Saturday, December 4, 2010

ROC 33 and XFC 13 Light Up the East Coast

Two East coast promotions took to the cage last night as New Jersey-based Ring of Combat and Xtreme Fighting Championships of Florida presented knockout cards. Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat put five championship titles on the line. Meanwhile, about 1,000 miles down 95 South, Xtreme Fighting Championships tested the cage with its thirteenth show, XFC 13: "Unstoppable."

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Ring of Combat put together a hefty fifteen bouts for its thirty-third installment, "ROC 33". Highlighting the card in its co-main event, top prospect Chris Weidman remained undefeated, taking challenger Valdir Arraujo to a decision. Weidman, a two-time D-1 All-American wrestler, improves to 4-0. In other title action, Gian Villante and Joseph Reyes squared off for the promotion's previously vacant ROC heavyweight title. Villante, an eight-time ROC veteran, came off a loss to Demetrius Richards at ROC 29 for the light heavyweight title. An early arm injury prevented Villante from continuing. However with renewed arm strength, Villante took out his win-less opponent, Reyes, to take home the heavyweight strap.

Ring of Combat: "ROC 33: Ring of Combat 33"
December 3, 2010
Tropicana Resort and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Preliminary Card:
James Jenkins def. Yaser Shaukat via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 1:11
Whitney Jean-Francois def. George Glykas via TKO (Punches) R1 2:54
Mervin Rodriguez def. Brian Smiley via Submission (Armbar) R2 1:58
J.A. Dudley def. Michael Parzych via Decision (Majority)
Tom DeBlass def. Mitch Whitesel via Decision (Unanimous)
Giedrius Karavackas def. Joshua Key via TKO (Punches) R3 2:28
Justin Haskins def. Danilo Cherman via Decision (Unanimous) R3 4:00
Justine Kish def. Munah Holland via Submission (Triangle Choke) R2 2:53
George Sullivan def. Erik Oganov via Decision (Unanimous)

Main Card:
Costantinos Philippou def. Aung La Nsang via TKO (Punches) R1 0:11
Sean Santella Mikey Lovato via Submission (Armbar) R2 2:56

ROC Bantamweight Title Bout
Marcos Galvao def. Ryan Vaccaro via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00

ROC Lightweight Title Bout
Joseph Aviles def. George Sheppard via KO (Punch) R1 4:21

ROC Middleweight Title Bout
Chris Weidman def. Valdir Arraujo via Decision (Unanimous)

ROC Light Heavyweight Title Bout
Gian Villante def. Joseph Reyes via TKO (Punches) R1 1:03

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Xtreme Fighting Championships, Florida's leading mixed martial arts promotion, delivered non-stop action with XCF 13. The event aired live on HDNet, and featured a featherweight title fight between Luis Palmino and Jarrod Card in the main event. Bellator FC veteran Palamino went in the obvious favorite against reigning XFC bantamweight champion Jarrod Card. Palamino utilized superior striking, including a devastating third round leg kick that weakened Card for the remainder of the fight, to notch a five round decision over the former champion. The co-main event saw two heavies vying for the unofficial title of "Florida's best heavyweight." Chris Barnett defeated three-time Bodog fights veteran and American Top Team product Mario Rinaldi in what some might consider an upset. Barnett came into the event overweight, weighint in at 278 lbs. at the previous day's weigh-ins. Barnett also missed weight, tipping the scale at 315 lbs. at his previous fight in October, Martial Combat 12 in Singapore, in which he sufferred his first loss. In other action, Marianna Kheyfets, the promotion's star female fighter who suprised fans with a first round submission win over Kim Couture in her pro MMA debut at XFC 11, improves to 2-0 with a unanimous decision over Marissa Caldwell. But the evening did not go without controversy. A close decision between Joe Ray and XFC-Africa fighter Jeremy Smith brought forth yet another case of questionable judges' scorecards. Ray appeared to slightly edge a severely swollen-faced Smith with consistent grappling and striking, especially in the third round. But to the surprise of commentators Mike Schiavello and Guy Mezger and many fans at the St. Pete Times Forum, South Africa-based Jeremy Smith was ruled the winner in a close three-round contest.

Xtreme Fighting Championships: "XFC 13: Unstoppable"
December 3, 2010
St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa, Florida

Avery McPhatter def. Mark Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) R2 4:50
Sammy Rodriguez def. Joe Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) R1 2:01
Joe Calavitta def. Horacio Rodriguez via submission (rear-naked choke) R1 3:16
Jason Hicks def. Mike Milmerstadt via KO R1 1:36

Main card (Live on HDNet):
Jeremy Smith def. Joe Ray via split decision
Ian Stephens def. Joe Heink via unanimous decision
Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Parker Porter via submission (RNC) R1 4:50
Marianna Kheyfets def. Marissa Caldwell via unanimous decision.
Chris Barnett def. Mario Rinaldi via TKO (strikes) R2 1:44

XFC Featherweight Title Bout
Luis Palomino def. Jarrod Card via unanimous decision

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