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Truro's Pat Carroll to fight this weekend at Casino New Brunswick

MMA fighter Pat Carroll grew up in Truro and now lives in Halifax.
MMA fighter Pat Carroll grew up in Truro and now lives in Halifax. - File photo

TRURO, N.S. – For two years, Pat Carroll’s biggest fight was outside the ring as he recovered from a major car crash.
After several surgeries and many hours of physio, the Truro-born MMA fighter is gearing up to fight opponent Alderic Keith at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton Saturday, his first pro fight since 2017 and the fifth of his career.
“It feels awesome man, when you go through stuff like that, you start thinking about if you’re going to be able to do it anymore,” said Carroll. “I’m grateful I have the opportunity to keep doing what I love.”
Despite his fighting hiatus, Carroll kept active on the MMA scene through coaching fellow fighters, visiting Russia twice in the past year in support of his friend Chris Kelades, a UFC veteran. There, he acted as a cornerman for Kelades in the ring.
His first Russian visit took him to Moscow and the southern region of Ingushetia in the Caucasus Mountains. Often riven by conflict, this region is home to some of Russia’s finest MMA fighters such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, who hails from nearby Dagestan.
Carroll did not have a chance to meet Nurmagomedov, who was at the centre of the infamous brawl with Conor McGregor last year.
However, he followed Kelades back to Russia for a second fight in Chelyabinsk, on the edge of Siberia, developing a high regard for his Russian counterparts.
“They’re just as tough and technical as us, but they have the support of their government,” said Carroll. “They have a lot of community support.”
Back in Canada, Carroll is grateful for the support of his fans in both Truro and Halifax, where he now lives. He often visits his hometown to see his parents and younger brother.
Now 29, Carroll started training when he was 16 and began competing at age 18.
He is presently a two-time Canadian national amateur kickboxing champion and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Carroll will be fighting at the Elite 1 MMA Decade of Destruction event at Casino New Brunswick on April 27, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
There are still general seat tickets available at $42.39, including HST and service fees. VIP tables, ringside and super ringside seats are sold out.
To purchase tickets, please call Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. People in Moncton can also buy them at Casino New Brunswick's gift store.

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