Phil Caracappa vs. Humberto Perea booked for Dead Serious Pro MMA 1

Phil Caracappa faces off at Dead Serious weigh-ins. Photo Credit: Phil Caracappa

Phil Caracappa (1-0 MMA, 0-0 DSMMA) will face featherweight Huberto Perea (1-0 MMA, 0-0 DSMMA) at Dead Serious Pro MMA 1 inside iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey May 13, 2017.

It is the promotion’s first all-professional card.

A former Freehold Township High School wrestler, Caracappa made his professional MMA debut at Ring of Combat 58 Feb. 24, 2017. The 24-year-old beat Tommy Espinosa via unanimous decision.

As an amateur, Caracappa fought six times for Dead Serious, earning the promotion’s featherweight title by knocking out Mike Walters at 17 seconds into the opening round of their DSMMA 21 bout Oct. 1, 2016.

The last time the New Jersey native fought under the promotional banner came Nov. 5, 2016. He lost a unanimous decision to Anthony Newton at DSMMA 22.

After making his professional debut in the bantamweight division, Caracappa will make the move up to 145 lbs. After he could not find a opponent in his weight class, he decided to fight Perea at featherweight.

“I think I dominate anywhere the fight goes,” Caracappa said. “He will have the size advantage, but I believe my speed, skill and power will be the difference.”

After starting off (2-2) as an amateur, Perea won his next three bouts. He will be making his pro debut when he faces Caracappa.

Most recently, the 33-year-old earned a unanimous decision victory over Ronie Arana Leon at KTFO and ACC: World’s Collide Dec. 16, 2016. Previously, he defeated Alex Groden in back-to-back wins.

He ranks as the No. 3 amateur featherweight in New Jersey according to Tapology. Like Caracappa, he is a DSMMA veteran, fighting four times inside the promotion’s cage.

In his DSMMA debut, he received a unanimous decision nod against Anthony Guido May 31, 2014. In his next outing, Perea returned to the New jersey based promotion.

At DSMMA 14, he won another unanimous decision against Sam Hwang on the main card March 7, 2015.  In his second and amateur defeat May 30, 2015, Perea lost a unanimous decision to Javier Colon at DSMMA 15.

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By NJ MMA News Staff

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.