Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Around the Pro Circuit: Tara LaRosa to Meet Takayo Hashi at DaMMAge Fight League 1

New Jersey-born and based fighter Tara LaRosa will fight before home state fans when she meets Japanese MMA standout Takayo Hashi at DFL-1: "The Big Bang" in Atlantic City on November 24th. LaRosa and Hashi will fight for the DFL women's 125 lb. title.

Tara LaRosa is ranked #1 and #3 in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions respectively, according to IndependentWorldMMARankings.com. Takayo Hashi is currently ranked #7 in the world as a bantamweight. Both fighters look to bounce back from major losses. LaRosa sufferred a split decision loss to Roxanne Modafferi at "Moosin God of Martial Arts" in May. Hashi challenged Sarah Kaufman for the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Title in February, falling by way of unanimous decision. This will be the first meeting between LaRosa and Hashi in the mixed martial arts arena, but the two fighters did meet in the women's 60 kg. division of the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club tournament in which LaRosa defeated Hashi.

Also on the card UFC vets Branden Hinkle and Kevin Jordan will square off in a nontitle heavyweight throwdown. Another with UFC experience, middleweight Mike Massenzio, will also appear on the card. His opponent has yet to be determined.

DFL 1 is DaMMAge Fight League's inaugural event. The event is promoted by Carl Mascarenhas, who has produced Asylum Fight League, a popular amateur Philadelphia area mixed martial arts promotion.

PRELIMNARY FIGHT CARD (AWAITING COMPLETION, SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
DaMMAge Fight League: "DFL 1: The Big Bang"
November 24, 2010
Trump Taj Mahal Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Kevin Jordan vs. Branden Hinkle
Chris Liguori vs. John Salgado
Takayo Hashi vs. Tara LaRosa
Lewis Pascavage vs. Jonathan Helwig
Tenyeh Dixon vs. Marc Berrocal
Claudio Ledesma vs. Tom McKenna
Mike Geurin vs. TBD
Mike Massenzio vs. TBD
Rafaello Oliveira vs. TBD

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