Norwood Defeats LaMotte in Main Event of Combat Zone MMA Friday Night at Rockingham Park

November 22, 2013

SALEM, NH—United States Army Captain and Iraq war combat veteran Jason Norwood invaded the Sports Club at Rockingham Park on Friday night and captured a split decision victory over New England favorite Nate LaMotte in the main event of Combat Zone MMA 46.
After trading blows, kicks and takedowns throughout the first round, Norwood went to his ground and pound game in the second and opened up a vicious cut near LaMotte’s left eye. LaMotte was forced to fight the remaining two rounds with so much blood pouring down his face that his vision was impeded, but that wasn’t the reason the former top ranked welterweight in the region dropped to 12-7 while making his comeback from an 18-month layoff.
“I didn’t feel my power at all. There was no juice behind anything. I felt it wasn’t there right from the beginning,” said LaMotte, who is from Manchester, NH and represents Team Burgess. “He’s a tough kid. He’s strong, really strong, and a lot stronger than I thought. But I’m back. This was just a taste. I’ll be fighting again soon.”
Norwood, a graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point and fighting for the Legionnaire Fight Team out of Moorestown, NJ, controlled the match while landing multiple shots to his opponent’s head and body.
“I think it was the pressure. I mauled him a little bit. I had smothering pressure, which is what Nate is known for. I knew I could never stay underneath him because then I could not get back up. So when I was down on the mat I was moving all the time,” said Norwood, who has fought for Bellator and improved to 13-3.
In the co-main event at 140 pounds, Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida, one of the fastest rising stars in the region, scored a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Walel “The Gazelle” Watson from San Diego, CA to extend his consecutive win streak to six and up his record to 12-2.
Almeida, a Brazilian native who fights for Carlos Neto BJJ, worked his way out of a rear naked choke in the second round and a guillotine choke in the last and was able to overcome the significant advantage that Watson held in height and reach.
The win was a major step in his impressive career and it should propel him to the next level, perhaps Bellator or even a shot at the UFC.
“I’m happy and that’s what I want. The next step for me is moving to Florida and training with American Top Team,” said Almeida, who lives in Woburn, MA. “I thought I was strong the whole fight and I could have gone five rounds.”
In pro action on the undercard, Lowell, MA’s Ray Shawdee connected with strikes and blows to the head of Eddie Brito from Derry, NH and he clearly had the advantage from the opening bell of the match-up of 180 pounders before forcing his opponent to verbally tap out after he executed the arm bar in 2:28 of the first round. Shawdee improved to 3-2 while Brito dropped to 3-5.
In another battle of the pros, featherweight John Santos Santos of Team Fury and Derry, NH evened his record at 1-1 with a TKO of Aaron Petrucelli from Methuen, MA in :58 of round 2. Throughout the fight Santos kept landing on target with a series of strong strikes and leg kicks and he was more aggressive. Mass BJJ’s Petrucelli also evened his record at 2-2 with the loss.
The first amateur fight of the night was short and sweet for Team Pitbull’s Dan Lynch, who submitted Nick Torresi by rear naked choke in just :19 of the first round in his debut and he now stands 1-0 while Torresi dropped to 0-2.  In the second test, Team link’s Tim Fields utilized a series of strong leg kicks to Kristian Lombari early in the first round, and after Lombari slipped to the mat, he was able to gain the advantage and unleash a rash of strikes to his opponent’s head. It took only 1:29 of that initial round at 190 pounds before Fields secured the TKO and improved to 2-0 while Lombari dropped to 0-3.
Next up, a pair of first-timers got the crowd fully engaged with a highly-spirited and evenly-matched 140 pound tilt for the first two rounds before Red House MMA’s Paulo Alves DeSousa (1-0) was able to execute the rear naked choke hold and force Jordan Yantin (0-1) of Untamed MMA to tap out. Then Triumph BJJ’s Brad O’Brien (1-0) won the battle of the middleweights and his first fight by forcing Jake Kohn, who had been winning on points up until 1:24 of round 3, to tap out after he was able to submit him by an arm bar. Kohn, representing Cape Cod Fighting Alliance, evened his record at 1-1.
The crowd was displeased with the outcome of the next fight when Team Pitbull’s Justin Boraczek (2-0) was declared the winner over Nick Alley (1-1) by disqualification. The referee, who had warned Alley about blows to the back of the head and taken points away from him, then stopped the action before the completion of the second round. When the ring doctor was called in to the cage to examine Boraczek, it was determined he was unable to continue.
The final amateur bout between bantamweights with identical 3-1 records figured to be a hard fought  match and it proved so as Jack Greene of Cage Strikers and Triumph BJJ’s Jay Perrin went the distance before Perrin won the unanimous 30-27 decision by all three judges. Perrin was the aggressor throughout, and threw more strikes while getting more take downs.
Pro bouts:
170 – Jason Norwood (Moorestown, NJ) def. Nate LaMotte (Manchester, NH) by split decision
140– Rodrigo Almeida (Woburn, MA) def. Walel Watson (San Diego, CA) by unanimous decision
180- Ray Shawdee (Lowell, MA) def. Eddie Brito (Derry, NH) by arm bar 2:28 Round 1
145- John Santos (Derry, NH) def. Aaron Petrucelli (Methuen, MA) by TKO :58 Round 2
Amateur bouts:
135 – Jay Perrin (Hudson, NH) def. Jack Greene (Amesbury, MA) by unanimous decision
170- Justin Boarczek (Haverhill, MA) def, Nick Alley (Hooksett, NH) by disqualification
185 – Brad O’ Brien (Tyngsboro, MA) def. Jake Kohn (Cape Cod, MA) by arm bar 1:13 round 3
140- Paulo Alves DeSousa (Malden, MA ) def. Jordan Yantin (Methuenn, MA) by rear naked choke 1:24 Round 3
190 – Tim Fields (Manchester, NH) def. Kristian Lombari (Methuen, MA) by TKO 1:29 Round 1
155 – Dan Lynch (Plaistow, NH) def. Nick Torresi (Methuen, MA) by rear naked choke :19 Round 1

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