Ring of Combat continues to live up to its reputation of having the best fights. After witnessing the insane action at Tropicana Atlantic City for #ROC55, how could you not agree? Two new champions were crowned in Eric Roncoroni (185 lbs.) and Frank Buenafuente (145 lbs.) and Gregor Gillespie remains the ROC lightweight champion after being pushed by the very game Sidney Outlaw. ROC will continue to put on the best fights possible. For all the results, click on the link below provided by New York Fighting.
Ring of Combat 55
Sidney Outlaw vs. Gregor Gillespie
Eric Roncoroni vs. Mike Elshamy
Jose Chepe Mariscal vs. Frank Buenafuente
Jim Spicuzza vs. Max Bohanan
Raul Gonzales vs. Mike Trizano
Brian Booth vs. Ruslan Melikov
Sam Watford vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev
Sadee Monseratte vs. Jenna Serio
Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim vs. Gregy Styles
Andrew Aguilar vs. Sukhrob Aydarbekov
Eddie Lopez vs. Nick Fiore
William Calhoun III vs. James Gonzalez
Three Titles On The Line When Ring of Combat 55 Heads Back To The Tropicana Atlantic City, New Jersey, Friday, June 3rd
Gregor Gillespie Prepares for Second Defense of Lightweight Title; ROC Middleweight and Featherweight Titles Up For Grabs at
Ring of Combat 55
Legendary world kickboxing champion, Lou Neglia, brings his premier mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Ring of Combat, which has sent over 100 professional fighters to the UFC, back to the Tropicana Atlantic City, New Jersey, Friday, June 3rd.
Every success story has a beginning and Ring of Combat has started the journey for many MMA stars. With every show, ROC fighters get closer to join many fellow alumni in the UFC. ROC makes sure their fighters are battle tested like no other promotion.
Living by his code, "tough fights make great fighters," Ring of President, Lou Neglia, takes great pride in every fight card. "Putting on tough fights is good for the fans that pay to see a night of action," said Lou. "Not only is it good for the fans but it's also good for the fighters. You either win or you learn in a tough fight. You gain nothing in a easy fight," he continued.
Lou pulled no punches when assembling the fight card for ROC 55. "Ring of Combat has provided the platform for many success stories and this card is no different," said Lou. "This card is a great lineup of fighters who all are possible future stars. Come see which of your favorite fighter will join other ROC alumni in the UFC rankings," Lou continued.
The main event has the return of, New York's Gregor "The Gift" Gillespie (6-0) defending his regional ROC lightweight title for the second time. Gillespie, who has some of the best wrestling credentials in all of MMA, looks to make a statement in this fight. Many feel that with a dominant performance, Gillespie's next fight will be in the UFC. The man looking to derail Gillespie and win the title in the process is Sidney Outlaw (5-2). We last seen Outlaw at ROC 53 where he fought Elijah Harshbarger at welterweight. Outlaw will now compete at lightweight for Gillespie's title.
In the co-main event, Chicago's Jose Mariscal (3-1) will take on Frank Buenafuente (5-3) of New Jersey. Mariscal bursted on the east coast MMA scene when he defeated highly regarded Max Bohanan late last year. Mariscal fell short in a bid for Gillespie's lightweight title at ROC 54. Now he takes on the red hot Buenafuente for the vacant featherweight title. Buenafuente is riding a three fight win streak.
New Jersey's Mike Elshamy (3-2) will take on Eric Roncoroni (4-1) for the vacant middleweight title. In what many consider round two of their classic battle, the rematch is set for these two gladiators. Roncoroni defeated Elshamy at ROC 53 after the fight doctor stopped the fight at the end of round one due to a severe cut above the eye of Elshamy. Now he looks to even up the score against Roncoroni for Ring of Combat gold.
The Ring of Combat 55 non title bouts are: Jenna Serio (2-1) vs Sadee Monseratte Williams (0-1-1), Guram Mestvirishvili (2-1) vs Brian Booth (3-2), MaxBohanan (6-1) vs Jim Spicuzza (6-3), Matt Church (3-1) vs Nekruz Mirkhojaev (1-0), Anthony Genovese (2-0) vs Sukhrob Aidarbekov (0-2), Mike Trizano (1-0) vs Raul Gonzales (3-1), Nike Fiore (0-1) vs Themi Papadimitriov (0-2), James Gonzalez (0-1) vs Will Calhoun III (1-1), Gregy Styles (2-0) vs Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim (2-0)
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Four Title Fights at Ring of Combat 54
What a weekend for the world of mixed martial arts! At UFC 196, we saw two underdogs in Miesha Tate and Nate Diaz prove the oddsmakers wrong and shoot to stardom by submitting Holly Holm and Conor McGregor. Sometimes what you see on paper doesn't mean much once the octagon is locked.
Meanwhile, 2500 miles to the east, the night before the memorable UFC headliners shook up the world, the next generation of fighters were continuing to craft their skill and competing on what has become a pure breeding ground for the UFC.
If you haven't heard of Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat fight series by now, take a quick minute to Google the premier east coast promotion and you will see for yourself why the UFC rankings are filled with Ring of Combat alumni.
Several fighters from Friday's Ring of Combat 54 showed why they may be getting the call from the UFC brass. The 10 plus bout card featured many excellent and exciting matchups including four title fights with the winners all on the cusp of crossing over to MMA stardom after last weekends performance:
- Gregor Gillespie
- Brian Kelleher (title still vacant as Kelleher missed weight)
- Bradley Desir
- Mike Santiago
1. Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim (Universal/ECF Elite) vs. Travis Foster (The Edge Hoboken)
Hakim def. Foster Unanimous Decision 30-27
2. Guram Mestvirishvili (Serra-Longo Fight Team) vs. Jay Silva (RVCA)
Silva wins unanimous Decision 29-28
3. Nick Fiore (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Scarola BJJ) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (Brooklyn MMA)
Nekruz wins unanmous decision. 29-28
4. James Gonzalez (Serra BJJ) vs. Mike Trizano (Tiger Schulmann's MMA)
Trizano def. Gonzalez unanimous decision
5. Tony Gravely (Tech Top Team) vs. Paul Grant (Jungle Gym)
Gravely wins TKO reef stoppage due to strikes from back mount in round 3.
6. Zach Fears (Rich Clement's Gladiators Academy/St.Charles MMA) vs. Max Bohanan (Ricardo Almeida BJJ)
Bohanan wins via Split Decision
7. Leo Perez (Bonebreaker Gym) vs. Frank Buenafuente (Carnicella MMA)
Frank Buenafuente def. Leo Perez via unanimous decision 30-27
8. Matt Church (Navone Next Level MMA vs. Pat Defranco (Serra-Longo Fight Team)
Matt Church wins by submission (heel hook) in round 1
9. Mike Elshamy (Madama Jiu Jitsu) vs. Thomas Dibernardo (Mymidon Martial Arts)
Elshamy def. Dibernardo via unanimous decision.
10. Lester Caslow (Nick Catone MMA) vs. Mike Santiago (Team Top Notch)
Santiago wins by submission in the first round via rear naked choke. Retains ROC Featherweight Title
11. Eddie Lenoci (Serra-Longo Fight Team) vs. Bradley Desir (AllStar MMA)
Desir wins via TKO round 1 for the ROC National Lightweight Championship
12. Julio Arce (Tiger Schumann's MMA) vs. Brian Kelleher (Maxim BJJ)
Kelleher def. Julio Arce via submission due to guillotine choke Round 3
(The 135 lb. ROC Title is still vacant because Kelleher missed weight)
13. Jose Chepe Mariscal (Dutch Style MMA) vs. Gregor Gillespie (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Scarola BJJ)
Gregor Gillespie def. Mariscal via TKO due to strikes from back mount in Round 1.
Fight Coverage: Grabriel Toribio
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Ring of Combat is the one of the premier MMA organizations, ranked the #4 MMA promotion in the world by Sherdog. Ring of Combat has sent over 90 fighters to the UFC, which no other promotion can boast.
Ring of Combat alumni have not only made it to the UFC, but have had great success in the UFC; three of which have even gone on to become UFC World Champions (Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar, and Chris Weidman).
If you want to be part of the great Ring of Combat alumni and fight in upcoming events, contact Lou Neglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (516) 458-4989!