Anyone familiar with the sport of mixed martial arts in Louisiana has probably at least heard the name Joey Ancona. From owning his own gym Ancona’s Martial Arts Gym, to traveling the world and fighting some of the toughest kickboxers of the 80’s & 90’s, to being the owner of his own successful MMA venue, Ancona has laid some of the critical ground work for local mixed martial arts. As early as 1981 Joey was involved with passing legislation to get local kickboxing sanctioned and licensed. By 1995 he was also helping Mixed Martial Arts make its way to Louisiana. Joey's Battle of New Orleans MMA venue returned from a 7-year retirement in August to a booming local mixed martial arts market. Being that the last two shows BNO #24 & BNO #25 were so successful, I met with him recently to get his opinion on some of the changes that have happened since the organization had left the scene as well as what the future holds for BNO.

By: Angela Chustz

New Orleans, LA: Joe Ancona, along with good friend and fellow promoter, Justin Verdin, will be making a big mark on New Orleans MMA presenting, “Battle of New Orleans 24: The Comeback”, a LIVE Mixed Martial Arts outdoor event, on Friday, April 21st.

MMA fans, get ready for a night filled with cage shattering action, along with some blood, sweat, and tears. This stacked fight card lineup includes four championship fights that are guaranteed to leave fight fans on the edge of their seats.

March 14, 2017
By: Angela Chustz

New Orleans, LA:  Many may consider him a little rough around the edges, a loud and colorful character, but behind all the fight, Joe Ancona has a heart of a nurturing grandfather.

Ancona grew up in the streets of New Orleans, a graduate of Jesuit, and at the age of 15, he began a Korean martial art, Kuk Sool Won. By the age of 20, he had received his first black belt under mentor and now long time friend, Ken Duncan. As time passed, Ancona also took an interest in competitive boxing and kickboxing.