John Gotti III fought for the first time under the professional rules set of mixed martial arts last night. Watch the fight video here…
Boss of the Gambino crime family, the well-publicised face of the ‘Cosa Nostra,’ John Gotti would have celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. After wreaking havoc on the streets of New York for decades, ‘The Teflon Don’ was incarcerated in 1992 for life without parole.
The family name continued, although in Gotti’s wake the Mafia reportedly did not. The Gambino family fell, but Gotti’s bloodline continues after his 2002 death from throat cancer.
Although one of his grandsons was sentenced to eight years in prison for running drugs this year, another descendant of Gotti’s is doing pretty well for himself. John Gotti III is a mixed martial artist.
Ripped like a tank and apparently, on a mission, Gotti’s professional MMA debut was reported as John Travolta’s portrayal of the infamous gangster is due to be released.
Gotti’s Pro MMA Debut
Taking place on the date of his Grandfather’s birthday, John Gotti III’s MMA debut was at CES 46. Headlining the undercard, Gotti faced Johnny Adams, also making his pro debut in a welterweight fight.
Gotti made short work of his opponent, getting the win after a flurry of punches on the mat. Adams was cut and bleeding, and verbally submitted as Gotti pounded his head off the mat.
Watch the Twitter video below:
John Gotti III 1st pro win by verbal stoppage @ CES 46… pic.twitter.com/mWcMSeKQ4R
— 👑 The MMA-Holes 👑 (@TheMMAholes) October 28, 2017
Gotti’s Trainers See a Bright Future
“This kid is real. I believe you are looking at something very special here,” said the match’s promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr. “He’s built like Superman. You can see the agility and speed that he has. He’s equally talented standing up as on the mat. He’s got a very low-key personality.
The New York Post spoke to members of Gotti III’s camp recently to gain insight into the fighter’s regimen. Boxing coach, Derek Panza, had this to say about the welterweight’s routine.
“His daily routine consists of wrestling and jiujitsu in the morning, strength and conditioning in the afternoon, and “in the evening either a yoga class or extra stretching and recovery workout,” Panza said.
Panza continued to describe Gotti III as:
“quiet and to himself. A typical fighter. A bit of a loner,”
(and as having a) “ferocity and passion for the actual art of combat.”
Full CES 46 Results List
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
John Howard def. Roger Carroll via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Dinis Paiva def. Branden Seyler via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:08
Gary Balletto Jr. vs. Sharif Jones via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:17
Rico DiSciullo def. Seth Basler via submission (Peruvian necktie) – Round 1, 2:59
Jon Lemke def. Josh LaBerge via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Justin Sumter def. Shedrick Goodridge via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:56
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
John Gotti III def. Johnny Adams via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
Marquis Brewster def. Raymond Yanez via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:17
Pat McCrohan def. Buck Pineau via TKO (punche) – Round 1, 4:56