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March 30, 2007


World Champion Louis Neglia today announced the season premiere of Ring of Combat – Tournament of Champions championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events. The first available pay-per-view broadcast of the event debuts on Friday, June 29, 2007, at 10:00 PM EDT with replays throughout the month of June and July and will cost a budget-minded $19.95.

Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat has held many of the most action packed MMA events that the Northeast has seen and is moving up to the next level of competition and moving up to a new level of broadcast exposure.

"Mixed Martial Arts is becoming a truly revolutionary sport, surpassing almost every major sport in popularity among its target demographic group of 18-34 year old males,” said Louis Neglia, founder and promoter of Ring of Combat. “2007 will be the best year yet for the Ring of Combat tournament and our partnership with Pay Per View is breaking new ground for our fans and creating new exposure for our sport and broadcasting partners. Our PPV broadcasts will be available for a reasonable and affordable $19.95, giving fight fans and the hard working man and woman the opportunity to be inside the ring when the action starts.”

Recent Pay-Per-View (PPV) broadcasts of MMA events exceeded 700,000 buys in early 2006 and then closed out the year with the highest PPV buys ever with more than 1,000,000 for a single event. Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with finals scheduled for and April 27th respectively. The top fighters in each of three different weight divisions – Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight will vie to be the Champion in their respective divisions and for their share of more than $100,000 in prize money.

Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat – Tournament of Champions Finals will be held live at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 9:00pm EDT. Fighters from around the world will be competing for their share of a $100,000 purse. MMA finalists competing in the Tournament of Champions Finals include, Binky Jones of Maryland vs. Ian Loveland of Oregon; Todd War of Texas vs. Philippe Nova of New York and Marc Stevens of Delaware vs. Jason House of Texas.

“Having been a former world champion myself, I know how difficult the life of a fighter is and this is why I created Ring of Combat in 2000 into one of the only MMA events that truly rewards talented and undiscovered fighters with substantial compensation and TV exposure for their hard-fought efforts,” added Neglia. “With Ring of Combat, we are giving these up-and-coming fighters the support and compensation they deserve and bringing honor to the MMA world.”

About World Champion Louis Neglia Presents…Louis Neglia is a three-time world kickboxing champion, has performed in some of the largest arenas in the world and has starred in three martial arts films. He was named “Fighter of the Year” and inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame, among other notable achievements. Louis Neglia Presents has hosted sellout Mixed Martial Arts events at the Taj Mahal, Caesars Palace and the Tropicana in Atlantic City, the Marriott International, the Meadowlands, The Capitale in New York City and Madison Square Garden, to name a few. Louis Neglia Presents events have been televised on the Madison Square Garden Cable Network, Telemundo, Sports Channel, ESPN2 and on Pay Per View. Louis Neglia Presents Ring of Combat is one of the most action packed Mixed Martial Arts events that the Northeast has seen. For more information visit:

The Daily News

The Daily News
September 15 2006
Written By Clem Richardson

School is out of the (kick)box

Young students at Louis Neglia Martial Arts Academy in Gravesend learn all the right moves from three-time World Kickboxing Champion Neglia (center).
Dozens of inspirational phrases - stuff like "Quitters Never Win; Winners Never Quit" - festoon the walls of the Louis Neglia Martial Arts Academy in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

But only one sprang to mind after watching 12 of the former three-time World Kickboxing Champion's students go through their paces: "If you want to kickbox, train hard; if you want to win, train harder."

A punishing warmup of stretches, leg lifts and pushups doesn't hint at the mayhem to follow as students pair off and proceed to execute a series of close-order, synchronized jabs, punches and lightning-fast kicks to each opponent's shins.

All this while the barefoot Neglia, 52, prowls the room, barking out moves students are to execute and shouting encouragement or criticism as needed.

"Jab! Jab! Jab!" Neglia says in his Brooklyn staccato. "Now kick! Remember, there is no power in the leg! The power is in the hips! Jab! Jab! Jab! Now fake the jab and kick!"

On and on it seems to go, five two-minute rounds of punching, kicking and ducking broken up by 30-second or one-minute breaks that students use to put on more protective equipment as the intensity progresses.

Afterward they pair off again and climb into the boxing ring at the back of the room, or dojo, where they go at each other freestyle, with Neglia again barking encouragement and his observations but largely leaving the attack and defense to the student.

If it looks brutal, that's because it is. But Neglia's students wouldn't have it any other way.

"I love it," said John O'Dea, 35, a Port Authority policeman stationed at LaGuardia Airport. "It lets me get out my aggression and stay in shape. I've been coming here since I was 12, and I look up to Lou like a father."

"Lou is a great man," seconds Maurice Elbaz, 37, a lawyer and emergency medical technician who trained with Neglia for many years. "He works you hard, but he looks out for you, too. You can come to him with any kind of problem and he's there for you."

Neglia was about 14 years old when he discovered kickboxing and instantly fell in love. "I thought it was very hard, so I wanted to see if I could do it," he said.

That curiosity would lead the Brooklyn native to his three world kickboxing titles, a U.S. kickboxing crown, as well as Florida, New York State and Eastern American karate championships in the 1980s.

"My parents didn't know what to do when I told them I was going to be a professional kickboxer," he said. "I had a brother [Peter] who was a lawyer and a sister [Maria] who was a commodities trader."

Neglia would go on to amass a record 34 wins against only two loses. He received the Fighter of the Year award in 1984 and, on his Web site,, notes that no opponent lasted more than three rounds with him in the ring.

"Fighting is like chess," he said. "You have to have a strategy. You throw punches to set up other punches. The punch you really want to hurt him with, you don't want him to see that coming."

Newspaper clippings (many from New York's Hometown Paper), photos taken with movie stars and flyers from around the globe pasted on the dojo walls testify to Neglia's heady career. He headlined at Madison Square Garden, Atlantic City and Vegas and appeared on "The Mike Douglas Show." Neglia signed an endorsement deal with Everlast sports equipment company and traveled to Brazil, Israel and parts of Europe to appear in kickboxing competitions and demonstrations.

"It was front-page news when I went to Poland and, again, when I went to Russia," Neglia said, pointing to two front pages bearing his name.

He also starred in four movies; "Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" (1977), "Sun Dragon" (1979), "Hard Way to Die" (1980), and "One Down, Two to Go" (1982).

"I've had great experiences through the martial arts," he said. "They let me do the things I wanted to do."

Neglia walked away from professional competition in 1984, the permanent crease in his often-broken nose ("That goes with fighting," he said) the only physical testimony to his years in the ring.

World middleweight boxing champion "Rocky Graziano used to come to my fights," Neglia said. "After I won the world title in 1984, he took me aside and said, 'What's one more trophy going to mean?' So I was done."

Neglia soon opened his martial arts school, teaching kickboxing, karate, jiu jitsu and grappling. He admits the training is difficult - Neglia claims a competitor once told a prospective student that ambulances seemed to always be parked outside Neglia's dojo.

"There is no feeling in the world like mastering something that's difficult," he said. "The same strategies you use in the ring, you use in life. To be really successful in life, you have to work really hard."

Vincent Pizzuti, 22, credits the discipline he picked up from Neglia with helping him graduate from Brooklyn College last year. "It a hard school, but I got out on time after four years because I was not afraid of hard work," said Pizzuti. "These classes gave me the strength to get through those classes."

Agnese D'Istria, 34, a teacher at Public School 95 on Avenue U, said her seven years with Neglia have been invaluable for relieving the stress of teaching. "I come in here worn out and leave a new person," she said.

Besides his dojo, Neglia also has had a lucrative career promoting kickboxing events here and in Atlantic City. His next, "Combat at the Capitale," is scheduled for Sept. 29 at the Capitale, 130 Bowery, in Manhattan.

Trainer's rules give students a leg up

Louis Neglia's younger students have to maintain a B average to stay in his school. They also must perform a variety of tasks at home, and have their parents sign a list testifying that the children:

Read a book for 20 minutes each day.

  • Helped with a chore they don't normally do.
  • Made up the bed when they woke up.
  • Cleaned their rooms.
  • Put the dishes away after eating.
  • Went to bed on time.