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October 20, 2016


[Combat Zone Press Release]

SALEM NH- (October 19, 2016)- Combat Zone MMA, the longest running mixed martial arts promotion in New England and one the most successful in the Northeast, is relocating its exhilarating events stacked with professional and amateur MMA and kickboxing fights to Manchester, NH and returning to its roots, co-owners Calvin Kattar and Jamison Kattar announced today.

After calling the recently shuttered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH home for the past eight years, Combat Zone is coming back to the world class Expo Center on-site at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Manchester.

The Expo Center, where Combat Zone cards were held in the promotion's early era, is an exceptional venue that is perfectly suited to host the fights and it can accommodate comfortably up to 1,400 fight fans.

The first event that will be back at the Expo Center at the Radisson will be Combat Zone 60 on November 19.

"I'm very excited about bringing the promotion back home to where it all first started at the Radisson. We feel the new location will allow us to make the necessary changes to appeal to a wider audience while continuing to provide action-packed fights for our loyal fan base," said Calvin Kattar, who recently returned to action inside the cage and improved his record to 16-2 and his rank to #2 among pro featherweights in New England.

The Kattar brothers and matchmaker Ryan Fennelly are still putting the Combat Zone 60 card together, but fight fans can expect to be treated to the MMA Lightweight Amateur Title defense when challenger Gerald Meuse (4-1) from Boston tries to tale the belt from undefeated champion Dave Brown (3-0). Brown, who hails from Laconia, NH, earned the belt in his last fight when he beat the previously unblemished Shawn Melanson.

What shapes up as another terrific and intense match-up on what will be a full card of action includes the pro kickboxing fight between Ray Shawdee, who owns Nat coaches at New England Top Team in Windham, NH and hails from Lowell, MA, and Maine's always fearsome Crowsneck Boutin. This fight has potential title implications for the winner.

Other expected and competitive, tough fights are MMA pros Jay Perrin 2-2 vs. Chad Kelley 4-2 matching up at 135 lbs. and Salem's Nick Fiore (1-0) vs. Taylor Costatino (2-2) competing as amateurs at catch weight of 150 lbs.

The complete card will be announced shortly.

Combat Zone MMA will remain headquartered in Salem, NH and tickets may still be purchased through the website: Ticket prices will be $120 for ringside seating, $90, $60, $50, and $40 for general admission. Tickets are also available by calling Jamison Kattar at 978-361-6772.

Parking will be available in the Radisson garage or on the street.

The weigh-in will be Thursday, November 18 at a time and place to be announced soon.

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