Patrick Sabatini brings his 5-1 record to the Ring of Combat cage
Patrick Sabatini has been competing from a very young age. He was wrestling as a youth and continued through college at Rider University. Sabatini took his first MMA fight at the age of 16 and earned his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after his second professional fight. Sabatini has boyish good looks and a soft -spoken voice but his cauliflower ears are a dead give away to his daily activities.
He teaches jiu-jitsu at UFC Gym in Cherry Hill, N.J., and MPR Endurance MMA in Langhorne, PA, where he does the majority of his fight training. Erik Purcell is his head trainer and one of the most under-rated leaders in the business. He has put together a terrific team at MPR stocked with not just MMA fighters, but professional Sambo competitors who have helped Sabatini improve on his game.
Sabatini will be taking his 5-1 record to the cage for Louis Neglia at Ring of Combat 58 in Atlantic City, NJ on February 24th.
His opponent is Michael Lawrence from Virginia who sports a nice 4-1 record. This is a match-up that could very well turn out to be for the number one contender at 145 lbs. The main event of the evening is a rematch at 145 between former champ Frankie Buenafuente and the man who defeated him and took his championship, Julio Arce.
This weight-class has lots of firepower and there are several exciting match-ups to be made. I’m sure the winner of the Sabatini-Lawrence fight will have their eyes on the cage when the final fight of the evening goes down. I had a chance to visit Patrick after one of his classes to get his view on the event and what may be in store for the future.
You can find him on Facebook and follow him on Instagram @patricksabatini_mma.
We will be in AC with live updates and a full recap.