Darwish Donating Portion of Ticket Sales to Disaster Relief

Nov 10, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- To help out his community, friends and neighbors devastated by Hurricane Sandy, promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fighting Championship will be donating $5 from every ticket sold to his next event to The Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

According to their web site, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been working closely with New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD), the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army to respond to the needs of the many New Jersey Residents who have been affected by the devastation and is distributing over 100,000 lbs of food daily to families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

EFC 5 "Undisputed" will be held on November 24 at the Police Athletic League Hall of Parsippany, New Jersey, and will feature fan-favorite EFC Heavyweight Champion Gil "Blackout" Isabel of New Jersey making his first title defense in the five-round main event.

Darwish himself is still without power in his home, but the lights recently went back on at his Extreme Fight Club gym in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

"It's the least I can do for the community. Many of my fighters have been harder hit than I have and I think it's important we all do what we can to keep Jersey Strong. I'm happy to be able to do this."

Darwish says donation boxes will also be set up for those wishing to give more than $5.

"It's a great cause and they're doing some of the most important work you can do right now, so if you've got a little extra, give a little extra. It all helps."

Tickets for Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" are priced at General Admission (Standing Room Only): $35.00; General Admission Seating: $45.00; Cageside Seating: $65.00; and VIP: $100.00 and can be purchased directly from Extreme Fight Club (10 Squirrelwood Road Woodland Park, NJ), online at www.efcmma.com or by phone 973.653.5449.

On fight night, doors open at 6 pm and the first bout is at 7. The Police Athletic League of Parsippany is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany, NJ.

About Extreme Fighting Championship: 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 tournament matches 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 Hani Darwish or the EFC organization, log onto www.EFCMMA.com.


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