One of the fastest growing sports over the last decade has been MMA fighting (Mixed Martial Arts), and it is very alive right here in Stafford Springs. Several young men from Stafford are well on their way to successful fighting careers in MMA. Mike Bartholomew, Jeff Haddad, the McLaughlin brothers, Mark and John, as well as Matt Bessette are all training hard everyday in hopes of one day fighting on a pay-per-view event.
Matt Bessette has already made some major strides in that direction with a 7 – 2 professional record and a four fight winning streak. In Matt’s last fight he defeated John Benoit at the Saugus Center in Lowell, MA to gain the GFL Lightweight title. Matt also holds the lightweight belt for Reality Fighting as well. Matt will be fighting again on October 8, 2011 at the Mohegan Sun, also on the card that night are two other Stafford fighters, John McLaughlin is taking on Jeff Haddad!
Make sure you mark your calenders as this is something all fight fans won’t want to miss and we need to go and support our local fighters. The myStaffordSprings crew (Kate Pisciotta) and I will be following Matt over the next several months leading upto his next fight, so stay tuned. Below is a video interview with Matt done on July 11, 2011. Watch it, and spread the word.