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April 20, 2019


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Warchild and I found our spot in the parking garage across the street.  After walking around the building a bit we made our way through the security and throught he metal detectors.  Getting closer to the nice loud bass and we found our way to the cage!  It is a little early but the fights are set to start at 7:15 or so.  They have the vendors here selling grill, wraps and other items and also a big huge screen to make sure no one misses the action.  There are a total of 9 matches with 2 being grappling and the rest being mma.  Premier FC announced that Marco Alvan will be their matchmaker for their grappling matches.  As you can see below there is one amateur fight and the rest are professional battles.  The refs are Bryan Minor and Marcel.  Please follow along as I try to keep up with all the action.

GRAPPLING Tim Burkenhim (SP?) vs. James Soffen

Soffen wins at 2:12 by guillotine.

GRAPPLING Leon Davis vs. Devon Collins


145 AM Charra Phon (1-1, Ultimate MMA) vs. Devin Cristie (1-3 Cortland MMA)

Devin starts us off with a leg kick.  Charra goes for a takedown and gets it.  He has the side and has him pressed up against the cage.  Charra gets in some short punches to the head.  

Phon 10-9

Rd 2:  Charra gets the double leg takedown and has the side again.  Charra moves to full mount and Devin is doing a good job at keeping him close.  Charra gets in some ground and pound and Devin almost has him swept as the round ends.

Phon 10-9

Rd 3:  Devin gets in an outside leg kick.  Devin gets in a hard kick to the side of the chest of Chara.  Devin again with another kick to the body and Charra takes him down to the mat.  He has the side and finishes the rest of the round that way.

Phon 10-9

Charra Phon defeats Devin Cristie via split decision.

185 PRO Jesus Cintron (0-6, Old School Boxing) vs. Yu Ji (0-0, Radical MMA)

Jesus rushes in with a right.  Yu connects with a jumping knee and the crowd roars.  Yu gets the takedown and passes to full mount.  Yu moves into the crucifix position and is dropping bombs.  He switches to americana and gets the verbal tap.

Yu Ji defeats Jesus Cintron via verbal submission via americana at 2:37 in Round 1.

HVY PRO Victor Irwin (0-2 Dale) vs. Luis Razuri (0-0, Kai MMA)

Both fighters are working their kicks so far.  Victor has his side and is trying to get him to the mat.  Victor gets him down and has his back.  He is trying for a rear naked choke but can’t get it.  Luis gets free and they are back standing.  Victor is trying for a standing guillotine.  He can’t get it and the 10 second bell sounds.  Luis gets in two good punches and the crowd roars.

Irwin 10-9

Rd 2:  Luis gets in another right.  Victor just barely misses with a power right.  Both fighters get in some outside leg kicks.  Victor gets in a left jab.  They clinch and Victor gets in an elbow as he breaks.  Victor gets in another good right.  A very good exchange for Victor.  The 10 second bell sounds and Luis rushes in and Victor gets in another few punches before the bell sounds.

Irwin 10-9

Rd 3:  Victor is starting to turn it on now.  Victor checks a high kick.  Victor with another combo.  A brief pause from a finger in the eye to Luis.  Irwin gets the takedown.  He moves to full mount and gets pushed off.  He drops a few hammerfists and now has the side.  He gets a neck crank for the tap.

Victor Irwin defeats Luis Razuri via tapout to neck crank at 4:22 in Round 3.

185 PRO Pat Casey (4-1, Team Link) vs. Mike Diorio (2-4, Cortland Elite)

The crowd sounds like they are all Jungle fans.  They come out swinging.  Pat gets Mike to the mat and is trying for the finish.  He can’t get it and they are back standing.  Pat is getting in some big shots.  Pat gets him to the mat again and gets in some heavy ground and pound for the finish.

Pat Casey defeats Mike Diorio via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:18 in Rd 1.

145 PRO Ali Zebian (1-1, Whitley's Boxing) vs. Jason Rine (1-5 Lashley Training Center)

Jason gets in a nice left.  Ali with a kick to the head and Jason is trying to take him down.  Ali is fighting it and reverses.  Jason spins out and misses.  They break and Ali gets in another nice knee to the head.  Jason gets hit and falls to the mat and Ali takes the side.  Ali is dropping heavy elbows from the top.  Ali is getting in some more elbows as the round ends.

Zebian 10-9

Rd 2:  Ali starts the round off with a leg kick.  Ali connects with a hard right that sends Jason to the mat.  Ali has the side and gets in a huge knee to the body.  Ali passes to full mount but can’t secure it and gets bucked off.  He gets in a few more punches from the top and ref has seen enough.

Ali Zebian defeats Jason Rine via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:22 in Rd 2.

125 PRO Danny Maldonado (0-0, Wolfpack) vs. Tim Flores (0-0, FAA)

Tim starts us off with an inside leg kick.  Tim rushes in with a straight right.  Tim gets in a spinning high kick.  Danny gets in a right and Tim spins with a counter.  Danny dives for a takedown and is stuffed.  These guys are swinging and kicking hard for 125ers!  Tim gets in another high kick.  Danny gets in a left that gets Tim to one knee.  Danny gets in another good right and Tim’s nose is bleeding.

Flores 10-9

Rd 2:  Right back where we left off and these guys are swinging away.  Tim gets in an inside leg kick and Danny goes down to one knee.  He is still walking on it and the fight resumes.  Tim misses with a high kick and Danny gets in two quick punches.  Danny spins and Tim gets him to the mat.  Danny turns and they are back to their feet.  They are working their leg kicks.  Danny’s leg is very red and Tim is very bloody.  

Flores 10-9

Rd 3:  Tim gets in a right and the round has officially started.  Tim gets in another leg kick that gets Danny down to one knee.  He is slow to get up but he is back standing.  Tim keeps pressing forward.  Danny tries for a takedown but can’t get it.  Tim tries for a guillotine but can’t get it.  Tim is trying for another guillotine but runs out of time.

Flores 10-9

Tim Flores defeats Danny Maldonado via unanimous decision.

185 PRO Mark Gardner (1-0, The Academy) vs. Reginaldo Felix (5-3, Team Link)

They are just getting started and feeling each other out and Reginaldo connects with a hard right that knocks Mark out.  He comes to and grabs the ref.

Reginaldo Felix defeats Mark Gardner via ko at 56 seconds in Round 1.

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Tim Flores and Danny Maldonado 3 round war.
KO/TKO OF THE NIGHT:  Reginaldo Felix ko
SUB OF THE NIGHT:  Victor Irwin with the neck crank.

April 19, 2019


Combat Zone 70

Warchild and I made our to the venue and took the back roads to make sure that we wouldn’t hit as much traffic.  We made our way into the parking garage and then inside the hotel.  As we walk in the fight fans are all here and ready for some action.  There are a total of 10 fights and the first one will be kickboxing.  Also on the night will be 2 super grappling fights and following that will be 5 professional fights.  The host of the night will be John Vena and the refs are Alan Lau, John English and Kevin MacDonald.  I gotta give a shout out to my buddies Joe Leonard and Chris Kerch for working the lights and video.  Please follow along as I try my best to keep up with the action.  I am using my brand new iPad so we will see if I can type on this new keyboard so bear with me!



Portland, Maine (April 15, 2019)

Fighting families are a familiar story line in combat sports.

Boxing fans can trace the lineage of names such as Frazier, Patterson, Mayweather, Camacho and Chavez. Mixed martial arts enthusiasts have long cheered for the brothers Diaz, Nogueira and Shamrock.

Even in the smaller circle of New England Fights, regular followers know the father-and-sons angle of the Bang family, as well as some notable domestic partnerships that have stepped into the cage separately on the same night.

“NEF 38: Stormborn” will serve up a unique variation on that theme Saturday, April 27 at Aura in Portland. That's where two parents, both of whom took a two-year hiatus to bring a son into the world, will take that renewed purpose of their lives into the cage for the first time.

With their 15-month-old son almost certainly somewhere in the building, the Dover, New Hampshire-based couple of Keegan Hornstra and Adina Beaudry will be at center stage. Hornstra (3-10) takes on Zenon Herrera (1-7) in a battle of professional welterweights, while Beaudry (2-0) tackles an amateur strawweight scrap with Traci Baldwin (1-0).

MMA WEEKEND---UFC on ESPN+ 7: Overeem vs. Oleinik

UFC on ESPN+ 7

Saturday 04.20.2019 at 10:00 AM ET
U.S. Broadcast: ESPN+

Alistair Overeem  vs.  Alexey Oleinik 265 lbs
Islam Makhachev  vs.  Arman Tsarukyan 155 lbs
Sergey Pavlovich  vs.  Marcelo Golm 265 lbs
Devin Clark  vs.  Ivan Shtyrkov 205 lbs
A. Shevchenko  vs.  Roxanne Modafferi 125 lbs
Krzysztof Jotko  vs.  Alen Amedovski 185 lbs
Movsar Evloev  vs.  Seung Woo Choi 145 lbs
Sultan Aliev  vs.  Keita Nakamura 170 lbs
A. Yakovlev  vs.  Alex da Silva 155 lbs
Marcin Tybura  vs.  S. Abdurakhimov 265 lbs
G. Antigulov  vs.  M. Oleksiejczuk 205 lbs
Magomed Mustafaev  vs.  Rafael Fiziev  155 lbs

April 18, 2019

Combat Zone 70: Relentless Teaser

Corapi v. Ortolani

Travis Lizotte

Manchester, New Hampshire - Friday April 19th from the Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Jamison and Calvin Kattar present Combat Zone 70: Relentless. The Armory will open its doors once again to New Hampshire's elite Mixed Martial Arts promotion offering a twelve fight slate, including 7 professional MMA bouts, 3 Amateur bouts as well as 2 high level Gi-Grappling contests highlighting the evenings fight bill. Former US Olympian Rick Hawn (21-4 MMA) who's combat Judo is some of the best in the country, having metaled at the Pan AM Games, US Open as well as the US National Championship during his nearly decade long Judo Career. Hawn followed that Judo career with seven years as a professional Mixed Martial Artist for some top organizations including fourteen fights inside the Bellator cage on his way to an impressive 21-4 career mark. Hawn will make his return to "caged" competition Friday night in a Gi-Grappling match with Aqueous BJJ Purple Belt; Greg West. Triumph BJJ Black Belt, and former Combat Zone MMA combatant Dennis "The Menace" Olson (14-11 MMA) has made his excitement widely known, as he prepares to showcase his Jiu-Jitsu against fellow Combat Zone veteran Ray "Relentless" Shawdee (5-4 MMA). Olson, who out ranks the brown belted Shawdee, has promised to prove that his grappling game has only improved since his days in the MMA cage, on his quest to dismantle the, very game; Ray Shawdee.

Once the grappling Superfights are in the books Combat Zone will roll out two high level co-headlining fights to cap off the evening. With his eyes on becoming the top Featherweight prospect in all of New England PMA's Brendan "The Kid" Marotte (5-0) will put his perfect professional record on the line against what looks to be his toughest test to date in North Carolina's Adli "Sunshine" Edwards (5-1). Marotte's quest to further solidify his resume, following a hard fought Unanimous Decision victory over 14 fight veteran Chris Rollins at CES 54, will continue with his attempt to add a talented veteran with a winning record to his current list of victims. In the Main Event grizzled New England Lightweight Veterans; John "Orto" Ortolani (8-13) and Lewis Corapi (8-4) in a matchup that leaves you scratching your head wondering; "how have these two fighters careers have not yet crossed paths?" Ortolani will be making his 6th career walk to the Combat Zone where he is just 1-3-1 in his career, he sets his sights on Boston's Corapi who is a perfect 2-0 in the Combat Zone cage with two huge decision wins against Jeff Anderson and Vovka Clay. This main event promises to be an all out war, these are two very tough, very seasoned fighters with the ability to finish one another wherever the fight takes place.

Five more fights round out the professional portion of the Combat Zone 70 fight card, starting with two massive Light-Heavyweights as Team Link Hooksett's Terrance "T-Bone" Jean-Jacques looks to climb the regional Light-Heavyweight ranks against New York's James Dysard (0-4). Next; former Middleweight prospect Tommy Davis Jr. (1-1) will look for his first back to back professional wins as he meets Jesus Cintron (0-6) at a Catchweight of 198 pounds. Submission specialist Jeff Perez (3-4) attempts to bounce back from a gruesome cut that ended his night early against Andy Aiello at Combat Zone 69, Perez will welcome to town Denver, Colorado's Rob Fuller (0-4) who continues to find a home inside the cages of New England MMA, as he swings for the first victory of his professional career. A pair of high volume strikers go at it in the Welterweight division when Armus Guyton (2-1) welcomes Meylis Charyyew (Debut) to the professional ranks. And finally Combat Zone veterans Carl Langston (0-2) and Chris Caterino (1-2) slug it out in the Bantamweight division.

Three Amateur fights round out the stacked fight card at Combat Zone 70 as first bell is due to sound at 7pm. For ticket information visit and War Child will be on site and keep you up to minute on all the action as it goes down from Downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, below is a look at the entire fight card.