Old School is the senior writer/editor for NorthEastMMA.net, the one web site dedicated to Mixed Martial Arts in New England and New York. His weekly column will appear here at Five Ounces of Pain.
NorthEast Weekend Wrap-Up
This past weekend NEF Fight Night VII in Lewiston featured a Main Card that rivaled any that the region has seen, while Victory Combat Sports made their Pro Debut with Victory 2 at the Dorchester Armory.
In Lewiston , a dozen or so of the region’s ranked Pro and Amateurs were in action. Former UFC Welterweight gatekeeper Marcus Davis (Team Irish) took home a workmanlike decision win over Bombsquad’s Darrius Heyliger in the Main event. Following the win, The Irish Hand Grenade announced that he is signed to fight in the upcoming Bellator Lightweight Tournament.
NorthEast MMA ’s top Heavyweight Tyler King (Connors MMA) kept the train rolling as he ran through Travis Bartlett, winning with a first round arm triangle. The win, Tyler ’s fourth in a row, improves King’s record to 7-1.
One of the NorthEast’s top Lightweights, Dez “The Predator” Green, took the fight right to UFC veteran Henry Martinez (Now fighting out of Team Irish) and scored a second round TKO via knees and uppercuts. The Bombsquad Lightweight had carved out an 8-1 record using little more than his college wrestling pedigree; but in Lewiston he demonstrated his newly developed striking game. The win moves Dez to 9-1.
Jarrod “Round Three” Lawton, once again, pulled out a third round submission win, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, handing Cody Anderson (Triumph) his second loss. Jarrod, a native Mainer now training out of IABJJ in Florida , now carries a record of 3-1.
Young’s MMA Featherweight Ray “All Business” Wood improved to 3-0 with a second round arm bar submission over rival Team Bombsquad’s Ahsan Abdullah. The two had met as Amateurs with similar results in 2012.
Another Mainer, Jon Lemke (Team Irish) moved to 3-0 in his young Pro career with another win on the NEF VII card. Amateur Team Irish Welterweights Andrew Tripp (now 5-0) and Andrew Hughes (Now 5-1) each won on the card as well.
Amateur Middleweight Buck “Knuckles” Pineau (Choi’s) beat Allan Josselyn (Kaze) in a rematch of two of the region’s top 185ers. The win improves Knuckles to 6-2 overall.
In a battle of two of the region’s top Welterweights, TUF veteran Jon Manley (Team Link) beat Mike Winters (Bombsquad) via unanimous decision at the Victory 2 event in Dorchester . The win improves Manley’s record to 8-2, while Winters falls to 7-3.
Joe Pingatore (New England Combat) moved to 4-0-1 with a unanimous decision win over Sityodtong’s Scott Nichols. Joe Ping was one of the region’s top Amateurs before turning Pro in 2012. On the same card, Connecticut Lightweight Brandon Rooney (C3 Athletics) improved to 5-1 with a win over Lionel Young.
Kingston , NY Light Heavyweight Keith Berish (Black and Blue) remained undefeated as he handed Pat Walsh (New England Combat) his first defeat. Walsh was dropping down from Heavyweight for the first time. The win moves Berish to 4-0 and Walsh falls to 3-1.
That’s a wrap!