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February 15, 2013

NHFL 2/15/2013 Review

The Artist and I arrived at the venue with plenty of time to spare.  It is in  gym or a sportzone with a nice setup.  I noticed SuckerPunch Athletics setup here.  We met the main man behind NHFL Dave Spero and quickly found our spot.  I have seen some of the fighters getting ready.  For local celebs, I have seen Old School, Nader, John Healey, Maine timekeeper Matt Douglas, stitch lady Terry and TUF winner Colton Smith.  We had a nice chat with Colton Smith and I will most likely do  follow up article on him.  I know people give him a bad rap but he is a real smart and all around good guy.  The ring announcer is Jay Pagliaro, one of our good friends of the sites.  The ring girls are looking lovely with some leather outfits. The place is filling up, I would estimate around 400-500.  Ok the fights are about to begin...

170lbs John Francis (LRVT 0-0) vs. Dominic Cofone (BGMMA 0-0)

They start out swinging and Dom is clinching him up against the cage.  John does a good job defending and reverses.  Dom does a hip toss takedown and is working the side.  He passes to full mount and the guy reverses. He sinks in the rear naked choke and gets the tap.

Dominic Cofone defeats John Francis via tapout to rear naked choke in Rd 1.

265lbs Phil Kelly (Tri-Fecta) 0-0 vs. Terrance Jean Jaque (Ind 0-0)

They get in a few strikes and clinch.  They break for a bit and they are going at it.  Terrance gets in a good uppercut and some clean shots.  Phil gets in a right hand of his own.  They clinch again and then break.  Terrance gets a double leg takedown and is posturing up to lay down bombs.  He runs out of time before he can do any damage.

Terrance 10-9

Rd 2: Terrance goes right for a takedown and gets it.  He is posturing up and getting in some good hammerfists.  He takes the back and tries to finish him off with strikes.  Phil gets to his feet and gets in a good combo.  Terrance gets another takedown and is now in halfguard.  He is getting in some strikes as the round ends.

Terrance 10-9

Rd 3: They touch gloves and clinch.  Terrance gets the takedown and is now working the side.  Phil spins nd gets back to his feet.  Terrance gets another single leg takedown and is now working the guard.  Terrance is getting in a few shots here and there but Phil is doing a good job defending from the bottom.

Terrance 10-9

Terrance Jean Jaque defeats Phil Kelly via unanimous decision.

185lbs Tim Field (Link 0-0) vs. John Parker(Kaze 1-0)

They are going at it!  They each get in a some kicks.  Tim gets in a big combo that sends John back.  Tim gets him with a right hand that drops John.  He goes right to full mount and gets in some ground and pound.  John spins and Tim takes his back but John gets back to his feet.  Tim is clinching John up against the cage and gets a single leg takdown.  He passes to full mount and is getting in some ground and pound.  He gets bucked off and then goes right back to full mount.  Tim is trying to end it but runs out of time.

Tim 10-9 or Denny says 10-8

Rd 2: John is bleeding as the round starts.  They are going at it again.  John gets in some good body kicks.  Tim gets a slamming takedown and is now in the guard.  John sweeps and they get back to their feet.  Tim takes him right back down.  John uses the cage and gets back up.  They are going at it again as the round ends.

Tim 10-9

Rd 3: John gets in a good right hand.  Tim gets the takedown and is working the guard.  John goes for a jumping knee and Tim eats it and gets the takedown.  He tries to pass to full mount but John spins and they get back to their feet.  Tim keeps fighting for a takedown but John is making him pay with shots to the side of the head.

John 10-9

Tim Field defeats John Parker via split decision.

145lbs John Santos( 4-4 fury) 4-4 vs. Ken Kersch 3-6

John goes right to work and is working the clinch.  He gets in some knees to the body and gets the takedown via trip.  He is now in full mount.  Ken spins and John takes his back and sinks in the rear naked choke for the tap.

John Santos defeats Ken Kersch via tapout to rear naked choke at 1:49 in Rd 1.

170lbs Paul Gaffney (0-0 Link) vs. Tollison Lewis(BGMMA) 2-3

Paul drops Tollison with a right hand fast.  He covers to finish and Tollison gets back to his feet.  Paul gets a standing guillotine and slams him down from the neck.  He covers with some more ground and pound and Kevin has seen enough.  Wow!!

Paul Gaffney defeats Tollison Lewis via tko stoppage in Rd 1.  Paul brings in his son who is in a wheelchair.  No doubt he is proud of his dad!

145 lbs Jamie Courtney (Sity 2-5) vs. Dan Ward (Pitbull) 0-1

They are going at it.  They each are working their jabs.  Jamie gets in an inside leg kick.  Jamie gets in a good combo.  Jamie does a front kick that connects.  Dan gets in a good combo.  They each fire their own leg kicks.  Great round.

Jamie 10-9, I feel he got in more strikes and kicks to take that round.

Rd 2: They are right back where they started with the striking.  Jamie gets in a good right hand.  He fires some inside leg kicks.  Dan goes for a takedown and Jamie stuffs it and punches him in the head a few times.  Jamie gets in a leg kick and Dan counters with a right hand.  Ten second bell and they are going at it.

Jamie 10-9

Rd 3: Dan is putting on the heat and getting in close.  Dan gets in a leg kick.  Jamie gets the double leg takedown and is now working the side.  Dan is trying to get out and Jamie takes the back.  He sinks in the rear naked choke and gets the ref stoppage.

Jamie Courtney defeats Dan Ward via ref stoppage to strikes in Rd 3.

170lbs Dave Marfone (MVMMA 1-0) vs. James Jordan (DCMMA 0-0)

Dave starts us off with a leg kick.  Dave misses with a right.  James pulls him down and Dave is on top.  He hits him with a clean shot and busts his nose.  He looks dazed and the ref stops it.  The nose looks busted.  Good stoppage in my opinion.

Dave Marfone defeats James Jordan via tko stoppage to strikes at 50 seconds in rd 1.

Adam Rivera (Kaos 0-2) vs. Artie Mullen (MMASM 0-11)

Artie comes out to MC Hammer, 2 Legit 2 Quit!!  They come out swinging.  Artie gets in a good knee to the body and Artie is trying to finish him off.  Adam weathers the storm.  Adam misses with a kick and Artie covers and tries to finish.  Adam weathers the barrage of punches and then stands up.  He drops down with punch and connects.  Adam backs off and says Artie tapped.  The ref didn't see it so he resumes the fight and then the ref stops it.

Adam Rivera defeats Artie Mullen via tapout to strikes in Rd 1.  Adam announces he is retiring and calls his five kids and wife into the cage.  Great way to go out buddy.

155lbs Anthony Loycano (Pitbull 0-3) vs. Keegan Hornstra (Shop 0-5)

They start swinging then clinch up against the cage.  Anthony gets a takedown and is now working the guard.  Keegan sweeps and is now on top in the guard.  Keegan passes to half guard and is trying to lay down bombs.  Anthony rolls and takes the leg and gets the knee bar tap.

Anthony Loycano defeats Keegan Hornstra via tapout to knee bar at 2:09 in rd 1.

Lewis Corapi (3-0 Sityodtong) vs. Kevin Tjaden (Shark Tail MMA 4-12)

Kevin jumps guard and Lewis picks him up and slams him down and backs off.  Lewis gets in a straight right.  Lewis then gets in a leg kick.  Lewis is now in guard and gets in an elbow.  Lewis gets in a huge elbow and backs off.  Kevin is back up.  Lewis gets a brutal leg kick and Kevin goes to his knee.  He stands back up and they clinch.  Kevin jumps guard and pulls him down.  Lewis backs off and Kevin stands again.  Lewis gets in another brutal leg kick and Kevin goes down in pain.  The ref stops it.  Kevin is in some pain and the doctor checks him out and he seems to be ok.

Lewis Corapi defeats Kevin Tjaden via tko stoppage to leg kick at 2:31 in rd 1.


Fight of the Night:  Tim Field and John Parker
Submission of the Night: Anthony Loycano knee bar
KO/TKO of the Night: Dave Marfone tko stoppage
Blunder of the Night: Everything went smooth!

Rating of the Show(1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Quality of Fights: 4.5
Star Quality: 5
Sound: 4.5
Refs: 4.5
Announcer: 5
Ring Girls: 5
Vendors: 3, only suckerpunch was there and booze...could use some more!  I am sure suckerpunch didn't mind haha
Overall: 4.5

I hope you all enjoyed following along with our review.  I want to thank Sportzone Matt Lewis and Dave Spero for putting on a great first show.  It was a great crowd, not too rowdy.  Everything went smooth for their first show and they had some great match ups.  The lighting around the cage wasn't very bright so our pictures didn't come out super sharp.  All of our photos will be up on our facebook fan page so make sure you like it to stay up to date.  Also please support and like New Hampshire Fight League's fanpage.  I am looking forward to covering more of their shows in the future.  Gotta give one last shoutout to Colton Smith and Jay Pagliaro for doing the commentary and being such great down to earth people.  We had a fun time chatting with you both.

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