MMA in CT
Michael Mazzulli, director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, stated in a correspondence that a 160-pound bout between Kevin Ferguson (AKA Baby Slice) and Craig Campbell during Bellator 232 on October 26 has been ruled a no-contest due to repeated illegal blows – officials originally ruled it a TKO at 0:38 in the first round.. The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville hosted the event on Saturday evening, October 26 as part of a double header – the venue hosted Bellator 231 that Friday.
Mazzulli stated in a correspondence with Scott Coker of Bellator that after reviewing a tape of the fight, the department determined that the injury that stopped the bout was the result of an accidental foul. He cited elbows to the back of the head as the foul, adding that the bout was ruled a no contest because it was stopped in the first round.
“Please note that this should not shed a negative light on Mr. Ferguson,” said Mazzulli. “In no way do we believe Mr. Ferguson intended to foul his opponent and, as such, we have ruled the foul as accidental.”
During the main event for the Saturday event, Douglas Lima (32-7) earned an unanimous decision over Rory Macdonald (21-6-1), snagging the welterweight title and avenging a previous loss to his opponent. Two judges scored the fight 50-45 and one scored it 49-46 for the bout, which marked the final for Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix.
During the co-main event, Paul Daley (42-17-2) punched his way to a TKO victory over Saad Awad (23-13). The 175-pound fight ended at 1:30 in the second round.
Connecticut favorite Nick Newell (16-3) dropped a split decision to Many Muro (11-6) during a 160-pound bout. Two judges scored it 29-28 and one scored it 27-29.
Patrick Mix (12-0) submitted Isiah Chapman (9-4) with a knee bar at 3:49 in the first round of a bantamweight bout.
Connecticut fighter Johnny Lopez (12-4) earned an unanimous decision over Dan Cormier (8-10) on the preliminary card. Two judges scored the fight 30-27 and one scored it 29-28.
Another Connecticut fighter, Marcus Surin (6-2), lost to Devin Powell (10-4) due to technical submission by mounted guillotine at 5:00 in the second round.
Ryan Hardy (1-1) submitted Demetrios Plaza (1-1) by rear naked choke at 3:03 in the third round.
Lance Gibson Jr. (3-0) earned a KO victory by punches over Dominic Jones (2-2) at 1:58 in the first round.
Jornel Lugo (3-0) earned an unanimous decision over John Douma (4-2). Two judges scored in 30-27 and one scored it 30-26.
Zarrakh Adashey (3-1) defeated Tevin Dyce (3-2) by TKO due to strikes at 1:39 in the second round.
(October 25 – Uncasville, CT)
Two-time UFC champion Frank Mir (19-13) secured an unanimous decision win over tenth-season TUF House winner Roy Nelson (23-18) at the Mohegan Sun Arena during the main event of Bellator 231. Two of the judges scored the heavyweight bout 29-28 and one scored it 30-27.
It was the first of a doubleheader at the resort. The arena will host Bellator 232 on Saturday evening, October 26.
The main card opened with a no contest. The referee waved off a heavyweight fight between Anthony Garrett (4-2) and former professional wrestler Jake Hager (2-0) after the latter landed a low blow at 1:56 in the first round.
The next fight was a women’s flyweight bout between Joanna Ilara (9-4) and Bec Rawlings (7-9). Ilara submitted Rawlings with a knee bar at 3:35 in the second round.
Ed Ruth (8-1) earned a split decision over fellow welterweight Jason Jackson (10-4). The judges all scored it 29-28 with one favoring Jackson.
Phil Davis (21-5 with one no contest) defeated Karl Albrektsson (9-3) by TKO in the co-main event. The light heavyweight fight ended at 3:06 in the third round.
The preliminary card opened with a women’s atomweight bout between Elise Reed (1-0) and former adult film actress Rebecca Bryggman (0-1). Reed punched her way to a TKO win over Bryggman at 4:48 in the first round.
Jon Manley (13-6) earned an unanimous decision over Thiago Oliveira (16-5). Two judges scored the welterweight bout 29-28 and one scored it 30-27.
Tim Caron (10-2 with one no contest) won by unanimous decision over Lucas Pimenta Borges (8-3). All three judges scored the middleweight bout 29-28.
Dalton Rosta (2-0) defeated Claude Wilcox (1-1) by TKO in the second round. The light heavyweight fight at ended at 4:23 in the round due to striking/ground-and-pound.
Steve Mowry (7-0) submitted Gokhan Sarican (4-1) by kimura at 0:56 in the second round of their heavyweight bout.
Jessica Miele (9-3) earned a split decision over Talita Nogueira (7-2). Two Judges scored the women’s featherweight bout 30-27 and one scored it 28-29.
Killys Mota (11-2) defeated Mandel Nallo (7-1) by TKO at 1:16 in the third round of their lightweight fight. Nallo sustained a leg injury that precipitated the result.
Connor Dixon (2-0) submitted Orkhan Ismatzade (0-2) by kimura at 0:42 in the first round of their welterweight bout.
Phumi Nkuta (1-0) earned an unanimous decision over Adrian Haley (1-1). Two judges scored the flyweight bout 30-26 and one scored it 30-27.
(Editor's Note: information provided by Bellator representatives.)
Sergie Kharitonov (30-7 with two no contests) defeated Matt Mitrione (13-7 with one no contest) by TKO during the main event of Bellator 225 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on August 24. He clinched the win with punches at 1:24 in the second round of the heavyweight bout.
The main card opened with Tyrell Fortune (7-0) submitting fellow heavyweight Rudy Schaffroth (6-1 with one no-contest) by rear naked choke at 2:08 of the second round.
Yaroslav Amosov (22-0) submitted David Rickels (21-6 with two no-contests) by D’Arce choke at 4:05 in the second round of a 175-pound catchweight bout.
Alejandra Lara (8-3) defeated Taylor Turner (4-6) by TKO via punches at 3:44 in the first round of a bantamweight bout.
Vitaly Minakov (22-1) knocked out Tim Johnson (12-6) via punches at 1:45 in the first round of a heavyweight bout.
The preliminary card opened with a 175-pound catchweight bout between Jon Manley (12-6) and Thiago Rela (10-8). Manley submitted Rela with a rear naked choke at 4:47 in the third round.
Connor Dixon (1-0) submitted Kastriot Xhema (3-4 with one no-contest) with an armbar at 2:08 in the third round of a 165-pound catchweight bout.
Nick Newell (16-2) submitted fellow lightweight Corey Browning (5-3) by arm triangle choke at 3:15 in the first round.
Chris Disonell (3-3) defeated Mike Kimbel (3-2) by TKO via punches at 4:54 in the first round of a 140-pound catchweight bout.
Ricky Bandejas (12-3) knockout out fellow bantamweight Ahmer Kayretli (8-4 with one no-contest) via punches at 1:21 in the first round.
Austin Vandeford (8-0) defeated Joseph Creer (6-1-1) by TKO at 5:00 in the second round). A ringside doctor ended the middleweight bout due to a cut.
Sabah Homasi (13-8) knocked out fellow welterweight Micah Terrill (1-1) via punches at :17 in the first round.
Aviv Gozali (3-0) submitted Edward Muravitskiy (9-9) with a heel hook at :11 in the first round of a 165-pound catchweight fight.Khonry Gracie (2-1) submitted fellow welterweight Oscar Vera (0-2) with a armbar at 2:50 in the first round.
A 185-pound bout between Jon Manley and Emmanuel Walo will highlight AMMO Fight League’s next MMA event, ‘The Night of Champions, on July 20 at the Big E in West Springfield. The co-main event will be a 170-pound bout between Leon Davis and Jesus Cintron.
Manley, who is coming off a loss at CES 50, appeared earlier this year at an AMMO event as a grappler after his scheduled MMA bout as cancelled. He defeated Ryan Sanders during his previous MMA bout with the organization.
card will also include a 185-pound bout between Pat Casey and Matt Denning as well
as two amateur title fights. Angelo Richardson will defend his 170-pound belt
against Neil Von Flatern. Nate Russel and Jake Bagley will compete for the
125-pound title vacated by Mitch Rapso after he transitioned from an amateur to
a professional fighter.
Other professional bouts on the card as of this writing include;
- William Smith and Carl Langston (140 pounds).
- Nate Ghareeb and Bradley Sustad (145 pounds).
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Amateur Randy Francis's recent ground-and-pound victory over Mike Placentini during a featherweight bout at Reality Fighting's latest event at Mohegan Sun was just part of an evening that included nearly all fast-finishes. Francis secured a TKO win at 2:58 in the first round after two losses earlier this year.
We chatted with Francis about his background and potential future.
Q: To what do you credit with your recent win at Reality Fighting?
A: I credit my friends at Strike Zone MMA, Thornton’s MMA, and my family for all the love and support they have given me.
Q: How did your interest in MMA begin?
A: I've always had an interest in martial arts as a child but didn't get into it until I was 15. I think around 2012 I went to my first MMA event, Reality Fighting, and was intrigued. I had already been training for a couple years and I thought it was really cool and my goal from that point on was to do at least one fight.
Q: Did you start with a particular style or general MMA? What was the progression? How long have you trained with your current gym? What was your first gym? Where else have you trained?
A: I started at a dojo that did a variation of Muay Thai and Krav Maga. I didn't like the place I was at because no one actually earned their belts like you do in an art like Jiu-jitsu. You could only test about once every two months and you only had to have something like 22 class attendances to advance. My skills quickly advanced and I found myself out performing higher belts but was frustrated that I was stuck at a lower belt. This lead me to find a traditional boxing gym in 2013 where there were no belts and it was all about skills. At that gym I had few boxing smokers and I met a couple people that also trained at strike zone and they got me into MMA and Jiu-jitsu in about 2014/2015. In 2015 I would go into to compete in my first MMA fight but I had lost which lit a fire in me and drove me to train hard. Then I won my next fight via TKO in Mohegan Sun which got me addicted and I haven't stopped since.
Q: Are there other fighters that you particular emulate? Are there any that you enjoy watching?
A: I honestly don’t really have a favorite fighter because I don’t really have time to watch fights. I really only watch the fights of fellow New England fighters at local shows. I do really enjoy watching the lower weight classes (flyweight-lightweight) in the UFC though when I do have a chance to get out.
Q: What are you future goals in combat sports? Are you planning on going professional?
A: I try to make small goals as I progress. I do plan on going pro, but I'm also in no rush either. Right now I just want to focus on continuously improving myself as a fighter.
Q: Do you have a day job?
A: Yes I work full time at Electric Boat as an apprentice designing nuclear submarines for the Navy.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring fighters?
A: Eat clean, wrestle, and do not rush into fights. Study your opponents, keep your weight on point and work on your wrestling. Wrestling is without a doubt the most important fundamental for MMA. If you cannot take your opponents down or defend take downs you will be in big trouble in the cage.
The amateur results for the Lion Fight 56 amateur card on June 8 are as follows;
Here are the results for the grappling bouts that opened Reality Fighting's June 1 event at Mohegan Sun.
A world cruiserweight title fight between Massachussetts-based Chip “the Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard (10-0) and Kongjak Po Baoin (160-72-8) will headline Lion Fight 56 – a live Muay Thai event that Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT will host on June 8.
Moraza-Pollard, a former MMA fighter, is the organization’s current belt holder and defended his title in February against Juan Cervantes (30-9-1) in Los Angeles during a February event. He also knocked out French fighter Remy Vectol during his last visit to Foxwoods.
Po Baoin, who has competed in six weight classes, will make his Lion Fight debut this weekend.
The co-main event will be a North American continental title fight. Defending belt holder Amine “the Lion” Ballafrikh (11-3) will fight Ricardo “the Scorpion” Cruz (42-11-1) for a lightweight belt.
The other fights on the main card include a super featherweight bout between Michael “Iron Boy” Triana (5-1) and Joseph Mueller (6-2), and a super cruiserweight bot between Doug Holland (2-0) and Tafon Nchukwi, who will make his professional debut that evening.
Cody Laskar (2-0) and Chase Walden (3-2) are scheduled to fight in a professional middleweight bout on the preliminary card
Spokespersons for Lion Fight confirmed that Dan Cormier’s professional debut that evening has been cancelled due to a medical issue involving his opponent.
The scheduled amateur preliminary bouts include
- A super middleweight bout between Elvin Johnson and Aaron Ortiz.
- A light heavyweight bout between Nahom Demissie and Flavio Brito.
- A heavyweight bout between Zeal McGraw and Chris Lapriore.
- A featherweight bout between John Ladisa and Hector Delerio.
- A welterweight bout between Sienna Milton and April Canavan.
- A light heavyweight bout between Dominico McIntosh and Rob Ovalle.
- A flyweight bout between Marija Kelly and Madelyn Grimaldi.
Spokespersons for Reality Fighting confirmed that there will be three title fights on the card during the organization's June 1 event, which Mohegan Sun will host this weekend.
- Jose Lugo versus Johnny Campbell.
- Andy Kurzkonki versus Serhii Boychun.
- Randy Francis versus Mike Placentini
- Ashley Barret versus Traci Baldwin.
- Zachery Watson versus Johnny Santos.
- Ariana Melendez versus Ariana Cruz.
CES featherweight champion Bruce Boyington (16-11) of Young's MMA in Maine will defend his belt against Waterbury's Dan Dubuque (8-2) during the five-round main event at CES 56 o Friday evening. Dubuque trains at Danilo Cherman Nova Uniao, according to information from CES.
CES (Classic Entertainment Sports) will be putting on its next show on March 29 in Hartford, CT; the first time that an MMA show has been hold in Connecticut off of one of the Indian reservations. The Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Boulevard will host the event.
The Big E in West Springfield will host AMMO Fight League's next event, the St. Patrick's Day Blood Bath, on March 16 at 1305 Memorial Avenue in West Springfield, MA.
Spokespersons for Bellator and reports from Sherdog.com provided the following information.
Mohegan Sun Arena will host back-to-back Bellator cards this weekend -- Bellator 215 on February 15 and Bellator 216 on February 16.
- Heavyweight: Tyrell Fortune (5-0) versus Ryan Pokryfky (6-5).
- Lightweight: Patrick "Gorilla Ninja" Casey (4-0) versus Nekruz Mirkhojaev (3-2).
- Welterweight: Vinicius De Jesus (6-2) versus Rudulpho Barcellos (1-0).
- Lightweight: Reginaldo Felix (5-2) versus Justin "the Fort" Sumter (6-2).
- Weltereight: Demetrius Plaza (professional debut) versus Andrews Rodriguez (1-0)
Mike Kimbel (2-0), who trains out of Waterbury, will fight John Douma (3-1) on February 15 during a bantamweight bout on Bellator' 215's main card.
- Heavyweight: Steve Mowry (5-0) versus Darion Abbey (professional debut).
- Featherweight: Amber Leibrock (3-2) versus Amanda Bell (5-5).
- Middleweight: Pat McCrohan (3-2) versus Jason Markland (professional debut).
- Atomweight: Tabatha Watkins (3-0) versus Lindsey VanZandt (4-1)
- Featherweight: Matt Probin (3-0) versus Ali Zebian (1-0)
- Flyweight: Zarrukh Adashev (1-1) versus Ronie Arana (0-2)
The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT will host Reality Fighting's first MMA event of the year. The Jan. 5 event's main bout will be a catchweight fight between Johnny Campbell, who fights as a bantamweight, and flyweight Johnny Lopez. But other highlights include three title fights and an undercard that includes UFC veteran and Hartford-based fighter Matt Bessette in a grappling match.
- Andre Belcarris versus Harris Bonfiglio.
- Ron Arana versus Justin Valentin.
- Randy Francis versus A.J. Abate.
- Amus Guyton versus Billy Goff.
- Jeremy Woolfolk versus Matt Tappero.
- Ken Rayside versus Nick Giuletti.
- Nuridini Abrar versus Markus Cintron.
- Johnny Santos versus David Walsh.
- kurtis Froling versus Jeff Grant.
- Nick Enzor versus Matthew Cocchia.
- Aaron Harris versus Evan Flores.
- Joe Leonard versus Chris Palmquist.
- Curtius Ward versus Imre Pogacsas.
- Gregory Jarvis versus Jim Hevner.
- Mike Montgomery versus Andrew Tevay.
- Andrew George versus Jeff Roberts.
- Matt Allen versus Frank Latina.
- Svenja Juffernbruch versus Katlyn Doran.
- Danielle Gambardella versus Nicole Powers Shattuck.
- Pete Jeffrey versus Tiago Alves.
- Casey Lamonte versus Alex Wyzatecki.
- Brandon Seibold versus Jeff Emil Haddad.
- Fernando Sabenca versus Pete Hailer.
- Sebastian Berti versus Kurt-Chase Patrick.
- Scott Gierlich versus Dana Haigh.
- Erin Lamonte versus Kristen Gardner.
- John Beecher versus Eric Marandino.
- Diogo Araujo versus Ryan Quinn.
Bellator spokespersons provided the following results for Bellator 207, which Mohegan Sun in Uncasville hosted on October 12. Nicola Faraone of Far One MMA also contributed to the story.
As Lisa "Insane" Blaine (2-2) looks forward to her flyweight fight with Alexandra Ballou (0-0) at Bellator 207 on October 12 at Mohegan Sun, she said that age was not going to get in her way.
We chatted with Danbury’s Dean Hancock (3-2) in May prior to his cancelled Reality Fighting catchweight bout with Anthony Giacchina (2-2) on May 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Hancock was coming off a second-round loss by arm triangle choke courtesy of fellow lightweight Marcus Surin (3-1) at Bellator 194. But Hancock, who has fought in five Bellator events as of this writing, expressed optimism regarding the future.
Q: When did you start pursuing your MMMA career?
A: I started to really pursue it with the goal of turning pro in 2013.
Q: Did you start with general MMA training or a particular style? What styles have you trained in?
A: I did karate as a kid from ages five through 15, wrestled from ages 12 through 18, and did random NAGA and boxing events growing up.
Q: Where have you trained?
A: I started karate at Tiger Schullmann’s, then when i decided to pursue MMA I started at ATT CT (American Top Team Connecticut) and now I train at Glover Teixeira's training center and Champs Boxing Club.
Q: Will you be fighting on more Bellator cards?
A: I plan to fight for Bellator as long as they'll have me, I'm not looking past May 4th.
Q: What are your future goals in the sport?
A: My goal in the sport is to make a comfortable living doing what I love.
Q: Do you have a career apart from MMA?
A: I currently work in a group home for teenage boys that have been removed from their homes.