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Meet Garfield Mixed Martial Arts Champion Before Next Title Defense

Garfield fighter Frankie "The Mantis" Buenafuente will defend his title Sept. 23.
Garfield fighter Frankie "The Mantis" Buenafuente will defend his title Sept. 23. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Frankie Buenafuente

GARFIELD, N.J.– Ring of Combat Featherweight Champion Frankie "The Mantis" Buenafuente of Garfield will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at a city eatery Sept. 10.

Buenafuente, 28, is scheduled to appear at 9 p.m. at The Firehouse, 42 Plauderville Ave.

"It means the world to me with everything they are doing for me and the support I get from from everyone," Buenafuente told Daily Voice. "I know when I step in that cage I'm never alone when I have the support of my city."

His next fight – against Nekruz Mirkhojaev – is slated for Sept. 23, at Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. The first fight starts at 8:30 p.m.

It's the same venue where the 5-foot-9, 145-pound Buenafuente won his title June 3.

The restaurant also is sponsoring a bus trip for the fight. The cost is $80, which includes a ticket.

Buenafuente, a 2007 Garfield High School graduate and two-time state place winner owns nearly all of the school's wrestling records.

“All I want to do is take you down to the ground and pound," Buenafuente said of his fighting style, which relies heavily on his wrestling background.

He was introduced to MMA after wrestling for Bergen Community College under head coach Mike Massenzio .

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