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Someone’s “0” had to go last Saturday, September 22, at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, when Ashure “The Lionheart” Elbanna of Newark took on fellow undefeated New Jersey resident Frankie Roberts and it was Elbanna who emerged victorious via third-round armbar.
Fighting in one of the featured bouts of Carl Mascarenhas & Son’s Asylum Fight League 39 event, the Palestinian-American Elbanna brought an early end to an entertaining struggle between BJJ specialists by sinking in the finishing hold at 2:57.
Elbanna is now 3-0. Roberts falls to 2-1.
“Ashure was sensational,” said Long-time fight manager/promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fight Club Gym, Elbanna’s manager. “He kept his composure against a strong opponent, waited for an opening and went for it with amazing focus when he finally saw it. Ashure is going to be very difficult to beat for anyone at this weight. He’s such a natural talent.”
Elbanna will next appear on Saturday, November 24, at Darwish’s own “Extreme Fighting Championships 5: Undisputed” event at the Police Athletic League of Parsippany.
About EFC’s Hani Darwish:
EFC Sports Management 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 North Jersey.
For more information on Ashure Elbanna and EFC Sports Management fighters, log on to www.EFCMMA.com.