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June 23, 2013

McGregor and Mazzeo win at TNT Fight Series: Dynamite

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Tonawanda News — “I just started doing this stuff 13 months ago,” he said. “When I started I weighed 174, I was smoking a carton of cigarettes every week, drinking pop and eating chinese everyday. I was fat. 

“When I came here I lost 40 pounds. I won the jujitsu grappling tournament, I went 2-0 in MMA, I won the golden glove tournament the first time ever I tried. … I wanted to stand with him because I knew he thought I had no standup. … I beat him at his game and then I wrestled.” 

Victory’s Sam Cappy (1-1), from Kenmore, came up on the short end of a split decision, losing to Tyler Thigpen in his debut appearance. 

Cappy had his moments in the fight, hitting a knee to the head in the clinch, a superman punch and an overhand right, but when the judges rendered their decision the 20-year-old didn’t do enough to win the fight.

Victory MMA head trainer Erik Herbert, who called Cappy a “prodigy,” hopes the young fighter can learn from the loss and come back stronger.

“It’s absolutely a learning experience,” Herbert said. “He’s 19 years old and he’s never wrestled before, he’s never done anything; he came here and lifted weights. So he didn’t have a background to go off of.”

It was a tough night for Lockport and Niagara Falls, as Mike Lawton (Lockport) and the Falls’ Awad Dubashi and Gabreal Hooks both suffered defeats.

Contact Tonawanda News Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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