Darwish Sends Out Thanks after Tremendous Sold-Out EFC 5 Undisputed Event on Saturday

Nov 28, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Promoter Hani Darwish of Extreme Fight Club (EFC) wishes to thank everyone who helped make his Extreme Fighting Championship 5 "Undisputed" event last Saturday, November 24, such a tremendous sell-out success

Held at the Police Athletic League Hall in Parsippany, New Jersey, EFC 5 "Undisputed" was completely sold out by fight time. Even 300 additional seats didn't accommodate the overflow throng that came to watch New Jersey's best new MMA talents do battle.

Darwish says he's especially happy about the turnout because of his pledge to donate $5 of every ticket sold to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to help those in need after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state.

Win, lose, or draw last night's event was total success and I'm extremely proud to have been part of such a great event for such a terrific cause."

Darwish also sends his thanks to the many groups and individuals who helped make the night so unforgettable. "I'd also like to thank Nick Lembo and The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Officials, all the Fight Camps (AMA, Bartee, Blueline Defense, Camp Soalak, EMA, Extreme Fight Club, Guerrero MMA, HardKnock MMA, Hayes MMA, Ironbound Fight Club, Kdojo, Krav Maga Academy, Lionheart MMA, Westchester Fight Club) and all the fighters for their non-stop action bouts. My gratitude also goes out to all the trainers, sponsors (Dr. Zibdie, Everlast, Extreme Fight Club, Grit2Glory, National Air-Guard, Neil's Pizzeria, Pizza City, TitleShot, SportsCare Physical Therapy) and all my staff and supporters. It would not have been possible without any of you. Thank you all so much. We will see you at the next EFC event. A special Congrats to our new EFC Welterweight Champion, Fabian Rosario!"

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 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 Hani Darwish or the EFC organization, log onto www.EFCMMA.com.

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