Global Proving Ground Announces 22nd Live MMA Event From All-New Combat Sports Complex In N.J. on October 24

August 20, 2015 by
Filed under: MMA News 
Flyweight star Sean "Shorty Rock" Santella will headline GPG 22 against an opponent to be named, on Saturday, October 24, live on

Flyweight star Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella will headline GPG 22 against an opponent to be named, on Saturday, October 24, live on

Global Proving Ground (GPG) announced today its 22nd live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event, featuring a collection of the Philadelphia area’s top professional fighting prospects, on Saturday, October 24, live on Go Fight Live (, from the promotion’s all-new venue, the GPG Sports Complex, in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Tickets for GPG 22, which will be headlined by a flyweight (125 pounds) matchup between rising star Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella (13-5-1, 1 NC) of Whippany, N.J. and an opponent to be announced soon, are priced from $40 and are available for purchase at

“We are excited to begin the next chapter in Global Proving Ground’s growth, in a new venue that can comfortably accommodate our rapidly expanding fanbase, and give spectators the exciting experience they look for when they attend a fight,” said Global Proving Ground President James J. Jefferson.

In the co-main event and first Global Proving Ground middleweight (185 pounds) championship bout in history, aggressive-minded, four-time Bellator veteran Jesus “Chavo” Martinez (9-6) of Philadelphia will square off with Tony Parker (11-11) of Fairfield, Ohio.  To date, all but 1 of Parker’s 11 career victories have come by way of submission.

Battle-tested veteran Dante Rivera (16-7) of Jackson, N.J. will battle an opponent to be determined in a 190-pound catchweight fight.

Local fan favorites Alec Hooben (2-2) of Pompton Lakes, N.J. and Tim Dooling (1-2) of Ewing, N.J. will also see action against opponents to be determined.

Additional main card matchups will be announced soon.

In preliminary bout action, unbeaten Peter “The Joker” Petties (2-0) of Columbia, Md. will lock horns with Matt “The Cat” DiMarcantonio (8-5) of Welland Ontario, Canada.  The 24-year-old Petties soared to internet fame when a video of his Aug. 23, 2014 amateur bout with Jeff Melvin, in which Petties unleashed a series of strikes that forced Melvin to vomit, went viral.

Josh Key (6-11) of Perth Amboy, N.J. will battle Eric “Atomic” Attard (4-6) of Welland, Ontario in a welterweight scrap.

In a meeting between two flyweights (125 pounds) making their respective, professional debuts, Gabe Ruiz (0-0) of Woodland Park, N.J. will take on Vladimir Kazbekov (0-0) of Welland, Ontario.

Doors at the venue will open for GPG 22 at 6 p.m. on October 24, and the first preliminary bout and live stream will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.


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