When U.S. Navy veteran Woody “The Dynasty” Weatherby (7-1-0) enters the cage July 31 to fight Lance Everson (11-6-0) in the main event on the inaugural American Steel Cagefighting (ASC) professional mixed martial arts show, Nashua resident Weatherby will be fighting for all of New Hampshire’s MMA fans, fighters and clubs.
ASC is promoting an explosive 10-fight card July 31 at the Icenter in Salem, New Hampshire.
Weatherby, born in Tacoma (WA), has lived in Nashua for the past 14 years. He represents Renzo Gracie NH, out of Derry (NH), where he earned a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to complement his boxing skills learned and developed in the Navy. Woody spent 4-years active duty in the Navy, including two stints fighting in the Iraq War on a ship, serving as a search-and-rescue swimmer and operations specialist.
“I was privileged to serve and the Navy matured me enough to handle MMA, plus I boxed in the Navy,” the Hillsboro County correction officer said. “I really want to put New Hampshire on the MMA map, big-time. Massachusetts has Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon; Maine has Marcus Davis (all well known UFC fighters). I want to be like that for New Hampshire. When I go into the ring or cage, I bring the whole state with me.”
Weatherby has been an MMA fighter for five years, starting right out as a pro, and his fight against Everson is a classic match-up of contrasting style MMA fighters. “I’m now an established grappler,” Weatherby explained, “but I know I have good hands with knockout power in both. I like to ground-and-pound, too. But I’m a fighter who likes to brawl. He’s going to try and throw me down and then use his ground-and-pound game. My plan is to make it a stand-up fight and make him pay every time he shoots. I know I can submit him if we go down, but I won’t be surprised if he stands and I knock him out. He’s a good fighter and sometimes he likes to bang, but then he’ll try a takedown, like Matt Hughes’ style. I’ll make him eat a jab, right, and then another jab. When he comes in close,, I’ll use an uppercut. I hope he stands and fights.”
The co-feature pits IFL veteran Nate “The Future” Lamotte (10-4-0), of Manchester (NH), against troublesome Doug “Flash” Gordon (9-7-0). The Super Fight is a match between a paIr of former UFC fighters, super heavyweight Kevin “The Shamnan” Jordan (11-8-0) and UFC pioneer Patrick Smith (16-13-0).
Also scheduled to fight on the ASC card is undefeated New York lightweight Pat Audinwood (7-0-0) vs. “Mr. Big” Al Buck (6-7-0), former Cage Fury Fighting champion; lightweight Damien “The Omen” Trites (2-3-0) vs. Joe Dechaves (3-1-0); pro debuting featherweights Al Germain Sterling vs. Albert Reccio; welterweight Carlos Nieves (3-6-0) vs. Ryan Schieding (3-1-0); Worcester featherweight Evan Parker (1-0-0), Boston welterweight Aaron McKenna in his pro debut, and Boston middleweight John Clark (7-2-0) against opponents to be determined.
All fights are scheduled for three, three-minute rounds; fighters and fights are subject to change. Tickets, priced at $50.00, $75.00, and $100.00, are available to purchase at Stateline Ticket Agency in Salem (NH) and all Two Guys Smoke Shop stores in Salem, Nashua and Seabrook (NH), as well as by calling toll free 888.224.4272 or going on line to www.AmericanSteelCagefighting.com.