Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
In January of this year, former New Hampshire State Wrestling Champion; David Burke (2014, 182 pounds, Exeter High School) walked into Devin Powell's Nostos MMA for the very first time. With a Wrestling background and a will to learn, Burke quickly developed into a formidable MMA athlete under the tutelage of Powell and his team at their 38 Market Street, Somersworth, New Hampshire Champion Factory; Nostos MMA. After just four short months of dedicated training Burke made his Amateur Middleweight debut this June at NEF 47, when he needed just :19 seconds to dispatch Titans Athletics' David McCarty (1-1) with ground and pound; following an emphatic slam to open the fight.
Burke made his second consecutive start for the New England Fights promotion just 8 weeks later with a one sided drubbing of 4 time Maine State High School Wrestling Champion; Ryan Fredette that finally saw Fredette succumb to Burke's strikes at 2:47 of round one. Burke then took his talents on the road in August, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he would look to prove that after just 7 months of training he was the top Amateur Middleweight in New England. Standing in his way; Cage Titans Amateur Middleweight Champion; Jideofor Ojukwu (4-1, Citadel MMA).
A Middleweight Championship bout that was scheduled for five, three minute rounds, would only end up needing :21 seconds to decide at Cage Titans 55. After an early barrage of punches from New Hampshire's Burke had Ojukwu "on roller skates" and Burke on the canvas from his momentum, Burke returned to his feet to find a "rocked" Jideofor, finishing him with a 1-2 that left the now former Champion out cold. Ojukwu awoke to find his belt around the waist of Burke, and a new king atop the New England MMA Amateur Middleweight division.