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November 23, 2019



Good thing Warchild and I left early to head out to Combat Zone 72 because parking was horrendous!  We made ourselves a spot so please pray that we don’t get our truck towed.  I was able to chat with the UFC Superstar and Combat Zone owner Calvin Kattar about his last war in Russia.  I visited with Team Kaze (pronounced Kaz-ay) for people who were wondering and Mike Bezanson would not promise to not get blood on me.  I have just been told that the fights will be starting at 7:30pm so stay tuned and keep refreshing this article as I will be updating after each fight.  The national anthem has been sung and the place is filling up with fight fans.  The hype video has been shown and the grappling is about to begin.  Please follow along with me as I recap the night.

GRAPPLING Jordan Boisvert (Triumph BJJ) vs. Shawn Melanson (Gate City/pma)

Shawn Melanson wins via armbar at 3:04.

GRAPPLING Justin O'Connor (Lauzon's) vs. Ramano Madina (Burgess MMA)


​GRAPPLING Ryan Schieding (Burgess MMA) vs. John McAndrews (Gate City)

Ryan Schieding wins via tapout from guillotine at 4:01.

185 AM MMA Jeff Reynolds (1-1) Triumph bjj vs. Steve Foley 0-0 (Citadel)

Steve gets in a leg kick.  He catches a kick and connects with a jab.  Jeff connects with a left hook.  Jeff gets in a combo that drops Steve.  He finishes him off with some ground and pound and the ref stops the fight.

Jeff Reynolds defeats Steve Foley via technical knockout to strikes at 1:27 in Round 1.

135 AM MMA April Canavan (0-0) Pride Martial Arts vs. Megan Rosado (3-1) Evolution Athletix

April gets in a teep kick.  Megan is looking for the single leg and she gets it.  She passes to full mount.  She gets in a few punches to the had.  Megan continues to control the round on top with some heavy hammerfists at the end of the round.

Rosado 10-9

Rd 2:  Megan comes forward with a right.  April gets in a right and Megan presses her up against the cage.  Megan gets the double leg and now has the side.  April works her way up to her feet and Megan rips her back down to the mat.  Megan has her knee on belly and looking to drop some bombs.  She passes to full mount and gets in some heavy hammerfists for the stoppage.

Megan Rosado defeats April Canavan via ref stoppage to strikes at 2:50 in Round 2.

​155 AM MMA Tyler Bourque (2-0) Gate City mma vs. Jaylen Patrick Jones (1-2) F5 Fight Team

They come out swinging.  They collide and fall to the mat.  They work their way back up and they fall to the mat again.  Jaylen is on top in half guard.  Tyler pushes him off but Jaylen jumps back in.  Tyler sweeps and is now on top in half guard.  He gets pushed back to guard.  Jaylen is firing from the bottom.  Tyler jumps back in with a punch to the body that makes a loud thud.  They stand up and Jaylen gets the takedown.  Tyler tries for an armbar but can’t get it.  Jaylen grabs Tyler’s back and is on top as the round ends.

Really close round.

Rd 2:  They are both swinging again!  They connect and Tyler tries to pull guard but Jaylen ends up on top.  He works an arm triangle and hops over to the side and it is deep.  

Jaylen Patrick Jones defeats Tyler Bourque via tapout to arm triangle at 38 seconds in Round 2.

Combat Zone is now having a brief intermission.

130 AM MMA Chelsea Tucker (2-3) First Class mma vs. Alyssa Marini (2-1) Nett

They both come out swinging.  Chelsea gets in a good kick to the head.  Chelsea seems to be getting the better of the exchanges.  Alyssa gets in a good left.  Chelsea with a nice uppercut.  Chelsea with another combo.  Alyysa has her pressed up against the cage.  Chelsea reverses and gets in some knees to the body as the round ends.

Tucker 10-9

Rd 2:  Right where we left off.  Chelsea with two knees to the body from the clinch.  Chelsea is controlling the round from the clinch.   They are both exchanging knees from the clinch.  Alyssa with a knee to the body.  They break and are both swinging as the round ends.

Tucker 10-9

Rd 3:  Alyssa with a nice combo to start us off.  Alyssa is pressing Chelsea up against the cage.  Chelsea reverses and gets in a barrage of punches.  She gets in a knee from the clinch.  Chelsea with a good uppercut.  Chelsea gets in a combo as the round ends.

Tucker 10-9

Chelsea Tucker defeats Alyssa Marini via unanimous decision.

140 PRO MMA Lionel Young (7-16) Citadel vs. Chris Caterino (2-2) Gate City

Chris is pressing Lionel up against the cage.  Lionel reverses and gets in a knee to the body.  Lionel gets the takedown Chris gets Lionel’s back.  They work their way up and Chris is looking for the single leg.  Lionel gets a guillotine and won’t let go for the tap.

Lionel Young defeats Chris Caterino via tapout to guillotine at 3:37 seconds in Round 1.

170 AM TITLE MMA Taylor Mears (3-0) LRVT vs. Mike Bezanson (3-0) Kaze

Mike gets in some quick kicks.  Taylor gets in a left that connects.  Mike connects with a right that drops Taylor.  He is trying for the finish but can’t get it.  Taylor pushes him off and they are back to their feet.  Each fighter gets in a swinging right.  Mike connects with a front kick to the head.  Mike rushes in with a superman punch.  Taylor with a kick to the head.  

Bezanson 10-9

Rd 2:  Mike is working his kicks.  Taylor with an inside kick.  Taylor with a hard kick to the body.  They both are working their strikes and are showing some fatigue.

Bezanson 10-9

Rd 3:  Taylor with a kick to the body.  Mike with a couple of leg kicks.  Nice exchange from both fighters.  Blood is coming from the corner of Taylor’s left eye.  Taylor misses and Mike counters with a combo.  Taylor gets in a good punch and Mike applauds.  Such nice sportmanship from both fighters.

Bezanson 10-9

Rd 4:  Mike starts us off with a kick to the body.  Mike connects with a head kick that drops Taylor.  He finishes him off with a few more punches and the ref has seen enough.

Mike Bezanson defeats Taylor Mears via tko stoppage to strikes at 37 seconds in Round 4.  Mike Bezanson is the new Combat Zone 170 lb amateur champ.

​145 PRO MMA Joey Sanchez (0-2) First Class MMA vs. Jake Pilla (0-0) Nett

Jake picks up Joey and brings him over to his corner and slams him.  Joey works his way up.  Joey goes for a takedown and Jake tries for an armbar.  He switches it to a triangle and fights for it.  He then then gets the tap to an armbar. 

Jake Pilla defeats Joey Sanchez via tapout out to armbar at 2:39 in Round 1.

145 AM TITLE MMA Tom Pagliarulo (4-1) Burgess MMA vs. Brandon Gibbs (4-1) Hudson Combat Academy

Brandon with an outside leg kick.  Tom fires back with a right.  Once again Tom connects with the right.  Tom gets in a few more clean shots.  Blood is pouring out of Brandon’s nose.  Tom connects with a few more and ref has seen enough.

Tom Pagliarulo defeats Brandon Gibbs via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:48 in Round 1.  Tom is the 145 Amateur Title Champ.

Fight of the Night:  Bezanson and Mears war.
Ko/Tko of the Night:  Pagliarulo and his heavy hands
Submission of the Night: Jake Pilla and his armbar arm triangle crazy submission
Quote of the Night:  “Don’t give up on it, it will come” (That’s what She Said)

Combat Zone delivered and closed out the year with a bang!  The fighters delivered with not a single boring fight on the card.  There was awesome submissions, ko's and all out wars.  In fact, out of all the fights there was only 1 fight that went to a decision.  Combat Zone has not finalized their next date for the event yet but when we hear it we will put it up on our fight calendar on the right.  I want thank our fans for the support and I hope everyone has a great holiday.