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New England’s Most Notorious Returns to the Cage

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
New England’s Most Notorious Returns to the Cage

West Haven – Connecticut’s “Notorious” Nick Newell (13-1) recently announced he will make his return to the professional MMA circuit following a two year retirement. The veteran lightweight recently signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Alliance, and plans to return to the cage early next year. Newell, previously a top draw for the World […]

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Cage Titans XXXV: Cormier Returns

| August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cage Titans XXXV: Cormier Returns

Plymouth, MA– Cage Titans XXXV is just two days out from closing the cage door. Going live this Saturday, August 12th at the Plymouth Memorial Hall, professional fighter, Dan “The Hamburglar” Cormier (5-7) of Tri-Force MMA, will step onto the canvas to take part in a night of MMA excellence. Cormier says he is ready […]

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CES 45: John Douma Goes Pro

| August 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES 45: John Douma Goes Pro

  Lincoln, RI- Set for his professional MMA debut on Friday, August 11th at CES 45, Rhode Island’s John Douma of Tri-Force MMA is ready for a fight. With an impressive amateur career (5-2), Douma currently holds two amateur featherweight belts, one for Cage Titans MMA and one for Combat Zone MMA. When asked if his accomplished […]

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CES 45’s Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr: “Move like a lightweight, punch like a heavyweight”

| August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
CES 45’s Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr: “Move like a lightweight, punch like a heavyweight”

    Lincoln, RI — With CES 45 fast approaching, Gary “Batman” Balletto Jr. (3-1) of Tri-Force MMA and Nick Alley (3-1) of Team Link, are set to share the cage as they look to make their mark on the welterweight rankings. Just a week out from the action, CES 45 will take place at […]

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Drew Fickett returns to Combat Zone

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Drew Fickett returns to Combat Zone

  Manchester, NH — June 30th marks the 62nd event held under the Combat Zone brand and their 3rd at their new home of the Raddison in Manchester, New Hampshire. The story of the event is undoubtedly the return of UFC, and Pride Veteran Drew Fickett. The journeyman of over 70 professional fights worldwide makes […]

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The Philosophy of Don Shainis

| May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Philosophy of Don Shainis

EASTON — Shameless.  The dictionary defines as “insensible to disgrace; immodest, audacious, brash or improper”.   Months away from graduating from Bridgewater State University, Don Shainis had an epiphany mid-way through his senior year that would lead to him to shun the foreboding life of a prototypical graduate that loomed large just months away. On the precipice […]

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Hampstead’s Marotte Makes Titles Defense & Headlines Combat Zone 61 Saturday Night

| April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Hampstead’s Marotte Makes Titles Defense & Headlines Combat Zone 61 Saturday Night

[Combat Zone Press Release] courtesy: Lynne Snierson SALEM, NH (April 13, 2017)— The last time he stepped into the cage, he was the hunter. Now Brendon Marotte is the hunted. “That does make things different,” said Marotte (5-1), who as the huge underdog scored a unanimous decision victory over Danny Abad to win the MMA […]

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Better Call Saul…Framingham’s Fighter is Rising

| April 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
Better Call Saul…Framingham’s Fighter is Rising

When Saul Almeida (19-8, Sityodtong) stepped into the cage last Friday at CES 42 against Josh LaBerge (11-6), Almeida had hit a three fight losing streak.  His opponent, LaBerge, had  collected another head in his last bout, and  his  only loss in recent memory was a decision to the current CES featherweight champ by decision. […]

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Dearly Destructive Dexter Shows Up

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dearly Destructive Dexter Shows Up

Ricky Dexter wants to punch someone. The problem is, he sometimes has a hard time finding people who will show up. While his fighting career started in 2013, Dexter “competed” long before that. “I fought a few bar fights. I was in the navy, so I’d get in some scraps. Stupid masculine sh*t. I was […]

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World Series of Fi… (Bill Jones is Back in the Cage)

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
World Series of Fi… (Bill Jones is Back in the Cage)

Two things are shook up everyone’s life in New England this week: A snowstorm and Mark Hoxie’s return to writing for Mass-MMA. It’s not really a return; rather, the end to a hiatus and the realization that my WordPress password is still good. I spent a few years judging amateur MMA here in New York […]

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Shadowboxer: Once Again, Jon Lemke is the Underdog

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
Shadowboxer: Once Again, Jon Lemke is the Underdog

Let us make it clear that Jon Lemke lives in the shadows, with ghosts, and demons. Some of Lemke’s demons are from his past… of his own making… and through his tenure as a United States Marine (where he ended up on the Marine Corps boxing team), and his career in mixed martial arts, he […]

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Man in Motion: “The” Ryan Sanders Climbs Higher

| March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Man in Motion: “The” Ryan Sanders Climbs Higher

At NEF 27: Resurgence, the final fight on the card was the shortest. After a good mix of stoppages and decisions, the crowd settled down for a main event that screeched to a halt less than a half minute into the first round, when John Ortolani signaled to the referee that he was done fighting […]

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“The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Answers Call to the UFC

| March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
“The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath Answers Call to the UFC

LAS VEGAS – Local CES star Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath (11-3); 0-0 UFC) will make his UFC debut after years of hard fought battles on New England’s local fight circuit.  Soukhamthath makes his premiere against Albert “The Warrior” Morales (6-1-1; 0-1-1 UFC) on the first fight of the UFC 209 card this Saturday. Soukhamthath, […]

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Almost Perfect: After Young’s Dominates, Lacey Looks Forward

| February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Almost Perfect: After Young’s Dominates, Lacey Looks Forward

After NEF 27: Resurgence was in the books, everyone with a fight on that card who trained at Young’s MMA had walked out with a victory. Everyone except Aaron Lacey. Fight after fight, dominant performance after dominant performance, four stoppages (Fred Lear, Victor Irwin, Josh Harvey, Ryan Sanders) and two wins by unanimous decision (Angela […]

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Adversity is a trait Santiago knows all to well

| February 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Adversity is a trait Santiago knows all to well

      Adversity is a trait Santiago knows all to well   Albuquerque, NM — There was never any one key moment in Wilfredo Santiago’s life that made him want a change, rather a life long struggle of pain induced by crime, drugs, and gangs. Spending nearly all of his teens and young adult […]

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