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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.

September 26, 2017

Perrin v. Caterino New Main Event of Combat Zone 63 Sept. 29 in Manchester

[Combat Zone Press Release]

MANCHESTER, NH- Professional MMA fighters Jay Perrin and Chris Caterino return to the Combat Zone cage on Friday, September 29 in the main event of "Mayhem in Manchester" at the Downtown Radisson Hotel with each looking for the victory to propel him into the top 10 bantamweight rankings.

Perrin (3-3), who hails from Hudson, NH and fights out of Team Triumph in Nashua and Sityodtong in Boston, comes into Combat Zone 63 after a second round loss to Regivaldo Carvalho in Bellator 178 last out on April 21. Two fights back, he notched a stunning first round KO victory over Chad Kelly in Combat Zone 60.

Gate City MMA standard bearer Caterino (1-1) intends to extend his winning streak after earning a TKO win by injury over Andy Aiello in Combat Zone 61 in his last effort.

The Perrin vs. Caterino fight was elevated to main event status after the Combat Zone MMA Amateur Bantamweight Title bout between Jake Pilla (5-2) and Fred Lear (6-2) was a late scratch due to an untimely  training camp injury suffered by former Featherweight champion Pilla.

The reshuffled card of 13 pro and amateur MMA and kickboxing matches now has Jeff Silva (2-3) from Lawrence, MA taking on Manchester's Ken Murphy (0-2), who is on the comeback trail after the Team Link Hooksett fighter dropped a pair of very close and contested fights, in the co-main event at 130 pounds.

September 22, 2017

MMA WEEKEND--UFC Fight Night 117 | Bellator 183

UFC Fight Night 117

UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Okami
Friday 09.22.2017 at 10:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: FX | Prelims: UFC Fight Pass

Ovince St. Preux  vs.  Yushin Okami 205 lbs
Cláudia Gadelha  vs.  Jéssica Andrade 115 lbs
Takanori Gomi  vs.  Dong Hyun Kim 155 lbs
Gokhan Saki  vs.  L. Henrique da Silva 205 lbs
Teruto Ishihara  vs.  Rolando Dy 145 lbs
Keita Nakamura  vs.  Alex Morono 170 lbs
Jussier Formiga  vs.  Yuta Sasaki 125 lbs
Syuri Kondo  vs.  Chan Mi Jeon 115 lbs
Shinsho Anzai  vs.  Luke Jumeau 170 lbs
Daichi Abe  vs.  Hyun Gyu Lim 170 lbs

Bellator 183

Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull

Saturday 09.23.2017 at 09:00 PM ET
U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV | Prelims:

Benson Henderson  vs.  Patricky Freire 155 lbs
Paul Daley  vs.  Lorenz Larkin 170 lbs
Roy Nelson  vs.  Javy Ayala 265 lbs
Adam Piccolotti  vs.  Goiti Yamauchi 155 lbs
Aaron Pico  vs.  Justin Linn 145 lbs
Brooke Mayo  vs.  Kaytlin Neil 125 lbs
Ricardo Vasquez  vs.  Justin Tenedora 135 lbs
Mike Ortega  vs.  Tony Johnson 205 lbs
Brandon Laroco  vs.  Gaston Bolanos 145 lbs
Corina Herrera  vs.  Jaymee Nievara 125 lbs
Alex Lopez  vs.  F. Trevino 170 lbs
Luis Jauregui  vs.  JJ Okanovich 155 lbs
Anthony Castrejon  vs.  Daniel Gonzalez 125 lbs

September 21, 2017


[Combat Zone Press Release by Lynne Snierson]

MANCHESTER, NH- The vacant MMA Amateur Bantamweight title will be up for the taking when champions Jake "The Gorilla" Pilla and Fred Lear meet for the first time in the stellar main event of the stacked 17-fight Combat Zone 63 card "Mayhem in Manchester" on Friday, September 29 at the Downtown Radisson Hotel in the Queen City.

Lear (6-2) holds the NEF bantamweight crown and brings his three-fight win streak into the cage in what will be his final amateur appearance before turning pro no matter the outcome of this fight. The representative of Young's MMA in Maine said he wanted the toughest opponent he could get, and his wish has certainly come true. Pilla (5-2), a former Combat Zone Amateur Featherweight champion, is dropping down from 145 to 135 pounds for this title fight but the impost will not present a problem.

In his last outing, Pilla fought at 135 pounds for the first time in his career but needed a mere 37 seconds of the first round of Combat Zone 62 on June 30 to submit the very tough Jack Greene in front of what has become a hometown crowd for the Billerica, MA native,, who represents Team Flo/Spero's MMA in Plaistow, NH. Pilla, who is one of the Northeast's most dynamic and charismatic fighters, has developed a devoted and enormous following of fans known as "The Gorilla Crew" and they are sure to be out in force again as he goes for his second MMA belt in a different weight division.