Ring Of Combat 50 set to air on GFL.tv and iN Demand on January 23
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Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returns with its historic 50th event Friday, January 23rd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey. And it will be live on pay-per-view television, as well as streaming to a live global audience on GFL.tv.
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The event begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Additionally, a live, free-of-charge preview show featuring two preliminary card bouts from the event begins exclusively on GFL.tv at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
This card is stacked from top to bottom, with 13 bouts and seven Ring of Combat titles on the line. Lou has sent over 90 ROC alumni to the UFC, including middleweight champion Chris Weidman. UFN 59 this weekend features four ROC alumni – Uriah Hall, John Howard, Chris Wade and Frankie Perez. Perez was in fact pulled from the ROC 50 card when the UFC came calling.
The “American Idol of MMA” will showcase undefeated young gun Julio Arce, NCAA national wrestling champ Gregor Gillespie, KO artist Oluwale Bamgbose among many other exciting fighters.
“Having Ring of Combat on PPV is a tremendous break through for us,” said Lou. “We are thrilled to team up with GoFight Live, which gives us the opportunity to showcase this event – a major milestone for Ring of Combat – to fight fans all over the globe. And Ring of Combat fighters will get the exposure and publicity they deserve.”
Undefeated Ring of Combat national bantamweight champion Julio Arce (6-0) of Queens, NY will put his title on the line in the co-main event against battle-tested Thomas Vasquez (7-2) of Horn Lake, MS, and undefeated, former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and four-time All- American for Edinboro University Gregor Gillespie of Wantagh, NY, who will square off with Justin Stewart of Greene, NY in one of the pay-per-view pre-show matchups on GFL.tv.
Unbeaten KO artist Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose of New York, NY will battle Devon “Bam Bam” Morris of Niles, MI for the vacant Ring of Combat national middleweight title once held by Chris Weidman.
Since making his professional debut at Ring of Combat 45 on June 14, 2013 with a blistering first round TKO of Fikret Darzanoff, the 27-year-old Bamgbose has been unstoppable, continuing his dominant success with two more first round stoppages – a TKO of Michael Elshamy on Jan. 24, 2014, and a TKO of Steve Nichols on Sept. 19, 2014.
In the main event, 25-year-old Jeff Lentz will square off with fellow up-and-coming finisher, 26-year-old George “Lights Out” Sheppard, for the promotion’s vacant, national lightweight championship.
Unbeaten Randy “Rude Boy” Brown of Queens will lock horns with Mike Winters of Cortland, N.Y. for the vacant Ring of Combat national welterweight strap.
A Jamaican import, the 24-year-old Brown made his professional debut under the Ring of Combat banner on May 16, 2014, submitting Steve Tyrrell with an armbar in the first round. On Sept. 19, 2014, Brown turned in another powerful performance, finishing Leonard Simpson by way of second roundTKO with a barrage of punches.
Brown will face his toughest test to date in Winters, a veteran of more than five times as many fights than Brown. Winters has yet to be finished by an opponent since making his professional debut in 2010, and reeling off wins in his first four starts – three by way of TKO.
Ring of Combat flyweight champion, Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo will defend his title against Corey Simmons. Rizzo is coming off a brilliant first round rear-naked choke of Jimmy Grant at Ring of Combat 49 on Sept. 19, 2014, avenging a KO (punch) defeat at the hands of Grant, just one fight before that in May. Prior to the loss, Rizzo had collected four straight wins – three via first round submission.
Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover of Brooklyn, N.Y. will square off against Dan Cion of Farmingdale, N.Y. for the Ring of Combat East Coast lightweight title.
Nover, 30, is aiming for his third consecutive win, after earning back-to-back unanimous decisions over Darrell Horcher and Mike Santiago on April 4, 2013 and June 14, 2013, respectively. The victory over Horcher represented Nover’s final start of a 2-1 stint fighting for Bellator.
Cion is looking for his second straight win in what will be his first appearance since June 1, 2012 when he decimated Casey Milliken in just 18 seconds with an onslaught of punches.
Kenny Foster will battle Mike Santiago for the Ring of Combat East Coast featherweight belt.