We had a full house last night as 3 New England fighters swung by The Room to catch up with us and talk about their careers, and where they are going in the near future.
Aaron "The Plague" Ortiz trains at Team Link Muay Thai in Worcester, and ended up making the long trip down to Nashville to fight in the WAKO K-1 kickboxing tournament at 189 pounds. The 22 year old Ortiz ended up walking away with the tournament victory and brought some hardware back home to New England, as he beat a Bellator MMA vet in the finals. Ortiz was initially given a bye in the first round, as he had the best record out of all the fighters in his division, but he ended up surrendering the bye as he wanted to fight ASAP after driving down to Tennessee from Massachusetts. Ortiz ended up winning both his fights in impressive fashion, and showed that ring rust isn't a thing with him. You can follow Aaron on Insta (@aol.508) and on Facebook (Aaron Ortiz).
The infamous New England MMA legend, Johnny "Cupcakes" Campbell, also swung by The Room to talk about his upcoming combat jiu-jitsu fight against John Douma that is quickly approaching. Cupcakes talks about how he has to adjust his mindset and game plan to adhere to the combat jiu-jitsu ruleset which allows submissions and open-handed strikes while the fighters are grounded. Johnny is looking to "slap the shit" out of Douma in his upcoming bout, but it won't be an easy task. You can follow "Cupcakes" on Insta (@johnnyccmma) and on FaceBook (Johnny Campbell).
And last but not least, Nostos MMA product, Nate Grimard (2-0), swung by to talk about his recent victory down in Tampa, Florida at WCFL 28 to improve to 2-0. Grimard took home a unanimous decision victory in enemy territory, and got a wealth of experience for his burgeoning MMA career. Grimard talks about his experience traveling down south, and where he sees his career going from here. You can follow Grimard on Insta (@nathanielgrimard) and on FaceBook (Nathaniel Grimard).
You can check out all 3 interviews below.