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Inside the octagon with Esteban Cordova and Nick Longbine

May 15, 2009 - Craig Harvey
On Saturday, May 23 at the Jo-Jo Redeye Building on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation, you can find me at "There Will be Blood 2" hosted by Knockout Promotions.

The fight is Knockout Promotions' second sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event and will be regulated by the newly formed Seneca Nation of Indians Athletic Commission. It will feature both Professional and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighters from all over the East Coast.

Looking at some of the fights on the card, the one fight I am interested in watching is the 155-pound bout between Jamestown's Esteban Cordova and Orchard Park's Nicholas Longbine.

The tale of the tape reads like this: Cordova stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 155 pounds. It will be his first Mixed Martial Arts fights and specializes in boxing. His opponent stands 5-10 and also weighs in at 155 pounds. "Ninja" Nick is a black belt in Karate and studied Muay Tai, Kung fu, Judo, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Aikido and a little Ninjustu.

It should be interesting to see how Cordova's experience with striking carries over to the octagon. My guess is Longbine will try to take down Cordova early and see how well he has learned the ground game in just two months while Cordova will look for the knockout punch.

Cordova has been boxing for 12 years — 5 years as a professional. He has more than 200 fights under his belt and after kicking the crap out of his opponents in the ring the past couple years, he has decided to try his luck in the octagon. He trains out of Jamestown MMA and is coached by Jay Wadsworth and Joe Marchieve. A native of Puerto Rico, Cordova has been training for his first Mixed Martial Arts fight for the past two months.

Longbine says he does not have any amateur fight accomplishments. He is pretty excited for the challenge Cordova presents and is not backing down.

"I never back down from any thing — from a 300-pound fighter, to bunji jumping, to fighting a gang of a hundred people, to polar bear, I'll take it head on 200 percent," he said.

Longbine wants to be the best martial artist and to fight the best in the world from the streets or the ring.

His favorite technique is the arm bar because, "It's quick, simple and feels good when you use it in a real situation."

He is hoping to use his speed, strength, toughness and willingness to never stop to carry him to a victory. Longbine does not have a trainer and the Buffalo native is fighting out of Orchard Park.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first fight is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available online at Knockout Promotions Website,, Snakes Smokes, located at 558 Broad St, Salamanca, NY, Knockout Factory Gym, 137 South Main St., Salamanca, as well as at the gate for only $19.99 for general admission, $49.99 for ringside and $74.99 for VIP seating.

For more information, contact Jaymee Minner at 716-397-8599, or at

If you have any information about an upcoming Mixed Martial Arts event or want to step into the octagon with me (figuratively), e-mail me at


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