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October 20, 2017

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Live Review

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I arrived at Mohegan Sun Casino at 3:30 and made my way to the Hotel lobby where I set up my charging station and started to work on my on my write up for tonight's event. Upon walking into the Hotel Lobby I met Heather Hardy...This is usually a great place to be able to meet fighters before they make their way to the arena. I am currently waiting for Stephen Dominico from Dominico101 to arrive so we can continue these shenanigans. Keep updating this post through out the night in order to follow my Bellator 185 experience. I am overwhelmingly excited for this fight night and I will do my best to keep all of our fans up to date!

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi v. Alexander Shlemenko 185 lbs

Mousasi and Shlemenko go to war in the Main Event, a back and forth battle and the judges give the nod to Mousasi (29-28 all 3 cards) and the crowd errupts in boos they do not agree with the decision.

Neiman Gracie v. Zak Bucia 170 lbs

Neiman Gracie spends the better part of 2 rounds on tje back of Zak Bucia eventually getting the tap at 2:27 of round 2 via neck crank.

Heather Hardy v. Kristina Williams 125 lbs.

Kristina Williams picks apart former boxing champion Heather Hardy on the feet earning a second round stoppage in a bloody display. Doctor calls for the stoppage at 2 minutes of the second round!

Ryan Quinn v. Marcus Surin 155 lbs.

Ryan Quinn and Marcus Surin leave it to the judges; official decision 29-28 on all cards for your winner Ryan Quinn.

Ana Julaton v. Lisa Blaine 125 lbs.

29-28 Blaine 29-28 Julaton 29-28 Lisa Insane Blaine defeats Ana Julaton by split decision!


Steve Skrzat v. Costello van Steenis 185 lbs.

Costello van Steenis picks up the first round victory over Steve Skrzat by way of Tapout due to strikes at 2:52 of the opening round.

Jordan Young v. Alec Hooben 195 lbs.

Jordan Young defeats Alec Hooben by triangle choke at 2:44 of round number 1

Dean Hancock v. John Beneduce 155 lbs.

Dean Hancock defeats John Beneduce by first round TKO strikes at 3:37 seconds.

Pete Rogers Jr. v. Timothy Wheeler 145 lbs.

Peter Rogers defeats Timothy wheeler by first round submission at 37 seconds

Joaquin Buckley v. Vinicius de Jesus 170 lbs.

Vinicius de Jesus and Joaquin Buckley battle to a split decision; 29-28 Buckley, 29-28 de Jesus, 29-28 Buckley. Joaquin Buckley wins the split decision.

Matt Denning v. Don Shainis 150 lbs.

DonRich Shainis defeats Matthew Denning TKO strikes at 4:50 of round one.

Vovka Clay v. Frank Sforza 150 lbs.

Vovka Clay defeats Frank Sforza via second round Guillotine choke at 1:17.

Jose Antonio Perez v. Kevin Carrier 155 lbs.

Kevin Carrier wins a dominant 3 round decision against Jose Antonio Perez judge's score the fight; 30-27 on all cards.

Billy Giovanella v. Johnny Lopez 125 lbs.

Johnny Lopez and Billy Giovanella go to the judge's scorecards; judges score the fight; 29-28, 30-27, 30-26 all for your winner Johnny Lopez!

AMMO 3 10/21/2017 TEASER

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After a slight hiccup and the show being pushed back to October 21st, Ammo is ready to roll this weekend.  The show will be taking place in Western Mass at the Big E at the Eastern States Exposition at the Mallory Complex Building.  Please enter at Gate 1.  The doors will be opening at 5pm and the first fight is set to start at 6pm.  There are a total of 8 fights right now on the card.  I have read that they might be adding a few grappling matches.  Tickets are still on sale and will be available at the door.  Keep in mind that this is not the exact fight order and things may change but it should be very accurate.  Please follow along as I break down the entire fight card.

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 185 | UFC Night 118

Bellator 185

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Friday 10.20.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims:

Gegard Mousasi  vs.  A. Shlemenko 185 lbs
Neiman Gracie  vs.  Zak Bucia 170 lbs
Heather Hardy  vs.  Kristina Williams 125 lbs
Ryan Quinn  vs.  Marcus Surin 155 lbs
Ana Julaton  vs.  Lisa Blaine 125 lbs
Steve Skrzat  vs.  C. van Steenis 185 lbs
Jordan Young  vs.  Alec Hooben 195 lbs
Dean Hancock  vs.  John Beneduce 155 lbs
Pete Rogers Jr.  vs.  Timothy Wheeler 145 lbs
Joaquin Buckley  vs.  Vinicius de Jesus 170 lbs
Matt Denning  vs.  Don Shainis 150 lbs
Vovka Clay  vs.  Frank Sforza 150 lbs
J. Perez  vs.  Kevin Carrier 155 lbs
Billy Giovanella  vs.  John Lopez 125 lbs

UFC Fight Night 118

UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till
Saturday 10.21.2017 at 11:30 AM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Donald Cerrone  vs.  Darren Till 170 lbs
K. Kowalkiewicz  vs.  Jodie Esquibel 115 lbs
Jan Błachowicz  vs.  Devin Clark 205 lbs
Jonathan Wilson  vs.  Oskar Piechota 185 lbs
Marcin Held  vs.  Nasrat Haqparast 155 lbs
Adam Wieczorek  vs.  Anthony Hamilton 265 lbs
Brian Kelleher  vs.  Damian Stasiak 135 lbs
Ramazan Emeev  vs.  Sam Alvey 185 lbs
Artem Lobov  vs.  Andre Fili 145 lbs
Warlley Alves  vs.  Salim Touahri 170 lbs
Felipe Arantes  vs.  Josh Emmett 135 lbs
Lina Länsberg  vs.  Aspen Ladd 135 lbs

October 18, 2017

Bellator 185 Preview: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Travis Lizotte

One of the biggest tickets in the sport; Bellator MMA will make its second trip through New England Friday October 20th from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In the promotions first stop in New England this year; the fourth meeting between Featherweights Patricio Pitbull and Daniel Straus for the Bellator Featherweight Championship headlined an intriguing fight card that was absolutely littered with regional talent from right here in the Northeast. Bellator has given the Northeast MMA fans another treat by headlining the Bellator 185 card with a pair of the biggest names on the roster, former Pride, Strikeforce and UFC star; Gegard Mousasi (42-6) will make his promotional debut against the former Bellator Middleweight Champion; Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (56-9). Unfortunately, two co-main event bouts have been scrapped due to injuries in the last few weeks leading up to the event including; Liam McGeary vs. King Mo, the subsequent replacement fight; McGeary vs. Bubba McDaniel, as well as the replacement co-main event Connecticut’s “Irish” Brennan Ward (14-6) was due to take on fellow Bellator veteran Dave “Caveman” Rickles (18-4). Although the Bellator 185 fight card has suffered some loss of “Star Power” the openings on the Main Card have allowed some of New England’s own talent to move their way onto the Nationally Televised Main Card that will air Friday night live on Spike TV at 9 pm est. Ten of the 14 announced fights on Friday Night’s fight card include fighter’s with their roots in New England or Northeast MMA and will include some of the top talent in the region as well as current and former champions of from many regional Promotions; as well as fighters from the largest promotions in New England including;  CES, Combat Zone, Cage Titans, NEF, Reality Fighting and Premier FC. The New England MMA team will be out in full force Friday night when the spectacle that is Bellator MMA, returns to New England, toting with it some well-known hometown talent much to the delight of New England MMA fans.

October 17, 2017

Paiva reflects on career path with CES MMA

[CES Press Release]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 16th, 2017) -- As one of the founding fathers of the CES MMA brand, bantamweight Dinis Paiva has arguably grown more, both personally and professionally, than anyone who's stepped through those cage doors over the past seven years.

With a full-time job as a supervisor, a wife at home, and the desire to one day start a family of his own, Paiva is juggling more than just fight night strategy and sparring sessions. He doesn't need to fight -- he does it because he wants to -- yet he continues to make the sacrifices all fighters must make in order to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

"You have to find a way in order to succeed," said Paiva (9-6, 5 KOs), the East Providence, R.I., native who returns to the cage for the first time since January on the main card of "CES MMA 46" Friday, Oct. 27th, 2017from Twin River Casino.

"Between work, sparring, training, I put in close to 60 hours a week. My wife is the one who suffers the most, but it's part of the sacrifice. It's part of my story. It's part of who I am."

October 6, 2017


[NEF Press Release]

Portland, Maine (October 6, 2017) – New England Fights (NEF) will make its long-awaited debut in Portland on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Aura with "NEF 31: The Old Port."  Earlier today, the fight promotion announced the full fight card for the event featuring a full slate of professional and amateur mixed-martial-arts bouts.

Maine fan-favorite Paul Gorman (10-9) is scheduled to take on James "The Flyin' Hawaiian" Blair (5-1) in the main event of the evening.  Gorman, the former NEF bantamweight titleholder and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt out of the Academy in Portland, makes his return to the NEF cage after a three-year absence.  Blair is a hot prospect from the world-renowned American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida where he trains alongside a veritable murderers' row of current and former world champions like Mike Brown (26-9), Tyron Woodley (18-3-1), and Joanna Jędrzejczyk (14-0) just to name a few.

MMA WEEKEND--Bellator 184 | UFC 216

Bellator 184

Bellator 184: Dantas vs. Caldwell
Friday 10.06.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims:

Eduardo Dantas  vs.  Darrion Caldwell 135 lbs
Daniel Straus  vs.  Emmanuel Sanchez 145 lbs
Pat Curran  vs.  John Teixeira 145 lbs
Leandro Higo  vs.  Joe Taimanglo 135 lbs
Steve Kozola  vs.  Carrington Banks 155 lbs
Justin Patterson  vs.  Chance Rencountre 170 lbs
Manny Muro  vs.  Emmanuel Rivera 155 lbs
Sean Holden  vs.  Shakir McKillip 160 lbs
Rashemm Jones  vs.  Ernest James 265 lbs
Teagan Dooley  vs.  DeMarcus Simmons 205 lbs
LJ Hermreck  vs.  Westin Wilson 145 lbs
Daniel Carey  vs.  Kendall Carnahan 150 lbs

UFC 216

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee
Saturday 10.07.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: Fox Sports 1

Tony Ferguson  vs.  Kevin Lee 155 lbs
D. Johnson  vs.  Ray Borg 125 lbs
Fabrício Werdum  vs.  Derrick Lewis 265 lbs
M. Borella  vs.  Kalindra Faria 125 lbs
Evan Dunham  vs.  Beneil Dariush 155 lbs
Tom Duquesnoy  vs.  Cody Stamann 135 lbs
Will Brooks  vs.  Nik Lentz 155 lbs
Lando Vannata  vs.  Bobby Green 155 lbs
Pearl Gonzalez  vs.  Poliana Botelho 115 lbs
Walt Harris  vs.  Mark Godbeer 265 lbs
Magomed Bibulatov  vs.  John Moraga 125 lbs
Brad Tavares  vs.  Thales Leites 185 lbs
Matt Schnell  vs.  M. Beltran 125 lbs

October 4, 2017

Official Statement on AMMO FL 3 rescheduling

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[Ammo Press Release]

AMMO Fight League regrets to inform our fans, fighters, and everyone in support of AMMO FL that due to unforeseen circumstances the upcoming AMMO FL 3: “No Man's Land” show on October 7th, at the “Courtyard” on the ‘Big E’ fairgrounds in West Springfield, Ma. will be moving to October 21st at the Mallery Bldg. on the grounds.

The last minute rescheduling is a result of short notice requests made by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission of our fighters. The short window of time would not allow a majority of the fighters to be eligible to compete this Saturday at AFL:3.

Rather than cancel the show we will be moving it to Oct 21st, providing the Commission allows AMMO FL to do so. This would allow the fighters the time to provide the Commission with what they are expecting from each fighter.

 We understand the blood, sweat, and tears, the time away from family, the long hours at the gym, and all that encompasses preparing mentally and physically for a Mixed Martial Arts fight. A simple sorry cannot make up for this improbable circumstance after so many have worked so tirelessly.

Going forward we will be sure all fighter requirements are fully disclosed and required with adequate amount of time for the fighter to fulfil all of the MSAC stipulations. Thank you for your continued support and see you on the 21st. 

In Best Regards:
Bill Idol

'We've lost this battle but we will win this war!"

October 1, 2017


Combat Zone 63: Mayhem in Manchester

It’s Friday night and all the cool kids in Manchester, NH (all three of us) are at the Radisson Hotel getting ready to watch a bunch of lunatics willingly allow themselves to be locked inside a cage to fight a complete stranger who really wants to hurt them for no real reason. Because the people in charge have lost their minds and decided that it would be a good idea to give me a microphone, I am helping with the commentary, so I can’t actually write anything while the fights are happening. The good news is that you won’t be stuck with another fifty page manifesto about the fighters’ hair styles and walk-out songs. The bad news is, I’ll probably forget a lot of stuff. Like maybe entire fights. I can’t be blamed for this because there are, after all, FIFTEEN of them. I’m not entirely convinced that this was intentional because when I asked Combat Zone matchmaker Ryan Fennelly on Thursday how many fights were on the card, he said, “I don’t know. I didn’t count.”

September 28, 2017


Combat Zone returns with a solid night of action that they will be bringing to the Radisson Hotel in Manchester New Hampshire.  The date is Friday, September 29th 2017 and the doors will be opening at 5:30pm.  The first fight is set to start at 7pm with a night of mixed martial arts and kickboxing.
There are a total of 13 fights with 5 of them being kickboxing and the rest being MMA.  They recently had the main event scratched due to Pilla getting injured but all in all it is still an excellent card.  We wish Pilla the best in his recovery!  Let me break down the fight card for you all.  As usual, I will skip the kickboxing portion but leave it all in the card order.  Keep in mind the fight order might change.