We all knew it was just a matter of time before undefeated New Jersey fighter Tom DeBlass hit the big time. Tom will make his UFC debut on April 14 on the UFC on Fuel 2 show, which takes place in Sweden. His opponent is Cyrille Diabate, who was originally scheduled to fight Jorgen Kruth. Kruth had to drop out of the fight, however, which opened the door for DeBlass to make his UFC debut--on just 1 week's notice.
Tom is definitely deserving of this shot, and I believe he'll make the most of it. He's got a four fight deal with the UFC, and Diabate makes a great first opponent. Cyrille is a striker, and will have his hands full against Tom, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Almeida. DeBlass also hits very hard--he trains with boxing coach Mark Henry--and is an excellent wrestlter, so I expect him to take the fight wherever he wants it.
DeBlass is 7-0, with all of his fights taking place at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat. His last fight, a stunning 41 second submission victory over tough Randy Smith, took place last February. Tom now joins a long list of ROC fighters who have gone on to the UFC, including former UFC champions Matt Serra and Frankie Edgar.
Hopefully, he eventually be the third UFC champion to emerge from the ROC. He's got all the tools and the right attitude, so the sky is the limit for Tom DeBlass.
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