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March 23, 2016


[CZ Press Release]

SALEM, NH (March 22, 2016)- Two of the toughest and most talented Combat Zone MMA veterans, who also  have history, will wage war with the vacant Pro Welterweight championship at stake when Nuri "The Shark" Shakir and Ray "Relentless" Shawdee climb into the cage at Rockingham Park May 13.

The main event of Combat Zone 58, "Mayhem" promises plenty of fireworks.  

“Both of these guys are tremendous fighters and they have been working hard for years. They each deserve this shot at the title. It's shaping up as a fight for the ages and one that fans will not want to miss. Everyone is totally jacked about this fight and it's going to be a great night," said Calvin Kattar, the co-owner and co-promoter of Combat Zone.

Shakir (19-21-0) is making an impressive run as of late and most recently notched a huge win over Top 10 fighter Brett Oteri in the main event of Combat Zone 57. Shakir is the owner and head coach of the respected Gate City MMA in Nashua, NH, where he leads a promising corps of rising stars by example.

“The precision of his striking is incredible,” says matchmaker Ryan Fennelly.

The multi-talented Shawdee (4-2-0) used to train with his opponent but within the past few months opened New England Top Team in Salem, where he also is the head coach. Last time out in Combat Zone 54 July 18, he engaged Buck Pineau in an intense and bloody pro kickboxing battle before winning by split decision in what some consider to be the fight of the year.

"Ray’s dynamic fighting style combines striking and grappling to a level not matched by many in the local scene. Is it enough to top Shakir?" Fennelly wondered. "We'll all find out on fight night. This is a truly exciting match-up."

Another can't-miss fight pits a pair of unbeatens for the Combat Zone Lightweight Amateur title. Manchester's Shawn Melanson (3-0), who trains with Shawdee and has been coached by Shakir, will try to retain his belt against Dave Brown (20) from Lakes Region Vale Tudo in Gilford, NH.

Tickets to Combat Zone 58 are $40, $50, $75, $90 and $120 for ringside seating and parking is free. Doors to the racetrack’s Sports Club open at 5:30 PM and the first fight taps off at 7:00 PM.
The full card will be announced soon. For tickets and more information visit or call co-promoter Jamison Kattar at 978-361-6772.