Matchmaker Nichole Castillo Interview: MMA Brawl at Erie Bayfront Convention Center
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media MMA Correspondent
Pennsylvania MMA and boxing promoter Ernie Bizzarro of Bizzarro’s Boxing & MMA Promotions, and Ohio matchmaker Nichole Castillo present Bayfront Brawl Cage Fighting at Erie, Pennsylvania Bayfront Convention Center, on Saturday evening, May 7, 2016, from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M., with an exciting Mixed Martial Arts card of 14 amateur and professional bouts. A Pennsylvania amateur title bout will be featured on the card.
Robert Brizel: “When is the date for the Bayfront Brawl Cage Fighting Event in Erie?”
Nichole Castillo: “May 7, 2016, at Bayfront Convention Center, in Erie, Pennsylvania.”
Robert Brizel: “Is this the first MMA show there (in Erie, Pennsylvania) of its kind?”
Nichole Castillo: “That I know of.”
Robert Brizel: “Why Erie?”
Nichole Castillo: “Promoter Ernie Bizzarro wants to do this. It’s the first time Erie Pennsylvania is going to have an MMA show in many years. He also does boxing shows here. It’s his first time getting involved with MMA (doing an MMA show) in general.”
Robert Brizel: “Will there be both amateur and professional fights?”
Nichole Castillo: “Yes. There will be both professional and amateur fights. We have 14 fights scheduled.”
Robert Brizel: “Will there be any female MMA fights on the card?”
Nicole Castillo: “Yes. It is a 160 pound amateur bout. This will be the first time a 40 year old female amateur will debut, the oldest female MAM debut in Pennsylvania history. Her name is Sherri Robinson. She trains for a team called Free Elements out of Erie, Pennsylvania. She will fighting Gina Pallarico, a 38 year old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pallarico has two previous MMA fights.”
Robert Brizel: “How many pro MMA fights will there be on the Erie card?”
Nichole Castillo: “After the amateur portion of the card is completed, there will be two pro bouts at three rounds, five minutes each. In the main event, Brandon Seiler from Erie, Pennsylvania, also team Free Elements, 130 pounds, 6-3-1, against Joe Pegg, 6-3, from Batavia, Ohio. In the preliminary bout to the main event, Damonte Robinson, 155 pounds, from Mayanz MMA, Canton, Ohio, making his professional debut after going 5-0 as an amateur, will fight Mike Wiseman, 1-2, from Campbell, Ohio, team CMA.”
Robert Brizel: “Tell me about the amateur title bout on the card.”
Nichole Castillo: “It is for the Pennsylvania Amateur 155 Pound Lightweight title. It features Dustin Mohedano, team Mayanz MMA, from Massillon, Ohio, versus Anthony Romero, Ontario, Canada, Team Ascension, three rounds, at three minutes each.”
Robert Brizel: “Tell me about the start time and ticket sales.”
Nicole Castillo: “The doors will be open at 6 P.M at Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, May 7, 2016, Saturday evening, with the first amateur bout at 7 P.M.”
For event information go online http://www.erieevents.com/events/mma-ufc-cage-fighting/
Ticket purchases online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8202778 or by telephone through Erie Insurance Arena Box Office at 814-452-4857 or 866-820-4553.
For general public coming to the MMA event in Erie, bus and Amtrak transportation, and car parking is available, with food and drink concessions will be available. Tickets will also be available for sale the day of the event at Bayfront Convention Center. For your GPS device, Bayfront Convention Center is located at 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, Pennsylvania. Room accommodations are available at Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 16 West 10th Street, Erie, Pennsylvania, by calling 814-459-2220. Request special discount, or book reservations on line at Expedia.com for the best price. Avalon Hotel includes free parking, free breakfast and free internet, with restaurant and shopping facilities nearby the hotel.