Saturday March 26, 2016— The biggest regional match up of the year, possibly of all time, between the undefeated Rob Hanna (7-0) and the region’s next elite talent Dom Mazzotta (9-1) for the Pinnacle FC featherweight title.
Both guys know what a win here means for their respective careers and both are coming fully expecting to bring home the win. Two legitimate UFC-caliber talents will battle for Pinnacle FC gold this weekend, with the winner likely earning their shot inside the Octagon.
Dominic Mazzotta is undoubtedly the best regional fighter in the Northeast, and could very well be the best regional fighter across the country. At 9-1, “The Honey Badger” has won six straight since his lone defeat against UFC prospect Cody Garbrandt. In nine victories, Mazzotta has finished eight opponents, often in brutal fashion.
While most of Mazzotta’s victories come via submission, don’t sleep on his ever improving striking arsenal. One last note on Mazzotta: The 28-year old has competed in both the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions, as he is the reigning 135-pound champ for Pinnacle FC.
His opponent, Rob Hanna, is an undefeated prospect who fights at 145 and 155 pounds. In fact, the Ohio native holds titles in both divisions in other regional promotions. Hanna is the elder statesman in this battle, coming in at 31-years old, but don’t let that make you believe he is past his prime.
Pinnacle has a stacked under card featuring another huge bantamweight professional showdown and a ton of great amateur match ups.
The Hodge/Mitchell match up is something MMA wet dreams are made of and the fact that both guys are on the rise at this point in their careers make it that much more substantial. Devonte Smith is stepping back inside the Pinnacle fences which is also very exciting because Smith is one of my personal favorites out there right now.
Fadi Shuman is making his return to fighting after a relatively long layoff (2014) and is playing zero games as he levels his sights on Anthony Romero. Romero put together a very impressive Pinnacle FC debut over Matt Shaffer, which you can watch here, and has a very high level, well rounded game for a guy with relatively limited experience. Keep your eye on this one.
Josh Fremd is a bad motherfucker and from the looks of it, he’s only getting better. He’s going to get a chance to prove me right by taking on the well traveled and rugged amateur veteran Jose Martinez which could very well be the sleeper fight on the evening.
These are some of the featured bouts of the evening but don’t sleep on Patton/Davis or Devore/Nemdari either.
If you are not able to attend then be sure to click here so you can watch LIVE on FightBookMMA.com. Below is the complete fight card.
Pinnacle FC 13: Mazzota vs Hanna
- Dominic “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta vs. Robert Hanna IVUndercard
- Dylan Youngblood vs. Matt Holub
- Phil Pa vs. Shawn Rall
- Ashton Nemdhari vs. Noah Devore
- Justin Patton vs. Colin Davis
- Jake “Chill” Schilling vs. Marc McDonald
- Devonte “Johnny Cage” Smith vs. Chris “Killer” Brooks
- Joshua Fremd vs. Jose Martinez
- Anthony Romero vs. Fadi Shuman
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