Last Saturday Night at CFFC 63 ESM Client Tanner Saraceno landed a slick heel hook submission on Matt Socholotiuk at 4:56 of the first round to notch the biggest win of his young career. In the audience at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino Event Center was none other than UFC Boss Dana White. White commented to those in the crowd that Saraceno was one of the night’s stars. The Empire Sports Marketing and Management prospect now runs his record to 4-1 and is on a four fight win streak. All his wins have come by stoppage. After the fight Tanner had this message for his growing social media fan base.
” Throw everything you have into what you want and do not accept no for an answer. I’ll become a legend in this sport ! Big things coming very soon! Stay tuned!” Tanner ‘The Hammer’ Saraceno
Fresh off a big win in CFFC 63 Tim “ The South Jersey Strangler” Williams has signed a multi year contract with top MMA management company Empire Sports Marketing and Management.
Empire CEO Hector Castro says of his latest prospect,” Tim has an outstanding record and is dominating the opponents he’s facing in regional competition. Very soon we expect him to make the jump to the bigger promotions like the UFC, Bellator or one of the big International Markets.”
At 28, Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez At 28, Andrew “El Dirte” Sanchez is quickly gaining momentum in the UFC middleweight division. Sanchez won the light heavyweight tournament championship at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale for Team Claudia with a dominating unanimous decision win over Khalil Rountree in December 2016. Since then, he returned to middleweight with a unanimous decision win against Trevor Smith at UFC Fight Night 102.
Sanchez took up Tae Kwon Do at the age of 13 and then progressed to wrestling, two sports that he says were a great outlet for him at the time, helping to build character and make him a better person. From there, he was a successful college wrestler, becoming a four-time All American collegiate wrestler, a two-time National collegiate wrestling champion. From there, a progression to Jiu-Jitsu and MMA resulted in Sanchez becoming an IBJJF and Pan American World Champion. He’s also a former RFA middleweight champion.
Sanchez admits to having a laser focus, but strikes a balance between the rigors of training and fighting and being a normal, down-to-earth guy by taking just one thing at a time. In the rare off-moments when he’s not training or fighting, Sanchez can be found playing guitar, writing music, playing video games or just spending time with friends.
And as far as that laser focus goes, he’s aiming for Top 10 status in the UFC and even the UFC title strap, but in true El Dirte fashion, he’s focusing on his training and his next fight—taking it one day at a time.
Sanchez is currently preparing to fight Anthony Smith (26-12) at UFC on Fox 24 on April 15. A win over Smith would cement a five-fight winning streak for the Illinois native who now fights out of Fairfield, New Jersey.
Congratulations to Empire Sports Marketing and Management client Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky on signing a lucrative 3 fight deal with European Promotion ACB. Zach, a former Bellator World Champion who owns a record of 19-8, says he looks forward to fighting in front of a new audience of fans.
” Russia is a real powerhouse in combats sports and I’m excited to show my best for the fans in St Petersburg.”Zach Makovsky
Zach’s first appearance for his new home promotion will be on a card later this summer. He’ll also appear on the Luke Thomas Show on Sirius FM this Thursday night to discuss this exciting new stage in his career.