Billerica’s Pilla Posts 1st-round MMA Knockout

November 20, 2018

Billerica's Jake Pilla (right) accepts the Fighter of the Night trophy from UFC fighter Calvin Kattar after Pilla's first-round KO in Combat Zone 68. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former bantamweight amateur MMA champion Jake “The Gorilla” Pilla of Billerica, one of the most popular fighters in the Northeast, wowed a packed house once again in Combat Zone 68 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel while winning a first-round KO.

Pilla wrapped up what should be the end of his 7-2 amateur career with an acrobatic single-handed cartwheel kick that knocked out Matt Brady of North Hampton, N.H., in only 32 seconds.

“It was absolutely fantastic. A lot of hard work went into this,” said Pilla. “Granted, he took the fight but he came in overweight and I made him pay for every pound he was over.”

In pro action on the stacked 10-fight card, seasoned middleweight veterans Ray Shawdee, who is a Lowell native and the owner/head coach of New England Top Team in Salem, N.H., and Jesse McElligott entered the cage with identical 5-3 records and waged all-out war for the distance until McElligott was declared the winner.

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