NorthEast MMA Weekend Wrap-Up…
And a few Random Thoughts
From Old School
Dan Lauzon never looked better than he did in his WSOF promotional debut last Friday night. Calvin Kattar and Gabriel Baino put on a Fight of the Year effort Friday night at the Combat Zone. Look for the O2O story coming up this week. I also paid a visit to Team Link North in St. Johnsbury, VT over the weekend…
Dan Lauzon showed absolutely NO cage rust when he returned to action after a year and a half sabbatical. On Friday night on the World Series of Fighting card in Las Vegas he put on a dominant performance, beating fellow UFC veteran John Gunderson via unanimous decision. Dan worked the jab, setting up leg kicks and flying knees, as he controlled the fast pace for fifteen minutes. His hands and feet looked fast and crisp, and his cardio has never looked better. It’s great to see Dan back in the saddle! Congratulations to The Upgrade.
At Combat Zone in New Hampshire at Rockingham Park, Calvin Kattar and Gabriel Baino battled for three rounds in a fight that has the NorthEast talking Fight of the Year. Baino battled back in the second round after losing the first (possibly 10-8). The two warriors each gave a ton of heart, a lot of sweat, and a sizeable amount of blood in the three round war that went to Kattar by UD. It was, by all accounts, an amazing effort by both! Calvin Kattar improved his record to 14-2 while Baino falls to 5-1.
On the same card, two undefeated Amateur Lightweights, Dominic Cafone and Kirk Florian, put on a great fight that ended in a split decision win for Florian, who improved to 3-0. Cafone moves to 3-1.
This past weekend I was in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and I visited the good folks at Team Link North. Link North is an addition to Vaca Moreno’s Team Link in Manchester, NH. Link North is located just over the state line into St. Johnsbury, Vermont. With easy access from both I-93 and I-91, the MMA school is housed in the Club of Old Mill, a state of the art gym and training center. The parking is great, and I was greeted by friendly folks at the front lobby.
Link North is a young MMA camp, but these guys are serious about their MMA; they regularly travel two hours south to train in Manchester with their better known teammates. Link North is run by local Pro Featherweight Taylor Trahan, who recently won his Pro debut after nearly twenty Amateur fights. Taylor’s brother Brett currently sports a 7-2 Amateur record and is ranked fifth on the NorthEastMMA rankings. The Trahan brothers and several of their teammates are in their final preparations for the upcoming Gladius Fights VI, which is just two weeks out. Dylan Giroux, Austin Pilotte, and Mike Ruetz are also on the Gladius VI card. Plymouth State (NH) wrestler Chris Perault was also on hand and will likely be worked on to the card.
Link North is housed in the Old Mill, and is comprised of two huge matted rooms. With plenty of space, and plenty of Thai bags, this gym can accommodate several dozen fighters at a time. I visited on a Friday night, which is an optional training night, so there were only about eight or so guys at the time. It can be hard for fighters who live in the small town regions of New England to find quality training facilities and partners, but these guys are filling that void. I was on the run that night, with four hours of driving still ahead, so I was not able to train with the guys, but I will be back there in the near future.
If you are living in (or visiting) the northern tier of New England, stop in and visit them in Saint Jay.
Visit them at www.clubatoldmill.com, or call them at 802-748-5313
Office to Octagon is a new MMA philosophy that will be on display next weekend in Boston. Twenty or so working class guys have trained at some of the areas legitimate MMA camps, and they will all be making their cage fighting debuts on June 22nd. I will be posting a story on this new organization later in the week, but you can visit them at www.officetooctagon.com.