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August 20, 2011 @ 9:49PM

By: Ryan S. Spiteri

Michigan Mixed Martial Arts is growing at a rapid rate that has spread across the state. The popularity of MMA has reached a all time high and continues to climb as fight fans contribute to the demand.

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."

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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. Rick’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 Rick’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:

“To 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 wasn’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 #648”

The benefit was very successful; Boomer’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!


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Refereeing Seminar Done Deal

July 27, 2011 @ 9:39AM



By: Ryan S. Spiteri



With Mixed Martial Arts increasing in popularity all over the world, the need for good solid officials is in demand.

Join and current UFC referee Marc Fennell on Saturday September 10, 2011 from 8am-5pm for Marc's nationally recognized refereeing seminar.

Marc is 1 of 6 approved trainers via Association of Boxing Commissions and currently officiates for the world renowned Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) and several other professional/amateur promotions across the United States.

The seminar is a 1 day course and will teach each registered participant the; Unified Rules of MMA, Refereeing Mechanics and Positioning, Situation Coaching and LIVE! role playing with actual athletes.

Upon completion of the training program, each participant will gain recognition and creditably via the Association of Boxing Commissions.

If you're interested in becoming involved with the great sport of mma, this is a great way to start. The training you'll receive via this seminar, is recognized and honored in any state within the United States. Best of all, you'll get paid doing it! This is a reasonable investment and great second income opportunity.

The seminar has limited space available, to ensure that every registered participant gets the attention needed.

The total value of this elite seminar training course is $350.00 BUT FOR THIS ONE TIME ONLY THE COST OF THE SEMINAR IS $125.00 (Credit Cards, Checks and Money Orders Accepted.)

Each interested participant is subject to Register and pay in full, prior to the selected seminar date. Each registered participant will receive a FREE! Trained In Detroit t-shirt ( registered trademark of Garage Muscle). and will also receive two tickets to "Brawl In The Fall" September 10,2011 at 7:00pm located at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, MI. Hosted by Donofrio Ent. and Impact Fight League.

Gym clothes attire is ideal but, not required. Please be sure to dress comfortable enough to move quickly and frequently.

This seminar is approved by the Association of Boxing Commissions and The State Athletic Commission.




For more details regarding this seminar please call
1(248) 808-9514

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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 “Trained In Detroit” apparel and debuting the new TXC Undisputed red carpet backdrop, giving some added leverage to the TV Show “TXC MMA Undisputed” 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 VIP’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 it’s not about who won or lost but, about what you learned as an athlete or spectator making your next visit more electrifying.



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Refereeing Seminar Coming To Metro Detroit

July 21, 2011 @ 9:35PM

By: Ryan S. Spiteri

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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TXC On My TV!!!

July 13, 2011 @ 9:15AM


By:Ryan S. Spiteri


Triple X Cagefighting (TXC) has created one strong barrier here in the Metro Detroit area. While making an impressively strong impact on fight fans bringing them sold out venues at classy establishments and supplying Michigan athletes with solid career opportunities, this doesn't leave much room for other organizations to grow, in fact, it's discouraged other promoters and has forced one in particular to liquidate all assets.

Sunday July 10,2011 was the primer of the NEW! TV seriesTXC MMA Undisputed on MY TV 20. The show is scheduled for 12 weeks and will introduce Michigan MMA in a professionally organized set expressing honor,respect and most importantly fighter safety.

TXC MMA Undisputed will serve as a proving ground for the athletes that chose to compete andfor viewers, you will gain a complete understanding and accurate knowledge of mixed martial arts as every fan, athlete or person of interest should retain.

Triple X Cagefighting is literally rolling out the red carpet for their guests, July 23, 2011 TXC is hosting the 1st Annual Summer Fest at the Uptown Grille in beautiful Commerce Township. With the cameras rolling and the red carpet flashing, anything can happen and anyone could show, who knows, maybe you'll be on TV!

Tune in every Sunday Night 11pm for TXC MMA Undisputed on My TV 20.


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Brawl In The Fall Coming in September

July 2, 2011 @ 9:21AM


Posted By: Ryan S. Spiteri

Written By: Donofrio Satff


The event voted "Best Outdoor Show" of the season returns to the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, on Saturday, September 10, 2011. "BRAWL IN THE FALL" will highlight all the current Title Belt holders in all weight classes defending their Impact Fight League Championship status. Donofrio MMA and the Impact Fight League will proudly present all your favorite fighters from Michigan and beyond in one night in one cage at "Brawl in the Fall".


Join the thousands of Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts as they sit in comfort in Michigan's best outdoor show. All seats are covered in the pavilion within Meadow Brook Music Festival. Meadow Brook Music Festival is the summer home to The Detroit Symphony and for years has featured many great live shows as well as Donofrio Boxing and Donofrio MMA events. Stay tuned for more exciting news and the bout line up!

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MMA Vendor Conflict

June 6, 2011 @ 10:18PM

By: Ryan S. Spiteri

The sport of MMA has attracted all kinds of different flavors of people, most of which are trying to make a dollar within the industry by; promoting venues, establishing clothing and other apparel, selling tickets and even competing as an athlete. Aside from the dishonorable promoters damaging the sport here in Michigan, there’s another issue that persists within the business and continues to spread all over the state; Vendors that skip out on their required booth fee.

Michigan is headquarters to several different clothing apparel company’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 “Sponsors” 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 he’s had it happen to him once, just a few months ago and as a result he’s made it mandatory for all vendors to pay their fees before the start of the show.

In conclusion, these untrustworthy vendors are truly a disgrace to the business and should be called out on their act of poor business ethics and declined entrance to any of the MMA venues in the state. If you can’t find a way to market and make your product successful, then change your direction and select a new career

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