Grandson of famous mobster set for pro MMA debut
John Gotti’s grandson is about to join another kind of family – the hurt business.
John Gotti III (0-0) will make is professional MMA debut on Oct. 27 at CES 46, taking on Johnny Adams (0-1) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., the promotion confirmed to MMAjunkie. The card airs live on AXS TV.
Gotti, the son of John Gotti II, fights on what would have been the 77th birthday of his grandfather. He wants to pay tribute to the fallen mobster’s memory.
“I chose my pro debut with CES because I know several of the fighters that have fought for them,” Gotti said in a prepared statement released by CES, which added interview requests are a no-go per John Gotti II. “They said they were good guys to work with and that they put on a great show. So it was a natural fit when I heard they were promoting a show on Oct. 27.
“The significance of the date is that it would have been my late grandfather’s 77th birthday, and I wanted to honor him on that day.”
Gotti III said his interest in MMA stems from his father’s release from prison, presumably after a 2008 indictment on racketeering and murder conspiracy failed to stick.
“When my father first came home from prison, (MMA) was a means for us to bond,” Gotti III said. “We would watch all the big fights together at home, as well as attending several cards in New Jersey.
“I think now, as I’ve chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest. I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result. What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”
As rough-and-tumble as MMA is, though, it’s still a lot less dangerous than the life in the family business.
Convicining Adams he’s not endangering himself by winning might be the prmotion’s next step.
The current card for CES 46 includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
- John Howard vs. Roger Carroll
- Dinis Paiva vs. Branden Seyler
- Josh LaBerge vs. Jon Lemke
- Shedrick Goodridge vs. Justin Sumter
- Rico DiSciullo vs. Justin King
- Gary Balletto Jr. vs. Sharif Jones
PRELIMINARY CARD (untelevised)
- Pat McCrohan vs. Buck Pineau
- Marquis Brewster vs. Raymond Yanez
- Johnny Adams vs. John Gotti III
For more on the upcoming CES MMA 46, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.
Publication Date: October 12, 2017, 10:30 pm
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