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July 17, 2015


We are here live at the beautiful Rockingham Park for Combat Zone 54.  This will be a mixed martial arts card with kickboxing mixed as well.  I labelled them all so you can see which is which below.  The host of the night is John Vena and Kelly MacDonald is CZ's photographer.  The judges are Devin Kinnen, Shawn Flanagan and Mike Walls.  The refs are Steve Rita and Alan Lau.  The arena is packed with fight fans who are ready for some carnage.  The national anthem has been sung and the fights are about to begin.  Follow along with us as we recap the night.

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

Kristian rushes in and eats a knee to the body.  Jordan scores a takedown and postures up.  He is looking for the finish with ground and pound but Kristian weathers the storm.  Kristian is not defending himself from the hammerfists and ref Rita is forced to stop the fight.

Jordan Faulkner defeats Kristian Lombari via ref stoppage to strikes at 1:35 in Rd 1.

140 AM Kickboxing John Bourget (0-0) Boneyard MMA vs. Kevin Flanagan (0-0) Burgess

They both come out swinging for the fences.  John backs Kevin up against the cage briefly until Kevin circles out.  A nice kick from John awards an applause from the eager fight fans.

Bourget 10-9

Rd 2:  Kevin starts us out with an inside leg kick.  John is connecting with some combos and the crowd cheers.  John gets dropped and goes to 7 seconds before he is able to continue to fight.  The fight resumes and John gets in a combo before the round ends.

Bourget 10-9

Rd 3:  Kevin connects with a combo.  John connected with some kicks.  John backs up Kevin as the round ends.

Bourget 10-9

John Bourget defeats Kevin Flanagan via unanimous decision.

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

Matt starts the round off with a leg kick.  Jeo gets in a leg kick of his own.  Jeo gets in two knees to the body before the break.  Jeo is getting in good strikes from the clinch.  Matt connects with a left that Jeo felt for sure.

Tovar 10-9

Rd 2:  Both fighters come out kicking hard.  They clinch and exchange kicks.  Jeo lunges forward with a combo.  Jeo clinches up and gets in a combo before the round ends.

Tovar 10-9

Rd 3:  Tovar is getting into the groove now and fires 3 leg kicks in a row that gets the crowd cheering.  Tovar backs him up and gets in some more strikes.  Matt seems to be the more tired of the two.

Jeovani Tovar defeats Matt Dubois via unanimous decision.

135 AM Kickboxing Anthony Martin (0-0) TUML vs. Stephen Triminio (0-0) Burgess

Stephen starts us off with a leg kick.  Stephen connects with a combo.  Anthony connects with a leg kick.  Stephen connects with a combo as the round ends.

Triminio 10-9

Rd 2:  Stephen lunges in for some strikes and gets held so they break.  Anthony connects and drops Stephen.  Stephen is right back into the fight and he moves forward with 3 quick jabs.  Anthony rushes in and connects as Stephen counters with a left.

Martin 10-9

Rd 3:  Round starts and they are swinging away.  These guys don't seem tired at all.  Anthony rushes in with two knees.  Anthony gets in some solid punches and he gets the count.  Fight resumes and he gets hit again with another punch before the round ends.

Martin 10-9

Stephen Triminio defeated Anthony Martin via split decision.

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

Young connects with a jab.  Elizabeth gets in a kick and a punch combo.  These ladies are going at it!  Elizabeth connects with a kick for the knockdown.  Young gets right back up.

Silveira 10-9

Rd 2:  Elizabeth connects with  kick and Young gets in a knee from the clinch.  Again Young gets in two knees from the clinch and follows it with a right.  Brandy with another pair of knees from the clinch.  Elizabeth connects with a combo as the round ends.

Young 10-9

Rd 3:  Elizabeth gets in a kick and Young counters with a right.  Elizabeth catches a kick and Young falls back.  Young gets in some more jabs and the crowd roars.  Elizabeth comes right back with two punches of her own.

Young 10-9

Brandy Young defeats Elizabeth Silveira via unanimous decision.

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

Zach connected with a right that dropped Beal.  Beal gets the hold and survives.  They are back to their feet.  Blood is flowing near the eye of Beal and Rita calls the doctor in to check it out.  Zach connected with another punch and pushes Beal down.  He is in full mount and laying down the fury onto Beal and gets the stoppage.

Zach Fritz-Kill defeats Jeff Beal via ref stoppage via strikes at 2:00 in Rd 1.

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

Shawn connects with a good punch that drops Brian.  He works his way up and Shawn connects with a knee to the body that drops Brian.  Shawn gets in a nasty heel hook for the tap.

Shawn Melanson defeats Brian Cosco via tapout to heel hook at 39 seconds in Rd 1.

We are at a brief intermission and amateur fighter of the night was Brandy Young.

180 PRO Kickboxing Buck Pineau (0-0) Team Irish vs. Ray Shawdee (0-0) Top Team

Ray catches the kick and sweeps the leg.  Buck connects with a knee from the clinch and drops Ray.  Ray connects with a right and Buck gets in a knee from the clinch.  Blood is pouring from near the back of the head of Ray.  Doctor checks out the cut for a bit and fight resumes.  Buck fires off two high kicks that nearly connect.  Ray gets in a body kick.  They go at it as the round ends.

Pineau 10-9

Rd 2:  Buck is working his inside leg kicks.  Ray gets in a jab and Buck gets in a combo.  Buck gets in a leg kick and Ray trips him down.  Buck connects with a low blow and Ray goes down.  Fight resumes and Buck connects with an outside leg kick.  Buck just misses with some high leg kicks.

Pineau 10-9

Rd 3:  Buck connects with a spinning back fist.  Buck is pushing the pace again this round.  Ray connects with a leg kick and Ray counters.  Buck connects with a knee and the crowd roars.  Ray catches a kick and Buck falls to the mat.  Ray gets in a combo and Buck is being pushed back and the crowd goes wild.  I think Ray did enough to steal that round at the end.

Shawdee 10-9

Ray Shawdee defeats Buck Pineau via split decision.

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

Bill connects with a high kick.  John gets in a good punch.  Bill gets the takedown and is in half guard.  Bill takes the back and has a body triangle.  John fights it off and stands up.  They are back to their feet as the round ends.

Jones 10-9

Rd 2:  John starts us off with an inside leg kick.  Jones rushes in and gets the takedown.  Jones has the back but is on the side.  John gets in a knee and the crowd cheers.  John takes Bills back and is getting in some ground and pound.  He gets the stoppage.

John Santos defeats Bill Jones via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:52 in Rd 2.

160 PRO Kickboxing Elvis Gashi (0-0) Independent vs. Ben Peak (1-0) Wai Kru

Ben gets in some good leg kicks.  Elvis connects with a head kick.  Man Elvis is in the building.  Elvis gets in like 5 quick elbows and blood is pouring from Ben's forehead.  Doctor checks the cut and stops the fight.

Elvis Gashi defeats Ben Peak via doctor stoppage to cut at 1:36 in Rd 1.

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

Both fighters are being cautious and as I type that Wilfredo connects with a looping right that drops Ralph.  He finishes him off with some ground and pound.

Wilfredo Santiago Jr. defeats Ralph Johnson via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:10 in Rd 1.

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

Jake starts us off with a kick.  Jake gets in another kick and Danny fires a high kick that is checked.  Jake rushes in and gets the takedown.  He has the side and he gets some space.  Jake postures up and gets in a hammerfist before being pushed off.  They are back to their feet.  Abad gets the takedown and Jake has a guillotine choke as the round ends.

Pilla 10-9

Rd 2:  Both figthers come out swinging.  Danny rushes in and clinches.  Danny gets the takedown and is working the side.  Jake gets the sweep and is bucked off.  Danny connects with a punch and Jake gets the takedown.  Jake has his back and is falling to the side and Danny takes him down.

Abad 10-9

Rd 3:  They clinch up against the cage and Danny works a takedown.  Jake tries for a heel hook and Danny slips out and tries for some ground and pound.  Danny moves to full mount and has slides to the back as the round ends.

Abad 10-9

Rd 4:  Danny ducks the head kick and works the takedown.  He moves to full mount and Jake gives up his back.  Danny fires back and forth shots to the head and gets the stoppage.

Danny Abad defeats Jake Pilla via ref stoppage to strikes at 1:15 in Rd 4.  #newchamp

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Buck Pineau vs. Ray Shawdee..razor close split decision
KO/TKO OF THE NIGHT:  Wilfredo Santiago and those heavy hands!
SUB OF THE NIGHT: Shawn Melanson heel Hook

What a night of action!!  The fighters brought it and the blood poured tonight.  The next Combat Zone show will take place on  September 18th and that will be their 55th show and you don't want to miss it!  We hope you all enjoyed our recap and our photos.  Special thanks to Combat Zone for allowing us to cover the show.   Also gotta give a shoutout to Warchild for the awesome photos.