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April 13, 2013

Salem's Doherty making strides as professional fighter

A professional for just about half a year, Salem native Matt Doherty continues to raise his profile on the New England mixed martial arts scene.

Doherty, 24, had his second professional bout last night CES MMA’s Path of Destruction event held at Twin River in Rhode Island. Competing in the 135-pound weight class, Doherty was scheduled to fight against fellow Massachusetts native Johnny Campbell (results were not available at press time).

Entering last night 1-0 as a professional, Doherty is in the midst of a 6-fight professional deal with CES. Their event last night was headlined by John Howard, a veteran of seven fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

”I’m extremely excited to be fighting for such a great promotion,” Doherty said in the days before the fight. “It’s a bigger platform than I’ve ever been on to compete, and it makes the fights that much more intense. It makes me realize how far I’ve come ... and how far I want to go.”

Doherty enjoyed an exciting amateur career that culminated in a split decision win over Peabody native Rico Disciullo in an event at Lattitude in Peabody in the fall. Doherty (5-4 as an amateur) has always had a reputation as a busy, exciting fighter and plans to bring that sort of style of his professional bouts.

”Being professional is a huge difference compared to fighting as an ammy (amateur). The pressure is on when you step in that cage, you’re putting your career on the line every time you step in that cage,” said Doherty, a 2006 Salem High grad training at Redline Fight Sports in Cambridge.

”I feel for how short of a time span I’ve been doing this that I’ve done well for myself, but I am far from satisfied. This is the beginning of my journey.”

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