June 2nd is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to the next installment of Reality Fighting. For those of you who don't know, Reality Fighting has found a beautiful home at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville CT. Unfortunately MMA was not passed through the state to legalize the sport but lucky for CT fans you can still enjoy it at Mohegan Sun!! Right now they have 11 professional fights and they are great matchups as usual. They have two title fights on the card and a female fight which I am real excited about. Many big names on the card that if you have been following along with us, you definitely have heard of them. You can still get your tickets by clicking here. Tickets start at $35 bux and go up to $75. This is stadium seating, not a bad seat in the house!! Make an afternoon of it, hit the slots, eat at Pepe's pizza place and relax to some great mma fights at night! Ok enough of me hyping up the card, lets break it down.
We have Mike Flores taking on Robbie Leroux in the flyweight division. I enjoy this weight class because this is more of their natural weight. Mike Flores is an independent fighter and has a record of 4-1. We all remember his last fight in Western Mass where he got the devastating knockout over Fred Mandracchia at Umass Mullins Center in just 12 seconds. He has another knockout and a decision victory in his career. His one loss came to Josh Spearman back in 2009. They don't call him the Spider Monkey for nothing. He will be ready to put on a show. His opponent Robbie Leroux is also 4-1. He is dropping down to 125lbs and I believe he trains with Clinch MMA. He is a well rounded fighter with a submission, decision and a ref stoppage to punches in his career. Mark my word, this will not be a boring fight!!
Then we have a middleweight fight between Ricardo Georges and Eric Sommer. Ricardo trains with Team Pradal Serey and has had a tough time finding fights. His has many opponents drop out and TPS looked to Reality to get them a tough opponent. Ricardo is 0-1 professional career and his loss came to a tough BJJ guy, Carlos Neto at Victory Promotions last November via decision. He had a great amateur career and was 7-1 I believe. One thing is for certain, he is hungry for his first career win. His opponent Eric Sommers trains with CTMMA and has a record of 0-1 as well. His only career loss came at a previous Reality back in October where he lost via ref stoppage to Jason Ward due to punches. I was there that night and that was an awesome fight!! Ricky wants to stand, Eric likes to stand. I see this being a great standup battle. Who will get their first career win on June 2nd?? We will know soon enough!
Next is Middleweight fight Jason Ward against Jesse Peterson. Jason Ward has a record of 4-1 according to Reality's site and trains with Black Dragon. He has two victories via tko to punches. His one loss came back in May to Dwight Grant at a previous Reality. His opponent Jesse trains with SSSF and also with Central Maine BJJ. He has a record of 6-1 and is a very well rounded fighter. He has two KO, 2 sub and 2 decision wins. Can't get much more well rounded than that. His only loss came to Nate Kittredge at a Reality back in 2007. He hasn't lost in a while and isn't planning on losing June 2nd either!! I have seen both of these fighters fight very recently and I can't see this being a boring fight.
Thane Stimson is set to take on Rob Font. Thane had an awesome amateur career. He trained with TPS for a bit then went to California to train with Team Alpha Male. He is now back and fighting around here and it is a real treat to see. He is 1-1 in his pro career. He lost a split decision to Zech Lange at a previous Warrior Nation. His last fight he was victorious over Tyson Chartier and one in the first round via submission. Now he is taking on another tough opponent in Rob Font. Rob trains with Team Sityodtong and has a record of 1-1. He had a great amateur career and had his pro debut at the Mullins Center at Premier FC 7 and defeated Matt Tuthill via rear naked choke in round 1. He then went on and fought Desmond Green from Bombsquad where he lost the decision back in April. This is a matchup that everyone in New England has been waiting for. This is the cream of the crop right here. I for one, can't wait for this fight.
Chris Simmons will be fighting Aniss Alhajjajy. This will be at a catchweight of 150lbs and is going to be another great matchup. Chris trains with Strikezone and has a record of 6-2. He has one KO, 4 sub and 1 decision victory. He has strung a couple of losses in a row and plans to change that June 2nd. His opponent Aniss, now trains with Team Pradal Serey and has a record of 5-3. He has 3 submission victories and one decision win. He also has strung a couple of losses in a row and will be looking to change that. As you can see from their victories they are both very comfortable on the ground. I expect this to be a jiu jitsu showing with many submission attempts being thrown.
Leroy Derricott is ready to square off with Brendan Rooney in the lightweight division. Leroy trains with Team Renegade and has a record of 2-2. He has one submission and one ref stoppage to punches victory. His two losses came via submission. Leroy is very well rounded and never has a boring fight. His opponent Brendan trains with CTMMA and has a record of 2-1. He has two submission victories and one loss via tko to punches back at a CES last September. Leroy is going to want to keep this standing and use his fists. Brendan is going to want keep it on the ground and work the submission. I am anxious to see this fight as well.
Now for the women's matchup. This one is in the 135lb division and is between Kaline Medeiros and Peggy Morgan. Peggy Morgan trains with Triumph in NH and had an undefeated amateur career of 2-0. She had a big win over a BJJ fighter Fernanda Aurajo at a Combat Zone. Remember this fight was supposed to be at Cage Titans but due to commission rules, the fight got moved to NH. She then fought for CFX for a title over Jen Rivera and won that due to corner stoppage at the beginning of Round 3. She is now turning pro because let's face it the women's division are pretty scarce in that division around here. Her opponent Kaline is as tough as they come. She has a record of 1-2, trains with TriForce and her two losses came to Katie Merrill and Marianna Kheyfets. Don't let her record fool you, she is tough as nails. Her last fight she knocked her opponent out in 7 seconds. Reality fans remember her against Marianna and it was a jiu jitsu showing that night. This fight is simple to figure out the gameplan. Peggy is going to want to use her reach and her height and keep it standing. Use her kicks and punches to keep the distance. If that isn't working, her ground game is damn good too. Kaline is going to want to stay in close and back her up so she can get her punches in. Kaline is very comfortable on the ground as well. This is MMA and anything can happen. The fans will be on the edge of their seat when this fight is happening, I guarantee it!
Jeremy Ross will be facing Jimmy Collins. Jeremy Ross trains with Gladiator BJJ and comes into this fight with a record of 5-3. He has four out of five of his wins via submission. He fought for Reality in October where he beat Leroy Derricott via submission in round 1. He then went to AFO and fought Brandon Chagnon in a higher weight class for a title and won that in the first round via submission. His opponent is Jimmy Collins who trains with Lauzon MMA and has a record of 5-0. He just recently fought for Cage Titans and defeated Lionel Young via submission in round 3. In fact four out of his five wins have come via submission. I expect this fight to a good jiu jitsu battle. Great matchup and very even. Well done Joe Cuff, Reality's Matchmaker!
The Mangler Matt Bessette will be facing Andres Jeudi in the 155lb division. Matt trains with Underdog BJJ and has a record of 8-3. He has four submission wins and a couple of decision victories. He fights tough fights everytime, he has wins over Saul Almeida, Jon Benoit, Anthony Kaponis. Two out of his 3 losses came via decisions, and one was to Joe Proctor who we all know is on The Ultimate Fighter this season. His other loss was a split decision to Bill Jones. Mangler always comes ready to fight! His opponent Andres trains with Sityodtong and has a record of 4-0. He has a ko and a tko victory to punches and two decision victories in his career. He has outstanding standup and muay thai. I can see this being an outstanding stand up battle. This has potential to be fight of the night. Mangler is never in a boring fight!!
Now onto the two title fights. For the featherweight title we have John Naples against Erik Lee. John is from Strikezone and has a record of 2-0 according to sherdog.com. He has victories over Terin Swanson and Steven Carr. Let me tell you those two opponents are tough to beat. He has excellent standup and will definitely bring it on June 2nd. His opponent Erik trains with CTMMA and has a record of 3-0 according to sherdog.com. He has two submission and one decision victories. This is a classic matchup of striker versus ground guy. Don't get me wrong Erik can stand too but I can see this being a very close matchup. John is gonna want to keep it standing and Erik will probably want to take it on the ground. Who will be victorious and win the belt that night?? Find out on June 2nd.
The last fight of the evening is for the welterweight title. It is between Nate Lamotte and Brett Oteri. Nate trains out of Team Burgess and has a record of 12-5. He has two ko, 7 submission and 3 decision victories! He is very well rounded and has fought for Reality and other organizations for a long time. In fact he fought for Reality Fighting back in 2006!! Three of his 5 losses came via submission and other two were decision losses. His opponent is Brett Oteri who trains out of Connor's MMA. Brett comes into this fight with a 9-3 record. He 1 KO, 5 submission and 3 decision victories in his career. Two of his three losses came via submission and they were two Todd Chattelle, Ryan Quinn and Matt Lee. Brett always fights tough fights and this fight is no exception. As you can see both of these fighters are very well rounded and are comfortable taking the fight wherever it goes. I can see with both fighters being well versed on the ground they may want to keep it standing but who knows! This is mixed martial arts and very tough to predict. How do you all see this going??
That concludes this teaser and I hope you all enjoyed it. I want to thank Joe Cuff and Reality Fighting for sharing with us the cards and of course putting this great show together. What can I say, they fill the seats and its pretty easy to see why. For $35 bux you can see 11 professional, well matched fights. I apologize if any of my teams, records are wrong. Just let me know and I will gladly fix. As I said above you can get your tickets by visiting ticketmaster by clicking the link here. There is one more fight that may be added to the card and that is between Miguel Santos and TBA. Reality is still looking for an opponent so that may be added as well. We hope to see you all there!! Tell us by commenting and let us know what match ups you are most excited about.
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