Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:16
Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat XLII took place last night at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There were ten fights altogether, including four title fights. As usual, the place was packed and the fans were treated to some amazing action throughout the night.
In the 135 pound title tilt, Jimmie Rivera defended his crown and once again showed himself to be among the best bantamweights in the world with a very impressive unanimous decision victory over tough Joel Roberts. Roberts was able to match Rivera's speed at the beginning of the fight, but as the minutes ticked by he could not keep up with Rivera, who fights out of the Tiger Schulmann camp. It was a classic Jimmie Rivera fight, where he showcased both his striking power and ground game. This kid is definitely going places.
In the second title fight, this one for the ROC LHW championship, Anton Talamantes showed great wrestling technique and a granite chin in winning a unanimous decision over formerly unbeaten ROC champion Ed "Truck" Gordon. In the first round, Talamantes was able to get the takedowns and control the fight on the ground. But in the second round, he got rocked by a Gordon uppercut, but managed to hang on, and even scored a takedown later in the round. In the third round, Anton was cautious, and Truck kept coming forward throwing bombs, but Talamantes was able to weather the storm and score more takedowns. It was a very impressive performance from Anton Talamantes, and I look forward to him defending the belt.
Next up was Deividas Taurosevicus defending his featherweight crown against Mike Santiago. Deividas started strong with a big slam takedown, but Santiago reversed the position and landed some brutal ground and pound. Both fighters gave as good as they got for the rest of the first round and most of the second, before Deividas caught Santiago is an armbar, forcing the tap out. It was a very gutsy performance by Taurosevicus, and was my personal fight of the night.
In the main event, Ronald Stallings shocked the crowd and Mike Massenzio with a monster knee to the midsection that put Mike down in the first round. Stallings wasted no time in launching a ground and pound blitz on Massenzio, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to step in an call a stop to the action. Throughout the fight Stalling looked very comfortable and confident, and he showed world class skills in beating a fighter of Mike Massenzio's caliber. Ronald Stallings is definitely a fighter to keep you eye on, and he is now the Ring of Combat regional middleweight champ.
All in all, it was once again a great night of fights, and further proof that the Ring of Combat is the premier MMA promotion outside of Zuffa and Bellator. If you missed the action last night, you can catch the replays on GoFightLive.com.
Here are the official results of all of last night's bouts: