2012 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report: #2 - Joey Gambino

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Name: 22px-flag_of_the_united_states Joey Gambino
Nickname: The Raging Warrior
Age: 23
Height: 5'7"
Location:
Saugerties, New York

Despite sharing his name with an infamous New York City mob family, Joey Gambino (8-0) isn't known for whacking bums in the back alleys of the Big Apple. He is, however, well-known for brutalizing any opponent foolish enough to step inside a cage with him. The 23-year-old Saugerties, New York native found a knack for the sport after amassing a 111-37 record during his high school wrestling career, helping him make the transition to the sport just one year after graduating in 2008. Interestingly enough, Gambino co-captained the squad with The Ultimate Fighter 14's Dennis Bermudez.

Since his professional debut in November of ‘09, Gambino has recorded eight consecutive wins, all coming by way of stoppage. The streak was capped off by a knockout victory over Ring of Combat veteran Eddie Fyvie (9-5) at CFFC 11 in October, winning him the Cage Fury Fighting Championship featherweight title.

Gambino's quick rise isn't simply credited to a strong, athletic background in wrestling. His need for the proper training facilities led him to Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, home of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and a bevy of other elite level fighters. The obvious payoff to such a move is that Gambino has been exposed to some of the best training in the world, and it shows when he steps into the cage.

Understandably, Gambino hasn't shied away from his roots. At the core, he's a wrestler who has strong takedowns, solid conditioning, and brutalizing ground and pound. His striking game is his weakest area, but where Gambino lacks technique -- he more than makes up for with aggressiveness, power, and killer instinct. That isn't to say that Gambino is a below average striker. On the contrary, Gambino has improved considerably from his first fight in the cage to his most recent in October.

The key intangible that sets Gambino apart from the pack is his urgency to finish. The only chink in his armor may be his size at only 5'7", but so far -- that hasn't stopped him from impressively steamrolling the competition. Under the watchful eye of Firas Zahabi, the sky is the limit for Joey Gambino. He faces Bellator veteran Kenny Foster at CFFC 13 on February 4.

Check out more video footage of Joey Gambino after the jump...

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Joey Gambino's 2nd fight


Joey Gambino's 3rd fight

Joey Gambino's 4th fight


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