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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.


PHILADELPHIA, PA. (August 11, 2015) –Global Proving Ground (GPG) announced today that it has appointed seasoned matchmaker and sports entertainment attorney Greg Bloom to the role of matchmaker for the fast-growing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) franchise.

“I am excited to join the rapidly growing Global Proving Ground organization and its team that has been dedicated to promoting some of the most exciting professional MMA action in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of The U.S.,” said Bloom, who brings over a decade of combat sports industry experience with him to the promotion.

During his career, Bloom, a partner in the Miami-based firm Chase Lawyers, has provided legal counsel to several notable fighters including The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights contestants Brendan Schaub and Justin Wren, former WBA World Lightweight Champion Richar Abril and Olympic boxer turned WBO world title contender Zahir Raheem.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a highly-respected and experienced professional in the fight world like Greg to our team, and are confident that he will be able to strengthen our roster and fight cards with some of the top up-and-coming talent in the region and beyond,” said Global Proving Ground Founder and President James J. Jefferson.

After producing 15 live, professional MMA events around the world including the UK, Arkansas, Portugal, Missouri, Latvia and Virginia, Global Proving Ground has found a home in the Philadelphia area. To date, Global Proving Ground has rolled out 6 events in South Jersey at its own combat sports arena.

Global Proving Ground has played host several notable as well as up and coming competitors, including Sam “Sammy O” Oropeza, Alexander Keshtov, Peter Petties, Sydney “Da Gun” Outlaw, Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella and Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo.

The promotion is slated to stage three events this fall. The fight card for the first event, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, will be announced soon.

Global Proving Ground’s last event, “GPG 21: Rizzo vs. Santella,” which was headlined by rival, rising flyweight (125 pounds) stars Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo and Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella on Saturday, July 25, is airing throughout this month, in syndication on Comcast SportsNet regional networks.  The complete event is also available for viewing online, on

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 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.

Global Proving Ground Update

Global Proving Ground 21

(PENNSAUKEN, N.J.) Global Proving Ground (GPG) On July 25th, one of the most anticipated fights in the North Eastern USA will take place with a 125lb Championship Belt on the line. Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella will put his 13-5 highly respected record on the line against 9-2 Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo for the GPG vacant 125 Pound Championship. GPG 21 will take place live at our GPG Arena the Event Center on rt 73 in Pennsauken NJ, right across the Tacony Palmyra Bridge, 5 minutes from Philly. The Fight will air on Comcast Sportsnet and on the Comcast Network all across the USA. Also highlighted on the Card is local standout pro Sidney Outlaw vs Vryon Phillips and local Daddis Gym Fighter Brylan Vanartsdalen vs Matt DiMarcantonio. For the Full fight card go to
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The 5 Round Championship fight will highlight Sean Santella who trains at UFC Veterans Miller Brothers MMA as well as Ricardo Almeida Academy and routinely trains with mega stars like Frankie Edgar. Matt Rizzo trains with amazing coaches at Revolution Academy and these two very talented fighters who have called each other out multiple times will collide Sat July 25th at GPG 21.
As always GPG’s community outreach highlights a charity. Fighting for Autism Awareness is a very important cause to the Global Proving Ground family who’s members have a few children with the autism and know all too well the daily struggles dealing with this issue.

Don’t miss this amazing card of Pro Fights on Saturday July 25th. The GPG Event Center is located at 1444 Route 73 in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Doors open at 6PM and undercard fights will start around 7pm. Tickets are still available

Who We Are:

GPG in its 3rd year is a Professional Mixed Martial Arts fight League that operates around the world. We have our own 50,000 square foot Event Center outside of Philadelphia, PA, on route 73 in Pennsauken NJ, where we produce live PPV TV events. Our Professional Cage fights are broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet around the United States to millions of homes and on other networks. GPG is a grass roots development league that helps fighters build their brand, while building a fan base of loyal fight fans who enjoy the Honor, Respect and True spirit that Global Proving Ground brings back to the combat industry.