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EFC's Ruiz, Gil In Action this Friday

Ariel Shnerer / October 2, 2012 - 3:38pm

EFC Sports Management fighters Brian Gil (3-1) and Gabriel Ruiz (1-2) will be in action this Friday at "Sherman Theater presents Friday Night at the Fights: Frontline Assault" at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Full press release below:

Two EFC Sports Management fighters will be in action this Friday, October 5, at a show entitled "Sherman Theater presents Friday Night at the Fights: Frontline Assault" at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Featherweight training partners and former foes, Brian Gill and Gabriel Ruiz, will each see action in separate bouts.

21-year-old Ruiz (1-2), a former wrestler from Haledon, New Jersey, has shown steady improvement in his all-around skills during his two-years of cage fighting. He is scheduled to face Josh Andress.

Paterson, New Jersey's 20-year-old Brian Gil (3-1) will be looking to bounce back from the only loss of his career, a five-round decision last May. He is scheduled to face Timothy Mahala.

Their trainer and long-time fight manager/promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fight Club gym in Woodland Park, New Jersey, says both fighters have something to prove Friday night.

"Gabriel picked up his first win in his last fight. He's been getting better and better. He needs another strong performance to keep his winning momentum going. On the other hand, Brian is coming off a surprising loss, so he's got to use this fight to turn things back around. Both of my fighters are matched up tough, but they're both in fantastic shape and ready for battle. I'm expecting impressive victories from both of them."

Both fighters are also scheduled to appear on Saturday, November 24, at Darwish's own "Extreme Fighting Championships 5: Undisputed" event at the Police Athletic League of Parsippany.

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About Hani Darwish:

Extreme Fighting Championship is owned and operated by CEO Hani Darwish.

Darwish has achieved a great amount of success in the fight game, as the founder of premier mixed-martial-arts facility, Extreme Fight Club, in Woodland Park, New Jersey, and, before that, half of the well-known fight promoting duo "The Darwish Brothers' Knockout Promotions".

37-year-old Darwish found his way to combat sports starting in childhood when he began training with his four brothers under the direction of their father, a long-time veteran in mixed martial arts. He went on to win over 100 grappling tournaments and also attributes some of his success to his private training under John Monaco, a three-time Division III All-American at Montclair State and perennial Greco-Roman Olympian wrestler, Momir Petkovic (1x Gold, 3x Silver, 1x Bronze), current coach of the USA Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team.

Darwish has studied in numerous styles of fighting and has an extensive background in Boxing, Submission/Freestyle/Greco Roman Wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung-fu, Muay Thai, Freestyle Fighting and mixed martial arts.

Along with his older brother Wally, Darwish promoted boxing cards in New Jersey from 2003-2009 (under the name The Darwish Brothers' Knockout Promotions) and also managed some high-profile boxers including 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion David Reid and six-time super middleweight challenger Omar Sheika. He transitioned to full-time MMA and opened Extreme Fight Club in September 2009.

With such a wealth of knowledge and experience in the combat sports, Darwish is well known as one of the elite trainers in the New Jersey area, a hotbed for MMA.

With so many talented young fighters under his guidance at EFC Gym, Darwish says it was a natural progression to begin promoting events, so that he could test his fighters' skills inside the cage. Under the name Extreme Fighting Championship, Darwish promoted two sold-out shows in 2011 and two more, so far, in 2012.

The EFC organization has quickly established itself as the ultimate proving ground for young fighters whose drive to become the best meant they needed to face the best and EFC events have become the premier showcases for MMA in the Garden State.

Darwish also runs anti-bullying seminars at his gym and at schools in Passaic County, New Jersey.

For more information on Extreme Fight Club, log on to www.efcmma.com.

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