This Friday, August 30th, BONE MMA will make its promotional debut at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester, NH. One of New England’s young rising stars, Taylor Trahan, will meet visiting New York fighter Philip Parrish in the Main Event of a fight card that will feature a host of local talent.
Bone MMA is the brainchild of Eric Tseronis and Ryan Fenelly. Eric and Ryan are two Manchester MMA guys that we all know and love. I recently spoke with both of them, and I know that these guys have their priorities in place for this event. They have each expressed to me that their desire is to bring MMA back to Manchester, and the local community is behind them. “I expect that a lot of our fans will be those who have never attended an event like this,” said Ryan. In their inaugural event we will see three Pro fights and a half a dozen or so Amateur fights.
In the Main Event, NH Featherweight/Lightweight Trahan will bring his 3-0 Pro record to face Parrish (1-0). These two have thirty Amateur fights between them, and I am told that Parrish has more than 40 boxing matches as well.
Trahan lives in Vermont, but trains through Team Link, NH; he is a solid wrestler/BJJ guy who will likely look to get the fight to the ground ASAP. He has looked very good in his first three Pro fights, where he has shown off his ground game and cardio. He is one of the future stars at 145, but for now he is looking to fight often, and this weekend it is at Lightweight. Parrish has a full boxing career and fifteen Amateur MMA fights to bolster his 1-0 Pro start. He has fought throughout New England and as far away as Pennsylvania. Though I have never seen him fight, I am told that he is an excellent boxer. I expect a grappler v striker battle that will go the fighter who keeps the fight in his own playground.
NH Lightweight RJ Letendre will be making his Pro debut against Rhode Island’s Keenan Raymond. At 4-1, RJ is our #3 ranked Amateur Lightweight. He has wins over Jesse Erickson, William Chan, and Jamie Courtney. RJ has shown a well rounded game, but in his last win (over Jesse Erickson) he looked his best. Raymond is a judo black belt with a 1-0 record; that lone win was a first round finish of Ralphy Johnson. This should prove to be a good test for both fighters.
In the final Pro fight on the card, matchmaker Ryan thinks that the Light Heavyweight battle between Jabril Patterson and Robert Taylor could produce fireworks. Jabril comes in at 2-0, while Taylor is 0-3. Don’t be fooled by Taylor’s record; he has been out of the cage for two years, during which time he has accumulated several wins in the kick boxing realm. “Taylor is a very good kick boxer,” Ryan tells me. “Jabril is an all around tough guy.”
Possibly the best fight of the evening could come out of the Amateur card when JT Harold and Paul Gaffney face off at 170lbs. JT is undefeated at 3-0 and regionally ranked second at Amateur Welterweight. He has shown KO power as well as good submission work. (In his Amateur debut, JT earned a KO of the Year candidate win against Cheyenne Vasquez.) Paul is also undefeated at 2-0 and has beaten both of his opponents in under 90 seconds. This is a fight that has been talked about for a while. Both of these guys are very strong, and though JT must be considered the favorite based on previous opponents, Paul cannot be overlooked; he has just run right over Tollison Lewis and Crowsneck Boutin in his two fights. This fight could produce the top dog at in the Amateur Welterweight rankings.
We wish good luck upon the new promotion and the fighters this Friday in Manchester, NH.