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March 4, 2013

McGregor picks up third MMA win

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Tonawanda News — The game plan paid off when Sneed went to sweep from the bottom and McGregor capitalized, transitioning to his back and securing the rear naked. Sneed tapped quick and McGregor, a T-NT Fight Series veteran (appearing on all three cards), picked up the win.

Herbert was thrilled with the way McGregor stepped up and dominated the fight, especially since he had been battling a sinus infection and taking antibiotics for a few days.

In the main event of the evening, Niagara Falls lightweight Frankie Scalzo captured the T-NT Fight Series lightweight championship — the first ever title belt in the promotion's history — with a third-round submission win over Rochester's Dylan Freedman. Scalzo used the guillotine choke to pick up the win, a move that's beginning to become his trademark.

Scalzo is the first Niagara Falls fighter to win two amateur titles. Victory MMA promoter Don Lilly said Scalzo fought a great fight and the win marks a great amateur career for the champ.

"It's a great accomplishment for Frankie to have a four-fight win streak," he said. "His pro debut is calling and now he starts at the bottom. With continued effort and training I'm sure Frankie has many more big fights in his future."

Victory MMA's Valerie Aspaas won by rear naked choke in the first round of the co-main event of the evening against Binghamton's Angie Reinhardt fighting out of Power of 1 MMA. The female contest was only the second of its kind in the history of MMA in New York state.

McGregor is looking for one more amateur fight before turning pro and said that fighting in front of friends and family made Saturday night even more memorable.

"The more you win, the more you learn and expect of yourself. You have to keep bringing your game up to the next level," he said. "Hopefully I'll get a title shot somewhere, get myself a belt and then look for pros soon and make some money. (I love fighting at home) — It's the best part. There is a little more stress on you to perform, but then when you win you have everyone cheering for you. There's no better feeling than that."

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

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