SALEM, NH – The longest running mixed martial arts promotion in the region has another successful card at Combat Zone 45: Ready to Rumble at the Rock. In his first event as promoter, Calvin Kattar put together an entertaining card that left all fans with a great taste in their mouth on Friday night.
Fans flocked to Rockingham Park in Salem, NH on Friday night to catch the 45th installment of Combat Zone. Friday night’s card featured nine bouts, six amateur fights and three professional fights. Even with a few late changes for various reasons, fans left fulfilled.
The amateur fights were highlighted by a 150-pound bout between Dan Lynch (0-1-0) and James Murrin (3-2-0). Both fighters came out of the gate swining, but after an early taken down by Lynch both fighters landed a few significant blows in the first round. After a back-and-forth battle, the two fighters ultimately went the distance and allowing the fight to be decided by the judges. In the end, Murrin came out on top with a unanimous decision win over Lynch (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
The professional bouts were all finished due to stoppage via submission, two in round one and one in round two. The co-main event and main event were worth the wait. Rodrigo Almeida (10-2-0) finished Wayne Harnois (3-12-0) via rear naked choke, not once but twice. Harnois tapped around the 2:40 mark in the first round, but the referee didn’t see it, Almeida let go thinking he had won. Almeida re-applied the submission, ultimately ending the bout with the victory at 2:55 in the first round.
Pedro Gonzalez (10-5-0) was able to guillotine choke Billy Vaughan (12-16-0) at 1:55 in the first round, sending the Ohio native back home with yet another loss.
Kattar was successful in his first event as promoter. Although he will still focus on his fighting career, knowing he could successfully put together a fight card, make late changes and still put together a great night goes along way.