After a great 2009 year for New England MMA, 2010 looks to be even better. We saw new organizations make some big impacts and others fail miserably. We also finally have a commission being put in place, which won’t take affect until sometime after February of 2010. The UFC will make it’s way to Boston in August, which is sure to have a huge impact on the local scene and will be great for local fighters. Before any of this happens though, we have several shows to cover..
The AFO will kick things off in Braintree, MA on January 9th. Headlining the card will be South Shore Sportfighting’s Paddy Thompson and Jose Valentin of American Fight Team of Holyoke, MA. Thompson puts his Welterweight Title on the line against the very tough Valentin. Also fighting out of SSSF will be the hard-hitting Billy Flynn. Flynn takes on Kenny Hazzard. For the full fight card go to www.afomma.com.
January 16th Reality Fighting returns to the Plymouth Memorial Auditorium. In what may be the most anticipated featherweight bout in quite some time, Reality featherweight champ Mike “Loco Lobo” Gresh (Cape Cod Fighting Alliance) will take on his toughest challenge yet as he will battle NortheastMMA.com’s #5 ranked featherweight Josh “The Problem” LaBerge out of Team Gillett. Gresh had been sidlined for close to a year before coming back at CFX and defeating Pete Reveredo (Reveredo took the fight on a 1 day notice). LaBerge is riding a 3 fight win streak defeating the likes of Frank Latina, Chris Simmons (at Bellator) and Dan Bonnell. “The Problem” has split his training between Gillett’s MMA, Team Aggression and Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico. The co-main event will feature Mike Stewert vs. Fredric Belleton for the Reality Fighting light heavyweight title. The full fight card has not yet been released but check out www.nagafighter.com in the next couple days for a complete line-up.
On January 15th the New Hampshire based Combat Zone will feature on all Amateur card. This event will feature some of the top amateur talent in the northeast. For a full fight card go to www.combatzone.com.
The following weekend, January 22nd, the Global Fight League will be in Concord, NH. This card has been cursed by injuries but match-maker Dan Bonnell is certain to fill the voids with suitable replacements. The card originally featured 3 title fights including Scott Nichols vs. Mikey Zichelle, Jay Fortier vs. Ross Warriner and Tateki Matsuda vs. Rodrigo Almieda. The Matsuda/Almieda fight is still on but injuries to Warriner and Zichelle have scrapped the other 2 title fights. Also on the card will be Chris Grandmaison and Chris “The Ego” Fissette among others. Check out www.GFLMMA.com as the date nears for the latest line-up.