Steve Katz’s Evolution Fighting Championship returns for its seventh installment, touching down at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway on Saturday night, and like most amateur shows in New Jersey, there are about fifteen bouts on the mega-card, each one comprised of dudes who could very well be the next pro superstar. But the one name that leaps out at me – and who would make the price of admission absolutely worth it – is Peter Lampasona, who’ll be stepping into the cage for the first time. Who? “Pistol Pete” Lampasona, the journo behind www.USCombatSports.com. It’s always a curious thing when a fellow media member takes the fistic plunge, but with Lampasona, you just knew it was a matter of time before he had to satisfy his bloodlust. After all, when you possess Vitor Belfort’s hand speed (as per Belfort’s fight against Joe Charles) coupled with Murilo Bustamante-level grappling (as per Bustamante’s fight against Dave Menne), it’s almost a crime to not be out there clobbering folk.
MMA Journalist won’t be able to make it out to Rahway for the fight, as there’s a UFC that night that needs to be liveblogged (for www.MMAConvert.com). But I shall be there in spirit. And for sure my spirit will be cheering Pistol Pete on.