Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
With still no clear indication of a return to regional MMA action, the news from New England based fighters continue to make headlines. We are now over five months removed from sanctioned MMA shows on the regional level here in New England, however our region's success on the national level continues to open doors for other top New England prospects to make their names known to the world. With a "who's up next?" feel to the first half of 2020 we take a look at three high level New England fighters ready to make an impact at the highest level; in front of UFC brass. Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series has played a pivotal role in New England's success over the last several years, leading to UFC contracts for Mike Rodriguez (10-4), Yorgan De Castro (6-1), Peter Barrett (11-3) and a developmental deal for William Knight (7-1) all the while showing the world just what New England fighters are capable of.
Norfolk, Massachusetts' Hilarie Rose (4-1) will become the first women from New England to make the Contender Series leap. The 27 year old Rose has graced the cages of the top regional promotions in New England having fought for Cage Titans and NEF, where she captured the NEF Amateur Strawweight title with a first round TKO of an ever tough Alex Walker at NEF 31: The Old Port, in November of 2017. Since turning pro in February of 2018 Rose