Ex-Timberlane wrestler Lockard making waves in MMA

Childhood dreams rarely come true, but they seem to be coming to fruition for Danville’s Dylan Lockard.

Article Courtesy of the Eagle Tribune-

The former Timberlane wrestling standout won his MMA professional debut earlier in the month, with a unanimous featherweight decision over Mak Kelleher of New York in a three-round CES fight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Wrestling at 145 pounds with four amateur wins to his credit, that left the 24-year-old Lockard at 5-0 overall as he continues to live his dream.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of MMA,” said Lockard, who was a state champion at 152 pounds for the Owls back in 2010. “I began watching fights when I was 12-years-old and I knew it was something I wanted to do.

“I was already hooked but I remember going to a match in Boston with my dad in 2010 and I thought it was great.”

That Lockard, who got an associate’s degree from UNH after graduating from Timberlane, is undefeated in MMA may be a bit surprising if you look back at the difficult start to his wrestling career at Timberlane.

But, if you consider how he improved during his career as an Owl, it’s completely understandable. Just 8-22 as a freshman, he improved to 20-20 as a sophomore, was 15-11 as a junior and then 38-9 as a senior.

“He just kept getting better and better and by his senior year he was very good,” said Timberlane coach Barry Chooljian. “He never backed down. … I’m not surprised by his success in MMA.”

Lockard’s rise on the mat, and his eventual success, has been instrumental in his quick ascent in the ring.

“The wrestling helps outs a lot and gives me something to fall back on,” said Lockard. “Plus it teaches you how to be disciplined and train hard.

“I have the same work ethic I had then. I work hard and I think I put in more work than others. Plus, I have a great team to help.”

When in a pinch, Lockard — who trains five days a week at the Professional Martial Arts Academy in Derry — relies on his wrestling background, but he has become proficient in jiu jitsu and he’s working hard on his striking technique.

“There is so much to learn in MMA, so I’m working on everything all the time, but probably the most with the striking,” said Lockard, who has been working as a painter during the days.



In five matches, Lockard has three decisions and two submissions, recording an overwhelming decision in his first pro fight.

The victory over Kelleher was the first of a three-fight deal Lockard signed with CES. He hopes to fight again in November.

Looking ahead, Lockard doesn’t have a specific goal, wanting to just “keep fighting and keep enjoying it,” but one gets the sense that, with the way he’s going and his approach, he should take his fighting to yet another level.

“I always tell myself that if I keep working hard I’ll get to where I want to be,” he said. “It’s been my mindset since high school.”


Lockard’s RISE AS OWL

2007 — 8-22

2008 — 20-20

2009 — 15-11

2010— 38-9

A Road Less Traveled


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Dylan Lockard, Photo Courtesy of Joe Kelley Photography

Once the reigning , defending New England champion of two different weight classes in New England, Dylan Lockard took the biggest step of his career Friday night at CES MMA. The talented wrestler from Hampstead, NH, left his amateur career behind to start all over moving into the professional ranks. Entering the most prolific promotion on the east coast, Lockard quickly became a small fish in a big pond in the highly competitive Northeast MMA scene. Following the footsteps of his mentor and coach Rick Hawn, A former CES Veteran, Lockard chose the road less travelled. CES MMA has proven to be a fast track to the UFC however a gambit of some of the countries best athletes all call CES home making every fight a gauntlet to reach the top.

Lockard doesnt know what an easy fight looks like. After several fighters falling through, Lockard has always had to fight the best his division has had to offer thus making his journey to pro a grueling one. His opponents ammassing a combined record of 17-5  to his 4-0 is an attestment to the champion Lockard truely is. Lockard’s road through MMA to this point has been a priceless education of experience and grit. Friday night was a culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and experience masked by a skillful demeanor as Lockard stepped into a roll he was all to familiar of. Facing another veteran of the sport, once again playing the roll of underdog, Lockard undoubtably prepared for a fight to begin his upward battle to the top once again.

Lockard made every punch count as the fight drew closer to the final bell. Leaving no doubt in the minds of the fans nor the judges as Lockard scored a unanimous decision victory over his opponent to begin what will be a fruitful professional career. Starting over, or starting a new, Dylan Lockard remains unbeaten.

Congradulations to Dylan Lockard and the family of PMA!

Dylan Lockard, Photo Courtesy of Joe Kelley Photography

“Fighting for CES was an awesome experience! i had a blast fighting for CES and being on the same card as some of the top fighters in the area, Thank You to CES for the opportunity! I ‘d love to fight for them again.” -Dylan Lockard

Lockard Wins pro Debut at CES!


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Lincoln, RI — A successful pro debut for Dylan Lockard is an understatement as the Team PMA stand-out fighter Scored two 10-8 rounds against a very game veteran in Mak Kelleher of New York enroute to a unanimous decision victory. Lockard was able to use his wrestling to neutralize Kelleher for much of the three round war. a key moment in the bout was when Lockard secured a rear mount with body lock while Kelleher

CES MMA August 12, 2016

CES MMA August 12, 2016

stood. Lockard delivered a beating to Kelleher holding a two-on-one with one hand and striking with the other. Lockard’s fight lasted the full fifteen minutes ending in a unanimous judges decision for the fighter. His first time going to decision in over two years.

Fight Results: Dylan Lockard (1-0) defeats Mak Kelleher (1-3) of New York via Unanimous Decision. 30-27, 30-26, 30-26


Lockard, Weighed in and ready to fight!


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Lincoln, RI — A successful weigh-in from the Twin River Casino’s event center capped off the day as fighters now rehidrate looking to fuel their bodies for tomorrows contest. CES 37 will air the main card “Live” on AXS TV with highlights of the undercard presumably following the main event.

imageDylan Lockard took to the scales at 5:15pm today weighing in at 145.5 lbs for his featherweight professional debut against Mak Kelleher (1-2). Kelleher and Lockard are tentively scheduled as the second bout of the evening. Fights begin at 7pm.

For a live review and play by play of the bout visit www.Mass-MMA.com at 7pm. Refresh the page as a live review of each fight will upload every five minutes.image



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DERRY,NH — Team PMA/Sityodtong standout Dylan Lockard will make his long awaited professional debut on August 12th for Classic Entertainment and Sport (CES), New England’s premier MMA promotion.CES leads the standard in Mixed Martial Arts on the east coast and is highly regarded as one of the top organizations in the world. A promotional television deal inked with AXS TV offers CES fighters the ability to be seen across the world.

“The exposure a fighter is offered while fighting for CES is top notch. This is the entertainment industry as well as sport, to fight in front of an audience of hundereds of thousands is priceless to a fighter and his sponsors.” Says Dan Bonnell (Lockard’s Manager)

Currently ranked the #1 amateur featherweight in New England, Lockard was slated to fight for the New England Amateur title against Billy Keenan (6-1), but an injury to Keenan halted the bout. No replacement was made with just a few short weeks remaining until fight-night and PMA manager Dan Bonnell made the decision for Dylan to for-go his last amateur fight and become pro.

“Dylan really has nothing left to prove as an amateur anymore, the title would have been a nice cap to a terrific amateur career but at the end of the day says nothing about the true competitor Dylan really is. We’ve thrown everything we can at Dylan and he’s just unfazed by the pressure. He has all the tools to make a great pro in the featherweight division.”– Says Bonnell

This is a major move for Lockard, one he’s been groomed for. The quiet kid from a small New Hampshire town now has his sights on some auspicious goals. One of which is adding his name to the short list of New England fighters to make it to the UFC.

To buy tickets to Dylan’s pro Debut fight click here: BUY NOW!

**Purchasing tickets through the link (Cagetix.com/CES) above will ensure that Dylan gets credit for each sold and recieves a percentage toward his fight purse. Tickets bought through the link will be available at Will-Call at the venue (Twin River).


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National Wrestling Club-Team Backs Lockard in route to Featherweight Title Fight


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imageKingston, NH — Smitty’s Barn, A top ten ranked club team nationally is a long time supporter and sponsor for New England’s top featherweight fighter Dylan Lockard (4-0). Locked, a former 2010 New Hampshire state wrestling champion from Timberlane high school has been a club team member of former national champion and all american wrestler Matt Smith (Owner) of Smitty’s Barn for several years.

“We watched Dylan develope into a high level athlete over the years. He has come to me to work on his wrestling skills for years now” –Says Smith

“Dylan has developed into a serious competitor in the MMA world and we look forward to watching him and helping him win fights in the future. It is our pleasure at Smitty’s Barn to sponsor such an elite level athlete such as Dylan”



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ANDOVER, MA — Mass-MMA.com editor Dan Bonnell announced today that the regions top MMA media site has ink’d a ten fight sponsorship deal with New England’s top featherweight Dylan Lockard.

Lockard is scheduled to fight for the New England featherweight title at Cage Titans June 18th against Billy Keenan (6-1).