FightSportsENT and Joey Ancona have had a very busy 2018, and with the second annual Battle in the Garden of Eden just around the corner, it doesn't look like things will be slowing down anytime soon. The last show, BNO27 was a huge success. The main event between Jewel Scott and Matt Stock an absolute brawl and a real crowd pleaser. Both guys came in a fought their heart out in the cage with Jewel coming out victorious. With the help of the fighters and loyal fan base, the event sold out and PACKED the Copeland Tower in Metairie, showing how far the Organization has come over the last year. While the Battle of New Orleans event is growing every show, it's been a whole year since the last show at Visions, and fans have been dying for another one ever since. After paw-paw Ancona has been taking some time away to spend weekends with Grandson Bronx at the Audubon Zoo, he's back by popular demand to give the people what they deserve! The highly anticipated Battle in the Garden of Eden II. April 20, at Visions Men's Club 4000 Dowman RD. Doors open @ 7:00 and fights start at 8:00. 


This show will host more Pro fights than ever with Michael “Magic Mike” McDonald finally facing off under the FightSportsENT flag. This time he'll be fighting in the main event VS Brant Moore of Team 515 Longview out of Texas. Michael has been set to fight with the Organization a number of times, however, with injuries riddling both fighters, it simply never happened. McDonald will be coming off of a highly questionable loss in his last fight, so he’ll be coming into this one to prove a point. Brant is both an impressive striker and brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so Mike will need to bring his A game walk away successful.
                                                         

                                                                                     


The Fight Party Returns to Copeland Tower

“Smash House”

It seems as if destiny has brought us to this point in Joey Ancona’s promotional career with the Mixed Martial Arts event, “Battle of New Orleans” returning to his old stomping ground near Fat City. The show is steamrolling after 3 extremely successful events, previously held at Visions Men’s Club in New Orleans East & The Mel Ott Center in Gretna, and with BNO#27 on the horizon, something had to be done before we quite literally blew the roof off of the Mel Ott center. Which leads us to the ALL NEW date and location. Battle of New Orleans is proud to announce that BNO#27 will be held at the iconic Copeland’s Tower (formerly known as the Landmark Hotel), just off the Causeway exit of I-10 at 2601 Severn Ave. The event will take place 2 weeks after the end of Mardi Gras on Friday February 23, 2018. Joe began promoting in 1981 at Grace King high school where it would later move to St. Bernard Parish civic center during 82 and 83 before finally returning home to Metairie at the then all new Landmark Hotel where he continued to promote from 1984-1987 during which time he opened Ancona’s Gym in Fat City in 1984, above Fletcher Night Club. A few years later Joey would go on to purchase Fletchers, making it his first official night club and naming it  “Club Rivera” along the way. 

 
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.

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By: Joe Treadway


Battle of New Orleans returns August 11th for BNO#25. With the first event being held behind gentlemen’s club Visions in New Orleans East, some were skeptical whether the show would be a success, but after selling out and people even hanging over the fences to catch a glimpse of the action, there’s a huge amount of hype around the organizations second event after a 7-year hiatus. The venue returns with an upgrade to its location. This time, the show will be conveniently located at the Mel Ott Center, 2301 Belle Chase HW in Gretna, Louisiana, right across the GNO bridge. Grandfather, and man responsible for laying the foundation for local MMA, Joey Ancona, has put together a who’s who of both semi-pro and professional fighters to perform on what is already a stacked card.

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.