The grandson of New York’s most notorious gangster John Gotti will make his professional mixed martial arts debut in Rhode Island later this month.
John Gotti III competes at CES MMA 46 on October 27. He will face Johnny Adams, as announced by promotion on Twitter.
Gotti III revealed his motives to pursue a career inside the cage, stemming from the relationship with his father and of course, his famed mobster grandfather (H/T MMAJunkie.)
His pro-MMA debut takes place on a significant day for the Gotti family, as he explained in a prepared statement, released by CES.
“The significance of the date is that it would have been my late grandfather’s 77th birthday, and I wanted to honor him on that day.”
Gotti III also explained how his intrigue MMA initially began as a means to bond with his father.
“When my father first came home from prison, (MMA) was a means for us to bond,” said Gotti III. “We would watch all the big fights together at home, as well as attending several cards in New Jersey.
“I think now, as I’ve chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest. I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result. What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”
CES MMA insists that the son of John Gotti II is a ‘top amateur prospect’ although, it has proven nigh on impossible to corroborate that due to his lack of presence on any legitimate martial arts record database.
Some of Gotti’s amateur fights, however, can be found on YouTube.
The numerous highlight packages fail to deliver the full picture when it comes to his ability, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Gotti III can live up to the hype, as he carries on his family’s fearsome legacy under much more regulated circumstances.