Warrior Nation X.F.A. VIII “Preview”
Warrior Nation X.F.A. VIII
Holiday Inn, Boxborough
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BOXBOROUGH,MA- Warrior Nation makes their move closer to the east coast for the first time when they bring the ever popular Western Mass promotion to Boxborough, Ma. and the Holiday Inn. Promoter Jesse Camp earlier released a press release that Warrior Nation hasn’t left the comfort of their home venue the Hu Ke Lau for long but are eager to expand to the east coast and bring their product closer to Boston. Warrior Nation has always supported their events with post event full fight videos available for the fighters in terrific HD quality available on youtube. Most recently, Warrior Nation released a hype video that has caught the eye of the fans and media alike that is a perfect way to excite just about anyone looking for a reason to attend the fights.
Mostly known for all amateur bouts with a pro main event, warrior Nation with the move to Boxborough have also expanded to three professional bouts with a highly anticipated main event between two hot prospects in the featherweight division looking to make some noise in the featherweight rankings. Taylor Trayhan (3-1 Pro, 10-5 Am) makes his return to Warrior nation where he last defeated Addison O’Niel. Trayhan suffered his first loss recently at BoneMMA to Boxer Phil Parrish of CNYMMA. Coming off his first professional loss and first loss in 3 years Trayhan is sure to write his ship as he hasn’t lost two in a row in more than six years. His opponent, Hard hitting Joe Pingatore (4-0-1 pro, 4-2 Am) has yet to be defeated as a professional, only suffering a tie to Sergio Cabrera one year ago. Trayhan will be Pingatore’s biggest test to date in his professional career but Pingatore has gone the distance with some of New England’s best fighters as an amateur (Rob Font, Brandon Fleming).
Trayhan being a jiu jitsu specialist and trainer at his own school will surely be looking to take advantage on the ground. Pingatore though, has some of the areas best takedown defense and can hit like a truck. styles will clash for sure as Trayhan’s more finesse approach with his jiu jitsu faces a more rugged and backyard approach from Pingatore.
The Co-Main event is another interesting bout between Veteran Wai Kru fighter Dominic “Hawk” Warr (5-3) and Connors MMA stand out RusoKhubejashvili (1-0). Ruso was a top ranked amateur featherweight until he ran into Peter Barrett and suffered his first and only loss to date. Ruso hasnt tested himself other than fighting Barrett in the amateur ranks yet so a bout with Dominic Warr will give us an inclination as to what Ruso really has. Ruso’s only pro bout was a unanimous decision win over 1-4 Tom Evans. Dominic Warr is on a two fight win streak and winner of four of his last five bouts. things have looked up for him lately. Warr also holds a win over Tom Evans via decision. What makes this bout interesting is that both fighters love to stand and throw. This bout has all the makings of stealing the fight of the night if these two decide to take center and just land bombs on each other. Warr is a sucker for a right hand and if Ruso wants a fight all he needs to do is introduce his right to Warr and he’s in for one. This is a tough one to call but sure to be exciting.
Other fighters in action Saturday night will be Submission of the year winner Nick Mancinone as he battles Rivera Athletics Kris Moutinho in a flyweight bout. Youngs MMA standout heavyweight takes no time off from his last bout and battles new comer Dan Randle of Fighting Arts Academy. lastly Carlos Correia fights Connor Barry in a battle of undefeated welterweights!
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135 lbs Brett Kerpa (Ultimate MMA 0-0) vs. Steve Karr (GFV 0-2)
125 lbs Nate Russell (FAA Spfld 2-0) vs. Jesse Gutierrez (Connors MMA 2-2)
135 lbs Jesus Santiago (Strike Zone MMA 0-2) vs. Jecksan Rosado (NE Combat 0-1)
155 lbs Cody McMahon (CT United 0-0) vs. Dan Bardellini (Rivera Athletics 0-4)
145 lbs Shawn O’Dou (Team Ravenous 1-0) vs. Nick Valentino (Sitmangpong 0-0)
170 lbs Connor Barry (DHT/DE 2-0) vs. Carlos Correia (DCNU 1-0)
135 lbs Ali Zebian (FAA Spfld 1-0) vs. Alex Vinarsky (GFV 1-0)
155 lbs Myles Lynch (Connors MMA 0-0) vs. Kevin Rey (NE Combat 1-0)
150 lbs Kenny Peralta (Ultimate MMA 0-1) vs. Kevin Aurelien (Calasanz MMA 0-2)
125 lbs Nick Mancinone (FAA Spfld 2-1) vs. Kris Moutinho (Rivera Athletics 1-1)
155 lbs Don Walton (Saratoga Kyokushin 0-0) vs. Joe Duong (GFV 0-0)
145 lbs McLynn Cadiente (CT United 1-1) vs. Grant Mosley (Florian MMA 1-1)
HVYW Dan Randall (FAA Spfld 0-0) vs. Kevin Smith (Young’s MMA 2-1)
155 lbs Steve Carr (Strike Zone 1-2) vs. Addison O’Neil (DCNU 0-1)
CO-MAIN EVENT (150 lbs)
Ruso Khubejashvili 1-0 (Connors MMA) vs. Dominic Warr 5-3 (Wai Kru)
MAIN EVENT (145 lbs)
Taylor Trahan 3-1 (Team Link) vs. Joe Pingitore 4-0-1 (NE Combat)
“GET THE FIGHTERS READY!”