From Old School
A busy weekend in NorthEastMMA saw many of our region’s best fighters plying their trades around the NorthEast and beyond.
In the Region:
In the Main Event of the New Hampshire Fight League’s first event in Derry, Lightweight Lewis Corapi moved to 4-0 with a display of brutal leg kicks that proved too much for his opponent, Kevin Tjaden, to handle. The fight was the first in nearly two years for Sityodtong’s Corapi; welcome back. On the same card, MVMMA and Utica NY Welterweight Dave Marfone moved to 2-0 in scary fashion with a first round TKO over debuting James Jordan; watch out for Dave!
At the AFO event on Saturday night, Redline’s Soap Am reestablished himself as one of the top Amateur Featherweights with a second round TKO of Brett Morris. Soap moves to 5-1 while Brett falls to 4-3. In the Main Event, Kody Nordby (Allaire) won for the second time in two months with a first round submission win over Lauzon’s debuting Pro Andy Aiello. The win moves Nordby to 3-0 and keeps him right at the top end of the 125lb ladder.
The Connors MMA train rolled on, right where it left off at the end of 2012. Ranked Amateur Lightweight Ruso Khubecov (now 4-0) stayed undefeated with a second round win over Mark Costa. Ruso’s Heavyweight Teammate Javier Velazquez came back from his sabbatical, as promised, and moved to 3-0 with a solid win over second ranked Ammy Heavyweight Ed Gillis.
Outside the lines:
Several of the region’s best competed on the big stages. SSSF featherweight Josh Grispi took a tough decision loss an UFC on Fuel TV this weekend. He lost by unanimous decision to Andy Ogle. Tri-Force Middleweight Brennan Ward suffered the first loss of his career when he tapped to an arm bar to Aaron Johnson at Bellator 89.
Connecticut’s Dan Cramer won his quarter final fight in the Bellator Middleweight Tournament by unanimous decision over Brian Rogers; Cramer will move on the semifinals in a few weeks.
Team Bombsquad three-peated for the second time in a row; the team travelled to Pennsylvania where Dez Green, Ahsaan Abdullah, and Amran Aliyev all scored wins on the PA Cage Fight event. Green (10th ranked Pro Lightweight) moves to 7-1. Ahsaan moves to 3-1 as he begins to flirt with the top ten Featherweights.
Slipped past the goalie:
Rico DiSciullo (SYT), flying under the radar, snuck out of town two weeks ago (Feb 2) and made his way down to Florida, where the #2 ranked Amateur Bantamweight scored a first round submission win in the opening round of a Bantamweight tournament over Travis Taylor. The win leaves Rico with an 8-3 record.