Gonzalez wins main event of Combat Zone 45 at Rockingham Park Friday night

Gonzalez wins main event of Combat Zone 45 at Rockingham Park Friday night

September 6, 2013

 IN MAIN EVENT OF COMBAT ZONE MMA
 
SALEM, NH— Pedro Gonzalez went into the main event of Combat Zone MMA 45 on Friday night ranked # 1 in the Northeast in the 135 pound division and most likely walked out of Rockingham Park with the top 10 spot at 155 pounds as well after dispensing with Billy Vaughan in just 1:55 in the first round.
“I’m number one now,” said an elated Gonzalez, who fights for Red Line MMA in Gloucester and improved his record to 9-5 with a guillotine choke hold.
Vaughan, who flew in from Columbus, Ohio for the match, was able to inflict some damage when he opened a cut over Gonzalez’ right eye with a powerful strike in the early going. But that was about as much as Vaughan could manage.
“He staggered me with that hook and got me a little dizzy. That’s when I decided to end it and moved in for the kill. That’s what I’m here for,” said Gonzalez.
In  the co-main event at 165 pounds, the lion roared again. Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida continued his comeback after a shattered ankle had kept him out of action for 18 months by winning his second consecutive fight in short order.
Almeida, one of the rising stars in the regional pro ranks and representing Carlos Neto BJJ, improved to 10-2 when he submitted Wayne Harnois via rear naked choke in 2:55 of round 1. Harnois, who  had not fought in four years, dropped to 4-11 with his fourth consecutive loss.
“I’m happy I won again,” said Almeida. “I can’t wait to do it again and I hope to be back for the next Combat Zone show here in November.”
Saul “The Spider” stopped his three professional fight skid and upped his record to 13-4 when the #3 ranked featherweight in the Northeast submitted Aguileno Brandao (9-7) with a D’Arce choke in a quick 50 seconds of the second round. Almeida, fighting for Carlos Neto BJJ, rushed in quickly for the takedown and the fight was over when his opponent had to tap out.
In the first of the amateur matches, the 215 pound heavyweights went right to the mat and Elias Akiki from Connors MMA introduced first time starter Joe Lambert (0-1) to just how tough the game can be. Akiki was in control for the entire 2:32 of the first round, when the referee declared him the victor by TKO and evened his record at 1-1.
Next up former Keene State College wrestler Dan Lynch and James Murrin from Broadway BJJ got the crowd into it with the best amateur fight of the night, which was a highly spirited and evenly-matched battle of wills and skills through the full three rounds before the judges awarded the unanimous and razor-thin 29-28 decision to Murrin. Lynch (0-1), representing Dave Spero’s Team Pit Bull, lost his first fight while Murrin now stands 3-2.
Two Haverhil High School alumni, Justin Boraczek and Scott Coburn made their debut in the cage next and Boraczek fought the smarter and more technically sound match to win by an arm bar in 1:50 of round 1. Boraczek (1-0) was in control the whole way and got Coburn (0-1) to the mat early and then was able to rain down strikes to his head and face.
In another battle of first time amateurs, Greg Pierce (1-0) dominated Andrew Cutter (0-1) with his ground and pound game and the judges agreed by giving him the victory by unanimous decision. Next up, it took only 59 seconds into round 1 for Jake Pilla (1-0), who had a big section of supporters in the house, to execute the rear naked choke and force Nick Toressi (0-1 ) to tap out.
In the final amateur fight, Danny Klemarczek (0-1) was able to get Ivan Sanchez to the ground early on but Sanchez shook him off and get his opponent back in the stand-up position.  Sanchez, who had been winless in their previous efforst, notched his first fight in the plus column when he was able to submit his opponent with a guillotine choke :50 round 2
RESULTS:
Pro bouts:
155 – Pedro Gonzalez (Gloucester, MA) def. Billy Vaugh (Columbus, OH), by rear naked choke 1:55 round 1
165– Rodrigo Almeida (Boston, MA) def. Wayne Harnois (Gardner, MA) by rear naked choke 2:55 round1
165- Saul Almeida (Framingham, MA) def. Aguileno Brandao (Malden,MA) by D’Arce choke
Amateur bouts:
215 –Elias Akiki (Dedham, MA) def. Joe Lambert (Nashua, NH) by TKO 2:32 Round 1
150- James Murrin (Taunton, MA) def. Dan Lynch (Plaistow, NH) by unanimous decision
180 – Justin Boarczek (Haverhill, MA) def. Scott Coburn (Haverhill, MA) by arm bar 1:50 Round 1
170- Greg Pierce (Beverly, MA) def. Andrew Cutter (Nottingham, NH) by split decision
150 – Jake Pilla (Billerica, MA) def. Nick Toressi (Methuen, MA) by rear naked choke :59 Round 1
140 –Ivan Sanchez (Lawrence, MA) def. Danny Klemarczyk (Nottingham, NH) by guillotine choke 1:45 Round 1

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