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MMA fighter Johnny Burgess aims to set world record

November 18. 2017 12:29AM


Mixed martial artist Johnny Burgess will attempt to accomplish one of his life’s goals by setting a world record, while at the same time giving kids stricken with cancer a fighting chance of survival.

Burgess, the owner of Team Burgess MMA in Manchester and the principal for the Aflac Insurance agency in New Hampshire, intends to eclipse the Guinness Book of World Records mark of breaking 2,897 one-inch wooden boards with his hands in one hour. This record has stood since May 10, 2003. The attempt will be from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. tonight prior to the start of Combat Zone 64 at the Downtown Radisson Hotel in the Queen City.

“Ten years ago, I wrote down 100 life goals, and this is one of them that I haven’t crossed off the list yet. I plan to break 3,400 boards,” he said.

Burgess and his wife, Michelle, who have a blended family of eight children, are coupling the attempt with a fundraiser for The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Burgess, 49, has been involved in martial arts since he opened his first karate studio at age 16 and was still in school.

“It’s mostly mental, “Burgess said of his training for tonight. “I’ve conditioned my hands over the years from doing traditional karate.”

Tonight, Team Burgess on Massabesic Street will see three of its standard bearers — pro MMA fighter Tom Caron (7-1), amateur MMA fighter Ramano Medina (3-0) and amateur kickboxer Matt Gordon — (2-3) compete on the Combat Zone card.

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