That's Ring of Combat 22 on November 21st, for those of you who've forgotten your Roman numerals.   And it's quite an accomplishment for Lou Neglia, who continues to deliver quality MMA fight cards, year after year, event after event. Ring of Combat started out in 2002.  The first show took place in Connecticut, but every show since then has been in New Jersey.  The event has become a staple at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City: ROC XXII will be its 20th appearance at the venue. But even before 2002, Lou Neglia was blazing MMA trails in New Jersey.  Back in 2000, he and Ray Longo convinced then-NJACB commissioner Larry Hazzard to sanction an exhibition mixed martial arts bout on the undercard of a full contact Karate show at the Tropicana--a watershed moment in the history of MMA. Still going strong after all these years, Lou has seen other MMA promotions come and go.  How has he succeeded in the fight game when so many others have failed? For one thing, he's a fighter himself.  A former 3-time world kickboxing champion, Lou knows what it takes to succeed in the ring.  He also knows how brutal the sport can be, which is why he does his best to take care of the fighters he employs. Like he told The Press of Atlantic City:
"Those other (MMA) promoters are like used-car salesmen just looking to make a quick buck. I'm doing this for the love of the sport."
And it shows. Take ROC XXII for example. Three titles are on the line, two ROC titles and a USKBA title, and the whole card is just stacked with talent, most of it from the East Coast. Names like Chris Ligouri, Dante Rivera, Igor Gracie, Tim Troxell, Constantino Phillpou, Dom Stanco, Rob Guarino, the list goes on and on. Lou Neglia knows how to deliver.  He should; he's been doing it long enough...and loving every minute of it. You can check out the complete card after the jump.  See you at the ROC!
Cory Mahon FCBJJ
Chris Liguori Ricardo Almeida
Dante Rivera Ricardo Almeida
Paul Bradley Lionheart MMA
Tim Troxell AMA Fight Club/Renzo Gracie
Dave Sachs Pittsburgh Fight Club
Light Heavyweight
Constantino Phillipou Team Serra Longo
John Doyle Blackman MMA
238 lbs
Joe Abouata Alex Wilkie's MA Academy
Paul White Rhino Fight Team
Igor Gracie Team Renzo Gracie
Troy Maxwell Extreme Performance MMA
145 lbs
Jimmie Rivera TSMMA
Jim Hettes Lionheart MMA
fighter stats n/a
John Salgado Team Ross Zocchi
Jay Isip Team Kurt Pellegrino
Chris Presta Bellmore Kickboxing
Mike Stewart Jungle Gym
fighter stats n/a
Biff Walizer Lionheart MMA
Dom Stanco Bellmore Kickboxing
Sean Foreman Rhino Fight Team
Greg Soto Team Kurt Pellegrino
135 lbs
Nick Pace TSMMA
Sean Santella AMA Fight Club/Renzo Gracie
160 lbs
Jay McLean Advanced Martial Arts
Anthony Budion Serra Longo
235 lbs
Pat Collins AMA Fight Club/ Renzo Gracie
Jim Boudourakis Redboy BJJ
Rob Guarino Rhino Fight Team
Doug Sonier Freestyle
Lou Neglia has been putting on Ring of Combat shows since 2002. He's up to number 22 and there is no end in sight. Lou's shows continue to be a staple of the East Coast fight scene and this card is awesome. It includes TUF 7 veterans Paul Bradley and Dante Rivera fighting for the ROC middleweight title and features Chris Liguori vs Cory Mahon for the ROC lightweight title. Also on the card are some of my good buds, including Tom Gallicchio, Tim Troxell, Rob Guarino, Joe Abouata, Paul White and Constantino Phillipou. As usual I plan on being down there covering the fights and hanging out with the Jersey boys. For the complete card, check out Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat website.
As usual Lou Neglia put on a great show. The card was stacked with local talent and the fights delivered. The fight I was most interested in seeing was the one between Brutal Brendan Barrett and Costantinos Phillippou. Unfortunately, Barrett suffered a cut over his eye early in the first round and the doctor stopped the fight before the round was over. Phillippou was awarded a TKO victory but it was not a satisfying conclusion. The fight was shaping up nicely before the premature stoppage. Phillippou landed a big right hand on Barrett very early in the fight, but Barrett didn't even blink and then took Costa down. Brendan had side control for a bit, tried a few subs from bottom and looked to be pretty much in control on the ground. On the feet, Coast, a former boxer, had the edge. He's a bomber, but his ground game is coming along too. How can it not with the great Matt Serra in his corner? Congrats to Costa and Team Serra Longo. Tough break for Brendan and the Rhino Fight Team. I'd love to see a rematch. Lou, make it happen! The rest of the card was excellent. My good friend John Moody covered the event with me and has full results on his site TriStateFighter.com. Also, I snagged exclusive interviews last night with Pete Drago Sell and the man himself Matt Serra. Matt is one of the funniest guys in MMA and he was cracking everybody up last night. I'll post those later.
Hey fight fans, I will be heading down to beautiful Atlantic City today to check out ROC 21 at the Tropicana.  Lou Neglia always puts on a great card, and this one should be fireworks.  If you see me down there, come on up and say: Here's some money, Garv!
By TheGARV.com Staff

At this past Asylum Fight League show on July 26, we saw our fair share of wars, knockouts and submissions. Throughout the night the top Amateur MMA fighters of the Northeast squared off at the Philadelphia Flyers minor league practice center. With a decent crowd in attendance the fighters pleased the excited fight fans giving them what they want, that being knockouts and tons of heart.

The team that really proved to be a class above the rest are those fighters that hailed from Long Island, representing 4-Time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Emerson Souza's talented squad.

In the first bout of the night featured 27 year old Emerson Souza blue belt Ivan Gomez. But we never got a chance to see the blue belt pull out any flashy submissions, or takedowns. Instead we saw Mr. Gomez come out into the middle of the ring, throwing a "2-3-2" combination leaving his opponent out cold at just 19 seconds of the first round, before coaches could even get a work out. With this very impressive win Ivan Gomez brings his record to a clean two wins and no losses.

Up next for the Long Island BJJ squad was flyweight phenom Jared Picariello. Picariello came into this fight undefeated, winning his last two MMA fights in under two minutes, not to mention competing in the prestigious New York Daily News Golden Gloves where he earned a first round TKO, and lost a close decision to go into the quarterfinals.

Jared's original opponent who had a record of 1-1, had to pull out of the fight hours prior to the fights, scrambling together Jared received a new opponent this time he got a fight against an Undefeated MMA fighter who also hailed from New York and held a 4-0 record in boxing. Without hesitation Jared came out and boxed with his opponent, landing jabs and body shots at will. After landing some successful body shots, Jared tenaciously went after his opponents neck, going for the guillotine choke. After two failed attempts at a takedown, his opponent caught himself in one of the tightest guillotine/front chokes I've seen. Wrenching his opponents neck without an arm in, and in full guard, Picariello end his opponent's night. One and a half minutes into the fight, and less the two minutes of work, Emerson Souza BJJ went 2-0 for the night.

Next up for these "jits" guys is a standup test, this time in the form of Muay Thai. They will both be competing this month along with 185 pound teammate Kevin Murphy at the Inagural New York Fight Club, August 28th at the Freeport Recreation Center. No bad for a bunch of Jiu-Jitsu guys. Go to NYfightClub.net for more information on the fights and EmersonSouzaBJJ.com to learn more about these fighters and other up and comers. Expect some big waves from these two in the Northeast fight scene.

Note: TheGARV will be at the August show in Freeport doing the Ring Announcing. So if you want to me me or beat the living crap out of me, here's your chance. Come on down to Freeport Long Island on August 28.


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