Rolles Gracie took on Bob Sapp at One FC 2: Battle of Heroes on February 11.  The fight went down in classic Gracie style, with Rolles closing the distance, getting the take down and dominating the fight on the ground.  Here's the video of Gracie's impressive performance.

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Tom DeBlass is now 7-0 as a professional MMA fighter.  DeBlass is also now the Ring of Combat Light-Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion.  Two titles in two weight classes at the same time.  Only one other fighter in ROC history has accomplished that feat.  What else does DeBlass have to do to prove that he belongs in the big leagues?  The most recent edition of the DeBlass highlight reel came Friday night at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

The stage was Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat 39 and the opponent was veteran heavyweight journeyman, Randy “The Wolf” Smith.  Smith courageously accepted this fight on very short notice after having fought twenty-eight days earlier.  DeBlass was considerate in not taking up too much of Smith’s time that night.  It took DeBlass just forty-one seconds to get the fight to the mat and secure a tight heel hook to get the tapout victory and another world title.  Seems to be a no brainer where Tom should be heading from here. We will find out soon enough from DeBlass and his camp.

Jeff Lentz also went home with a world title after putting on a striking clinic against last minute replacement, Giovanni Moljo.  Moljo stepped in after Deividas Taurosevicius had to pull out of the fight due to injury.  The change did not seem to affect the TUF alum, as Lentz dismantled Moljo with blinding punch and kick combinations.  Moljo had no answer for anything Lentz brought and fought very frustrated, which did not help his cause.  Lentz dominated all three rounds and won by a landslide 30-25 score on all three of the judges scorecards.

Chris Weidman beat highly ranked Demian Maia on just 10 days notice to vault himself up the UFC rankings.  In this exclusive video interview, I asked Chris about the fight, and what he'd do against Anderson Silva, the UFC MW champion. Chris did not hesitate before saying that he'd "finish" the legendary Brazilian fighter.  He also talks about his new found Fox fame, and the brutal weight cut for Maia.

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Another great Ring of Combat took place last night in Atlantic City.  Tom Deblass won the ROC heavyweight title with a stunning 41 second heel hook of tough Randy "The Wolf" Smith.  Tom is now the reigning ROC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, a feat only achieved one other time, by Gian Villante. It was a very impressive performance by Deblass, who was outweighed by about 30 pounds.  I expect he'll be moving on to the UFC at anytime, and it will be well deserved.

Jeff Lentz also had a dominating performance, winning the ROC regional FW title.  Jeff was supposed to be fighting Deividas Taurosevicius, but Deividas had to pull out of the fight with a rib injury.  In his place stepped Giovanni Moljo, who was game but thoroughly outclassed by Lentz.  Jeff put on a striking clinic to win a lopsided unanimous decision.

I'll have much more on this event later. Here are the official results from last night's Ring of Combat XXXIX:

Chuck Liddell no longer fights in the UFC, but that doesn't stop him from throwing down in the cage.  In an episode of Hawaii Five-O, Liddell is back in MMA action.  Funny thing about this video, at one point Chuck's opponent does what very few have ever done: He takes the Iceman down.  When Chuck's long list of KO victims watch this video, they will probably kick themselves for not bringing a choreographer with them to the fight.  Check it out.

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New YouTube video compilation showing some of the bloodiest fights in MMA history, for people who are into that sort of thing.  One fight that probably should have been included was the Severn vs. Taktarov match, but I won't quibble with the videographer who put this together.  Some brutal action here, so grab a bloody mary, and maybe a tampon, and enjoy.  Warning: Not for the squeamish.

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Dana White is not a happy camper today.  Yesterday, Nick Diaz, the fighter they wanted to put in against Georges St. Pierre, scuttled the plans even worse than by losing to Carlos Condit by testing positive for marijuana.  Now Nick awaits his punishment from the NSAC.  In the past, first time offenders for pot were suspended for six months, and two-time offenders had to sit out a full year.  It's still uncertain what kind of suspension Diaz will face, and we won't find out until April.

Last night, UFC president Dana White issues a terse statement regarding the Diaz situation:

"I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana.  It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

That's it, Dana?  That's all you got?  Where is your anger and outrage?   You fired Miguel Torres for repeating an off-color joke on his Twitter account and acted all righteously indignant about.  Was that really worse than smoking an illegal drug before a fight?  Don't be scared, homie.  Fly off the handle like you did with Torres.

Oh wait, Nick Diaz is one of the biggest draws in the UFC, now that Brock Lesnar is retired and GSP is hurt.  So he'll get a pass.

Business as usual.

Not that I think Diaz should be fired, mind you.  In fact I think it's silly for the commissions to test for marijuana, but the hypocrisy needed to be pointed out.  Nick does bear responsibility for this, of course, there is no excuse.  I think the NSAC will be fair with their punishment.

 

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Ring of Combat returns February 10 with ROC XXXIX. This event has another stacked lineup, something Ring of Combat has become synonymous with, as 2 titles will be on the line as fans from all over the world will be tuning in either in person at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey or on iPPV through the GFL Combat Sports Network to watch this exciting card. ROC continues to be the linchpin of East Coast MMA and this 15-bout card reiterates its dominance as the top dog of MMA in the Tri-State area.

The main event, ROC Light Heavyweight Champion Tom DeBlass (6-0) defends his title against Randy Smith (13-9-1). DeBlass is an undefeated fighter who trains out of Ocean County BJJ and has improved his overall game with every fight. A strong grappler, DeBlass also has put together a top-notch striking game and looks to show a new layer to his MMA game against Smith. For Smith, riding a 2-fight win streak of his own, he comes into the contest with almost four times the experience as the champion and brings a tough ground and pound game. It will be very interesting to see how the fight plays out as many times, two grapplers will turn into boxers or kickboxers and put on a standup fight. Expect both DeBlass and Smith to first try out their wrestling and submission game to test their opponent. The winner of this bout has to be considered the top 205 lb prospect in the Northeast, which puts him on the radar of the UFC, so that combined with a title fight makes this main event a great fight.

In the co-main event, for the vacant Featherweight Title, Jeff Lentz (8-3-1) battles Giovanni Moljo (4-4) for king of the 145 lb division. Lentz is a Bellator veteran and is coming off 2 wins and 1 draw in his last 3 fights. For the New Jersey native, Lentz, this is the second time he has had the opportunity to go for ROC gold as he lost via decision on his first attempt. Lentz has finished 6 of his 8 opponents and he is ready finish this fight and not leave it in the hands of the judges so expect him to come out guns blazing from the opening bell. For Moljo this is a great opportunity to win gold and a rare no-lose situation. Lentz was supposed to take on former ROC Champion Deividas Taurosevicus but fate turned in the favor of Moljo who now has a chance to shake up the ROC featherweight division with a victory.

In other action, former ROC Welterweight Champion Pete Sell (9-6) is back in action facing Mitch Whitesel (16-20) in a 170 lb scrap. For Sell, this is his first bout since losing the title so it will be interesting to see his gameplan for Whitesel. Will he come out aggressive or tentative? Knowing Sell, it will be full speed ahead. For Whitesel, a veteran of Strikeforce, this is an opportunity to add another well-known name to his list of opponents and prove once again, that he is willing to fight anyone in the business at the drop of a hat. For the winner, a title fight is not too far off so this is a big fight for both men.

You won't find a more thrilling card then this one. If you can't make it down to the Tropicana tomorrow night, be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on February 10 as Ring of Combat presents ROC XXXIX exclusively on pay-per-view at GFL.tv.
After the jump, check out the official weights for tomorrow night's fights.

Now it's confirmed. Keith Kizer of the NSAC has confirmed that Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites, which is the scientific way of saying he had weed in his system.   Nick is a known marijuana smoker, and he makes no apologies for it.  He'd tested positive once before, in Japan, after beating Takanori Gomi in Pride.  His win was overturned and ruled a no contest. In this case, Condit will keep the W, as Nick faces a suspension, fine or both. A complaint for disciplinary action has been filed against Diaz.

This means that not only will we not see GSP vs. Diaz any time soon, it means that the rematch between Condit and Diaz won't take place either, which is another blow to the UFC.  They wanted a rematch because they were hoping to make GSP vs. Diaz, a big money fight.

Also, Diaz did say immediately after the Condit fight that he was retiring.  People chalked that up to his disappointment with the decision, and didn't really believe he'd never fight again.  However, with this failed drug test, he just might hang up the gloves, sending his career up in smoke.

As soon as the NSAC announces the disciplinary action, I will post it here.

 

 

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