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July 9, 2015

PRO FILES: MATT BESSETTE--An Interview By Matteo Urella

Below is a brief except from the interview Matteo did with Matt Bessette...

“That’s what I love about Martial Arts: there’s always something to learn. There’s always something to get better at.” — Matt Bessette

Matt “The Mangler” Bessette — a Featherweight Mixed Martial Artist out of Hartford, Connecticut — has overcome a remarkable amount of adversity during his brief thirty years. A well-documented childhood combined with a well-documented MMA career, Bessette has built his stellar professional reputation on a single mindset: be ready to fight back.

Despite a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Hartford, the former Lightweight-turned-Featherweight fighter continues to strive for goals outside of the academic and professional norm. A tremendous athlete and experienced martial artist, Bessette has accomplished nearly everything imaginable within the sport. His focus and determination are now honed in on his final goal: a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Understanding his professional record expands his potential:

Six losses: no knockouts / one disqualification (illegal up-kick)
One loss to decorated UFC veteran Joe Proctor (11–3)
One loss to decorated Bellator Season Ten Featherweight Tournament winner Daniel Weichel (35–9)
One victory over decorated UFC veteran Diego Nunes (19–6)
Bessette has garnered an affinity for seeking opportunities whenever and wherever possible. On June 12th, 2015, Bessette made his Classic Entertainment & Sports debut and earned his most-recent victory — a second-round KO over Khama Worthy (7–4) on the CES MMA 29 card at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Bessette has now fought for five organizations (Reality Fighting / Full Force Productions / Global Fight League / Bellator MMA / CES) in five different states: New Hampshire / Massachusetts / Connecticut / Rhode Island / Utah.

Scheduled to return for CES on August 14th, 2015 against Lenny Wheeler (8–3) — again at Twin River Casino — Bessette simply refuses to stop his journey until his destination — and destiny — has arrived.

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