action:article | category:SPORTS | adString:SPORTS | zoneID:40

Home » Sports

September 04. 2013 9:48PM

Boston fighter highlights MMA in Salem


Rodrigo Almeida 

Rodrigo Almeida, who was well on his way to the big stage in MMA before a training accident shattered his ankle, continues his comeback and puts his four-fight win streak on the line when he headlines the main event of Combat Zone 45 at Rockingham Park on Friday night.

The 25-year-old Brazilian native and former GFL belt holder, who fights for Carlos Neto BJJ in Boston and has a record of nine wins against only two losses as a professional, will battle Zac Kelley (5-7) from Seminole, Okla., in the main event at 150 pounds.

Almeida is returning to the scene of his most recent triumph, where he submitted Christian Rivera in only 2:15 of the first round in the co-main event of Combat Zone 43 on March 1, even though he had been idle for 18 months while rehabilitating his surgically repaired ankle. Kelly, who normally fights in the welterweight division and is dropping down to the lightweight ranks, has dropped his last five fights but the record may be deceiving as he has fought in the XFL and faced some pretty tough competition. His nickname is “The Punisher.”

In the co-main event, Pedro Gonzalez (8-5), who is ranked No. 2 by Northeast MMA in his weight class, matches up at 155 pounds against Chris Barnes (8-23). Barnes is part of the contingent jetting in from Oklahoma for the event.

The undercard is stacked with local pro and amateur fighters looking to rise up the ranks.Danny Klezmarczyk from Nottingham and Andrew Cutter from Farmington make their amateur debuts for Team Kaos in Somersworth, and another pair of first-timers, former hockey goalie Justin Boraczek and Dan Lynch, who wrestled at Keene State College, represent Spero’s MMA in Atkinson. Nashua’s Joe Lambert will also have his first fight when he takes on Doug Dainty (1-4), who is with the crew from the Sooner State.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first fight is at 8.
Tickets are $40, $50, $75, $90 and $120 and may be ordered on the Combat Zone website at www.czmma.com or by calling promoters Jamison Kattar at (978) 361-6772 or Calvin Kattar at (978) 305-3372.

The weigh-in will be today at 5 p.m. in the Sports Club at Rockingham Park and it is free and open to the public.



 NH Sports Angle ╗ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: ôblessedö to have grown up in Brooklyn, now lives in Nashua

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, right, tangles with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in this 2013 file photo.

NH-based insurer sues NHL to limit its defense in players concussion lawsuits

A's claim former Fisher Cat Marcus Walden

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity

CHIP KELLY

Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   ╗ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   ╗ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!