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November 13, 2015


[CZ Press Release]

SALEM, NH (November 12, 2015)- Danny Abad, who captured the featherweight amateur title the last time he fought for Combat Zone MMA, looks to add to his collection of championship belts when he returns to Rockingham Park to take on the undefeated Mike Scapicchio for the bantamweight title in the main event of  "Undisputed" on Friday, November 20.

Abad (4-2), who fights out of Watertown, NY but trains at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, NM and attends the University of New Mexico, competed at 145 pounds when he was victorious in the main event of Combat Zone 54 but will now drop down to 135 pounds as a bantamweight. After twice defeating heavy local favorite and the previously unblemished Jake Pilla in both of his previous outings in Combat Zone 54 and 52, Abad will once again have to beat a hostile crowd as well as his opponent as Scapicchio (2-0) represents Spero's MMA in Plaistow, NH.

The fight is one of two championship tilts on the 15-bout stacked card of pro and amateur MMA and Muay Thai action. Nashua, NH's undefeated Shawn Melanson (2-0) will climb into the cage with the seasoned Vince Ciotoli (5-3) from Endicott, NY with the MMA lightweight amateur title up for the taking.

In pro MMA action, Manchester, NH's Tom Caron (2-0) looks to extend his unbeaten streak against hard-knocking veteran Ralph Johnson (9-16) in a match at 185 pounds, and the always tough Jeff Anderson, a former Combat Zone headliner, will try to improve his 10-10 record against Lewis Corapi (6-2) in a battle at 155 pounds.
The under card features many of the up-and-coming fighters from the Merrimack Valley and across the Northeast.
Doors for Combat Zone 56 open at 5:30 PM on Friday and the first fight is at 7:00 PM. Tickets range from $40 for General Admission to $120 ringside seating and may be purchased at or by calling co-promoters Calvin Kattar and Jamison Kattar at 978-361-6772. Parking at the track is free.

The weigh-in will be on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Sports Club at the racetrack at 6:00 PM. and it is free and open to the public.

The card, which is subject to change is:
Combat Zone 56“Undisputed” Fight Card
*** Amateur Muay Thai ***
140lbs   John Bourget 1-0 (Taunton, MA) vs James Kerivan 2-1 (Boston)
175lbs Mike Ellis 0-0 vs Scott Camuso Sullivan 0-0
125lbs Marvin Castro 0-0 (Boston) vs Kevin Flanagan 0-1 (Manchester, NH)
155lbs   Zach Calmus 0-1 (Cambridge, MA) vs Christian Pereira 0-0 (Boston)
*** Amateur MMA ***
145lbs   Alex Sinprasith 5-12  vs Dan Ward 0-4 (Plaistow, NH)
120lbs Maria Gates 1-0 vs Christine Brothwell 0-1 (Nashua, NH)
155lbs Rich Knight 0-1 (Derry, NH) vs Arslan Otciev 2-3 (West Haven, CT)
135lbs Leo Gomez 0-0 vs Brendan Marotte 0-0 (Plaistow, NH)
170lbs Gerald Meuse 3-0 (Cambridge, MA) vs John McAndrews 3-1 (Nashua, NH)
155lbs CJ Kevlin 1-2 (Gilford, NH) vs Brian Cosco 2-3 (Revere, MA)
155lbs   Dylan Lockard 3-0 (Derry, NH) vs Chris Mehu 3-1 (Nashua. NH)
*** Professional MMA ***
185lbs   Ralph Johnson 9-16 (Worcester, MA) vs Tim Caron 2-0 (Manchester, NH)
155lbs Lewis Corapi 6-2 (Somerville, MA) vs Jeff Anderson 10-10 (Lincoln, RI)
*** MMA Lightweight Amateur Title Fight ***
155lbs  Vince Ciotoli 0-1 (Endicott, NY) vs Shawn Melanson 2-0 (Nashua, NH)
*** MMA Bantamweight Amateur Title Fight ***
135lbs Danny Abad 4-2 (Albuquerque, NM)  vs Michael Scapicchio 3-0 (Plaistow, NH)