As usual Louis Neglia put on a great event and stellar night of MMA fights at Ring of Combat 58! The 11 bout card had fans at the edge of their seats with the back and forth action. Fight fans let it be known, when you go to a ROC show, you’ll get your monies worth. CLICK HERE TO RE-LIVE THE ACTION ON GFL
Global Proving Ground – GPG 24: Fighting For Wounded Warriors featured a double header of championship action, and a solid card stacked with stoppages. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FIGHTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Darren Mima took on Juan Puerta in a back and forth flyweight war. Back and forth action for the short time it lasted as Puerta had some slick takedowns and solid striking mixed with Mima’s technical striking. Fans were rumoring Mima’s heavy hands would be too much for the tough Puerta, but Puerta never backed down and kept coming forward with his own. Unfortunately, during a heated exchange, Puerta had the crowd puzzled as he started tugging on his own arm, clearly bothered. Mima wasted no time jumping on his wounded prey following up with heavy shots until the referee stepped in calling a halt to the contest 3:24 in the opening stanza.
Desmond “M80” Moore returned home to the GPG cage to vie for the organization’s strawweight title against Albert Tapia. This bout had fireworks written all over it from the opening bell with methodical striking mixed with heated exchanges. During the second round, Tapia came forward aggressively walking right into a well timed right hook from Moore crumbling Tapia to the canvas, making him the inaugural GPG strawweight champion.
Nah-Shon “The Rock-N-Rolla” Burrell returned to the GPG cage taking on Dustin Long. Long possessed a significant reach advantage over Burrell but that didn’t stop “The Rock-N-Rolla” from walking down his much taller opponent with beautiful punch combinations transitioning to thunderous leg kicks which clearly took its toll quickly. After hurting Long several times, Burrell smelled blood in the water and put a striking clinic on his foe earning him the TKO victory, and making him GPG’s new middleweight champion.
OFFICIAL GPG 24 RESULTS:
Lloyd Reyes defeated Shaun Spath via second round TKO
Sambet Naimanbayev defeated Dwayne Holman via first round TKO (1:59)
Azamat Murzakanov defeated Eric Ellerbee via first round TKO/Doctor Stoppage (1:52)
Darren Mima defeated Juan Puerta via second round TKO/Docter Stoppage (3:24)
Desmond Moore defeated Albert Tapia via second round KO (3:18)
Nah-Shon Burrell defeated Dustin Long via first round TKO (4:40)
Global Proving Ground 24 Quick Results – WATCH THE FIGHTS CLICK HERE
Nah-shon Burrell def Dustin Long KO/TKO, 4:40 R1
Dez Moore def Albert Tapia KO/TKO, 3:18 R2
Darren Mima def Juan Puerta KO/TKO, 3:24 R1
Azamat Murzakanov def Eric Ellerbee KO/TKO, 1:52 R1
S. Naimanbayev def Dwayne Holman KO/TKO, 1:59 R1
Lloyd Reyes def Shaun Spath KO/TKO, 4:32 R2
The fight card included:
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Dustin Long at Global Proving Ground 24 Rated by MMAMANIA.com as One of Top Fights of the Weekend To Watch – Live on GFL.Tv
Now we’re approaching the real treats of the weekend!
Reigning GPG Middleweight Champion and UFC and Bellator veteran Nah-Shon Burrell looks to earn his third straight victory this weekend when he takes on rising prospect Dustin Long, and this fight has UFC implications written all over it.
Burrell, is a Philly born and bred fighter. The Rock-n-Rolla has fought in the UFC and Bellator. He has a huge heart and brings the fight to anyone who stands before him. His last time in the cage at GPG 23, he battered Canadian, Ryan Dickson and took home the belt with a barrage of combinations. His fans will be in attendance, and they will be loud!
Dustin Long brings in a nice 6-2 record with four submissions and notoriety from his native state of Tennessee. He is a veteran on TUF and brings a wealth of experience and talent into the cage.. Dustin knows he will be in hostile territory but has no fear and is coming for the belt.
Coming off a submission loss, Long will want to return to his winning ways, and earn the biggest win of his career by finishing a UFC veteran.
Considering Long has never made it to the judges scorecards, and Burrell is a noted finisher in his own right, expect a violent and wild finish within 25 minutes of action.
Can the winner of this fight earn a UFC roster spot?
The Bout Card: