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Fight Night is this Friday

A Who’s Who in New York real estate will fill the ringside seats at Madison Square Garden Theatre Friday night, November 21, for the bi-annual Real Estate Fight Night.

It’s the first mixed martial arts event ever to be held at “the world’s most famous arena.”

Real estate professional and  amateur Muay Thai master Chris Kwiatkowski, of J.D. Carlisle, is on a fight list that will see 20 professional bouts taking place throughout the evening.

A popular event with many of the city’s leading real estate professionals, Fight Night is also frequently attended by top chefs including Anthony Bourdain, Todd English, Laurent Gras, Paul Liebrandt and John Fraser.

Real Estate Fight Night was first created in 2004. Co-hosts Matt Schmeelk, senior executive vice president of Kensington Vanguard National Land Services, along with Kevin Lillis, EVP, Sahara Group and CEO of Victory Combat Sports, continue to oversee its rapid growth year after year with Peter Auerbach, chief investment officer, Alto Investments.

Picture l-r Peter Auerbach, Alto Investments, Matthew Schmeelck, Kensington Vanguard, and Kevin Lillis, Victory Combat Sports
Picture l-r Peter Auerbach, Alto Investments, Matthew Schmeelk, Kensington Vanguard, and Kevin Lillis, Victory Combat Sports

“The event started with 100 fans in a church basement and kept growing each year primarily through word of mouth and email blasts,” said Schmeelk.  “Now 10 years later, Real Estate Fight Night is renowned in the real estate space as a twice-a-year event to which the industry looks forward.”

“It’s amazing to see that 10 years later Real Estate Fight Night has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the New York real estate community,” said Lillis. “We’re quite proud of that.”

Tickets are $80 a person and can be purchased by emailing  through Thursday afternoon, November 20. Please indicate the name for each ticket and how many you would like. All tickets may be picked up Friday, November 21 after 5:30 pm at The Thirsty Fan at 254 West 31st Street, east of Eighth Avenue. Fans can also purchase tickets directly at The Thirsty Fan after 5:30 pm .on the day of the event, but the number of tickets available will be limited, Schmeelk said.

Fights begin at 6 p.m. and run thru 11 p.m. For further information, go on   or contact Matt Schmeelk at or Kevin Lillis at


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