Boston, MA – June 2, 2011 – World Championship Fighting today announced that Matt Phinney, a highly touted boxing champion in the Northeast is set to make his MMA debut at WCF 11 in Wilmington, MA on June 18th. Phinney is a two-time Golden Gloves Champion winning in both 2008 and 2010. In 2008 Phinney also captured the USA Boxing’s New England Championship.
Phinney is most widely known in the Mixed Martial Arts world as being the trainer for UFC fighter Jorge Rivera as well as for his role as Michael Bisping in the many YouTube video spoofs produced by Rivera’s camp in the build-up to Rivera’s bout vs Michael Bisping at UFC 127. Phinney is excited for his first MMA fight at WCF 11, “I’ve been trying to take an MMA fight for a while now, but there aren’t many guys looking to take a fight with a first timer with a strong boxing background” said Phinney. “I’ve had several opponents back out on me, and I’m thankful that a guy like Mike Mason was willing to step up and take the fight. He comes from a really tough team, and I’m excited we can both go in there and get some experience together.”
His opponent, Mike Mason, fights out of Lysak MMA & Bestway BJJ under Walt Lysak Jr., who has cornered legends Frank Shamrock at UFC 14, as well as UFC Champion Maurice Smith. Coming from Lysak/Bestway BJJ, Mason will bring a strong grappling pedigree to the fight with Phinney, and will look to nullify Phinney’s boxing.
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155LB WCF LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Dan Lauzon (Lauzon MMA) vs Noah Weisman (Rail City BJJ)
145 Bill Jones (Kaos) vs Anthony Leone (Bombsquad)
145 Nelson Gaipo (Dragon Lair) vs Mike Marchioni (SSSF)
145 Al Jamain Sterling (Bombsquad) vs Lucas Cruz (TapOut)
155 Matt Phinney (Rivera MMA) vs Mike Mason (Lysik MMA/Bestway BJJ)
155 Joe Manzello (The Factory) vs Pedro Da Silva (Warrior Pride)
170 Eddie Brito (Valor) vs Jim Pitner (USMMA)
160- Shawn Summy (Dragon Lair) vs Mario Cardia ( Combat Sports)
180 Zack Costello (MAXX) vs Thomas Roy Gussler
170 John Deluca (Pacheco’s) vs Phil Lamire (TKD MMA)
155 Mike Materkowsi (Cage Strikers) vs Nathan Oses (BMAC)
135 Derek Shorey (Kaos) vs Kenny Murphy (MFS/NH)
170 Corey Jameson (MAXX) vs Kyle Gauthier (Lysik MMA)
More fights are expected to be announced in the coming days, get your tickets now!
*** Fight Card Subject To Change ***
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Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA 01887
Saturday, June 18th, 2011. Doors open at 6:30PM, first fight at 7:30PM.
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