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Reality Fighting Preview

by Old School ~ September 30th, 2011

Reality Fighting @ Mohegan Sun
From: Old School

Once again, Reality Fighting is returning to The Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, October 8. Reality is one of the original MMA organizations here in New England, and in the past year they have found a home in Uncasville, Connecticut. The fight card features ten Pro MMA fights, three of which are Reality Fighting Title Fights. The Main event pairs Parker Porter (5-2; Underdog BJJ), the regions top ranked heavyweight, against UFC Veteran and former World Title Challenger Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6; Team Link). (more…)

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by Old School ~ July 29th, 2011

This weekend in New England MMAction, we once again have three choices. At Rockingham Park, we have the Combat Zone’s “Brawling at the Rock” on Friday Night, July 29. Then on Sunday, July 31, in Springfield, Premier FC will feature its annual out door event. The other choice is to stay home, cut the lawn, and complain that there’s nothing to do this week end! (more…)

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Combat Zone 38 Preview

by Bonnell ~ July 20th, 2011

Combat Zone 38 Event Preview

July 29th
Rockingham Park in Salem NH.

New England’s Longest running MMA promotion brings us their 38th installment of The areas best fights on July 29th, Live from Rockingham Park in Salem NH. (more…)

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GFL 10 Preview

by Rick ~ April 12th, 2011

GFL 10 is set to take place this Friday, April 15 from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. There is so much going on with this card that I’m really not sure where to start. They partnered up with Victory Promotions and owner Vincent Fraumeni, and have a hell of a fight card to match the extra promotional value put into this event.

From Gary Hoey playing the national anthem, to having stars in attendance like Micky Ward, UFC Vet Jason Delucia and Scotty Lago (Olympic Bronze Medalist-Snowboarding) the stars will be out for this event. There will also be a ton of promotional value, featuring 8 total video screens.

They even have an afterparty presented by the Brewery Exchange 201 Cabot st Lowell.

As far as the card goes, it’s sick. The Main Event has been hyped like crazy, with John Benoit putting his title on the line against Matt Bessette. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the television show they aired on NESN titled “The Life” it can be seen at If you don’t know these guys and what they do well, you must be living under a rock. Both guys have received a ton of press on here, and both can do it all. I want to add my two cents on some comments made leading up to this fight. Bessette made a comment about how Benoit thinks he’s much better than he is and that Benoit has no reason to be confident coming into the fight. Well, Benoit is 11-2, and beat guys like Don Carlo-Clauss, Noah Weisman, Damian Trites, Bill Jones, and Justin Hammerstrom. Bottom line is that John has always fought tough guys, finds a way to win, and always improves. He’s one of the best in the area for sure. Benoit has also commented about how Bessette sucks and really doesn’t belong in the cage with him. We all know that’s not true either. Bessette won Fight of the Year last year, and is more than a worthy contender. I doubt Benoit is overlooking him. There is a ton of bad blood here, and neither wants to come out on the losing end of a fight they both wanted, and both talked a ton of trash leading up to. Both guys will lay their heart on the line in this one.

In another big time match up, John Ortolani takes on Joe Manzello. Orto is the prospect with the hype, but do not sleep on Manzello. He’s built like a tank, and has only lost to super tough guys. He took Saul Almeida to a split decision, and fought Marc Stevens, Drew Fickett, Tamdan McCrory and Mike Littlefield. The point I’m trying to make is that he won’t be overwhelmed or shocked by anything Ortolani does in the cage. John will be faster, and more explosive, but he won’t be able to man handle Manzello like he has some of his other opponents. This should be another great fight.

Aniss Alhajjajy returns to the cage to take on hot prospect Luis Corapi in what I expect to be the fight of the night. Both guys look great on their feet, and aren’t afraid to take chances. Don’t blink in this one. Who ever comes out on top should be a fight or two away from a title shot.

Two big, powerful fighters face off at 205 when Cody Lightfoot takes on Steve Skrzat. With the bombs these guys throw, I don’t thing this one goes too long. I have no idea who wins, but it’ll be ugly either way.

As always the rest of the show is filled out by some of the best amateur talent in New England, as well as some of the most exciting young pro’s. I’m really not sure how any local fight fan can justify skipping this event..and dress nice, they are filming the event for future use on one of their shows on NESN.

Here the latest card:

205  Cody Lightfoot 5-1 (Seacoast/ Kaos) vs Steve Skrzat 4-2 (Factory) 

155 Steve Butler 1-3 (Gracie Barra)  vs  Pedro Da Silva 0-3 (Tapout Boston)

135 Nick Bennett 0-0 (Mass BJJ) vs Lucas Cruz 0-0 (Wai Kru)

Main Event

Lightweight Championship Fight 155lbs

Matt Bessette 6-2 (Underdog BJJ)  vs  John Benoit 11-2 (Renzo Gracie NH)

 Main Card

155 John Ortolani 4-2 (Gracie Barra NH)  vs  Joe Manzello 5-6 (The Factory)

155 Devin Powell 2-1 (Port City BJJ) vs Anthony Loycano 3-0 (Warriors Pride)

               155  Aniss Alhajjajy 4-1 (BTT)  vs  Lewis Corapi 2-0 (Sityodtong) 

170 Brandon Cyr 3-0 (Team Dow)  vs   Pete San Antonio 3-1 (Warriors Pride)


145 Antonio Viera 0-0 (Lowell MMA)  vs  Mike Materkowski 0-0 (Cage Strikers)

170 Phil Lamire 0-1 (GBNH) vs Billy Bonnell 0-2 (Mu-Han)

145  Ken Kersch 0-0 (Real Deal MMA) vs Josh Bourque 3-2 (Cage Strikers)

170 Nick Berube 0-2 (Team Dow)  vs   Isaiah Gomez  0-0 (North Shore BJJ)   

145 David Sousa 0-0 (Warriors Pride) vs  Colton Blanchette 3-0 (Cage Strikers)

165  Brian Wilmoth 0-0 (Villari’s Hillsboro NH) vs Samuel Morales 0-0 (Daniel Gracie)  

155 Brian Cosco 0-0 (BTT Boston) vs  Ted Washburn 0-0 (West Side MMA)

185 Dan Lapore 0-2 (Team Dow)  vs  Jesse Merit 0-0 (Anubis)

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Premier FC 5 – Press Release & Fight Card

by Old School ~ April 6th, 2011

April 4, 2011


Mullins Center to host Premier FC 5 on Saturday, April 9 – Tickets start at just $22!


This Saturday, April 9, the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will host the fifth official championship of Western Mass-based mixed martial arts league, Premier Fighting Championship.

Action-packed matchups of professional and local amateur fighters will excite long-time MMA fans as well as those new to the sport. Premier Fighting Championship owner Karyn Wesch and business partner Jason Franklin have been working to provide the necessary experience for amateur fighters to go pro, and their efforts have shown in championship productions since 2010. Featured in April 9th’s event are fighters Sarah Payant, Gladiator Santos, and Mike Polvere among many other exciting talent.

The fighters are nearing the end of their training and have begun cutting weight for next week’s weigh-ins, which will take place on Friday, April 8th in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.  Media is invited to join the weigh-in process for face-to-face interviews with the fighters.

Tickets for the event are still on sale for $22-$37 at the Mullins Center Box Office, on, or over the phone at 800.745.3000.  First fight begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.


Denise Goddard (Guardian) 0-0 vs. Sarah Payant (Ravenous) 0-1 135lbs.

Matt Leddick (NY Boxing) 3-6 vs. Kemran Lachinov (American Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 4-2 170lbs

Adel Lolic (Blue Devil) 3-1 vs. Ralphy Cruz (American Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 3-2 170lbs


Shawn Cosway (Guardian) 0-0 vs. Jeremy Riepold (Ravenous) 2-0 135lbs

Dustin Linden 0-0 vs. Dexter Rhodes (CTMMA) 1-0 225lbs.

Robert Rios (Nitsuj) 1-1 vs. Nestor Xicohtencatl (Renzo Gracie) 0-0 145lbs.

Mike Jensen (Greater Hartford Bando) 0-0 vs. Jamie Courtney (Sityodtong) 1-3 160lbs.

Irving Cortes 1-0 vs. Sam Nadeau (American Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 3-3 145lbs


Shannon Carballo (CTMMA) 0-2 vs. Joshua Randorf (Gracie BJJ) 0-0 155lbs.


Matt Tuthill (Renegade Kumite) 0-0 vs. Kevin Ortiz (Champions) 0-0 155lbs 



Elias Rivera (Dog Pound) 7-4 vs. Gabriel Gladiator (American Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 9-6 185lbs

Tommy Marcellino (Stryker) 1-0 vs. Tyson Chartier (Sityodtong) 2-0  160lbs.

Mark Hoxie ( 0-8 vs. Kym Sturdivant (Ameican Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 3-6 225lbs.

Brandon Chagnon (Sityodtong) 2-1 vs. Mike Filippone (American Fight Team/Gladiator BJJ) 0-0 165lbs.

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Cage Titans “Vengeance” Preview

by Rick ~ March 31st, 2011
This Friday, April 1st Cage Titans Fighting Championship will be putting on its next show entitled ‘Vengeance’ at the Local 103 Union Hall in Boston, MA. The fight card is stacked from top to bottom with 10 fights scheduled including 4 title fights in the pro and amateur ranks and just added a Super Fight Grapling Match. Below are the TITLE bouts set to take place as well as the Super Fight Details…Full fight card can be viewed at www.cagetitansfc.comunder the ‘Fighter’ tab.The Main Event features a battle for the 135lb title between New England’s #2 ranked Tateki Matsuda from Sityodtong Boston and #10 ranked Barrington “Rude Boy” Douse from American Martial Arts Academy. Barrington has been calling out Tateki for a while and the two will finally meet in the cage for the vacant belt.

In the amateur ranks, the number #1 ranked 170lb fighter, ‘The Water Buffalo” Ricardo Georges takes on ‘The Flu’ Keegan Hornstra for the Cage Titans 170lb amateur title. No one locally has wanted to step in the cage as of late with Ricardo and Keegan pushed back his Pro debut for this opportunity!

Also a new champion will be crowned in the 155lb amateur division as well when #4 ranked Joe Pignitore from Team Rockstar steps in the cage with #6 ranked “Ill” Will Chan from South Shore Sportfighting. Both guys are known for their knock-out power so be sure not to blink!

And the final ammy belt that will be up for grabs that night is in the 135lb division when #6 ranked Rico Discuillo of Sityodtong takes on the ultra tough veteran #9 ranked Anthony “Skwirl” Carmenatty. Rico has stopped all of his opponents so far in his career via first round KO but Skwirl is one of those fighters that never gives up and you can never count out of a fight.

As for the Superfight Grappling Match, Cage Titans’ 145lb Champion and number 5th ranked fighter Bill Jones takes on multi-promotion champ and #3 ranked Saul Almedia. Saul recently made it through the Ultimate Fighter try-outs so Bill said he is looking to make a statement and show who belongs in the UFC. Saul’s response,  “Mr. Jones will be lucky to get to the 2nd round, he’s gonna feel like a fish outta water…if he wants to back out then I’m giving him a chance to back out and back out now…if not then this will not be in no way shape or form a competitive match, somebody’s getting tapped and it ain’t gonna be me!”

Cage Titans will also be holding a raffle at Vengeance for a “MMA Fan Package” including two front row tickets for the next Cage Titans Fight and product donated by vendors to benefit Fighter Eddie Lee from Sityodtong Boston brought this organization to Cage Titans attention, Lee who will be battling it out with Stephen Langlais from BKJA, has recently lost a family member to Pancreatic Cancer and wanted to do something to raise awareness and funds for this cause. Raffle Tickets will be sold at the fight, TapoutT Boston has donated T-shirts and the first 100 people to purchase $10.00 of tickets will receive TapouT T-shirts. Cage Titans has also generously agreed to match the raffle money up to $500.

Matt Doherty (1-1, Team Pradel Serey)
Cory Pickering (2-0, SSSF)
Dinis Paiva (2-3, Team JKD)
Billy Giovanella (3-0, Connors MMA)

Stephen Langlais (1-1, Team BKJA)
Eddie Leee (#8 ranked 2-0, Sityodtong)

Sean Nichols (1-3, Wai Kru)
Peter Barrett (0-0, MAXX Training)

170lb Title
Ricardo Georges (#1 ranked 6-1, Team Pradel Serey)
Keegan Hornstra (3-4, Team KAOS)

155lb Title
Joe Pingitore (#4 ranked 6-2, Team Rockstar)
Will Chan (#6 ranked 3-0, SSSF)

135 Title
Anthony ‘Skwirl’ Carmenatty (#9 ranked 4-5, Independant)
Rico DiScuillo (#6 ranked 3-0, Sityodtong)

Chris Rowley (2-3, Northern Aggression Fight Squad)
Joe Brennan (1-2, Independant)

Christian Rivera (4-11, GSMMA)
Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Campbell (1-1, SSSF)

135lb Title
Barrington Douse (7-9, American Fight Team)
Tateki Matsuda (5-2, Sityodtong)

Grappling SuperFight
Saul Almedia
Bill Jones

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