Saturday March 27th a new MMA promotion will be born in New England. Triumph Promotions which is run by John Fain (owner of Gracie Barra NH) and Tom Cortese will make it’s debut at The Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH. The card features some of the top fighters to come out of New Hampshire with the main event pitting Gracie Barra’s own Dennis Olson (10-3) vs. Team Elite’s Nuri Shakir (13-16). Shakir is well known in New England as being one of the toughest at 170 despite a sub-500 record. Nuri has faced several UFC vets. Olson has yet to lose at 170, with all 3 losses coming at 185 and may be the top welterweight in New England. Shakir is looking to bounce back from consecutive losses while Olson is coming off 3 straight wins.
Also in action will be Renzo Gracie NH product Woody Weatherby (7-3). Weatherby will take on N. Carolina’s Johnny ‘Buck Nasty’ Buck (5-5) out of Team Husky. Buck is a very accomplished wrestler out of The Citadel but he loves to stand and slug it out! This should be a great match up of two very strong 185er’s.
Team Burgess’ Nate LaMotte (10-5) returns to the cage as he faces Dave Wessinger (4-3) out of The Shotokan Academy. Aniss Alhajjajy (4-0) will do battle with N.Carolina’s Keith Richardson (2-1). Both fighters have slick submissions which usually means this will be a striking match. In a rematch from earlier this year Team Chaos Bill Jones (5-3) seeks revenge on South Shore Sportfighting’s Lee Metcalf (4-3). Metcalf won their 1st bout when the doctor stopped the fight following the 1st rd due to an apparent arm injury to Jones. Keep an eye on Light Heavyweight Jesse McElligott! Fighting out of Connors MMA McElligott is a purple belt in BJJ and went 2-0 as an amateur and he’s 1-0 pro…but he’s only 18!! The future is bright for Jesse but first he will have to get by the much bigger, stronger Donald DePina (0-1). The card also features Barrington Douse (4-7) vs. Christian Rivera (4-4). Any fight featuring Douse is usually a war and this shouldn’t be any different, both fighters are coming off wins. Joe Faucher (1-1) vs. Mark Giove (2-1 SSSF) rounds out the pro card.
The event will also have amateur fights. Shelby Young (0-2) vs. Jose Rustrain (1-0) and Keegan Hornstra (0-1)vs. Jed Denovalis (1-0). Overall, this card looks very well matched and it’s great to see some out-of-state talent come in to test the local guys.