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ARCHIVED STORYÂ Â Â SPRING/SUMMER 2012
Bristol resident Gagliardi reflects on
fight career so far
fighting style. He said the advantage of wrestling, apart from the fact that he wrestled in high school and it was the style with which he is most familiar, is that it helps a fighter to better determine whether a fight will go to the ground and choose his position.Â
Â Â â€œI hoping to try to getting fight with Bellator,â€? he said. â€œI've always been a fan of them and would love to fight for them one day. Reality fighting has been really good to me and I would definitely be interested in fighting with them again. Either way, my plan is to take the summer off and then get back in around late September or early October. This year I was scheduled for four fights without much of a break in between, so I just want to enjoy the summer and not have to worry about weight cuts.â€?Â
Domenic GagliardiÂ during a Reality Fighting event.
By Brian Woodman Jr.
Â Twenty-eight-year-old Domenic Gagliardi, who started training in Mixed Martial Arts about 10 years ago, said he intends to return to the cage later this year. Although he recently lost to middleweight Reality Fighting champion Alexandre Moreno during a Feb. 25 event at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, he said this has not altered his plans.Â
Â Â Â The fight put Gagliardiâ€™s professional record at 4-2.Â
Â Â Gagliardi, who has trained in MMA since 2002 after graduating from Bristol Central High School one year earlier, previously fought with Total Cage Combat, ICE Fighter and Gladiator Fight.Â
Â Â He currently trains at New Century Kenpo Karate on Woodford Avenue in Plainville, which has operated for 20 years and offers traditional Kenpo Karate as well as general MMA training. Jakub Pajor, who operates the school, currently trains Gagliardi.
â€‹Â Â Â Moreno, who trains with UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga and has an 11-2 record, submitted Gagliardi in the first round with a rear naked choke. Gonzaga holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion and is famous for his 2007 defeat of Mirko â€œCro Copâ€? Filipovic.Â
Â Â Gagliardi said afterwards that a combiniation thrown by Moreno earlier in the fight caught him off guard.Â
Â â€œI was hoping to get a few combos in to soften him up but that's what happens when you get caught on the ground with a four-time world champion BJJ artist,â€? said Gagliardi.Â
Â Â Although Gagliardi said he trains in a variety of styles, generally changing his training to work againstÂ â€‹the specific weaknesses of his immediate future opponents, heÂ referred to wrestlingÂ asÂ hisÂ preferred