New England’s Peter Barrett has been on top of the local scene for years.
Known to some as “Slippery Pete,” he is a professional fighter out of Abington, Massachusetts and he fights out of the famous Sityodtong Gym in Somerville, Massachusetts. Barret has been with the gym since 2011 and cross trains at Lauzon MMA too. Not only does he have an impressive record of 9-3, he has been fighting the top guys locally.
How did it all become a reality?
Peter was born in Abington, Massachusetts and in High School Peter wrestled. Once he graduated in 2005, the show The Ultimate Fighter was getting popular and fighters like Nate Diaz were on the show. Barrett instantly became a fan.
After attending college, Barrett realized pursuing his education wasn’t for him, so he began getting into Muay Thai, and No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu out in Denver, Colorado. He was lucky enough to meet the right people and because of his wrestling background, he got used as a drilling partner for some of the local pros. As he kept training with a chip never on his shoulder, Barrett grew to love the fact he could put to use something he loved doing.
After getting a taste of what life as a fighter would be, a fire was lit under Barrett, and with things going well in Colorado, he decided to move home to pursue his career in fighting. After watching his cousin fight once, he knew MMA was what he was going to do for a living.
Sticking with the grind during tough times.
The last few years for Barrett has been nothing but a rollercoaster, with both good and bad.
Two years ago, Peter lost both his brother and his dad, and went through a mental block that wasn’t easy to break, especially with the grind fighters go through on a daily basis. He has overcame the ugly and has had a great run on the local scene, but now he’s ready to make the jump to the big leagues.
Cage Titans co-main event slot vs Zach DiSabatino.
Peter has been a long-time fighter for a local promotions called Cage Titans. They are one of the premiere promotions along the East Coast and he will be taking on Zach DiSabatino in the co-main event.
I asked him about the matchup and apparently his gym has been trying to book a fight with South Shore Sportsfighting, so this is definitely a fight him and his team have wanted. When asked about DiSabatino’s fighting style, Barrett said, “he’s is a grinder and a good grappler, But I started out as a wrestler and I am known as a striker. Do not sleep on my Jiu-Jitsu.”
Peter will be looking to keep DiSabatino at the end of his punches and look for the second-round knockout come July 15th.
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The Scrap’s Hiram Alvarado is a full-time father from Massachusetts who loves to watch and cover mixed martial arts. Follow Hiram on Twitter (@hiramwritesmma).