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Premier Fighting Championship debuted on GFL.tv from The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, with another hard-hitting event as “Premier Fighting Championship 17″ lived up to all of the hype and then some. PFC is the #1 MMA organization in Massachusetts featuring the rising stars and blue chip prospects from the region. 14 bouts took place pitting some of the Northeast’s finest against one another in front of a highly charged crowd.
In the main event, Dirlei Broenstrup (10-3) defeated Shedrick Goodridge (6-8) via unanimous decision. The first round was fairly even as both men worked from the clinch and tried to outmuscle one another. Goodridge seemed like he wanted distance to strike but Broenstrup was intent on closing the distance. At the end of the round, Broenstrup got a takedown and even got the back of Goodridge going for a choke. The second round was more of the same as Broenstrup spent a lot of time in top control on the ground and got the back of Goodridge as the round ended. In the final round, Broenstrup did more of the same as he smothered Goodridge on the ground and landed some shots while on the back of Goodridge. Broenstrup beat a tough veteran in Goodridge and looks to continue to climb the ladder in PFC.
In the co-main event, Jessica Miele defeated Cassie Crisano via armbar in the second round. The first round was mostly fought in the clinch with each fighter looking to take the other one down. Miele showed off a solid wrestling and ground game the whole fight as she negated the shots of Crisano for the most part. Miele was strong in the clinch as she landed knees against the cage. Crisano got a takedown midway through the second round and scored with some ground and pound from the top, but Miele remained calm on the bottom and worked her guard so that she snatched an arm when Crisano went to throw a punch. Miele secured the armbar and rolled to her belly where she hyperextend the arm of Crisano and forced the tapout a second before the round ended.
TJ Sumler (5-4) won a decision over Ralph Johnson (8-13). Sumler controlled the fight with his takedowns, wrestling and control on the mat. Johnson wanted to strike but Sumler forced Johnson to fight on the ground with solid takedowns. Once Sumler got a takedown, that’s where the fight stayed for the whole round as Johnson was stuck on the bottom.
Andrew Chirico and Yelson Berdugo both won their fights via TKO as they showed off pinpoint accuracy and power.
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TULSA, OK (Sept. 16, 2014) – Submission ace Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (27-10) and red-hot finisher Joe Ray (11-3) have entered the highly-anticipated BattleGrounds MMA one-night, eight-man, welterweight (170 pounds) tournament that will award its winner a grand prize of $50,000, live on pay-per-view from BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, October 3.
Taylor and Ray will replace Dennis Hallman and Chris Honeycutt, respectively.
“We are thrilled to bring two more highly accomplished competitors like Jesse and Joe into the tournament fold, and are excited by the increased number of potential outcomes that their addition creates for this incredible, one-night event,” said BattleGrounds MMA President and Olympic wrestling gold medalist, Kenny Monday.
A veteran of a number of the world’s current and former top-tier fight promotions, including the UFC, Strikeforce, DREAM and World Series of Fighting, the 6-foot-1, 31-year-old Taylor honed his foundation in wrestling, becoming a two-time Junior College All-American and, later, a standout competitor for NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton.
Between August 2012 and December 2013, Taylor ran to seven consecutive victories, defeating standouts Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove and Elvis Mutapcic along the way. Taylor also boasts finishes of superstars Denis Kang and Murilo Bustamante.
One of the hottest prospects in MMA, the 5-foot-11, 29-year-old Ray has earned all of his victories to date by (T)KO (7) and submission (4), and enters the BattleGrounds MMA cage on a six-fight winning streak that began nearly three years ago with a first round (1:48) TKO (punches) of Levi LaLonde. In his last start, Ray pulled off an impressive submission of Muay Thai champion Ole Laursen with a guillotine choke in the third round of battle.
Ray relocated from Sarasota, Fla. to Miami in 2007 and began his training in martial arts shortly after the move. In a relatively short time, he has built a powerful foundation in the striking art of Muay Thai, splitting his training camps between American Top Team in South Florida and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. In addition to his stellar MMA record, Ray owns a 6-1 record in professional Muay Thai and kickboxing competition.
Taylor and Ray join a tournament field comprised of elite competition in submission wizard Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.; hard-hitting brawler Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protege David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (16-9) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Trey “That Just Happened?” Houston (11-2) of Bixby, Okla.
BattleGrounds MMA ‘O.N.E.’ will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Avail-TVN in the United States and Bell TV and SHAW PPV in Canada. A pre-show will begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and recently retired UFC superstar Chael Sonnen will call the action live from cageside. Additional bouts for the telecast as well as a preliminary bout card will also be announced soon.
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DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, still in incredible shape at age 40, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Daniel Attah on Saturday evening. Corley weighed in at an unbelievable 133 pounds, after spending close to 20 years fighting world class opposition at 140.
Corley dropped Attah five times, once round 4 and twice each in rounds 5 and 8. Attah was game enough to last until the final bell, however, to scores of 100-86, 99-86, and 100-85. With the win, Chop moves to 42-22-1 (25 KOs). Attah drops to 28-19-1 (11 KOs). The FightJournal.com exclusive video interview with Corley will follow this week.
In a special Washington, DC grudge match, Alexander “The Great” Johnson took on Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan. In what was billed as an even matchup, it didn’t take long for the winner to be decided.
About a minute into the opening stanza, the southpaw Johnson caught Buchanan with a straight left near the ropes and it was lights out. Buchanan tried unsuccessfully a few times to get up but couldn’t recover. Once he got to his feet, he was in no shape to continue. The referee waved the fight off at 2:10 of round one. Johnson improves to 16-2, (7 KOs), while Buchanan falls to 21-4 (14 KOs).
In the opener, Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson stopped Dennis “The Shark” Sharpe in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. I’m used to seeing guys drop as soon as Nicholson hits them. However, the game New Jersey native Sharpe fought as if he came for more than a paycheck on Saturday night.
Nicholson brought out the big left hooks to go along with the huge right hand that fans are used to seeing. The accumulation of punches paid off as Nicholson was able to end Sharpe’s night early. Nicholson improves to 10-0 (10 KOs). Sharpe falls to 17-13-4 (4 KOs).
Bouts with Hector Camacho, Jr and Jeff Lacy were both cancelled. Camacho, Jr was scratched due to injury. Former IBF champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was scheduled to face Rayco Saunders, but the bout was cancelled.
We have fighters from all walks of life with the one thing in common: they are all hungry to prove themselves in the cage and climb that ladder in hopes of a title shot. Prepare yourselves for submissions that will take your breath away. Knockouts that will get your adrenaline pumping. Fourteen fights coming straight at you on October 3, 2014.
Here is a look at all the professional mixed martial arts matches set to take the cage at HK38:
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The main event sees a WMMA strawweight battle that’s been months in the making. With both women scheduled to face off in an earlier Triple A MMA event, the time has now come for the two to finally clash to determine a winner. Unfortunately, at the time this promo video was complete Andres Quintana was set to face Ed Tomaselli. We are saddened to announce that Ed has officially been removed from the card due to circumstances beyond our control. Even though this is the second straight fight that has fallen through for Andres he is still set to fight, but that decision could change in the coming days.
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In the main event Joey Dawejko (11-3-2, 4 KOs) picked up his 5th stoppage against the mammoth Yohan Banks (7-8-3, 5 KOs). It took merely 94 seconds before referee Benjy Esteves Jr called a halt to the contest following Banks’ third trip to the canvas. Banks was initially put down by a left hook and finished off moments later by a right hook.
Dawejko says he’s ready to step up in class again as soon as the opportunity presents itself. He claims Mark Cipparone (Club 1957 Management) “changed his life” and that, in part, is responsible for his recent performances. Dawejko is 2-0 with 2 first-round knockouts since signing with Club 1957. Time will tell if Cipparone can also change the ultimate trajectory of Joey’s career, but so far, so good.
Details on the rest of the card follow.
Johnson Jajoute (151 lbs) UD4 Adrian Wilson (148.5 lbs) [40-36, 39-37, 40-36]
Jajoute (1-0) comfortably outpointed Wilson (0-1) using overhand rights and hooks. There wasn’t much jabbing by either fighter. Wilson had his best moment in round 3 when he caught Jajoute with his hands down, subsequently the only close round of the fight.
Anthony Abbruzzese (151 lbs) TKO3 Jesus Barbosa (148.5 lbs) [2:10]
In the most thrilling fight of the night, Abbruzzese (2-0, 1 KO) went tooth-and-nail with Barbosa (4-4-1, 3 KOs) before suddenly dispatching him in round 3. It initially looked like a quick night for Abbruzzese, who scored a knockdown in the opening stages of round 1, but Barbosa weathered the storm and Abbruzzese temporarily punched himself out. Abbruzzese’s corner implored him to jab and work the body more; but he mostly attacked upstairs with hooks and uppercuts. The momentum of the fight swung in Barbosa’s favor in round 2 courtesy of his relentless body attack, although he was docked a point for low blows. Abbruzzese didn’t re-take control of the fight until he landed a combination in round 3 that had Barbosa out on his feet. The unbeaten welterweight prospect essentially knocked Barbosa out twice as he took a break mid-rally because he expected Benjy Esteves to administer a count (ropes supported Barbosa). Abbruzzese’s corner gave him some words about that too.
Nathaniel Rivas (153.5 lbs) RTD2 David Navarro (158 lbs) [3:00]
Navarro (1-5) started fast but quickly faded. Rivas (4-0, 1 KO) dropped him in round 1 with an overhand right and dominated the fight thereafter. Round 2 nearly merited 10-8 scores even without a knockdown as Rivas brutalized Navarro to the head and body. Navarro’s corner was wise to pull him out of the fight between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
David Gonzales (146 lbs) D6 Malik Jackson (147 lbs) [57-57, 57-57, 57-57]
In perhaps the most interesting fight of the night, two unbeaten prospects kept their streaks intact. The fight began with one fighter holding on to survive and ended the other way around. Gonzales (5-0, 1 KO) started the fight like his name was Mike Tyson and had Jackson (2-0, 1 KO) in full survival mode. But the assault did not last. After the first minute Gonzales settled down and simply outboxed Jackson for the first 3 rounds. Then Jackson came alive and dominated the final 3 rounds. The aggressor was the victor in each round. After the fight Jackson explained that he intended to turn up the heart earlier but took a while to recover from round 1.
Anthony Burgin (135 lbs) UD6 Ramon Ellis (136 lbs) [60-54, 58-56, 59-55]
Burgin (7-0, 1 KO) gave Ellis (4-12-2, 2 KOs) a boxing lesson for the first 5 rounds before getting a little sloppy defensively in the final stanza. Ellis finally managed to land a few of his haymakers in the 6th round. Prior to that his lack of a jab prevented him from working his way inside, although his body work in round 2 was pretty good. Practically all of the straight punching came from Burgin, who perpetually moved laterally.
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USFFC returned to GFL with “USFFC XX”. USFFC has made a mark for itself in the Southeast and “USFFC XX” once again tore down the house from the Old Armory Event Center in Morgantown, North Carolina.
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Nathan Marsh (2-2, Independent, Marion, NC) vs. Garrett Patton (0-1, Independent Marion, NC
Round 1 – Marsh goes for a quick takedown, and after some work gets Patton to the ground. Working from half guard, Marsh goes for a amaricana, but lets it go to rain down some punches. Marsh lands some big shots, and moves to mount, then lands some more punches. Patton is able to reverse the position, and get on top of Marsh, but lands in a triangle. Patton is hanging tough, but still in the submission, and the bell sounds to end the round. Round 2 – Patton lands a jab cross combo to start the round, and Marsh goes for a takedown, but misses it. Patton is now getting the better of the exchanges in the standup, and Marsh goes for another takedown, and is able to get it after a bit of work. Marsh is now in top position working from guard, but not doing much, and Patton reverses him to land in mount. Some punches to the head of Marsh, and Marsh covers up then rolls and gives up his back. Patton locks in the rear naked choke, and with only five seconds left Marsh taps. Winner:Garrett Patton by submission via rear naked choke in 2:55 of round 2.
Amateur Flyweight Title Bout
C.J. Vanover (3-1 Independent Wilksboro, NC) vs. Marcus Levester (9-8 Combat Club, Jacksonville, NC)
Both fighters start quick, and Levester gets a single leg takedown to land in guard. Levester postures up to land some ground and pound, but Vanover wraps him up quickly. Levester puts Vanover in his corner to hear his corner better, then goes for a guillotine, but Vanover is able to escape, and get top position on Levester. Levester locks up another guillotine, and this time Vanover is unable to escape, and Levester gets the submission. Winner:Marcus Levester by submission via guillotine choke in 2:15 of round 1.
Pro Lightweight Bout (Co-Main Event)
Mike Stevens (3-1, 8 Points Muay Thai, Winston-Salem, NC) vs. Isaac Eberle (1-0, Creighton MMA, Atlanta, GA)
Round 1 – Stevens lands a solid leg kick, and the fighters clinch. Eberle gets a sweep and lands in Stevens’ guard. Eberle stands, and lands one punch and Stevens pulls him back down. Eberle transitions to side control, and Stevens gets him back to half guard then to full guard. Eberle stands on his feet lands a few punches, and attempts to move side control, but Stevens keeps him in guard. The fighters scramble, and get back to their feet against the cage. Stevens separates, and lands a good elbow. Eberle is able to get Stevens off of him and the fighter exchange punches. Both fighters showing good stand up, with Stevens landing a good body kick followed by with a head kick. Eberle is backing up Stevens up with his punches, but Stevens answers with a body kick. With the round coming to an end, the fighters stand toe to toe to finish the round. Round 2 – Stevens starts with a jab, cross, leg kick combo, and Eberle clinches, and takes him down to the mat. Eberle moves to side control, but Stevens is able to scramble to his feet. The fighters exchange punches, and Stevens backs up to throw some kicks. Eberle lands a big body kick, and it seemed to hurt Stevens, and they go to the mat. Eberle looking for a kimura, but Stevens is able to fight it off, and get Eberle back to guard. Eberle staying busy on the ground looking for a head and arm, but Stevens shows his good submission defense. Eberle is able to get to side control in a crucifix position, and land some solid punches before Stevens gets free. Eberle is still controlling this fight on the ground, and lands some punches to end the round. Round 3 – I have Eberle up two rounds to none, and Stevens needs a finish to win this fight. Stevens comes out with a furious pace, and lands a big head kick, and Eberle clinches to get a big slam on Stevens. Working from side control, Eberle moves to mount then goes for a submission, but is unable to get and Stevens is able to get back to his feet, but is taken back down by Eberle. Eberle is now back in dominant position with back side control on Stevens. Eberle moves to the back of Stevens looking for the choke. Stevens is controlling one hand of Eberle to keep him from choking him, and is able to scramble to his feet to lands some good punches. Both these fighters are giving it their all, and now Stevens has Eberle against the cage, but Eberle reverses the position and gets another takedown. Only thirty seconds left in this fight and Eberle is back in control. With the round coming to a close Eberle finishes the round on top. After three rounds of action we go to the judges’ scorecards. The judges score the fight 29-28,30-27,30-27 for your winner… Winner: Isaac Eberle by unanimous decision.
Pro Welterweight Bout (Main Event)
Eric Moon (14-13-1, Michigan Top Team, Clinton, Michigan) vs. Roger Carroll (14-11, Superior Martial Arts Academy, Conover, NC)
Round 1 – The main event is underway, and Carroll starts off with a head kick, and Moon answers with a jab cross combo. Carroll throws a superman punch followed by a body kick, and Moon clinches to get the takedown. Working from guard, Moon wants to posture up, but Carroll has him locked up tight. Carroll is peppering him with some punches to the head of Moon. Carroll is able to fight Moon off and get back to his feet. Carroll goes for his own takedown, but Moon sprawls and is able to fight it off, and land in top position. Moon stands to his feet, and Carroll makes him eat an upkick for his trouble. Moon goes back down in guard and lands some hammer fist on Carroll. Time winding down in this round and Moon is controlling the ground game, and that is how the round will end. Round 2 – Carroll start quick with a body kick, and Moon comes back with an uppercut, then take Carroll to the ground. This is where Moon controlled the last round, and wants to keep it here. Carroll almost gets an armbar, but Moon fights out of it. Carroll is making his way to Moon’s back, and locks up another armbar, but Moon uses his strength to muscle out of it. Moon is in top position, but gets back to his feet and lets Carroll get up. Moon comes back in to clinch and gets caught in a guillotine, and is forced to tap. Winner: Roger Carroll by submission via guillotine choke in 2:49 of round 2.
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Asylum Fight League is back with its latest installment “Asylum Fight League 46″ from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 13-bout amateur card featured 12 stoppages and 2 title fights, showcasing some of the top prospects on the East Coast!
In the main event, for the vacant Asylum Super Heavyweight Championship, Matthew Hill (4-0) defeated Patrick Egbert (3-1) via unanimous decision. These two men battled back and forth, but the control by Hill, both in the standup and on the ground is what made the judges give him the nod. Hill showed off a strong wrestling game getting multiple takedowns as well as working from side control to score with punches on the mat. Hill was also able to put together some nice combos throughout the fight. Egbert showed off his all-around game as he too put Hill in a few difficult spots. Egbert never gave up and up to this fight he was an undefeated fighter. Both prospects made a good showing in the fight and continue to grow. One thing that both men showed was decent cardio. The future is very bright for Hill and Egbert if they continue to get better and better in each fight.
In the co-main event, for the Asylum Heavyweight Title, Champion Trevor McGovern (7-1) defeated Matthew Spellen via rear naked choke in round two to retain his title. McGovern was just too strong on the mat as he moved from mount to side control to the back of Spellen through the whole fight. In the first, McGovern looked like he was setting up a twister before going for a RNC. McGovern ended the round with strikes from the mount. Spellen had a good sprawl as he defended the takedown attempts early and often, but once the fight went to the mat it was one-sided with Spellen just defending. In round two, McGovern got another quick takedown against the cage, and got the back of Spellen. McGovern flattened Spellen out on the mat and then took his back once again and got the RNC. All 7 of McGovern’s wins have comes via RNC. McGovern might want to consider turning pro at this point.
In a 147 lb bout, Robert Wallin (4-2) defeated Joseph Valentino (1-2) via triangle choke in the third round. Wallin showed off a strong grappling game as he was able to score multiple takedowns off of shots and also changing levels against the cage and finishing with a takedown. Once on the mat, Wallin went for a farside kimura but Valentino defended well. Wallin regrouped and attacked the back of Valentino looking for a RNC but it too was defended. Wallin got a kimura lock just as the bell ended the second round. In the third and final round, Wallin got another immediate takedown and ended up on top. From there, Wallin was able to lock on a triangle choke from the top. He readjusted the positioning several times and ended the fight with the triangle while on his back.
“Asylum Fight League 46″ comes to you anytime on video on demand. This mega card had plenty of knockouts, submissions and great fights. Don’t miss this exciting event which has become a proving ground for some of the top fighters in the Northeast. The only way to see this show is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv and own it for life.
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Ultimate Reno Combat 48 went down this past Saturday night as an outdoor event with the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino. This 10 fight card had something for everyone with few quick knockouts, thrilling jiujitsu and a unique outdoor setting featuring beer gardens and food trucks for the hungry crowd on a mild summer night. The fights themselves were anything but mild as Antoine Gibson defeated Samuel Nolasco via choke out in the fourth round for the Ultimate Reno Combat Welterweight title.and Brando Amaro of the Reno Academy of Combat defeated James Mulder to retain his Flyweight title with his seventh consecutive victory.
On the under card, fights were won by Travis Hyland, Jamario Mulder , Oscar Hernandez, Joshua Adams, Brian Garalde, Jordan Pankey, Sammy Gifford and Eric Helm.
Travis Hyland defeated Luke Carter via arm bar in the first round at 2:37
Jamario Mulder defeated Aaron Gagnon by a stoppage between the first and second rounds. Gagnon suffered a shin injury and could not continue the fight.
Oscar Hernandez defeated Jeston Bates by TKO via spinning back fist at 2:03 in the first round.
Joshua Adams defeated Johan Nevilda at 2:50 in round two via TKO due to strikes.
Brian Garalde defeated Adrian Kaaram at 2:37 in round two via TKO due to strikes.
Jordan Pankey of MMA Gold defeated Anthony Lopez between the second and third rounds due to a doctor stoppage. Lopez suffered a cut under his eye and could not continue the fight.
Sammy Gifford knocked out Anthony Beal at the 10 second mark of the first round.
Eric Helm defeated EJ Schmehl via split decision
Antoine Gibson defeated Samuel Nolasco via choke out in the fourth round for the Ultimate Reno Combat Welterweight title.
Brando Amaro of the Reno Academy of Combat defeated James Mulder via 1st round knockout with a heavy left that landed at the 2:59 mark in the first round at the bell.
Ultimate Reno Combat 49 is scheduled for Friday, December 5, at the Reno Events Center.
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Ring of Combat returned to GFL with “ROC 49″. This event was another stellar card, something Ring of Combat has become synonymous with, as 3 titles were on the line! The event took place at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was filled to capacity. ROC continues to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this 13-bout card reiterates its dominance as the top dog in the Tri-State area.
In the main event, with the ROC Featherweight Title at stake, undefeated Champion Andre Harrison (7-0) defeated Jeff Lentz (9-5-1) via split decision. In the beginning, after a clinch, Harrison would muscle Lentz down to the mat. Lentz was strong on the ground and very technical and would find a way to his feet to get the fight back to striking where both men scored with some solid punches and kicks. Later in the fight, Lentz was able to defend from the clinch position better as he scored with knees from the position before succumbing to another takedown by Harrison who went to work from side control. The middle of the fight was more striking, but Harrison did manage to get a takedown or two off of the scramble and Lentz being out of position. A cut opened above Lentz’s eye during one of the exchanges as it was unclear if it came from a punch or a clash of heads. In the final round, both fighters gave everything they had, with Harrison having his most dominant round as he was able to put Lentz on the mat and keep him on the ground for the majority of the round. Even after a takedown by Lentz, Harrison was able to reverse the position and get to side control. Lentz was game until the end, even going for a kneebar late in the round. As the final bell came both men were throwing punches against the cage in a wild fight.
In the co-main event, for the ROC Bantamweight Championship, Champion Julio Arce (6-0) defeated Jake Grigson (5-4) via rear naked choke of the first round to retain his title and stay perfect as a pro. Arce got a double leg takedown against the cage and worked for a guillotine before letting it go and punching Grigson from on top. Arce got the back of Grigson and landed a series of punches before he was able to sink in the fight ending choke and getting the tapout. It was a dominant win for Arce who proves to be a hot commodity in the Northeast in the 135 lb division.
In the third title fight of the night, for the ROC Flyweight Title, Matthew Rizzo (7-2) captured the title from former Champion Jimmy Grant (5-2) when Rizzo sunk in a rear naked choke in the first round. The compact Grant wrestled in Ohio but it was Rizzo who was able to get the takedowns in the fight and get the back of Grant in the early going. Grant rose to his feet with Rizzo still on his back. Rizzo locked on a body triangle and would not give it up as he pummeled Grant with punches from the position. Rizzo locked on the rear naked choke as the fighters fell to the mat and actually choked Grant out as Rizzo became the new champion after defeating a tough, gritty fighter in Grant in impressive fashion.
Pat Defranco (4-3-1) and Mervin Rodriguez (5-8-1) fought to a split draw after 3 tough rounds. Most observers had the fight for Defranco who landed the harder and cleaner shots and was the aggressor for most of the fight. Rodriguez was able to bust up Defranco’s face a bit with his punches and Rodriguez looked no worse for wear after the fight. However the judges scored it, the fight was fight of the night as both men showed solid cardio, great heart and top notch skill inside the cage as there was action from bell to bell.
You won’t find a more thrilling card then this one. Be sure to catch all of the action as Ring of Combat presents “ROC 49″ exclusively on pay-per-view VOD at GFL.tv.