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March 2, 2013

Victory MMA's third T-NT fight card tonight

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Tonawanda News — “When I first started training I was pretty much focused on ground game because I had experience from wrestling, but I’m more in the boxing ring than a lot of other places now because you have to be well rounded,” he said.

There’s a lot of pressure on McGregor to impress in front of family and friends, but he said that winning feels even better at home because of the reception he gets from his fans.

In the main event, Niagara Falls’ Frankie Scalzo (5-2) will look to add to his title collection after capturing the 155-pound North East belt in January against Dylan Freedman.

Freedman is a strong wrestler, according to Herbert, who knows fighters that have wrested him before. Herbert is expecting him to try and wrestle Scalzo for all 25 minutes of the fight, which is for the Victory lightweight championship — the promotion’s first title belt.

Herbert doesn’t think Freedman’s wrestling will be good enough to get the fight to the ground because of Scalzo’s strong takedown defense.

“I definitely know he’s going to want to take it to the ground,” Scalzo said. “He’s hungry and he’s trying to make a name for himself in the sport. He had a couple fights he won by submission. I feel like he’s going to be more of a grappler submission style and that’s perfect for me because I’m going to keep him standing, keep him up on his feet and wear him down.”

Scalzo has been working more on his takedown defense in the camp leading up to the Freedman fight. He wants to keep the fight standing because he feels he holds the advantage with boxing.

In the co-main event, Victory MMA’s 3-0 female fighter Valerie Aspaas will compete on her first T-NT card. She’s facing Angie Reinhardt out of Binghamton, and the bout is only the second of its kind in the history of New York state.

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