SALEM, N.H. — The UFC may do fight cards every week now, but if Combat Zone continues to put on cards like Friday night, most fans are willing to wait a few months in between cards. Combat Zone 55 was outstanding.
Connor Barry (1-0) made his professional debut against Pete San Antonio (1-1) after making a name for himself with a 5-1 amateur record. Barry, a junior at UMass Lowell, continue making an impression on the MMA community, this time at the professional level.
Barry was able to take out San Antonio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three hard fought rounds. The pro newcomer rocked San Antonio towards the end of round two, but San Antonio’s chin proved to be strong enough to hold off Barry’s big blows.
The Lowell, Massachusetts native definitely proved he can fight at the pro level and is looking forward to what’s next.
Earlier in the night, Steve Walker (2-0) dispatched newcomer Zach Calmus (0-1) via unanimous decision to start the night off in a three round amateur kickboxing bout, while Tori DiBenedetto (1-1) took down Danielle Bartlett (1-1) to in the other kickboxing fight via split decision.
By the time the fight card hit six total bouts we had three wins by decision and three by finish. On the amateur MMA side of things, Dan Lynch (2-4) defeated Kurt Daniels (0-3) via first round submission. John McAndrews (2-1) and Shawn Bettincourt (1-0) each had impressive first-round TKO/KO wins. McAndrews’ TKO came at 0:47, while Bettincourt’s KO came only 13 seconds into the bout. CJ Kevlin (1-2) defeated LJ Scarciella (1-2) via hard fought unanimous decision.
After a brief intermission, Jordan Faulkner (2-0) defeated George Demers (0-1) after Demers didn’t answer the bell following the second round.
Barry wasn’t the only fighter on the Combat Zone 55 fight card with connections to UMass Lowell. In what ended up being picked as the Fight of the Night, Kerri Kennison (1-1) upset former UMass Lowell women’s soccer standout Hannah Murello (2-1) with a tough unanimous decision. Both fighters went back and forth trading shots and submission attempts before Kennison took control in the third and final round. Murello is a force to be reckoned with and will be back even stronger.
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Combat Zone will return to Rockingham Park in Salem on Friday, November 22 for Combat Zone 56. Tickets available at CZMMA.com!