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November 12, 2014


[Combat Zone Press Release]

SALEM, NH- There's no place like home, and that is what the Sports Club at Rockingham Park has become for professional MMA fighter Taylor Trahan.

Trahan, 23, won his first bout as an 18-year-old amateur at the racetrack and has enjoyed stunning success there over his ensuing career. After besting Worcester, MA firefighter Evan Parker in a razor-thin 29-28 unanimous decision last time out in the headline event of September's Combat Zone 50 at the venue, he returns for Combat Zone 51's main event on Friday. November 21.

Trahan (5-1), who runs an MMA school in Bethlehem, NH and is a newly-wed, had been sidelined with an injury before that test, and afterward promised that his arsenal of fans would see a superior version of the fighter they have come to know and admire when he climbs back into the cage.

“It was really nice to be back here at Rockingham and I appreciated the amazing crowd support, but it was not my best fight and I wasn’t happy with it. I don’t know if I was nervous coming off my knee surgery. But I’ll be back better than ever," he said.

Seasoned veteran Chris "Cassius" Foster (7-3), who trains in Middletown, CT and has been taking on some of the Northeast's toughest opponents, will battle Trahan in the main event at 145 pounds.

Other exciting match-ups include another homecoming as Merrimack Valley native Peter San Antonio returns from New York to make his professional debut against Ricky Sylvester (2-0), who is from Lowell, MA and made his name rising through the ranks as an amateur in the Northeast before relocating to Florida. They will battle at 155 pounds.

The featherweight pro tilt between rising stars Vovka Clay (1-0) from Amherst, NH and John Santos (2-1, who hails from Derry, NH, figures to be especially intriguing.

Combat Zone MMA is the longest running mixed martial arts promotion in New England and the evenly-matched and combative card features many of the marquee pro and amateur fighters from throughout the region and across the Northeast. The card, which is subject to change, currently features five professional and five amateur bouts.

All of the amateur fighters will be vying to take home the prized trophy awarded to the winner of the judges’ choice for the Chang’s Tae Kwon do America Fight of the Night.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the first fight kicks off in Rockingham’s Sports Club at 8 PM. Tickets for the event are $40 for general admission, $50, $75, $90 or $120 for ringside seating and parking is free. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling co-promoter Jamison Kattar at 978-361-6772.

Fans are invited to the weigh-in, where they have the opportunity to meet their favorite fighters and get their autographs and pose for photos with them. This free event will be held on Thursday, November 20 in the Sports Club beginning at 6 PM.