SALEM, N.H. — In a battle of two local professionals, John Santos of Derry evened his record at 1-1 with a TKO of Aaron Petrucelli from Methuen at 0:58 of round 2 in a highlighted undercard matchup at Combat Zone MMA 46 at Rockingham Park on Friday.
Throughout the fight, Santos kept landing on target with a series of strong strikes and leg kicks and he was more aggressive.
In the main event, United States Army captain and Iraq war combat veteran Jason Norwood captured a split decision victory over New England favorite Nate LaMotte.
After trading blows, kicks and takedowns throughout the first round, Norwood went to his ground and pound game in the second and opened up a vicious cut near LaMotte’s left eye. LaMotte was forced to fight the remaining two rounds with so much blood pouring down his face that his vision was impeded, but that wasn’t the reason the former top ranked welterweight in the region dropped to 12-7 while making his comeback from an 18-month layoff.
In the co-main event at 140 pounds, Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida, one of the fastest rising stars in the region, scored a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Walel “The Gazelle” Watson from San Diego, CA to extend his consecutive win streak to six and up his record to 12-2.
In local pro action on the undercard, Lowell, MA’s Ray Shawdee beat Eddie Brito from Derry.
In amateur action, Dan Lynch of Plaistow defeated Nick Torresi of Methuen in just 19 seconds in his debut and he now stands 1-0.
Haverhill’s Justin Boraczek (2-0) was declared the controversial winner over Nick Alley (1-1) by disqualification. The referee, who had warned Alley about blows to the back of the head and taken points away from him, then stopped the action before the completion of the second round. When the ring doctor was called in to the cage to examine Boraczek, it was determined he was unable to continue.