Monday, June 11, 2012

Only 3 Days 'Til Ring of Combat 41!!!

Press Release via GFL:

Ring of Combat returns June 15 with "Ring of Combat XLI" at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey or streaming on iPPV through the GFL Combat Sports Network. 4 titles are at stake as ROC continues to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this 14-bout, card reiterates its dominance as the top dog in the Tri-State area.

The main event, Uriah Hall (6-2) fights Nodar Kudukhashvili (0-0) for the vacant ROC Middleweight Championship. Hall comes into the bout on a 2-fight win streak, both stoppages, one via KO and one via submission. In fact, all 6 wins by Hall have come via stoppage making Hall one of the most exciting fighters on the East Coast circuit. The native of the country Georgia, Kudukhashvili, comes into the fight a relative unknown, although he has had fights in Eastern Europe they are not officially recorded in MMA databases. Kudukhashvili is a sambo expert and loves to grapple to if he can get the fight to the ground he will look to finish Hall on the mat.

In the co-main event, James Jenkins (5-0) battles Guillermo "Will" Serment (3-3) for the ROC Featherweight Title. The undefeated Jenkins has fought his whole career inside the ROC cage and now he goes for gold. With only 1 decision to his credit, Jenkins is a fighter that likes to push the pace and create his own openings and look for the finish. Serment is on a 2-fight win streak himself, and the Illinois native comes to New Jersey to take make it number 3 against Jenkins. Serment likes to grind his opponents out winning by decision so this matchup will be a contrast in styles with Jenkins looking for a way to stop Serment and Serment looking to wear Jenkins down.

In other title fights, Ed Gordon (4-0) fights Carlos Brooks (4-1) for the ROC Light Heavyweight Title. Gordon has been on a tear in his early career winning all 4 of his fights. Gordon is heavy handed and packs dynamite in both hands. Brooks is coming off a spectacular first round KO himself and this bout has the makings to be fight of the night, because these two 205 lb fighters are going to be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other.

And Jimmie Rivers (8-1) takes on Justin Hickey (6-2) for the ROC Bantamweight Championship. Rivera holds a championship with another organization already, and looks to add to his collection with this fight. The Bellator and TUF vet has faced a who's who of the East Coast's best and will look to utilize his strong wrestling base to nullify any of Hickey's offense. Hickey has won 6 of his last 7 bouts and this will be his first time going for a title. He also has a strong ground game and will look to win the scrambles and land points on the feet. If Hickey wins this bout, he will draw a lot of attention to himself as beating Rivers is no easy task.

You won't find a more thrilling card then this one. Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on June 15 as Ring of Combat presents "Ring of Combat XLI" exclusively on pay-per-view at GFL.tv.

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FULL CARD:
Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat
ROC XLI
June 15, 2012
Tropicana Casino and Resort
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Uriah Hall vs Nodar Kudukhashvili
James Jenkins vs Guillermo Serment
Ed Gordon vs Carlos Brooks
Jimmie Rivera vs Justin Hickey
Carlos Cline vs Andrei Kapylou
Lester Caslow vs Brian VanHoven
Tom English vs Soslan Abanokov
Andre Harrison vs William Metts
Walter Howard vs Liam McGeary
Chris Wade vs Villi Bello
Frankie Perez vs William Miller
Ben Syers vs Marvin Eastman III
Chip Gerber vs Alfredo Ortegon
Anthony Facchini vs Kevin Molina

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