Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat was the highlight of the MMA and Sports Extravaganza Saturday night at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. As always, the show featured great MMA action by fighters who are willing to give their all in the cage.
Kim Couture, ex-wife of MMA legend Randy Couture, made her ROC debut but was beaten by newcome Munah Holland who showed great skills in her stand up game. Holland is definitely someone in women's MMA to keep an eye on.
The main event feature a war between John Cholish and Rich Moskowitz. It was a back and forth battle with some great scrambles on the ground, but in the third Cholish submitted Moskowitz with a neat reverse triangle.
I had the pleasure of commentating the show for the Go Fight Live broadcast and was honored to be joined at various times by Chuck Zito, Dan "The Beast" Severn and Jim Miller.
All three guys did a great job on the mic and it was an awesome experience working with them.
We had Shawn Baran and Kevin Wuchter at the show also, and they got some great pics of the Expo and fights. Check out Kevin's pics here: Kevin Wuchter.
Here are the official results:
ROC Lightweight Title
Rich Moskowitz vs. John Cholish
Moskowitz 155.8. Cholish 156
Cholish wins at 3:05 of round three due to reverse triangle.
Munah Holland vs. Kim Couture
Holland 134.4. Couture. 135
Holland wins unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27.
Constantinos Phillipou vs. Marcus Finch
Phillipou. 194.6. Finch. 191.8
This bout is ruled a no contest at 2:47 of round two after Finch is ruled unable to continue due to second accidental illegal groin strike foul.
Randy Smith vs. Brendan Barrett
Smith. 250.2. Barrett. 234.6
This bout is declared a split draw after three rounds 29-29 Sinclair, 29-28 Bilyk for Barrett and 29-28 Urso for Smith.
Melissa Bopp vs. Ashley Nee
Bopp. 135. Nee. 135.2
Bopp wins unanimous decision three rounds, all three judges 30-27.
Claudio Ledesma vs. Michael Murray
Both fighters 136
Ledesma wins unanimous decision three rounds, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 Urso.
Evan Chmielski vs. Liam Kerrigan
Chmielski. 150.8 Kerrigan 155.2
Judge Bilyk replaced by Vincent Dudley for this bout.
Kerrigan wins via triangle at 1:51 of round one.
Giedrius Karavackus vs. Chris Connor
Karavackus. 169. Connor. 170.6
Karavackus wins via armbar at 2:46 of round three.
Joshua Key vs. Erik Oganov
Key. 170.8. Oganov. 170.4
This bout is ruled a no contest.
Key ruled unable to continue at 1:01 of round one after referee ruled accidental foul for Oganov's illegal strikes to back of head.
Marc Berrocal vs. Robert Conner
Berrocal. 184.8. Conner. 176
Conner wins at 2:10 of round one via rear naked choke.
George Sheppard vs. Tim Troxell
Sheppard. 155.8. Troxell. 156
Sheppard wins via TKO referee stoppage at 2:33 of round one.