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April 16, 2022

🏟 LIVE REVIEW--🏟 COMBAT ZONE 76--4/16/2022--MANCHESTER NH [Start Time 7:00PM EST]




The time has finally come and fight day is upon us once again!  Combat Zone is back with another solid night of mma action.  There are a total of 12 matches with 1 being grappling, 5 kickboxing and 6 of them being mixed martial arts.  Combat Zone is happy to be back at its home at the Double Tree Hotel in Manchester New Hampshire this cloudy evening.  The first fight is set to start around 7pm.  

Warchild and I arrived at the venue with plenty of time before the fights.  We quickly meandered our way and found our seats.  The crowd is starting to pour in now as well.  Combat Zone has a little different setup with two big screens so there is no way anyone will miss the action.  The dj, light crew (shoutout to Chris Kersch) and the video crew are all set back up in the corner and the media are setup on a platform so we can see right over the crowd.  So far for local celebrities that I have seen are of course Calvin Kattar, Joey Gomez, Tyson Chartier, Connor Barry and John Raio.  The announcer for the evening is John Vena and the refs are Kevin Macdonald Alan Lau and Chris Burke.  The sound system is nice, loud and clear so I am sure everyone in the room can hear it.  The national anthem has been sung and the fights are about to begin.  Please follow along as I try to keep up with all the action below...

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170 GI GRAPPLING Anthony Loycano (Renzo Gracie NH) vs. Paddy Ivers (Triumph BJJ)

This match was guest refereed by Tyson Chartier.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE GRAPPLING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Anthony Loycano defeats Paddy Ivers via tapout to kneebar at 2:04 in Round 1. 





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155 AM KICK Michael Ksander (0-1) NE Top Team vs. George Theos (0-0) Connors MMA

Rd 1:   George rushes with a jumping head kick.  George is doing a good job at working his kicks.  Mike connects with a right and then two kicks to the body.  George gets in a solid combo.  

Theos 10-9

Rd 2:  Mike starts us out with a combo.  Mike is staying busy with the leg kicks.  George gets in a leg kick of his own.  Mike connects with two leg kicks to the body.  Mike with another good combo and George fires back with several punches.  Mike gets in another loud leg kick and the crowd cheers.

Ksander 10-9

Rd 3:  Both fighters are working their leg kicks.  Mike with a good combo that sends George's head back.  Mike is connecting with some heavy shots.  George backs Mike up and gets in an uppercut combo.  Mike fires back with another combo and backs George up and I think that seals him the fight.

Ksander 10-9

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE KICKBOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Michael Ksander defeats George Theos via split decision.







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160 AM KICK Chris Medeiros (0-0) KTA vs. Justin Santiago (0-0) Speros MMA

Rd 1:   Chris comes out with a right and a kick.  Chris gets Justin to the mat and the action is paused.  Fight resumes and they are both swinging away!  Justin connects with a left that drops Chris out cold.  Wow!!

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE KICKBOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Justin Santiago defeats Chris Medeiros via ko punch at 56 seconds in Round 1.









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240 AM KICK Bruce Pacy (0-0) Limitless Pride Martial Arts vs. Graham Keohane (0-0) NETT

Rd 1:  Bruce gets in a solid leg kick to the body.  Bruce backs Graham to the back of the cage and he goes down after 7-10 punches.  Bruce backs Graham up again and is getting in a bunch of punches before the round ends.

Pacy 10-9

Rd 2:  Graham gets in a leg kick.  Bruce fires back with a right.  Bruce is all over Graham and backs him up against the cage again.  The ref has seen enough.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE KICKBOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Bruce Pacy defeats Graham Keohane via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:08 seconds in Round 2.










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170 AM KICK Dimitri Kabouris (0-0) Speros MMA vs. Tristan Wood (0-0) KTA

Rd 1:  Dimitri strikes first.  Dimitri keeps coming forward but Tristan is doing a good job at countering back.  They clinch and exchange some knees before they break.  Tristan is staying busy with punches.  Dimitri gets the 10 count and fight resumes with seconds left in the round.

Wood 10-9

Rd 2:  Tristan gets in a combo from the clinch and Dimitri fires right back.  Tristan is getting in some more heavy punches.  Dimitri gets the 10 count and the right resumes.  Dimitri gets in a leg kick right before the round ends.

Wood 10-9

Rd 3:  They come out guns blazing!  They pause the action for a second I think for mouth piece.  Tristan gets in another combo and Dimitri goes down to one knee.  He gets the 10 count and cannot answer the count.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE KICKBOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Tristan Wood defeats Dimitri Kabouris via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:14 seconds in Round 3.













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160 AM KICK Connor Hews (0-0) Renzo Gracie vs. Cooper McCallion (Team Fury)

Rd 1:   Connor connects with a straight right.  Connor connects with a punch and Cooper goes down twice.  Connor gets hit in the cup.  The fight resumes and right back to action.  Connor connects with two more punches before the round ends.

Hews 10-9

Rd 2:  Connor is connecting with more punches and several knees from the clinch.  Cooper gets the 10 count and the right resumes.  Connor gets in another right and ref Alan Lau has seen enough.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE KICKBOXING RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Connor Hews defeats Cooper McCallion via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:12 seconds in Round 2.










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135 AM MMA Tristin Joyce (0-1) KTA vs. Taso Sukulas (0-0) Lakes Region Vale Tudo

Rd 1:   They both come out swinging.  Taso knocks Tristin to the mat briefly but he pops back up.  Tristin fires back with a right and a kick to the body.  Tristin connects with another combo that sends Taso to the mat.  He gets in a few more punches and gets the stoppage.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Tristin Joyce defeats Taso Sukulas via tko stoppage to strikes at 46 seconds in Round 1.










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Combat Zone is now having a brief intermission that should be about 10-15 minutes....

185 AM MMA Curt Benoit (0-0) FAF vs. Brett Martin (1-0) First Class MMA

Rd 1:  They both come out swinging.  Brett is connecting with some big shots.  He presses Curt up against the cage and they both exchange some knees.  Brett picks up Curt and tries to slam him but Curt prevents it.  He tries again and gets the takedown before the round ends.

Martin 10-9

Rd 2:  They are both swinging right away.  Brett gets in a leg kick.  Curt connects with a combo.  Brett again with two unanswered leg kicks.  Brett presses Curt up against the cage and they are both exchanging knees.  Curt gets in a right and a kick to the head as the round ends.

Martin 10-9

Rd 3:  Brett backs Curt up against the cage and is looking for the single leg.  He can't get it.  He gets the underhooks and hip tosses Curt to the mat.  He has the side and looking to score some ground and pound.  Curt pushes him off and and gets back to his feet.  Brett tries for a guillotine but can't get the finish.  Brett presses Curt up against the cage and with a few seconds left in the round Curt scores a few punches.

Martin 10-9

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Brett Martin defeats Curt Benoit via unanimous decision.













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145 AM MMA Milton Junio Passos Noleto (0-0) Sityodtong vs. Fred-Allen Sfeir (1-0) Renzo Gracie
 NH

Rd 1:  Milton starts us off with a leg kick.  Fred gets in a leg kick to the body.  Milton connects with a combo.  Fred is pressing Milton up against the cage.  They both exchange a couple of knees and they break to the center.  Milton connects with a leg kick that stumbles Fred a little as the round ends.

Sfeir 10-9

Rd 2:  Fred misses with a leg kick and slips to the mat.  Both fighters are being cautious.  Fred rushes in for a takedown and is getting in some punches to the body while he has Milton pressed up against the cage.  Milton reverses and gets Fred down to 1 knee.  They both exchange some foot stomps as the round ends.

Sfeir 10-9

Rd 3:  Milton gets in a kick and gets countered with a punch and stumbles back.  Milton with a solid right.  Fred pushes Milton up against the cage.  They break and are back to the center.  Milton connects with another combo and wins the round.

Noleto 10-9

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Milton Junio Passos Noleto defeats Fred-Allen Sfeir via unanimous decision.  This decision wasn't how I scored it but what do I know? LOL....Let's argue in the comments...










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160 AM MMA Tim Briggs (0-0) Lakes Region Vale Tudo vs. Eamon Callaghan (0-0) Defensive Edge

Rd 1:  They clinch and throw punches.  Eamon gets the takedown and is in half guard.  Tim is trying to push him off and get space.  He gives up his back and Eamon takes it.  He is getting in back and forth punches to the left and right of Tim's head.  He gets the ref stoppage.

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Eamon Callaghan defeats Tim Briggs via tko stoppage to strikes at 1:40 seconds in Round 1.










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The Combat Zone Amateur Fighter of the Night goes to Tristin Joyce.

170 PRO MMA Mike Bezanson (0-0) Burgess vs. Aaron Trecell (0-2) Sityodtong

Rd 1:   Mike connects with a right and Aaron goes to the mat.  He dives into guard and is looking to posture up.  He backs off and the fight is back standing.  Mike connects with a head kick.  Aaron gets in a right.  Mike with a spinning back fist that connects.  Both fighters are working their strikes.  Aaron gets in a combo.  Mike gets in a head kick and Aaron catches it.  Mike gets in two more punches and pulls Aaron down to the mat.  Aaron is in half guard but Mike does a good job at holding him down.  Aaron does get in a few hammerfists before the round ends.

Bezanson 10-9

Rd 2:  Mike is working his leg kicks.  Aaron gets in a good right.  They clinch and Aaron gets hit in the cup.  Aaron takes a few minutes and the fight resumes.  Aaron gets in another combo.  Mike gets in two kicks to the body.  Aaron gets in another right.  Mike works a couple more leg kicks to the side of Aaron's leg.  Mike pushes Aaron up against the cage and gets the slamming takedown.  Mike gets in a few punches from the side and they are back to their feet.  Mike rips Aaron back down to the mat.  He is on Aaron's back as the round ends.

Bezanson 10-9

Rd 3:  Mike comes out swinging!  Mike gets in another right and follows it up with a spinning back fist.  Both fighters are having fun out there!  I have to say for Aaron being 0-2 he is tough as hell.  Mike gets in a good kick to the body.  He connects with a right and the crowd roars.  Mike takes Aaron down to the mat and has his back.  He passes to full mount just as the round ends.

Bezanson 10-9

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š Mike Bezanson defeats Aaron Trecell via unanimous decision.












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185 PRO MMA Tim Caron (10-4) Burgess MMA vs. Darrius Flowers (8-5) PHF Karate/ Chicago Fight Team

Tim Caron is happy because he gets to walk out to Mulan songs again!  Here we go with the main event!!

Rd 1:   Tim starts us off with a right.  Darrius connects with a combo that has Tim down to one leg.  Tim spins out and is back to the center.  Tim connects with a huge snapping leg kick.  Darrius with another right.  Darrius rushes in for the takedown and gets it.  Tim rolls him and was on top briefly but gets pushed back to the mat.  Darrius is now in guard.  Darrius gets in some shots to the body.  Tim almost has the sweep and he gets it.  They are back to their feet with and Darrius gets a slamming takedown as the round ends.

Flowers 10-9

Rd 2:  Darrius takes Tim down by grabbing his waist and twisting him to the mat.  He is in guard.  Tim make some space and has the leg but can't get a submission.  Darrius has the side and is looking to drop some elbows.  Tim is trying to stand up and Darrius has his back.  Tim rolls out and tries for a d'arce but can't get it secured.  Darrius has the side as the round ends.

Flowers 10-9

Rd 3:  Tim gets in a kick to the body.  He gets in another snapping leg kick.  Darrius fires back with a combo.  Darrius rolls and Tim has him up against the cage.  Tim has hold of Darrius's leg and slams him down to the mat.  Tim has the side briefly.  Darrius works his way up and he gets Tim to the mat with 15 seconds left in the round.

Caron 10-9

πŸ‘Š COMBAT ZONE MMA RESULTS πŸ‘Š  Darrius Flowers defeats Tim Caron via unanimous decision.














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WESTERNMASSMMA.COM AWARDS
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:  Mike Bezanson and Aaron Trecell 3 round war.
KO/TKO OF THE NIGHT:  Tristin Joyce tko win
SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT:  Anthony Loycano
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: Punch him in the F'ing Face
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THE WRAP UP

Combat Zone did an excellent job with their setup and production last night.  The lights, fog and the tv screens were very well done.  The sound system was nice and loud in the room but my only complaint is that it was a little too loud.  I thought it was maybe my spot because I was right near the dj but even some people closer to the cage mentioned to me that it was a touch too loud.  The fights were very well matched and they were tons of fun to watch.    I think most fight fans who follow Mike Bezanson were surprised that  his opponent Aaron Trecell being 0-2 was so tough.  Thanks for the great war guys.  I also would like to commend Tim Caron and Darrius Flowers for taking a tough fight which was a pleasure to watch as a fight fan. I want to give a shoutout to the Kattars and the entire Combat Zone crew for always supporting us and letting us cover the show for everybody.  Also I want to give thanks to Warchild for making the trip with me and taking photos for us.

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