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BELENCHIA TO FACE SCHELL AT REALITY FIGHTING

MARISA MESSER-BELENCHIA vs SAMANTHA SCHELL

Professional Atomweight Bout

This fight may be bigger than fans realize.  All fights are important to a combatant however this bout may prove to be a pivotal fight for both fighters.  The outcome of this matchup could play a sizable factor in how both fighters develop into the future and the direction their careers take. 

The thirty-one year old Samantha Schell brings a considerable amount of experience into the cage despite having a (0-2) record as a professional. Samantha made her amateur MMA debut in August of 2016 and finished her amateur career with a (6-4) record. She was called up by Invicta Fighting Championships to compete in the IFC on AXS TV Phoenix Atomweight Tournament back in June of 2021.  An exhibition style tournament set to determine the top contender to face the IFC atomweight champion. Schell performed well with a victory over Kara Maria Vislosky by way of split decision but eventually came up short.  It was valuable experience for a growing fighter.

Samantha is coming off a loss against Elle Wagman at Fighting Alliance Championship by way of unanimous decision. Under the guidance of her coach and husband John Schell and Schell Shock BJJ Samantha has continued pushing to develop her fight game. Schell has a strong drive to overcome. A victory over Belenchia in her own backyard would be a tremendous accomplishment.  It would put her back on the road in the direction of higher ground within the world of WMMA. 

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How much does this fight mean to you?”
SAMANTHA SCHELL“This fight means what it always does. It is a job, which I love to do, and I’m constantly working on ways to improve myself and my performance so I’m excited to see how the adjustments I’ve made show themselves in the cage.”

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How are you feeling physically and mentally leading into this matchup?”
SAMANTHA SCHELL“I am pushing myself to all of my physical capabilities and because of all the adjustments I’ve made, this is by far the best I’ve felt mentally during any fight camp.”

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How would you like to see this fight play out?”
SAMANTHA SCHELL“I’d like to see this fight play out in a way that makes it clearly obvious how greatly I’ve improved and how seriously I take my profession.”

 

Marisa Messer-Belenchia fights out of Connecticut.  She is the hometown fighter and brings a (4-1) professional record into the contest. Marisa produced a (4-2) amateur record before turning pro in June of 2018.  She was called up by Invicta Fighting Championships in June of 2021 to compete in the IFC on AXS TV Phoenix Atomweight Tournament, a tournament to determine the top contender in the IFC atomweight division. Belenchia battled her way to a split decision win against Paulina Granados but was eliminated by the eventual winner of the tournament later on in the competition.  She is coming off a win over Katie Saull via split decision at IFC 44 back in August of 2021.  The thirty year old Connecticut warrior has pro boxing experience along with a formidable ground game.  She has gained notoriety across the New England area as well as the Northeast. With her head coach Andrew Calandrelli of Ultimate MMA in her corner Marisa is gearing up for the June 11th atomweight matchup.  A win over Schell would raise her MMA stock value and send a message to the atomweight world the ‘Spider Monkey’ is ready to make a hard charge up the WMMA mountain. 

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How much does this fight mean to you?”
MARISA MESSER-BELENCHIA“I am excited to be back fighting at Mohegan as I haven’t fought locally in a few years.”

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How are you feeling physically and mentally leading into this matchup?”
MARISA MESSER-BELENCHIA“Mentally and physically its nice to be back on the grind in a fight camp.”

Tommy V. of QUEEN MMA Media – “How would you like to see this fight play out?”
MARISA MESSER-BELENCHIA“I would like this fight to end in a TKO or submission.”

This is a good matchup.  It looks to be an extremely competitive bout.  Both fighters matchup is size and speed.  Both fighters are tough and have shown sizable heart in past bouts.  The outcome could simply come down to who can execute the better game plan or who wants it the most.  Reality Fighting has landed an exciting fight with Belenchia vs Schell.  Do not sleep on this fight.  When the smoke settles it has the right chemistry to become Fight of the Night. 

I have followed and covered both of these atomweights reaching back to their amateur careers.  I wish them both the very best of skill.

This pro atomweight bout will be Streamed LIVE at RealityFighting.Net

By: T. Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

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COMBAT FC SET TO LAUNCH IN JUNE

“FIGHT FANS CAN EXPECT THE BEST FIGHTERS, A VERY PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE, AND A TOP SHELF PRODUCT. I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT COMBAT FC. NEW ENGLAND NEEDS A TOP SHELF PROMOTION AND THE FIGHTERS DESERVE IT. IT IS GOING TO BE SUPER!” – Joe Cavallaro

COMBAT FC PREPARED TO HIT THE NORTH EAST WITH PRIMETIME COMBAT SPORTS ACTION IN JUNE OF 2022

NORTH EAST MMA Media – By: T. Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

Former World Championship Fighting (WCF) promoter Joe Cavallaro launches new fight promotion Combat Fighting Championship (COMBAT FC). The brand new COMBAT FC promotion is gearing up quickly and prepared to hit the North East with a bang. COMBAT FC (CFC) is set to deliver its first event June 17, 2022 at the Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Joe Cavallaro is a Boston area businessman who, fifteen years ago, introduced combat sports fans to the promotion World Championship Fighting. Promoter Cavallaro and the WCF played a vital role in bringing the combat sport of MMA to life. COMBAT FC is the vision of one of the region’s top names in MMA, Joe Cavallaro. From its start back in September of 2007 the WCF quickly gained notoriety throughout New England, across the North East and beyond.  The promotion acquired momentum and popularity with each event. The dynamic pioneering promotion ran strong for eleven events before closing the doors in June of 2011.   Legendary and popular fighters within the sport such as Jon Jones, Calvin Kattar, Dan Lauzon and numerous others grew from this early MMA magic Cavallaro and the WCF generated. In just a short time Cavallaro turned the WCF into a star studied platform of MMA athletes. Now fifteen years later Joe Cavallaro along with his team Rick Caldwell (Matchmaker), and Krystyne Curtis are prepared to unveil another electrifying surge of primetime MMA professional and amateur action, The Combat Fighting Championship (Combat FC).  During the long run of World Championship Fighting, Cavallaro and the WCF produced a stout track record.  Fight fans can expect to see the same high level talent and world class excitement at COMBAT FC. Cavallaro, his top notch crew and the new COMBAT FC promotion will no doubt bring tremendous energy to the regional combat sports scene. 

“Fight fans can expect the best fighters, a very professional atmosphere, and a top shelf product,” explained Joe. Cavallaro explained how he plans to bring in special guests at each COMBAT FC event, an effort to add a little extra glitter for the fans.  While overseeing the WCF Cavallaro treated the fans to such sports celebrities as the UFC President Dana White, famous combat athlete and occasional actor Kimbo Slice, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Rampage Jackson, and popular television and film actor Kevin James just to name a few. “People can expect the same from Combat FC and more.” added Joe. He is confident with his staff and is ready to build a promotion that will have a strong focus on the regional New England action.  COMBAT FC is aiming to become a place where tomorrow’s stars can get their shine on.  A platform that will launch major talent . “It is going to be super,” stated Cavallaro regarding COMBAT FC’s first fight card.  “I am really excited about it.  New England needs a top shelf promotion and the fighters deserve it.”

By: T. Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

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CES MMA 67 FIGHT CARD PREVIEW

CES MMA 67 READY TO ROCK THE CONNECTICUT CONVENTION CENTER WITH PRO MMA ACTION
NORTH EAST MMA Media BREAKS DOWN CES MMA 67

By: Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

CES MMA 67 is set to deliver major league MMA action at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut April 1, 2022.

CES MMA 67 (Fight Card)

ERIC SPICELY vs JUSTIN SUMTER (185 LBS)
JOHNNY LOPEZ vs AZJAVKHLAM BAATAR (135 LBS)
PAT CASEY vs ARMUS GUYTON (170 LBS)
TRISTAN LINDI vs MIKE KIMBEL (135 LBS)
MUS’ALB BAIYINA vs YURI PANFEROV (205 LBS)
DAVID MICHAEL DURAO vs DANIEL MALDONADO (125 LBS)
CASEY NORTON vs PEDRO VILLA (125 LBS)
EDDY GEORGE vs EMILIANO CALDERON (155 LBS)
HARRIS BONFIGLIO vs JASON HUNTLEY (125 LBS)
MARKOS PAPPAS vs RJ HAYES (265 LBS)

MAIN EVENT – ERIC SPICELY vs JUSTIN SUMTER
CES MMA MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

ERIC SPICELY fights out of Rhode Island and brings a (12-8) pro record into the CES cage.  He is hungry to put an end to a four fight losing streak with a strong win over JUSTIN SUMTER at CES 67.  Spicely made his professional debut under the CES promotion back in February of 2013.  He is an outstanding (10-0) inside the CES cage with this being his eleventh time fighting under the CES promotion.  In 2016 he earned a place on The Ultimate Fighter Season 23.  He went on to make an appearance at UFC Fight Night 91 in July of 2016, UFC Fight Night 95 in September of 2016, UFC on FOX 23 in January of 2017, UFC 212 in June of 2017, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in December of 2017 and UFC Fight Night 130 in May of 2018.  The thirty-five year old Spicely brings real UFC caliber talent into this CES main event.  JUSTIN SUMTER fights out of Massachusetts and brings an (8-4) pro record into the title fight.  Sumter made his pro debut with Bellator back In April of 2016.  He is an undefeated (4-0) under the CES promotional banner finishing three of his victories in the first round.  The thirty-two year old Sumter has appeared on the notable Dana White’s Contender Series 2018 in July of 2018 and the Contender Series 2019 in July of 2019. 

These are two top level fighters ready to give the fight fans a quality main event.  With the winner leaving the steel cage with the CES MMA Middleweight championship belt. 

JOHNNY LOPEZ fights out of Connecticut and host a (12-5) professional record.  He made his pro debut back in February of 2011.  Lopez came up short in a very close split decision against a hard fighting Blaine Shutt for the vacant CES flyweight title in his last MMA outing back in January of 2020.  He has stayed active sharpening his already sharp grappling skills with a win at Top Level Pro Grappling 1 in July of 2021 and another grappling win at Reality Fighting in January of 2022.  He is a former Reality Fighting flyweight champion having won the title back in May of 2016.  This will be his third time fighting under the prestigious CES banner.  AZJAVKHLAM BAATAR brings a (7-6) pro record and extremely formidable wrestling into this bantamweight matchup.  The twenty-nine year old fights out of Japan and is building steam with a three fight win streak behind him. 

PAT CASEY fights out of Massachusetts and is ready to make war with ARMUS GUYTON at CES MMA 67.  Casey is a captivating New England fighter with an (8-4) pro record inside the steel cage.  He is a veteran of Bellator and always puts on an action packed show.  Armus Guyton fights out of New York and has a (5-2) professional record.  He made his pro debut back in February of 2018 at CES 48 with a first round knockout victory.  Six fights later he is returning for more action inside the CES cage.  This could end up being one of the best bouts on the card. 

MIKE KIMBEL fights out of Connecticut and carries a (3-3) pro record into the cage.  He is looking to turn around a two fight losing streak against TRISTAN LINDI come April 1, 2022 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.  All six of Kimbel’s pro bouts have been with the Bellator promotion.  This will be his CES debut.  Lindi brings a (2-4) pro record into the bantamweight contest.  He fights out of Oregon and is also looking to turn around a three fight losing streak of his own.  This has the ingredients to deliver a scrappy fight.

YURI PANFEROV made his pro debut with a first round rear naked choke finish of Gregory Smith at CES 62 in April of 2021.  As an amateur Panferov went (5-0) capturing three amateur title belts along the way; the Reality Fighting amateur light heavyweight title, the Gladius Fights amateur light heavyweight title, and the Ground Force Fights (230 LBS) amateur catch-weight title.  He gained all five of his amateur victories via finish with three of them being in the first round.  The twenty-five year old Panferov has serious potential and will be seeking to add another win to his young pro career. MUS’ALB BAIYINA fights out of New York and will be making his pro debut under the CES lights at CES MMA 67.  The twenty-eight year old Baiyina went (4-2) as an amateur finishing his amateur career winning the Full Contact Promotions amateur light heavyweight title.  He has produced a three fight winning streak and looking to make a big pro debut. 

DAVID MICHAEL DURAO made his professional debut under the CES banner back in September of 2021 at CES 64.  On April 1, 2022 he will be looking to gain his first win as a pro in front of his hometown fans in Hartford, Connecticut.  Durado will be facing DANIEL MALDONADO in a flyweight matchup.  Maldonado fights out of New York and brings a (0-4) pro record into the bout.  Both pro fighters will be gunning for their first victory inside the cage as a professional.  This should up the stakes a little and produce a good fight for the fans. 

CASEY NORTON fights out of Connecticut.  As an amateur he produced an undefeated (4-0) record as well as capturing the AMMO Fight League amateur flyweight title in October of 2021.  On April 1, 2022 in Hartford, Connecticut he will make his professional MMA debut against PEDRO VILLA.  Pedro Villa hails from New York and produced a solid (4-1) amateur career of his own.  As an amateur he won the vacant Aggressive Combat Championships amateur flyweight title back in May of 2015.  Villa will be making his pro debut as well.  This looks to be an exciting and well matched flyweight bout. 


EDDY GEORGE brings an undefeated (4-0) pro record into the CES cage to face EMILIANO CALDERON.  George fights out of Connecticut and is riding serious momentum from an eight fight win streak.  George has been impressive from the start.  He made his professional MMA debut in January of 2020 and has finished all four of his pro opponents in the first round.  Emiliano Calderon brings a (1-1) pro record into the bout.  The twenty-eight year old Calderon is coming off a first round victory via strikes and is looking to play the spoiler.

HARRIS BONFIGLIO is set to square off against JASON HUNTLEY in flyweight action.  Bonfiglio fights out of Connecticut and hosts a (3-1) pro record.  All three of his wins have come by way of first round submission.  Bonfiglio brings a very effective grappling game.  Jason Huntley is (6-10) as a professional inside the cage.  The forty-three year old Huntley fights out of Minnesota.  He has competed under such promotions as LFA and KOTC and will be looking to leave his mark at CES. 

MARKOS PAPPAS fights out of Connecticut and will be making his pro debut against RJ HAYES under the bright lights of the Connecticut Convention Center at CES 67.  RJ HAYES fights out of New York and brings considerable experience with thirteen amateur MMA bouts behind him.  This looks like a rock-em-sock-em heavyweight affair that will surely serve as a smashing opening card bout. 

By: Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

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UFC VETERAN DOOMSDAY HOWARD RETURNS : CES MMA 63

DOOMSDAY SET TO ARRIVE AT THE MASSMUTUAL CENTER MGM

UFC veteran JOHN HOWARD returns to the CES steel cage

John “Doomsday” Howard (28-16-1) is ready to return to the CES cage to face Ozzie Alvarez (8-6) in professional MMA middleweight action August 6, 2021 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  John Howard is undefeated (6-0) competing on the CES platform and will be looking to for another big ‘W’ to add to an already decorated MMA career. 

A BRIEF LOOK INTO THE CAREER OF JOHN “Doomsday” HOWARD

JOHN “Doomsday” HOWARD was born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  He played football and basketball in high school and is still a resident of the area to this day.  When asked how he got the nickname “Doomsday”, his answer “from the infamous villain who killed superman.”  The thirty-eight year old Howard became well known for his wrestling skills despite never having official training.  He fights out of Boston and is an accredited black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Howard made his professional MMA debut with a unanimous decision victory over Jason Dublin at Combat Zone 8 back in October of 2004.  In April of 2006 just a little over a year and a half later he won the vacant Combat Zone Pro welterweight championship title at Combat Zone 15 by way of a second round submission.   

A few years later John captured the Ring of Combat Pro welterweight championship title in September of 2008 at Ring of Combat 21 with a unanimous decision against Charlie Brenneman.  It was clear Doomsday had the stuff needed to climb the MMA mountain. 

On January 31, 2009 Howard debuted in the UFC with a hard fought split decision victory against Chris Wilson at UFC 94.  “Doomsday” marched forward winning his next three fights under the UFC banner, two by way of knockout.  Howard grabbed four wins in seven UFC appearances between January of 2009 and June of 2011. 

The UFC caliber Howard returned to the northeast and made his CES debut in April of 2012.  It was a fight for the CES Pro Middleweight Championship Title.  It was a fight Howard won in devastating style via a second round TKO finish of Todd Chattelle.  John “Doomsday” Howard went on to defend his CES middleweight championship title four times, finishing all four challengers by way of KO/TKO. 

Howard returned to the UFC in August of 2013, demonstrating his ability inside the steel cage could not be denied.  He returned with a split decision win at UFC Fight Night over Uriah Hall in his hometown of Boston.  John went on to have six more fights in the UFC between December of 2013 and December of 2015. 

John returned to the CES promotion in October of 2017 winning a unanimous decision over a tough Roger Carroll at CES MMA 46.  He went on to make six appearances with the Professional Fighters League (PFL)

John Howard has had 45 professional MMA bouts, 28 pro victories, 7 of those wins coming in the UFC.  His experience inside the octagon is enormous and his accomplishments in the sport of MMA are truly noteworthy and admirable.  John Howard is a strong name among the MMA community in New England and the northeast.  He is a standout among Boston combat sports athletes and Boston fight fans.  Do not miss the opportunity to watch this New England MMA legend in action as he returns to CES MMA to take center cage under the lights of the MassMutual Center MGM in Springfield, Massachusetts. Article by – Thomas Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

Other incredible fights included on the CES MMA 63 Fight Card
(subject to change)

CARLOS CANDELARIO (7-0) vs MIGUEL RESTREPO (5-5-1) 125lb / Flyweight
CHRIS DISONELL (5-4)     vs WILL SMITH (3-3)    135lb / Bantamweight
KODY ALLEN MURRAY (debut) vs MIGUEL CUEVAS (1-0) 135lb / Bantamweight
JOHN HOWARD (28-16-1)  vs OZZIE ALVAREZ (8-6) 185lb / Middleweight
ASHIEK AJIM (3-1)           vs CARLOS ESPINOSA (6-4) 135lb / Bantamweight
TOM PAGLIARULO (1-0)   vs JOSH HARDY (debut)     145lb / Featherweight
NICK FIORE(1-0)       vs JAY ELLIS  155lb / Lightweight
SAGE PHILIPPE (debut)    vs THAD JEAN (debut) 170lb / Welterweight
EDDY GEORGE (2-0)   vs KOBE BOWEN (debut) 155lb / Lightweight
KENNY CHAMPION (2-1)  vs FRANK MAZEPA (0-1)  155lb / Lightweight

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BOYINGTON vs BESSETTE – CES MMA 64

Pretty Boy’ and ‘The Mangler’ SET TO THROWDOWN FOR THE CES MMA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

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Matt Bessette and Bruce Boyington are set to battle it out for the CES MMA Lightweight Championship Title September 17, 2021 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut – CES MMA 64.  The winner will make CES MMA history and become the first ever 2-division CES champion.  Who will be CES Champ-Champ? 

BOYINGTON READY TO FIGHT FOR CES MMA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

He is known throughout the New England region and the northeast as Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington.  He is an exciting, explosive, and intelligent fighter who always brings action inside the cage.  With a professional record of (17-12) Boyington has battled it out for numerous promotions during his career.  Such promotions include CES, NEF (New England Fights), and the WSOF to note a few.  Boyington has gained eleven of his seventeen wins via finish.  He knows how to stop an opponent.  Three of his finishes have come via submission. 

The forty-two year old Boyington began his pro career inside the MMA cage back in June of 2009.  In April of 2014 he won his first pro title, the vacant CFX Lightweight Title with a unanimous decision victory over Ruso Khubejashvili.  In September of 2014 Boyington captured the NEF – Fight Night Pro Lightweight Championship belt in his very next bout.  He went on to successfully defend the Fight Night Lightweight Title four times. 

In August of 2018 he won the vacant CES MMA Featherweight Championship via a second round rear naked choke against a very formidable Sean Soriano.  He went on to successfully defend his CES MMA Featherweight Title in May of 2019 at CES 56. 

BESSETTE EAGER TO GET BOYINGTON INSIDE THE CAGE

He is known throughout the northeast and New England as MATT “The Mangler” BESSETTE.
Bessette made his professional debut back in September of 2007.  With a professional record of (24-10-0 nc-1) Bessette has produced a strong career in the pro cage, fighting under such promotional banners as Bellator, CES, Reality Fighting, and GFL.  He fights out of Connecticut and has gained sixteen of his twenty-four wins via finish. 

In October of 2010 he captured the vacant Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship Title.  In April of 2011 Bessette won the Global Fight League Pro Lightweight Title belt via second round guillotine choke submission over John Benoit at GFL 10.  In July of 2017 his talents landed him on the prestigious Dana White’s Contender Series.  In January of 2018 Bessette debuted with the UFC at UFC 220.  In his very next bout Bessette fought on The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July of 2018.  Bessette has high level experience and in January of 2020 he won the vacant CES MMA Pro Featherweight Championship Title with a exciting third round stoppage. 

If you are an MMA fan from the northeast you probably are already aware of Boyington and Bessette.  If you are from New England you probably are already aware of the intensity both BOYINGTON and BESSETTE can bring to the cage.  Most likely you are already aware of the athletically orchestrated violence they are both capable of generating.  Boyington and Bessette are true seasoned veterans of the sport.  Both have evolved to become big pro names on the northeast and New England regional MMA scene.  These two fighters represent the tough fierce warriors of the northeast.  These two athletes are what MMA in the northeast and New England is all about.  Two hard-working high end professionals with top level talent and a history of delivering action packed fights.  Boyington knows how to dish out the dynamic booms and with a nickname like ‘Pretty Boy’ he looks good doing it.  Bessette knows how to grind hard, unload heavy strikes, and is always eager to make war on his feet or on the ground.  This is a very good matchup!  This is going to be a very good fight! 

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KENNY CHAMPION vs CODY LAW : BELLATOR 254

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CODY LAW vs KENNY CHAMPION / Featherweight Preliminary Bout / BELLATOR 254

TWO TOUGH NORTH EAST YOUNG GUNS READY TO UNLOAD

On December 10, 2020 at the Mohegan Sun Arena two talented northeast area fighters will meet in pro MMA featherweight action at Bellator 254. 

Kenny “Rise of the Phoenix” Champion is an exciting fighter who is riding a strong three fight winning streak.  Champion is (2-0) in the cage as a professional with both victories coming by way of first round KO/TKO finish. Champion is a believer in hard work and he demonstrates it in every fight.  Kenny has smooth standup and accurate striking.  He is a smart fighter with good presence.  The Connecticut warrior has a background that includes Muay Thai and grappling.  He has sharpened his abilities with each fight and is ready for what many believe to be his biggest challenge to date inside the steel cage. With enormous challenges come enormous rewards.  Champion will be given the opportunity under the shining lights of Bellator to introduce a worldwide audience to the “Rise of the Phoenix”.

Cody Law carries serious skills.  He is a very well rounded fighter and brings a (1-0) pro record into the bout.  The Pennsylvania athlete made his professional debut at Bellator 250 with a big first round finish over Orlando Ortega via D’Arce choke.  Cody shined as an amateur producing a (5-0) record before turning pro in November of this year.   The twenty-five year old is riding the momentum of an impressive six fight winning streak and trains under American Top Team.  Cody wields stout wrestling and a tenacious attitude.  He has quick, hard effective hands in standup exchanges and can distribute a potent right.  Cody is dangerous on his feet and on the ground.  He made a solid impact on the Bellator scene in his debut and has shown he is clearly ready to evolve to the next level. 

KENNY CHAMPION vs CODY LAW set to collide at BELLATOR 254

This could turn out to be an important bout for both up and coming 145 pounders. Despite the featherweight matchup being scheduled as a preliminary bout do not be surprised if this fight produces as much excitement and energy as the main event. This fight has what it takes to be an explosive matchup, two hungry young guns eager to unload, and when the smoke clears we will find out who will walk away the winner.  It is fair to say both Law and Champion have what it takes.  Both have the tools to end it and neither fighter should overlook or underestimate the other.  There is little doubt both of these gladiators will leave it all in the cage come December 10, 2020.  Who wins this fight?  The lion with the greatest hunger. 

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By – Thomas Vickers (MMA Journalist)

A LOOK INTO THE NORTH EAST AMATEUR atomweights

NORTH EAST MMA Media TAKES A LOOK INTO THE NORTHEAST AMATEUR ATOMWEIGHTS

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NORTH EAST MMA Media took the time to take a look into the amateur atomweights of the northeast.  In recent years the northeast region has produced some outstanding amateur atomweights who have moved on to have success at the professional level. Such atomweight standouts include; Lindsey “Damsel” VanZandt, Marisa “Spider Monkey” Messer-Belenchia, Elise Reed, and Jillian “Lionheart” DeCoursey. Lindsey VanZandt worked hard as an amateur atomweight and has gone on to fight as a professional under such prestigious promotions as Bellator, Invicta Fighting Championship, and Rizin. Marisa Messer-Belenchia produced a strong (4-1) record as an amateur and has went on to make an impact among the pro atomweights with an appearance at Invicta Fighting Championship and wins with both CES MMA and Premier FC. Jillian DeCoursey was a dominant northeast amateur atomweight who finished her amateur career with an excellent (8 – 1) record. DeCoursey has moved on to fight under Invicta FC and Cage Fury FC as a professional. Elise Reed is a New Jersey fighter who finished her amateur career with an exceptional record of (7 – 1). Reed has built an undefeated (2 – 0) record as a pro. Reed made her pro debut with Bellator and recently won the Cage Fury FC vacant Strawweight Title with a split decision victory over a very tough and talented Jasmine Jasudavicius.

It may be sometime before the northeast fans see another batch of atomweights rise up from the northeastern region to equal the most recent class of Lindsey VanZandt, Marisa Messer-Belenchia, Elise Reed, and Jillian DeCoursey.  With that said the northeast does continue to generate tough amateur atomweights with real talent and some of these amateurs may very well become tomorrows future pro prospects.

BROOKE FAHEY

Brooke Fahey has tremendous potential for a nineteen year old amateur.  She has become a strong presence among the northeast amateur atomweights. Brooke made her amateur debut in June of 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over Taylor Samarco at Maverick MMA 13. The New Jersey fighter went on to win the vacant Primal Fight Promotions amateur atomweight title via second round armbar submission against Rachel Penkower, a northeast atomweight competitor who carried more experience in the amateur cage. All of Fahey’s bouts have been with northeast regional promotions and two of her three victories have come by way of submission.  Brooke is currently undefeated with a (3 – 0) record and has quickly established herself as one of the top amateur atomweights in the northeast.

ALEJANDRA BETANCOURT

Alejandra Betancourt fights out of Kentucky and has built a (4 – 2) record as an amateur.  The thirty-five year old Alejandra made her debut back in February of 2015 with an impressive win at Valor Fights 20 over Linda Gray by way of KO/TKO in the second round. She has made two appearances in the northeast; coming up short against Marisa Messer-Belenchia at Reality Fighting in May of 2016 and a big win over Meghen Williams via unanimous decision at Pinnacle FC 17 in June of 2018.  In August of 2018 Alejandra won the BCM Promotions amateur atomweight championship title with a third round rear naked choke finish of a very tough Jennifer Hicks.  Alejandra brings talent and considerable amateur experience into the cage. 

ARIANA CRUZ

Ariana Cruz fights out of Connecticut and has produced an undefeated (2 – 0) record as an amateur.  She made her debut in June of 2019 with a very close split decision win over Ariana Melendez under the lights at Reality Fighting. Cruz brings fierce aggressive energy into the cage.  She has demonstrated she can deliver fast hands, sharp punching, and knockout power.  Ariana debuted as a strawweight and fought at atomweight in her last bout proving she can perform at both weight classes.

RACHEL PENKOWER

Rachel Penkower has produced a solid (2 – 2) record as an amateur.  She made her debut in October of 2017 as a strawweight gaining a win over Fernanda Alvarado at Ring of Combat AM 26.  The twenty-two year old fights out of New Jersey and has had all of her amateur bouts with northeast regional promotions.  She has proven she can win at both strawweight (115lbs) and atomweight (105lbs).  Currently her only loss at atomweight was against Brooke Fahey the number one ranked amateur atomweight in the northeast. 

AMY GOLDING      

Amy Golding is an aggressive atomweight with a strong background in wrestling.  She entered the amateur MMA game debuting against Elise Reed who many believe is one of the best strawweights in the northeast.  Her win over Jennifer Hicks and her loss to Samantha Seff proves she does not shy away from a challenge.  Golding has faced some of the top fighters in the region.  The combined amateur record’s of her opponents (13 – 8) is a clear example of this fact.  Her amateur record of (1 – 3) does not give a true indication of what she brings into the cage.  Look for her to begin the climb upwards as her striking improves and her experience grows.

By – T. Vickers (NORTH EAST MMA Media)

NORTH EAST MMA Media – DAN “The BULL” BUNYAN CALLS OUT BKFC HEAVYWEIGHTS

DAN “The BULL” BUNYAN CALLS OUT HEAVYWEIGHTS OF BARE KNUCKLE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

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The sport of yesteryear has returned to the spotlight. Bare knuckle boxing has grown tremendously in popularity over the past few years. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is the first promotion to gain permission to hold a legal, sanctioned and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889. BKFC is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and headed by President and former professional boxer David Feldman. BKFC is based on the Broughton rules which had governed bare knuckle fighting in the 19th century, requiring combatants to “Toe the Line” which begins every round with fighters facing one another only a few inches apart.

“Most fighters are afraid to get hit by my kind of violence.  I am in the best shape of my life and I like to fight.” – Dan “The Bull” Bunyan

Deep in the dark cold north, a howling can be heard.  A young hungry bull salivating to bury his horns into BKFC. NORTH EAST MMA Media caught up with Dan “The Bull” Bunyan and discussed his desire to pursue the fast growing sport of bare knuckle boxing. Fighting plagued Dan Bunyan throughout his childhood. He explained how he had to overcome a lot while a youth, being unable to walk multiple times due to injuries, but he never gave up. Dan began training in combat sports several years ago. He believes he has the hands for Bare Knuckle. “I would be a perfect fit,” he explained. Dan has more than just heavy hands. He wields fists that bring wrecking ball devastation. At twenty-five years of age he fights out of New York ironically not all that far from the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame located in Belfast, New York. Bunyan has produced an undefeated record of (2-0) as an amateur MMA heavyweight, brutally finishing both opponents in the first round. Fight fans thrive on seeing scary punching power and Dan brings it every time.  When asked if he felt he could handle a BK heavyweight punch Dan responded by showing me a bloody photograph where he had been clocked in the forehead with a 10,000 pound excavator at full swing with its bucket.  “It never put me on my ass.  I just turned around and went back to work,” explained Dan. Bunyan has never been knocked out. He has never even been knocked down, not even in training. “Most fighters are afraid to get hit by my kind of violence.  I am in the best shape of my life and I like to fight,” continued Bunyan. Considering the carnage Bunyan can deliver he seems like a nature fit for BKFC. It is fair to assume he would definitely bring explosive hard hitting heavyweight action to BKFC and its fans. Dan believes signing with BKFC would change his life.

NORTH EAST MMA Media – What attracted you to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships? 

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “Bare Knuckle is blood and gore, pure violence that don’t slow down.  That’s what attracted me to the sport.”

NORTH EAST MMA Media – Who would you want to be your debut opponent if you got the chance?  And why? 

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “I want to fight the big names.  That’s how I get paid and earn a title shot.  I don’t get paid a lot for no names.  I get paid for big names. “

NORTH EAST MMA Media – It is my understanding you’re hungry for Arnold Adams.  Is this correct?  And if so why?

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “Adams and Stamps would be easy work because they run and can’t take punishment.  Adams grabbed my attention from trying to scare their announcer.  Shows me he doesn’t wanna fight tough guys, he wants to fight people that can’t fight. Adams’ time is over and I am the one to take his place.”

NORTH EAST MMA Media – It is my understanding you broke the punching bag while working on your striking at Atlas in Glens Falls, New York.  Is this true? 

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “I broke the bag at Atlas jiu jitsu Glens Falls, New York and it never got put back up.  I became known as the one that broke the punching bag.  My jiu jitsu trainer Joe seen it first hand and his eyes widened and he was silent.  You can always ask Atlas who broke the punching bag, they gonna say me.”

NORTH EAST MMA Media – Would you take on any of the BK heavyweights?

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “Sarro, Mir, Adams, Beltran, Shewmaker, Lopez, all interest me.”

NORTH EAST MMA Media – It is my understanding that you would welcome with open arms a fight with the hard hitting Chris Sarro.  Is this true? 

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “YES.”

NORTH EAST MMA Media – Some people feel Chris Sarro and yourself are two of the hardest heavyweight sluggers in the northeast.  Do you agree? 

DAN “The Bull” BUNYAN – “I definitely agree that me and Sarro are hardest hitters to come outta the northeast.  I think a lot of fans would agree that me and Sarro are the two hardest hitters outta the northeast. A fight between Sarro and myself would probably be the most gory fight in BK history if it went the distance.”

Dan “The Bull” Bunyan is a beast that brings one hell of a show. “The BULL” clearly wants BKFC and he wants it bad.

Article by – T. Vickers

Below are two brief videos of Dan “The BULL” Bunyan.