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July 17, 2015

Combat Zone 54 7/17/2015 TEASER

Combat Zone returns this Friday to the Rockingham Park in Salem NH with their 54th event.  This show will be a mixed event with Muay Thai and MMA which worked out really well for them at the last event.  The Main event is the much anticipated rematch between Danny Abad and Jake Pilla for the 145 lb title.  There are a total of 10 matches for the evening and 4 of them are Muay Thai 6 of them will be Mixed Martial Arts.  I, myself and the fans enjoyed the variety of Muay Thai and MMA fights and it helps showcase fighters who may not want to fight blown MMA and just fight the art of Muay Thai.  Tickets are still available at the link here and start at just $40 bux.  Follow along with me as I break down the fight card for you all.

140 AM MUAY THAI John Bourget (0-0) Boneyard MMA vs. Dakota Krol (0-0) Team Link Hooksett

The first fight of the night will be an amateur Muay Thai fight between John Bourget and Dakota Krol.  Bourget trains with Boneyard MMA and will be making his Muay Thai debut.  His opponent is Dakota Krol who trains out of Team Link Hooksett and he also will be making his debut. This battle should be a great way to kick off a solid night of action.

165 AM MUAY THAI Jeovani Tovar (1-1) Redline vs. Matt Dubois (1-0) Wai Kru

At 165 lbs Jeovani Tovar will face off against Matt Dubois in the second amateur Muay Thai event of the night.  Tovar trains out of Redline and comes into this fight with a 1-1 record.  He fought back at Lion Fights 19 and lost by a decision.  Tovar will be looking to bounce back and put another point in the W column.  His opponent is Matt Dubois who comes into this fight with a 1-0 record.  He won his first Muay Thai fight by tko to strikes and trains with Wai Kru.  As you can see a real close record and that should make for an exciting battle!

115 AM MUAY THAI Brandy Young (2-2) Redline vs. Elizabeth Silveira (4-3) Hard Knocks

At 115 lbs amateur Brandy Young will challenge Elizabeth Silveira in the last amateur Muay Thai match of the night.  Young trains out of Redline and comes into this fight with a 2-2 record.  Young fought at a previous Lions Fight show and won a split decision.  Her opponent is Elizabeth Silveira and she trains out of Hard Knocks Team.  Elizabeth comes into this fight with a 4-3 record.  Elizabeth lost a majority decision at a previous Lions Fight event against Emily Back.  These tough ladies will be sure to keep the crowd on edge when they go head to head this Friday.

145 AM MMA Jeff Beal (0-1) Dynamic MMA vs. Zach Fritz-Kill (0-0) Wai Kru

Finally an mma match!  At 145 lbs Jeff Beal takes on Zach Fritz-Kill in an amateur match.  Beal trains with Dynamic MMA and comes into this fight with an 0-1 record.  Beal fought Dave Brown at CZ 51 and lost by submission in Rd 2.  He is looking for his first taste of mma victory.  His opponent is Zach Fritz-Kill and he comes to us from Wai Kru.  He will be making his amateur debut and being from Wai Kru he will be ready for war.  This is an excellent match up to start off the mma portion of the night.

185 AM MMA Jordan Faulkner (0-0) Spero MMA vs. Kristian Lombari (0-4) Team Fury

At 185 lbs Jordan Faulkner will challenge Kristian Lombari.  Faulkner trains with Spero's MMA and will be making his amateur debut.  His opponent is Kristian Lombari and he is fighting out of Team Fury.  Lombari will be stepping into the cage for his 5th time and comes into the fight with a 0-4 record.  He lost 2 by way of submission and 2 by ko/tko.  He is still hungry for his first taste of mma victory and he will be looking to use his experience to his advantage.

155 AM MMA Shawn Melanson (1-0) Gate City MMA vs. Brian Cosco (2-2) Ironhouse/BTT

For the last amateur mma fight of the night Shawn Melanson takes on Brian Cosco at 155 lbs.  Melanson trains with Gate City MMA and comes into this fight with a 1-0 record.  He won his first bout against Peter Ishiguru in an awesome battle by submission.  He would love another quick victory at Combat Zone 54.  His opponent is Brian Cosco and he trains with Ironhouse/BTT.  Cosco comes into this fight with a 2-2 record with both wins by way of submission.  For his two losses he lost one by submission and one by decision.  Cosco has the fight experience edge in this one and has the ground experience in battle.  Melanson might want to keep this fight standing for a bit and try to wear down Cosco.

160 PRO MUAY THAI Elvis Gashi (0-0) Independent vs. Ben Peak (1-0) Simmler BJJ

At a catchweight of 160 lbs Elvis Gashi will fight Ben Peak in a professional Muay Thai match.  Elvis is an independent fighter who will be making his pro debut.  He is an experienced kickboxer with a 13-0 record.  His opponent is Ben Peak who is also no stranger to the sport.  He is an experienced Muay Thai instructor and a boxing coach who is now under the team name of Simler BJJ.  This fight has main event written all over it and it is going to soooo much fun to watch fight fans!

155 PRO MMA Bill Jones (12-8) The Shop vs. John Santos (2-3) Team Fury

In the first pro mma fight of the night Bill Jones takes on John Santos.  Bill Jones trains with The Shop and comes into this fight with a 12-9 record.  He has 3 wins by ko/tko, 6 by sub, 2 by decision and 1 by DQ.
For his losses he lost 2 by ko/tko, 4 by sub and 3 by decision.  Jonesi has been fighting professionally since 2007 and is as tough as they come.  He says this will be his last fight so he is going to leave it all in the cage.  His opponent is John Santos who trains with Team Fury.  He comes into this fight with a 2-4 record with 2 wins by ko/tko.  His losses were 1 by ko/tko, 1 by sub and 1 by decision.  Both of these guys are exciting fighter to watch and this one is going to be awesome.  Jonesi will want to use his strength and take this fight to the ground.  Santos will be using his heavy fists to try to stun Jonesi and get the W.

180 PRO MMA Ralph Johnson (8-14) Vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (3-3) Defensive Edge

In the last pro mma fight of the night Ralph Johnson takes on Wilfredo Santiago Jr at 180 lbs.  Johnson is an independent fighter who comes into this fight with a 8-14 record.  Ralph has all 8 of his wins by ko/tko and uses his long reach to his advantage.  For his losses, he lost 10 by submission and 2 by decision.  His opponent is Wilfredo Santiago Jr. and he trains with Defensive Edge.  He comes into this fight with a 3-3 record with all 3 wins by ko/tko.  For his losses, he lost 2 by ko/tko and 1 by decision.  I think this is a good match up for both fighters as they both love to use the hands.  This has fight of the night written all over it and could definitely be ending in a knockout!

145 AM TITLE MMA Danny Abad (4-3) Jackson/Wink vs. Jake "The Gorilla" Pilla (4-1) NETT

In the main event Danny Abad takes on the champ Jake Pilla for the 145 lb title.  In the first meeting Abad missed weight so it wasn't for the title but he won the upset by decision.  Luckily for the fans, they both wanted to fight again and it is going to be a good one.  Abad comes into this fight with a 4-2 record and has been training with Jackson/Wink MMA.  He has 1 win by decision, 2 by submission and I wasn't able to find his other win.  His 3 losses came by decision and as you can see in his career he has never been finished.  His opponent is Jake Pilla who comes into this fight with a 4-1 record.  He trains out of NETT and 2 wins by submission and 2 by ko/tko.  His only loss came by decision to Abad.  Both fighters know what is at stake in this fight and they are going to give it their all!

There you have the complete breakdown of the Combat Zone 54 show.  This will be their second show in a row that has a mixed muay thai/kickboxing/mma show and it is getting great acceptance.   Warchild and I will be making the trip up North to keep you all up to date with the live play by play.  Combat Zone has done an excellent job at filling the room with fight fans so make sure to not wait until the last minute.  Hope to see you all there!