Featured Fighters
By: Joe Treadway

Battle of New Orleans returns August 11th for BNO#25. With the first event being held behind gentlemen’s club Visions in New Orleans East, some were skeptical whether the show would be a success, but after selling out and people even hanging over the fences to catch a glimpse of the action, there’s a huge amount of hype around the organizations second event after a 7-year hiatus. The venue returns with an upgrade to its location. This time, the show will be conveniently located at the Mel Ott Center, 2301 Belle Chase HW in Gretna, Louisiana, right across the GNO bridge. Grandfather, and man responsible for laying the foundation for local MMA, Joey Ancona, has put together a who’s who of both semi-pro and professional fighters to perform on what is already a stacked card.

Local fan favorite, TJ Landry (Mushin), will be fighting in the Main event as he makes his Pro debut. With BNO just returning from a long lay-off, the Middle weight (185) belt sits vacant, Landry has had an impressive amateur run before making the decision to go pro, and it seems like a good one. At 185 lbs. he is looking much stronger, healthier, and is constantly  mproving both his striking and his grappling. TJ has shown to be very tough and has an impressive ground game to match his heavy hands.

Top Titan FC prospect Michael “Magic Mike” McDonald (4-1) was scheduled to headline the event for the pro 145 lb belt. Unfortunately, Michael was forced to step out due to an emergency trip to the hospital to have his appendix removed just week before the fight. This was especially upsetting with McDonald looking so impressive finishing his last 3 fights in the first round. Stepping in to take his place is tough New Orleans native Jewel Scott (2-2) fighting out of Myron Geaudett’s gym (Mushin). Scott is also a coach at the Title gym in Metairie. This should be a technical battle between two highly skilled guys for the 145 lb belt. The winner of this fight will be set to take on McDonald once he recovers.

“The Serbian Assassin” Dusan Sakvocic of (Mushin) will be putting his striking skill to the test against another well-known boxer and muai thai specialist Jimmy Owensby of Houma, Louisiana in what is shaping up to steal fight of the night at the 205 division. This will be Dusan’s professional debut.

Chris Pham, coach at (Gracie United) in Springfield will also be fighting on this card. Unfortunately, at the time of publication BNO was still searching for a worthy opponent, but this is nothing new for Pham. He’s a veteran of this sport and although he has a few setbacks in his Pro MMA career with his record currently sitting (5-6), but make no mistake Chris is a legitimate professional mixed martial artist, and a hand full for anyone he faces.

AJ Fletcher makes his return to face Aramis Garcia for what is sure to be an action-packed match up. Fletcher comes into this matchup 2-1 and will be fighting out of (Gladiators) Gym in Lafayette, Louisiana. Aramis Garcia is a blue belt under BJJ world champion Rafael Ellwanger’s gym (Gracie United) and is an absolute beast on the ground.

Gabe Peterson out of (Gold Dragon) in Slidell will also be fighting on this card. This being his third showing in only 4 months, Gabe has had several great performances and is constantly improving. He’s showing to be one of the top upcoming semi-pro fighters at 125. He has a tough match up in Ryan Marouche (Mushin). Marouche has some really good striking and is good defensive wrestling to keep the fight where he wants it. This should be a interesting matchup.

Ukrainian immigrant Oleksii Novikov residing in Kenner, Louisiana, and training under Renown boxing coaches Alex Mruillo and Felix Melispin makes his return to the cage to take on tough local Brandon Farhood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is one of Joeys personal favorite match ups for the night.

Bayardo Garcia 2-0 heavyweight favorite out of (Mushin) is scheduled to fight Slidell native Jessie Salisbury. Salisbury fights out of Rich Clementi’s Gladiator academy. With over 500lbs going at it in the ring at one time, these to heavyweights we may need a reinforced cage! Bayardo fought on Battle of New Orleans first event in one of the most exciting fights of the night.

145 Semi-Pro Title fight Jacob Small (Gracie United) VS Roland Landry (Gold Dragon). Both men have shown to be highly skilled in the cage. While Jacob’s foot work and fast hands are that of pro 145er’s, Landry has shown to be extremely well rounded. Jacob has several great sparring partners as an amateur such as UFC veteran Kurt Holobaugh, Michael McDonald, and Matthew Stock.

155 Ace Mooneyham of Tennessee vs David Jackson of Chalmette, Louisiana. David is fighting out of (Gold Dragon) and is exciting every time he steps in the cage.

170 Coty Ziegler (Mushin) Metairie VS Trace Pierce from Mississippi. Coty’s proven to have some very heavy hands having scored a great knockout on the first Battle of New Orleans event in June.

230 Kevin Clark (Mushin) VS Josh Furgerson from Beaumont Texas in what may just become an all-out slugfest!

205 Jason Spiegle from Beaumont, Texas VS Jessie Lee from Bogalusa, Louisiana.

155 Jessy Marbough fighting out of (Machado’s BJJ) in Metairie is set to take on Terrance Freeman of (UFC Gym) in Harahan, Louisiana.

155 Nick Sanderson (Mushin) located in Harahan, Louisiana VS Cody Wells (Gladiator) in Lafayette.

Also Possibly featured on BNO#25 will be: Henry Mitchel (Mushin), Rudy Kennedy (Mobile), CJ Henry, Jacob Brown (Mobile), Michael Bruno, Aaron Picket (Ft. Walton), Patrick Davis, Justin Lamperez

This card will be action packed from top to bottom so don’t miss your chance to pick up tickets. Tickets prices are $25 Advanced / $30 GA / $40 Reserved / $50 2nd Row table / $80 1st Row table / $100 Cage side where you’re so close it feels like you’re in the fight! 

Tickets are available from www.fightsportsent.com or call 504-801- 2101. Free ticket delivery on tickets purchased over the phone in the metro area. Doors will open at 7:00 and action starts at 8:00. Tickets sold at the venue will be on a first come first serve basis and is expected to sell out so pick up tickets soon! Keep up with all of the action by following Battle of New Orleans at www.facebook.com/BattleofneworleansMMA.