Category Archives: New Hampshire MMA News

Complete “Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho” Recap & Photos

Complete “Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho” Recap & Photos RAFAEL CARVALHO WINS VACANT MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AFTER LIVER KICK TO BRANDON HALSEY    CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE SET OF PHOTOS   UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 23, 2015) – Rafael Carvalho (12-1) won the title that was vacated by Brandon Halsey (9-1) after missing weight in his last appearance, finishing the former undefeated fighter during an enthralling middleweight encounter in the main event of ”Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho.”   Carvalho had the belt wrapped around his waist by Bellator MMA President Scott Coker after sending Halsey to the mat in a heap, with a perfectly placed liver kick in front of a packed house at the Mohegan Sun Arena.   “I want to thank my team for everything,” Carvalho said after the win. “I have believed in myself from the beginning and I knew this time would come.”   The 29-year-old Brazilian fighter...

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Big Six Entertainment: International Boxing Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger returns to New Hampshire to referee the New England Heavyweight Championship

Big Six Entertainment: International Boxing Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger returns to New Hampshire to referee the New England Heavyweight Championship International Boxing Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger returns to New Hampshire to referee the New England Heavyweight Championship, which will be contested as part of a stellar night of boxing presented by Big Six Entertainment and includes a fitting tribute to former WBU champion “Irish” Micky Ward on October 3 at Rockingham Park. Smoger, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in June in his first year on the ballot, was the third man in the ring on July 13, 2001 at the Hampton Beach Casino when Ward defeated Emanuel Augustus by unanimous decision on his way to winning the light welterweight championship. The Ward-Augustus bout would be judged the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 2001. “My relationship with Steve spans some 20 plus...

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TRIBUTE TO “IRISH” MICKY WARD WHEN LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING RETURNS TO ROCKINGHAM PARK SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

TRIBUTE TO “IRISH” MICKY WARD WHEN LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING RETURNS TO ROCKINGHAM PARK SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 “Irish” Micky Ward, the beloved former WBU champion whose story was immortalized in the Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter”, will be feted for his 50th birthday when live championship boxing returns to Rockingham Park with the New England Heavyweight title on the line Saturday, October 3. “It will be a great event, especially because these will be terrific fights and the night honors Micky Ward,” said Bobby Stephen, the longtime chairman of the New Hampshire Boxing Commission. “Micky fought three times in New Hampshire between 1999 and 2001 and two of them were classics that were named ‘The Fight of the Year’. I’ve been on the boxing commission for over 40 years and I watch boxing all over the world. I rate Micky as one of the best fighters, pound...

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COMBAT ZONE MMA FIRST REGIONAL PROMOTION TO INCLUDE KICK BOXING

COMBAT ZONE MMA FIRST REGIONAL PROMOTION TO INCLUDE KICK BOXING SALEM, NH- (March 30, 2015) In keeping ahead of the curve while always remaining a step ahead of the competition, Combat Zone MMA LLC will be the first regional promotion to add kickboxing professional and amateur matches to its line-up of mixed martial arts fights on event cards. The change takes effect for the upcoming CZ 53 “No Way Out” card on April 24 at Rockingham Park.   “Combat Zone is evolving and we’re excited about it,” said Calvin Kattar, who with his brother Jamison Kattar, co-owns the longest running mixed martial arts promotion in New England. “Kickboxing is exciting and it’s something people want to see it. Its appeal is growing, and we’re going to be part of that.” Major national fight promotions like Bellator have added kickboxing recently, and Combat Zone will be...

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PILLA SUFFERS FIRST CAREER LOSS IN COMBAT ZONE MMA MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT

PILLA SUFFERS FIRST CAREER LOSS IN COMBAT ZONE MMA MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT SALEM, NH (January 31, 2015- In a stunning upset in the main event of Combat Zone MMA 52, New York invader Danny Abad defeated the previously unbeaten amateur featherweight champion Jake “The Gorilla” Pilla in the packed Sports Club at Rockingham Park on Friday night.   While Pilla’s opponents had never before survived the first round, Abad was able to defend his takedowns and rock the title holder with solid striking to score the razor-thin unanimous 29-28 decision. Although the bout had been scheduled as a title fight at five rounds, the belt was no longer at stake when Abad weighed in one pound over and it was cut to three rounds.   “I’ve imagined this win a thousand times. This was the biggest fight of my career,” said Abad, who evened...

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[RESULTS] Combat Zone MMA 51 Delivers as Foster KOs Trahan in Main Event

SALEM, NH—Chris Foster has won fights in the first round before and knocked out opponents in previous matches, but none came as quickly as his KO of Taylor Trahan in the main event of Combat Zone MMA in the sold out Sports Club at Rockingham Park on Friday night.   Foster (8-3), invading from Middletown, CT for the “Thanksgiving Throwdown” dropped Bethlehem, NH’s Trahan in just 19 seconds as the Combat Zone veteran was knocked out cold with a rapid and deadly two-punch combination.   “It was a left uppercut and then a right strike,” said Foster. “I came in here with a job to do and I walked out with the win.”   Trahan dropped to 5-2 with the loss.   In other action, North Andover, MA native Pete “The Rock” San Antonio, who started his successful amateur career 17 fights ago in the...

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COMBAT ZONE MMA 51 IS HOMECOMING AT ROCKINGHAM PARK FRIDAY NIGHT

COMBAT ZONE MMA 51 IS HOMECOMING AT ROCKINGHAM PARK FRIDAY NIGHT SALEM, NH- Professional MMA fighter Ricky Sylvester trains and has a construction business in Florida, but he’s coming back to the Merrimack Valley to build another type of foundation.   “I was bounced around a lot as a kid. When I was little, I was taken away from my biological mother and went into the system. I was in different foster homes all over until I finally got adopted when I was eight,” said Sylvester, 27, who is jetting in from his current base in Orlando, FL to take on Pete San Antonio at 155 lbs. in one of the Combat Zone 51 pro cage fights on Friday night at Rockingham Park. “I’m two-and-oh as a pro and I want to continue my streak so I can establish a dynasty for my family and myself. I never...

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Trahan Returns to Combat Zone MMA Main Event at Rockingham Park Nov. 21

Trahan Returns to Combat Zone MMA Main Event at Rockingham Park Nov. 21 SALEM, NH- There’s no place like home, and that is what the Sports Club at Rockingham Park has become for professional MMA fighter Taylor Trahan.   Trahan, 23, won his first bout as an 18-year-old amateur at the racetrack and has enjoyed stunning success there over his ensuing career. After besting Worcester, MA firefighter Evan Parker in a razor-thin 29-28 unanimous decision last time out in the headline event of September’s Combat Zone 50 at the venue, he returns for Combat Zone 51’s main event on Friday. November 21.   Trahan (5-1), who runs an MMA school in Bethlehem, NH and is a newly-wed, had been sidelined with an injury before that test, and afterward promised that his arsenal of fans would see a superior version of the fighter they have come to know and admire...

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