NorthEast MMA Round-Up: Thoughts on AFO SNAFU, UFC Fight Night 26, and More

NorthEast MMA Round-Up: Thoughts on AFO SNAFU, UFC Fight Night 26, and More

This past weekend’s wrap-up, as well as several regional guys fighting outside of the regional scene, are in the news. I also have a few thought on the recent AFO SNAFU…

Weekend Wrap-Up

Two rising stars on the NorthEast scene each scored wins this weekend. Bantamweight Josh Lange and Featherweight Taylor Trahan each came away with wins at the Warrior Nation event last Friday night.

Trahan, training out of Team Link North, won for the third time in a row, beating Addison O’Neil, to improve to 3-0 in his young career. Trahan had an extensive Amateur record of fifteen fights, winning his last four in a row; he now has not lost in two years.

Bombsquad Bantamweight Lange, himself a veteran of nearly a dozen Amateur fights, won for the third time, improving his record to 3-1 with a second round doctor’s stoppage over Johnny Lopez.

Regional Guys Fighting Outside the Bubble

I heard from Mike Stewart’s manager today, and our #2 ranked Light Heavyweight will be back in the cage on August 17 in Atlantic City, NJ. Mike will be facing Duanne Bastress on the Cage Fury card. Mike has made it clear that he wants nothing else but a UFC berth in the near future.

Fellow New Yorker Anthony Leone will be fighting in the semi-finals of the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament next week at Bellator 97, where he will face Frank Baca. The winner of this fight will move on to the tournament finals later this summer.

Sityodtong Amateur Bantamweight Rico DiSciullo, currently our top ranking 135er, will be fighting in Florida in the finals of the tournament that he has won his last two fights. Rico is currently 9-3, and the indications that I get are that this may be his last Amateur fight. 10-3 is a good way to finish an Amateur career…

UFC Fight Night 26 will feature returning UFC veteran John “Doomsday” Howard facing rising star Uriah Hall. These are two of the purest strikers in the game, and they will be fighting in Dooms’ home town of Boston.

Boston’s favorite MMA son, Joe Lauzon, will also be on the card where he will be hunting for another Submission of the Night against Michael Johnson. This is just the second time the UFC has come to Boston. Get your tickets early…

The AFO SNAFU

Recently at NorthEastMMA.net, we received many comments in regards to the American Fighting Organization bouncing checks and other indiscretions.

In regards to the AFO not paying and/or bouncing checks to fighters, managers, etc, I have received many e-mails and we have received several comments on this site (NorthEastMMA.net). However, Mike gwm is the only one who posted under a name that we know. All the rest of the comments, as well as all of the e-mails I received, were under names that I do not know. I answered all the e-mails and asked for a contact by phone so that we could discuss the subject. However, none of the people registering the complaints answered me back. In short, I cannot do a story on a topic such as this unless at least several of the folks complaining are willing to use their real names and cite specific details. If I have specific details then I can contact the AFO and see what their stance on this issue is.

I also believe that enough of this information has gotten out there, so maybe the point has been made…

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