Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
Earlier this afternoon the newly minted Combat FC promotion, headed by New England MMA legend Joe Cavallero, announced that it had signed a multi event deal with the World's leading streaming service for combat sports; UFC Fight Pass. In the press release Combat FC President Joe Cavallero acknowledged "The Northeast has some of the best fighters in the country, we're so excited to be partnering with UFC FIGHT PASS to give our athletes an amazing platform to showcase their talent. In addition to putting on an exciting event, our goal is to help the area’s top talent get to the next level, and FIGHT PASS is the best platform to do that.“ With the announcement Combat FC becomes just the second promotion in the New England region to strike a deal with UFC Fight Pass, upping the ante within the region's waters and quite possibly advancing the level of MMA in New England to an all time high.
"The Northeast has some of the best fighters in the country, we're so excited to be partnering with UFC FIGHT PASS to give our athletes an amazing platform to showcase their talent. In addition to putting on an exciting event, our goal is to help the area’s top talent get to the next level, and FIGHT PASS is the best platform to do that.“ Combat FC President Joe Cavallero
We announced Cavallero's re-branding of his former World Fighting Championship (WCF) last month and have been anxiously awaiting details on Combat FC's inaugural event, June 17th from The Shriner's Auditorium in Willmington, Massachusetts. Just last week New England MMA announced four fights set to highlight the June 17th Combat FC1 fight card. And with today's press release the promotion has now added two UFC Fight Pass featured Professional bouts to it's agenda.
Sityodtong Boston's Dana White Contender Series alumn Rico DiScuillo (10-2) signified his return March 17th of this year with a first round Rear Naked Choke of "Cornflakes" Rob Fuller (2-15) at Combat Zone 75 in Boston. DiScuillo returns June 17th at Combat FC 1 when he takes on Coachella Valley and Tru MMA product Gareth De La Cruz (7-3) at a Catchweight of 140 pounds. Looking to put an end to a personal two fight losing skid, California's "G" De La Cruz has finishes in five of his seven career victories (3 Knockouts, 2 Submissions) and will be looking to spoil the comeback plans of Rico DiScuillo. DiScuillo carries with him six finishes (3 Knockouts, 3 Submissions) in his ten wins as a pro, another finish here could land DiScuillo close to the top of the New England MMA Bantamweight heap and will likely garner DiScuillo some much welcomed attention from UFC headquarters.
Manchester, New Hampshire Middleweight Tim "The Bear" Caron (10-5) is also no stranger to Dana White's Contender Series, having made his own appearance on Dana's personal Tuesday Night Summer House Party in 2018. Caron debuts in the Combat FC cage June 17th looking for his first victory since 2019 at Bellator 231. Caron will look to put the kibosh on his current three fight winless drought at Combat FC1 when he meets American Kickboxing Academy's (AKA) Salaiman "Cutthroat" Ahmadyar (7-2) at 185 pounds. Caron has made it known with his resume that he expects no easy road to the top, as he continues to find himself locked inside a steel cage with some of the best regional Middleweights out there. The task doesn't get much easier June 17th when Caron meets Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) veteran Salaiman Ahmadyar in a featured Middleweight bout live on UFC Fight Pass. Learn a little more about Tim Caron's opponent by watching the 2 minute fight promotional video below.
Take a look at the updated Combat FC1 fight card below and stay tuned to New England MMA in the coming days, as the promotion continues to announce fights we will continue to pass those announcements on to our followers. Click the link to purchase your tickets to Combat FC1 and stay tuned to New England MMA for all your Combat FC news and notes!
Lee McHugh (4-1) vs. Fabio Alano (0-0)
Danny Wahlberg (1-0) vs. Joe Cortigiano (0-0)
Sanad Armouti (1-1) vs. Sage Philippe (1-2)
Jamie Campbell (3-0) vs. Jacob Guerrero (0-0)
Tim Caron (10-5) vs. Salaiman Ahmadyar (7-2)
Rico DiScuillo (10-2) vs. Gareth De La Cruz (7-3)
Catchweight (140 lbs.)