Category Archives: Combat Zone

BARRY TRIUMPHS OVER SAN ANTONIO IN MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE MMA at ROCKINGHAM PARK FRIDAY NIGHT

BARRY TRIUMPHS OVER SAN ANTONIO IN MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE MMA at ROCKINGHAM PARK FRIDAY NIGHT UMASS-Lowell junior Connor Barry  made his MMA debut as a professional a success by defeating Pete San Antonio with a razor-thin 29-28 unanimous decision in the thrilling main event of Combat Zone MMA “Pride and Glory” at Rockingham Park on Friday night. Through the full three rounds the gutsy warriors bloodied and battered one another and San Antonio took the third and final round on points. But Barry had outscored him in the first two rounds and that was enough to secure the victory. “It was a war,” said an elated but exhausted Barry. “He scored a takedown in the first round but I got a sweep and stayed out top and landed some punched to win that round. In the second, he landed some punches and took me down again, but I...

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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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Trahan wins Main Event of Combat Zone At Rockingham Park

TRAHAN PREVAILS IN MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE 50; PILLA RETAINS BELT IN CO-MAIN EVENT SALEM,NH- Taylor Trahan, who won his first fight as an 18-year-old at Rockingham Park, returned to the racetrack’s packed Sports Club to capture the main event of Combat Zone MMA 50 in a razor thin unanimous decision over Worcester firefighter Evan Parker on Friday night. Trahan,23, utilized better cage control in three close rounds to improve to 5-1 when all three judges scored the fight in his favor 29-28. “It was probably my continuous pressure. He got his rhythm pretty quick and was starting to capitalize on it, so I knew I had to keep the pressure on,” said Trahan, who runs an MMA school in Bethlehem, NH and is a newly-wed.  “It was really nice to be back here and I appreciated the crowd support, but it was not my...

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NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER IN BATTLE OF UNDEFEATEDS IN AMATUER TITLE FIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT AT COMBAT ZONE 50

NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER IN BATTLE OF UNDEFEATEDS IN AMATUER TITLE FIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT AT COMBAT ZONE 50 [VIDEO]: Jake Pilla talks about his upcoming title fight at Combat Zone 50 SALEM, NH- Jake Pilla posited that his opponent for Combat Zone MMA's amateur title fight on Friday night (Sept. 26) is probably stuck in a dead-end job and unable to train properly. Umm...Not exactly. "I love my job. I'm a professional personal trainer and I am also a first lieutenant in the National Guard," said James Squires, who participated in the ROTC program at Springfield College and received his commission upon graduation with a degree in criminal justice in 2009. "In fact, right after this fight I have to drive to the Cape to participate in drill weekend. I'm involved in water purification for the Guard, we help out in emergencies, and do a lot...

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Combat Zone MMA returns to Rockingham Park Friday September 26

Combat Zone MMA Returns to Rockingham Park Friday September 26 SALEM, NH—TaylorTrahan, who rose to prominence while fighting as an amateur in Combat Zone MMA events at Rockingham Park, returns as a professional to headline the main event of the promotion’s “Carpe Diem” stacked card in a featherweight battle against Evan Parker at the race track on Friday, September 26. Trahan, 4-1 as a pro, won five of his eight previous fights for Combat Zone and enters the cage fresh from a February 21st third round submission of Bellator fighter Joseph Pingitare in his last bout. Parker (4-2) has been idle since scoring a TKO over Fernando Perez in 2011 and he’ll have to face a RockinghamPark crowd that has been partial to Trahan since his first fight just five days after his 18th birthday. “It will be nice to be back there. People there...

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THE GOLDEN BOY “CRUZES” TO VICTORY IN MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE MMA AT ROCKINGHAM PARK FRIDAY NIGHT

SALEM, NH— Rising MMA star Lucas “The Golden Boy” Cruz needed only 1:51 of the first round to submit Jeff Anderson with a rear naked choke hold to capture the main event of Combat Zone’s “Summer Beatdown” in the packed Sports Club at Rockingham Park on Friday night. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– The impressive victory secured a step up onto the bigger stage and brighter lights for Cruz, a 21-year-old Brazilian native fighting out of Somerville, MA for Carlos Neto BJJ. He said after the win that he has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, a leading national fight promotion outfit.     “Tonight went just the way I wanted,” said Cruz, who improved his professional record to 9-2 while hardly breaking a sweat. “My game plan was to go in and get to the ground, ground and pound and finish the fight. Unfortunately, I fell on the bottom but...

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