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April 14, 2022


Combat Zone is back in action after a quick turnaround with their 76th event.  They are back in their usual home state of New Hampshire.  This show will be held at the Double Tree hotel in Manchester New Hampshire.  The doors will be opening at 5:30pm and the first fight is set to start at 7:00pm.  This event will be a hybrid event with 1 Grappling match, 6 kickboxing matches followed by some good old mixed martial arts action.  Tickets are available at the link here.  If you are unable to attend and you still want to enjoy it then order the livestream at the link here.  With all of that out of the way please follow along as I break down the mma portion for you all.

170 GI GRAPPLING Anthony Loycano (Renzo Gracie NH) vs. Paddy Ivers (Triumph BJJ)
155 AM KICK Michael Ksander (0-1) NE Top Team vs. George Theos (0-0) Connors MMA
160 AM KICK Chris Medeiros (0-0) KTA vs. Justin Santiago (0-0) Speros MMA
240 AM KICK Bruce Pacy (0-0) Limitless Pride Martial Arts vs. Graham Keohane (0-0) NETT
170 AM KICK Dimitri Kabouris (0-0) Speros MMA vs. Tristan Wood (0-0) KTA
135 AM KICK Matthew Martinez (0-0) Sityodtong vs. Carter Whitty (0-0) Regiment
160 AM KICK Connor Hews (0-0) Renzo Gracie vs. Cooper McCallion (Team Fury)

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

In the first mma matchup of the night Tristan Joyce will be taking on Taso Sukulas.  Tristin trains with Karasu Tengu Academy and comes into this fight with an 0-1 record.  He lost his first match at the last Ammo event by a decision against Tim Roberts.  He is still hungry for his first amateur win.  His opponent is Taso Sukulas and he trains out of Lake Region Vale Tudo.  These are both great schools so I am sure this one will be an exciting match.

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

Then at 185 lbs Curt Benoit will be challenging Brett Martin.  Curt trains with FAF and he will be making his amateur debut.  His opponent is Brett Martin and he trains with First Class MMA out of Maine.  He won his first bout by TKO stoppage when Justin Philbrook was unable to start the 2nd round.  He will be looking to pull off a second amateur win this Saturday.  Once again, these are two solid schools so I am sure this will be another fast paced match up.

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

Then at a catch weight of 160 lbs Tim Briggs will be squaring off against Eamon Callaghan.  Tim trains with Lake Region Vale Tudo and he will be making his amateur debut.  His opponent is Eamon Callaghan and he trains with Defensive Edge.  He will also be making his amateur debut.  Two new fresh amateurs looking to test the waters!

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

Next up is an amateur fight at 145 lbs between Milton Noleto and Fred-Allen Sfeir.  Milton will be making his amateur debut and is fighting out of Sityodtong.  His opponent is Fred-Allen Sfeir and he trains out of Renzo Gracie NH.  He steps into this fight with a 1-0 record with 1 decision victory over Connor Morrill at Combat Zone 74.  I see this one being another back and forth battle.

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

At 170 lbs Mike Bezanson will be making his much anticipated pro debut against Aaron Trecell.  Mike trains with Burgess now.  As an amateur he went 6-0 with all 6 wins by ko/tko.  His opponent is Aaron Trecell and he trains with Sityodtong.  He comes into this fight with an 0-2 record with 1 loss by decision and 1 loss by armbar.  This fight should be a stand up battle as both fighters like to stand and bang.  Do not blink on this one!

205 PRO MMA Daniel Mola (1-0) UFC Boston vs. Jon McNeil (1-0) KTA/Triumph

Then at 205 lbs Daniel Mola will be taking on Jon McNeil.  Mola trains with UFC Boston and comes into this fight with a 1-0 record.  He won his 1st fight by rear naked choke against Alex Davidson just recently at Cage Titans event in February.  His opponent is Jon McNeil and he trains with KTA and Triumph.  He comes into this fight with a 1-0 record with his 1 win at Bellator by ko/tko to strikes against Orlando Mendoza.  When these two big guys collide, I see it being a back and forth ground battle.

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

In the main event Tim Caron will be facing off against Darrius Flowers in the 185 lb division.  Caron trains with Burgess MMA and steps into this fight with a 10-4 record.  In the win column, he has 5 ko/tko, 4 by submission and 1 by decision.  For his losses, he lost 1 by ko/tko, 1 by submission and 2 by decision.  His opponent is Darrius Flowers and he trains with PHF Karate and Chicago Fight team.  He comes into this fight with an 8-5 record with 5 wins by ko/tko, 1 by submission and 2 by decision.  For his losses, he lost 1 by ko/tko and 4 by submission.  This is an excellent match up and I see it Tim wanting to get this fight to the ground and control from there.  For Darrius, he will want to keep this on his feet and work his striking.