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


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