature to a duel, with the full intention of giving Michigan fight fans a solid action packed display of good clean talented mixed martial arts. In the end itâ€™s not about who won or lost but, about what you learned as an athlete or spectator making your next visit more electrifying.
Refereeing Seminar Coming To Metro Detroit
July 21, 2011 @ 9:35PM
The popularity of mixed martial arts has increased dramatically here in Michigan and all across the United States. Children and young adults of all ages are becoming more in tune to the sport and have developed a knowledge of the rules and technicalities to further their personal satisfactory.
While the pro sector still remains at a minimum here in Michigan, the amateur divison continues to grow and give birth to new venues monthly, which can only mean one thing, the need for officials is required.
Garage Muscle and Marc Fennell have joined forces with Joe Battaglia and Al Low of Fight Club Proving Ground to offer Michiganders and any interested person(s) the opportunity to become apart of Michigan MMA by participating in the upcoming MMA Refereeing Seminar.
The seminar will be coordinated by nationally recognized Ultimate Fighting Championship referee Marc Fennell. Fennell is an elite official to the cage and is 1 of 6 approved trainers in the United States via the Association of Boxing Commissions. His knowledge and accuracy is demonstrated as flawless, with his number one priority being focused on the athletes safety. Aside from the UFC, Fennell also does amateur venues here in the state such as Impact Fight League via Donofrio Entertainment.
The seminar will welcome both male and female participants 18yrs+ who are looking to further their knowledge and involvement within the MMA field. Interested person(s) will be subject to register prior to the scheduled date of the seminar, limited space is available so registration should be completed immediately to be granted acceptance.
The introduction of class will be presented via power point presentation, then Finnish with a complete coverage of the unified rules of MMA, fundamentals and positioning , LIVE! role playing and more. Gym cloths attire is recommended for the added comfort by not required.
Upon completion of the course, you will gain the recognition and credentials via the Association of Boxing Commissions, putting you two steps ahead of other officials and one step away from earning extra cash each week, while enjoying the greatest most popular sport in the country.
Michigan is in demand for good certified officials, this is a $350.00 value being offered to you for $125.00. This is a great opportunity to gain professional knowledge and a nationally recognized certification at an incredible price.
Date and Time is still to be determined. Contact Garage Muscle for more details at: 1(248) 808-9514
Now Accepting Pre-Registration participants!
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MMA Vendor Conflict
June 6, 2011 @ 10:18PM
Michigan is headquarters to several different clothing apparel companyâ€™s that sell a variety of MMA related gear such as, T-shirts, fighter shorts, hats, gloves and other miscellaneous items. These vendors are also referenced too as â€śSponsorsâ€ť and are often present at most of the venues in the state.
Most event promoters will give clearance to a vendor and allow them permission to set up their display on scene and participate in the show as an active sponsor. In return, the vendor is charged a small booth/table fee that can range from as low as $100.00 to as high as $1,000.00.
Over the past several months, local promoters have reported that vendors are quickly packing up and leaving the event without paying the negotiated booth fee.Josh Lawrence, President and Promoter of Genesis Fighting Championship says heâ€™s had it happen to him once, just a few months ago and as a result heâ€™s made it mandatory for all vendors to pay their fees before the start of the show.