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Matty Netterville talks Philly MMA and why the UFC should return to the City of Brotherly Love

Video interview with Matty Netterville above

The UFC roster has grown larger and larger over the past several years as they continue to host events more frequently.  As I write this, we are in the midst of a stretch where Dana White and company have 10 straight weeks with a fight card, as well as the premier of TUF Season 30 and the new 2022 summer season of DWTCS, which brings us fight junkies, midweek battles among the best pro prospects in the world.

It’s a great time to be a combat sports fan.

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is smack dab in the middle of this MMA growth as they can boast seven men currently under contract in the UFC. #PhillyMMA has momentum, and they are not just showing up, they are winning, collecting fight night bonuses, and invading the rankings on their way to championship opportunities.

I recently hooked up with Matty Netterville, who like me, spends much of our time rooting for and promoting our regional warriors. Netterville has been involved in the fight scene for years and is an instructor at Grindhouse MMA and Fitness, where the undefeated Sean Brady (15-0… 5-0 UFC) also trains and teaches.
Sean Brady
Sean Brady

We both feel that the fighters from Philly and the fans deserve a UFC card in the city. The city previously hosted UFC 101 in 2011 and a UFC Fight Night in 2019 and this is before the influx of local talent had even reached the ultimate level. Netterville and I go over the history of Philly in the UFC and each of the current roster members who bleed Philly. Matty says….

“I went to high school and had many classes with ‘the Underground King’ Eddie Alvarez. He’s a great guy and is the one who got it all started. He still visits local academies to train and show support and is constantly at regional fights. He set the standard. Next up was Paul Felder, who has become one of the best commentators in the business and now you see this latest group really starting to make their mark.”

Please check out our full interview on the link above. Netterville and I go over all 7 of Philly’s UFC representatives listed below:

Chris Daukaus and his brother Kyle “the D’arce Knight” Daukaus out of Martinez BJJ

Chris Daukaus
Chris Daukaus
Kyle Daukaus
Kyle Daukaus

Bill “Senor Perfecto “Algeo who runs Algeo MMA and Kickboxing in King of Prussia

Bill Algeo
Bill Algeo

Jeremiah Wells, Andre Petroski, Patrick Sabatini and Sean Brady out of Daniel Gracie Philadelphia/Marquez MMA. Sabatini also is part of the MPR MMA and Fitness team while Brady spends lots of time at Grindhouse MMA.

Jeremiah Wells
Jeremiah Wells
Andre Petroski
Andre Petroski
Pat Sabatini
Pat Sabatini

These 5 are a combined 14-0 in the UFC thus far, which is an incredible feat.

On this week’s Fight Night on June18th in Austin, Texas, Kyle Daukaus (185) and Jeremiah Wells (170) are scheduled for fights.

In the future it would be nice to see them and some of their Philly brothers get to stay close to home and perform. Sean Brady is having a hell of a time getting someone to sign a contract to fight him, and at 15-0 with 5 straight wins in the UFC, the welterweight is definitely deserving of a main event slot.

The fans have supported these fighters at the local and regional level and will surely do the same if tickets became available for another show at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.  The connection won’t stop with these seven either, as there are numerous fighters still entering the cage regionally and working their way to the big show.

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