Team Link Fighter Brent Kinberger Wins Main Event at Combat Zone 48


Team Link Hooksetts BJJ black belt and MMA fighter, Brent Kinberger made a triumphant comeback from an almost four-year layoff Friday night. He put on a great performance and won the main event of Combat Zone MMA's "All or Nothing" card by unanimous decision over Mervin Rodriguez at a packed Sports Club at Rockingham Park this past weekend on April 5th 2014.

The 41-year-old Kinberger, formerly the Northeast's top-ranked fighter in his weight class, also had to overcome an 11-year age disadvantage to his opponent in addition to shaking off some ring rust. Yet the electrical engineer won every round on the judges' scorecard, using superior take-downs and stellar mat work in the lightweight battle to prevail 30-27.

"I got that ring rust off real quick," Kinberger said. "(Rodriguez) had a weird strategy. He was trying to stay away from me, but in all of his other fights he had come forward blasting, so I was ready for that. I waited, and when he came at me, I got the take-downs I wanted and pretty much dominated the fight on the ground. I don't feel like I made any mistakes. He's a really tough guy, but I came out unscathed, and I feel great."

Kinberger, who had Bellator fighter Perry Filkins working his corner as part of the Team Link crew, upped his record to 6-3. Rodriguez, who hails from Newark N.J., dropped to 5-8.

Springfield MA Fighter Jeff Bok Remains Undefeated in Four Bouts


Light Heavy Weight Western Mass Team Link fighter Jeff Bok wins his fight on April 5th for Premier FC and keeps his undefeated record of 4-0

Here is the review of the fight: Jeff gets in a combo then they clinch. He gets the take down and is laying down some brutal hammer fists. Joe is getting in some up kicks that connect to the face in an amateur fight. Jeff passes to full mount and finishes Joe off by raining down a slew of hammer fists that Joe has no answer for.

Jeff Bok defeats Joe Lexus via TKO stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 2:34 in Rd 1.

Western Mass BJJ Black Belt Ricardo Funch to Fight at CES MMA


Springfield MMA fighter Ricardo Funch makes his CES MMA debut on June at Twin River Casino vs. Brett Oteri. Funch, 4x UFC veteran, will do battle in New England's top welterweight division. It is going to be night to remember. Tickets will be available here at Link BJJ Springfield MA and will be available soon at all Team Link locations.

IBJJF Boston Open 2014 on April 5th


The IBJJF Boston Open is being held on April 5th 2014. That is this Saturday coming up. We would like to say good luck to all Team Link members that will be competing.

Coach Marco

Thiago “minu” Meller Signs with Bellator and Plans To Make A Big Impact In the Lightweight Division


Thiago “minu” Meller (19-5) fresh off his first round TKO victory over Clay French (19-7) in the main event at XFC International has signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator. The Boxer MMA product is currently on a five fight winning streak and looking to make a big impact on Bellator’s lightweight division. Thiago, who is managed by the team of Marco Alvan & Dan Hagan, is making his first appearance in a major MMA promotion. “He has fought some of the best in the world and has the experience and skills to be a serious contender in Bellator”, says Alvan. For Thiago, being in Bellator means being a step closer toward his goal of winning a world title. “To be a part of Bellator is a dream come true for me as a fighter, I’m going to make the most out of this opportunity. My goal has always been to win a world title, and that’s what I’m here to do!” Thiago is an exciting fighter and finisher whose 18 out of 19 wins have come by way of stoppage. “I come to finish my fights and make it exciting for the fans; they are my number one priority!” Bellator’s deal with Fox Sports Latin America will make it possible for Thiago to continue to fight in front of fans in his home country of Brazil, where he’s an active fourteen year member of the Brazilian army. “I am proud to be able to keep a connection with my fans in Brazil through the Bellator TV deal. I also hope to make new fans in America and throughout the world.” Thiago’s first fight in Bellator has not yet been scheduled but he is anxious to get started. “I’m ready! I want to fight as soon as possible. The opponent doesn’t matter; I just want to start my climb to the top!”

Team Link Fighter Taylor Trahan Wins Via Submission at Warrior Nation on 2/21/14


MMA fighting in Western Mass is always exciting. Team Link fighter Taylor Trahan (3-1), who fights from Team Link New Hamphire went to battle in the 145 pound division vs. Joe Pingitore (4-0-1) from NE Combat. Here is the play by play of how it went down.

Round 1: Taylor gets the takedown. Joe gets the rolls is now in guard. Joe postures up and gets in an body shot. Taylor works his way up and Joe gets in a combo. Taylor rushes in with a wide right. Taylor is fighting for a takedown but Joe is defending it. Taylor gets it and Joe gets right up. Taylor is fighting for another takedown. Taylor gets it and is now trying to take the back. Joe is fighting it still as the round ends.
Taylor wins that round 10-9

Round 2: Joe gets in the right hand and drops Taylor. Joe gets in a few strikes then backs off. Taylor goes for the takedown and takes the back of Joe but Joe slips out. Taylor is fighting for another takedown and they fall to the ground. Joe takes the side and is getting in some elbows. Taylor bucks him off and Joe backs off. Very smart fighting from Joe. Taylor slips and tries to bate Joe down. He takes the guard and is working some ground and pound. He gets in a few short elbows. He gets some space and gets in a big elbow. Joe backs off and lets him up. Taylor gets the takedown as the round ends.
Joe 10-9

Rd 3: Taylor gets a jab. He rushes in and gets the takedown. Taylor gets in a little ground and pound and Joe threatens with a heel hook and they are back to their feet. Taylor gets the takedown and now has the back of Joe. He has a body lock and is trying to finish with the rear naked choke. Taylor tries to soften him up with strikes. Taylor sinks it in and gets the tap. That was it, Taylor Trahan defeats Joe Pingitore via tapout to rear naked choke at 3:38 minute mard in Round 3.

Team Link NAGA New England Champions: Overall Team Champions for 17th time


Team Link is known for having some of the best grappling in Western Mass. The North American Grappling Association, or NAGA, has posted the team results for New England Grappling Championship from January 25th 2014 that was held at the West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, RI. Team Link had an impressive showing winning the overall Adult Team title and the Overall Kids & Teen title. We want to thank everyone that went to compete and those who went solely to show support for their family, friends and teammates. A chain is only as strong as it's links. We are not just a martial arts school; here we build champions!!!

Video: Give your child the mental and physical tools necessary to succeed in life


Watch this BJJ video of Cesar Alvan with some highlights of his last Naga New England competition in the kids expert division. Cesar ending winning both Gi and NO GI Grappling divisions. Next weekend he will be representing Western Massachusetts in the biggest Kids Grappling Tournament of the world the IBJJF Kids Pan American Championship in California. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program will arm your child with a host of positive mental and physical skills that will help him/her in school, at home and in life! As your child will learn to succeed, you’ll see a new kind of discipline emerging… the kind that will positively affect all areas of his or her life. You’ll notice an increased respect for others, and most importantly, for him / herself. This kind of powerful mind/body connection will make them unstoppable when faced with difficulties in life.

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BJJ Back Attach Seminar Feb 8th in Western Mass with BJJ Black Belt Edson Oliveira


Guys this Saturday February 8th at 1pm we will be hosting a 2 hours BJJ seminar with multiple time Brazilian BJJ Champion Edson Oliveira from the Barbosa BJJ Team. He will be showing some awesome and fresh techniques that are a must have to your BJJ arsenal. We will have time to have a little open mat at the end for those that want to roll.
Back attack seminar!!!
This seminar Edson will teach you:
- how to get the back
- drilling in the back
- securing and maintaining back positions
- and of course how to finish from the back.

Everyone that is able to attend this seminar will leave here on another level. Along with a new confidence to set up back attacks and submitting your opponent from there. You should not miss it!!!

Edson will teach his methods of controlling the back and ways of setting up your opponent that will make them vulnerable to your submissions. Edson's back control game is super effective and has lead him to win tournaments, in the Black Belt division, like São Paulo State, Brazilian Nationals and the Pan American. His ability to gain back control, dominate and finish from there is one of his most powerful assets.
This seminar will help you with a new way to control, dominate and finishing your opponent with attacks that your apponent will never expect or see coming!

We hope see you all Saturday in Ludlow!
For more info: 413 589-0080 or email:

The seminar cost:
$30 for Team Link members
$100 non members

New MMA Conditioning Class Time Added


MMA Conditioning class is now available on Saturday mornings at Team Link in Ludlow from 9am-10am. Get you weekend off to great start. This new class time is now in addition to the Monday and Wednesday night's classes from 7pm-8pm. Get into great shape along with sharpening your fighting skills. This workout is great for everyone male and female, not just MMA fighters! Come see what everyone is talking about.
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