Niagara MMA Blog

Brady Defends Title While Attard Gets Important Win

Posted Jul 20th, 2015 in Competition Results

Welland trained Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Dalton Brady and Eric Attard travelled to the US Midwest this weekend to bring home two victories including a title defense. It was a great weekend this weekend as we travelled to Indianapolis first with Eric Attard for his fight Friday night followed by Dalton Brady in Findlay Ohio Saturday night.

Excellent weekend as both fighters performed well and came home with victories. Eric got back on the winning track winning by decision in a match he controlled for the majority of the fight. It was also by far the best fight of the night. Dalton made it down to Findlay thanks to Robbi Hamilton to defend his bantamweight title. He did so with ease finishing his opponent via rear naked choke early in the second round. 

I am very proud of both these athletes for their performances. Next up is this weekend as "the Adonis" Aaron Jeffery looks to stay undefeated in the pro ranks while Matt DiMarcantonio looks to pick up his fourth win in his last 5 fights. Team Ascension ONE LOVE!!!

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Canal Chaos 2 a success! Great Night of Kickboxing

Posted Jul 2nd, 2015 in Competition Results

Local fighters Joe Pimentel, Lia Rahmoun, Nathan Vanderform and TJ Williams all emerged victorious

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Brady and DiMarcantonio Emerge Victorious While Coach Picks up 100th Victories

Posted Jun 9th, 2015 in Competition Results

Matt DiMarcantonio and Dalton Brady continued their teams dominance in the United States with impressive victories at Pittsburgh’s Premier Event Gladiator of the Cage.

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4the Anual Niagara BJJ Open a Major Success

Posted May 5th, 2015

March 28, 2015, Niagara Falls ON, The fourth annual Niagara Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open was a huge success. After being held at Niagara College in Welland for two of its first three years and once at Brock University, the Open made it to the Scotia Centre in Niagara Falls for it fourth installment.

This year saw the tournament swell to over 600 competitors from over 60 clubs from as far away as Montreal, Thunderbay and Detroit. "The tournament has grown significantly over the past four years and we are really happy with how excited the Jiu-Jitsu community has gotten for this event," said tournament organizer and co-owner of Modern Vision MMA Blayn Bonfoco. Local schools represented well including the tournament host club Modern Vision MMA (Welland and Niagara Falls), Muay Thai Niagara MMA (St. Catharines), Evolve MMA (St. Catharines) and Brasa Niagara (Niagara Falls). 

All Niagara schools represented well and saw the host schools, Modern Vision MMA's, Team Ascension dominate the medal podium earning over 450 team points ahead of second place Body of Four of Toronto which amassed 275 points. "We are very happy to see so many teams come down and support the event but as gracious hosts we like to keep as many gold medals as possible for ourselves," joked Team Ascension Niagara's Head Coach Chris Bonfoco of Modern Vision MMA and Muay Thai Niagara MMA. Nine points are awarded for gold medals while three points are awarded for silver and one point for bronze. Team Ascension Niagara amassed an impressive 72 medals in total. "We were also very happy with the other local schools who attended as we got to see them on the podium several times as well as their teams brought a lot of spirit and volunteers to the event as well," continued Bonfoco speaking of St. Catharine's Evolve MMA and Niagara Falls' Brasa Niagara.

Team Ascension Niagara is a network of schools including Modern Vision MMA of Welland and Niagara Falls and St. Catharine's Muay Thai Niagara. Plans are already in motion for next years event which is looking to be hosted again at the Scotia Centre. "We really liked this venue as did the competitors who came down to the event," said Blayne Bonfoco.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Martial Art that has swept the world over the past twenty years after UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie shocked the World when he used the art to dominate at the orginal UFC event. The original UFC featured a style versus style martial arts tournament which saw the undersized Brazilian easily joint lock and choke his way past boxers, wrestlers, karate black belts and kickboxers. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an art based on grappling, throws, ground control all geared toward submitting opponents via joint locks and submissions. Today the art is the base for Modern Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the popular UFC. Other arts have become significant as well but Jiu-Jitsu remains its base.

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Aaron Jeffery Wins 10th Straight with 2nd Round KO

Posted Mar 11th, 2015 in Competition Results

March 7, 2015, Canton Ohio, Welland Trained fighter Aaron Jeffery won his 10 straight MMa fight and earned his first knockout. Faced against Cleveland's Dan Lastafka (1-1 pro and 11-3 overall) at the Premier Ohio event NAAFS (North American Allied Fight Series).

Jeffery set a vicious pace as he pressed Lastafka right from the opening bell. At 2 minutes into the second round Jeffery landed a knee to Lastafka's head dazing his opponent before landing a second knee when Lastafka dropped to the mat as Jeffery reigned down punched until referee Chip Snider stopped the bout.

Jeffery, now 2-0 as a professional and 10-1 overall, is on a tear. "We have a very good stable of fighters and right now Jeffery is on top of the heap. He is doing incredible in training and has really learned how to win and finish fights," says Coach Chris Bonfoco of Welland's Modern Vision MMA and St. Catharine's Muay Thai Niagara.

Next up for the team is the 4th annual Niagara Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu being held at the Scotia Bank Centre in Niagara Falls on March 28th. The event is hosted by Modern Vision MMA and is sanctioned by the Ontario Jiu-Jitsu Association. Over 500 Competitors will be attending from all arounf Ontario and Western New York.

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Pan Am BJJ Double Silver

Posted Mar 11th, 2015 in Competition Results

Feb 15, 2015  Los Angeles California, Tia and Lia Rahmoun (14) both fought their way to earning silver medals at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s kids Pan American Championships. Lia competed in the 15 year old under 115 pound advanced division while her twin sister Tia competed in the under 123 lbs advanced division.

The sisters who train out of Welland’s Modern Vision MMA have been dominating the Ontario Jiu-Jitsu scene in both the teens and adult divisions. “We knew it was time for them to compete at a higher level. The skill and dedication these young women have is unbelievable. They train as hard as our professional fighters,” says Modern Vision Head Coach Chris Bonfoco.

The sisters travelled to the championships with co-owner and Modern Vision Coach Blayne Bonfoco. “It was a pleasure travelling with these two wonderful athletes and they performed on a World Class level,” said Coach Blayne who knows world class as she is the Head Coach for Canada’s Junior National Kickboxing Team.

Next up for Modern Vision MMA athletes are MMA fights in Canton Ohio as Professional Fighter Xavier Nash (1-0) and Aaron Jeffery (1-0) who will be squaring off against rising Ohio fighters Dan Laftaska and John Gunther. Also on the card is Welland’s well known Martial Arts Superstar Anthony Romero as he Debut’s in the cage. The fights can be streamed live online at under der the promotion NAAFS.


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Another Weekend, Another Pro Victory for Welland's Modern Vision MMA

Posted Jan 12th, 2015 in Competition Results

dominating amateur MMA fighter Xavier Nash of Fonthill took the next step in his Mixed Martial Arts career this past weekend at London’s Budweiser Gardens as he entered the professional ranks

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Niagara's Top Martial Arts Team Continues to Roll!

Posted Jan 12th, 2015 in Competition Results

Columbus Ohio and Cambridge Ontario. Accomplished amateur MMA fighter Aaron Jeffery stepped into the cage for the first time as a professional headlining yet another busy weekend for Team Ascension.

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DiMarcantonio Headlines Crazy Weekend for Team Ascension

Posted Jan 12th, 2015 in Competition Results

Great Weekend for the team. It was a weekend to remember as our team represented across the Continent

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Vladimir Kazbekov Improves to 5-1 in MMA

Posted Jan 12th, 2015 in Competition Results

Niagara's and Modern Vision/Team Ascension Athlete Vladimir Kazbekov based out of Welland fought a full 3 rounds

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