This weekend Dom Mazzotta and Brandon Seyler will square off in a very interesting bantamweight match up that pits to very talented men against each other for a trophy and some cash for your entertainment. You can stream the fight at GOTCmma.com. Here are the top five reasons why you should care about Dom Mazzotta (5-1) Vs. Brandon Seyler (3-1).
Seylor is really talented and has recently upgraded camps:
You may remember Brandon Seyler as the guy who choked amateur Rob Miller to the point where he actually leapt out of the cage and face planted on the ground afterwards. That’s how most people remember him anyway. Fun fact time; I was at Seyler’s amateur debut and remember noting him as clearly one of the best at Yankee Lake at the time. That’s how I remember him. Seyler has a dangerous blend of athletic ability, technical know-how and “higher” end experience that make him an all-around threat to anyone in the regional bantamweight division.
Dom is quickly slicing through the regional 135 pound division and will be the man to beat soon (if not now):
Dom recently beat Bhrandon Poindexter after BP pulled a Cat Zigano like head dive into the jaws of a BJJ black belt early into the fight. Before that he beat Chris Dunn with half a foot. The only person to give him any problems at all was UFC prospect Cody Garbrandt and now that he is on to greener pastures Dom has a fairly clear cut line of sight to the top of the mountain. If he dispatches Seyler in his typical dramatic fashion, one could make the argument that he is the best 135 pound fighter in the region.
Both guys are finishers:
As professionals Mazzotta and Seyler have a combined finishing rate of 70%. That means the chances of this thing going the distance is pretty low. At the end of the day, this sport is all about finishing your opponent in some manner whether it be a walk off head kick KO or a sneaky guillotine choke. At the end of the night these finishes are what stick with you.
STU scribe and BJJ aficionado Jesse Saxon put pen to paper and fingers to keys to create this piece about Dom Mazzotta's up coming move to Pinnacle FC May 9th. In my opinion it's been a long time a coming and I am very happy to have this addition to our already stacked line up of athletes. Dom is a good friend of mine, a helluva of a fighter and his resume and skills speak for themselves. Before his May 9th debut, Mazzotta takes on Branden Seyler this weekend at the Syria Shriners center in Cheswick, Pa.
As Pinnacle FC returns on Saturday May 9th, 2015, a new, yet familiar, face will be seen in the Pinnacle cage for the first time—Dominic “the Honey Badger” Mazzotta. If you’ve kept an ear to the ground, or at least stopped in to see a few (other) local promotion shows, you’ve undoubtedly heard the name; and now Mazzotta is finally ready to advance his career to the Pinnacle cage.
Mazzotta is a great fit for the card—and the promotion—because he’s (if anything) exciting to watch and a finisher. Four of his six professional fights have ending in a submission victory for the 27-year-old bantamweight. His fifth pro win came by way of decision, but don’t let that one decision fool you into thinking that Mazzotta is anything but a little savage in the cage. He’s got a great ground game that comes with slick Jiu Jitsu. But just because he trains out of the Mat Factory doesn’t mean you can sleep the kid’s stand up, though. He’s got one head kick KO to his credit that undoubtedly spawned from the loins of his TKD background. So when Mazzotta is in the cage, you’re pretty much guaranteed non-stop action regardless of where the fight is taking place.
He’s only been stopped once in his six-fight career, and that was by current UFC bantamweight, Cody “No Love” Garbrandt—in a super-heated (and short lived) rivalry) that you might remember us talking about here. But “the Honey Badger” didn’t let that fight slow down the war wagon and he got back to his winning ways twice since that night.
Looking ahead to the next Pinnacle FC in May, we’ve got a lot to be excited about, but please mark your official fight cards with a little star (or skull, or a honey badger if you’re super-sweet at drawing) next to Mazzotta’s name to remind yourself to empty your bladder before then so you do not miss a moment of this fight. All of Mazzotta’s finishes came early in the fight, either in the first or second round, and the level of skill he brings to the fight is something to witness. Personally, I can’t wait. Professionally, well, here at STU we try not to use that word so I won’t. Let me close in saying that: if this upcoming Pinnacle card continues to produce big names/big fights like this, then I suggest getting a table seat now before they sell out because this is going to be a huge night of big fights.
RFO returns to Mansfield, Ohio and brings with it a pretty serious line up of fights including 4 professional bouts and a handful of great amateur match ups.
Dustin Kempf returns to take on Karate Mike Williams which should be worth the price of admission alone. Kempf is one of the few active old school vets left in the region and gives no fucks when it comes to self preservation in lieu of winning.
Also on the professional portion of the card, Josh Longood will take on debutante Jeffery Mack and a heavyweight showdown between Jeff Hughes and Leviticus Roberson.
But wait, there's more.
Rich Cantolina will fight for the 145 amateur title in what will be his 95th (18) amateur fight including 46 title attempts (8) against Aaron Neighbors. Evolve's Ryan Arce rounds out the preliminary card against Spencer Tuttle.
Check out the line up below:
Professional Line Up:
- Mike Williams vs Dustin Kempf
- Cody Gabelman vs Dennis Brown
- Josh Longood vs Jeffrey Mack
- Jeff Hughes vs Leviticus Roberson
Amateur Line Up:
- 125 TITLE FIGHT - Alex Poinar vs Billy Windrum
- 145 TITLE FIGHT - Aaron Neighbors vs Rich Cantolina
- Brandon Odom vs Jason Bevly
- Joshua Peterson vs Nick Spinks
- Nate Jones vs Josh Hampton
- Kyle Booth vs Desmond Ford
- Zachary Todi vs Shayne Britton
- Ryan Arce vs Spencer Tuttle
- Darell Alford vs Corey Woodruff
- Dominic Bolasky vs Justin Smith
- Quentin Shumard vs Kyle Pongratz
The first leg of the Golden Gloves tournament kicks off this weekend at the Royal place on route 88 in Overbrook. The card will hold roughly 16 bouts featuring Pennsylvania state hopefuls slugging it out for the coveted Golden Gloves title. Winning the Golden Glove title is a lifetime achievement that will proceed the winner every where they go.
If you are looking for something to do this weekend, head on down to the Royal on 88 and watch these kids and young adults go for Golden Gloves glory. Southside boxing club will have our first combatant ever fighting this weekend as well, so there's another fun fact.
A few years ago (5?) I was running a podcast from my basement and one of my first people on the "show" was Cody Grabrandt (6-0). Justin Steave pulled me aside and told me that someday we'd be watching this kid on TV. Steave either has the most accurate magic 8 ball ever created or he knows a thing or two about talented people.
Fast forward to February 2015 and Garbrandt is all over the internet. Funny how that works sometimes.
Check out this awesome highlight with clips from Pinnacle FC, his war with Mazzotta and exchanges from his UFC debut.
There is no word on when No Love (You liked that huh) will be swinging again but my guess is that it will be sooner than later.