Sometimes you wake up on a Friday morning, and the first thing you read is that the biggest fight of the year has been signed and is less than two months away.
That’s what happened this morning, as Pinnacle FC officials announced that the main event of their Pinnacle FC 13 event on March 26 will feature a featherweight title tilt between Dominic Mazzotta (9-1) and Rob Hanna (7-0). Two of the biggest stars in the area, the fighters will compete for the 145-pound title that was vacated by the now retired Mark Cherico.
Pinnacle FC owner Matt Leyshock broke down the fight in a post on StandThemUp.org:
Dom Mazzotta is now going up a weight class to take on a guy who hasn’t lost a fight since his amateur days some 5 odd years ago and who also holds recent wins over top flight regional stars including Joey Holt, Mike Wilkins and Todd Bevan. Not too mention a host of other names he beat as an amateur that will make you blush.
Mazzotta has clearly separated himself from the regional pack blasting through anyone we can find and in unfortunate fashion (think face kicking and slamming). In his recent outings, Mazzotta has proven – with relative ease- that hs is just on another level. It really only makes sense for the two top guys in the area, who don’t train together or hang out on Saturdays to fight each other for regional supremacy.
Already the Pinnacle FC bantamweight champion, Mazzotta will move up a weight class here to take on Hanna. “The Honeybadger” has been on a tear as of late, winning his last six bouts, including five in a row via submission. He went 5-0 in 2015 and was the runner up for the BluegrassMMA Pro Fighter of the Year award, which Hanna won. Mazzotta is currently the No. 2 ranked professional bantamweight in the BluegrassMMA Rankings.
Hanna won the 2015 BluegrassMMA Pro Fighter of the Year award after a furious voting session, and he is currently the No. 1 ranked pro featherweight in the BluegrassMMA Rankings. Hanna went 3-0 in 2015, including winning the Gladiators of the Cage lightweight title and the IT Fight Series featherweight title after dropping a weight class.
Pinnacle FC 13 takes place on March 26 at the Syria Shrine Center in Cheswick, Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh.