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“The AMERICAN IDOL OF MMA,” RING OF COMBAT
AND 5-ON-5, TEAMS FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
HARD-HITTING MMA ACTION
LIVE ON GFL
TONIGHT/FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 AT 7 P.M. ET/4 P.M. PT
WHERE: GO FIGHT LIVE (www.GFL.tv)
WHAT: Two sensational Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events – Ring of Combat (ROC) 50, highlighted by a collection of undefeated, fast-rising stars and potential, future UFC champions; and Teams Fighting Championship (TFC) 3, featuring an unprecedented competition format pitting 5 fighters from one country against 5 fighters representing another country, in one ring at the same time – will stream LIVE to a global audience.
Each live stream can be purchased for $17.99.
The historic, 50th installment of retired, former world champion Lou Neglia’s ROC series, dubbed “The American Idol of MMA” by MixedMartialArts.com because of the promotion’s unmatched track record of sending the best up-and-coming athletes to the UFC, will feature 13 bouts, including 7 championship matchups.
Among the undefeated, rising stars who will see action at ROC 50 are 2007 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Champion and lightweight (155 pounds) finisher Gregor Gillespie (3-0); bantamweight (135 pounds) phenom and former Golden Gloves boxing champion Julio Arce (6-0) and brutal middleweight (185 pounds) KO artist Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose (3-0).
Gillespie, a four-time All-American wrestler for Edinboro University, will square off with Justin Stewart (0-0) of Greene, N.Y. The 25-year-old Arce, who hails from Queens, N.Y., will put his title on the line in the co-main event against battle-tested Thomas Vasquez (7-2) of Horn Lake, Miss.
Bamgbose of New York, N.Y. will battle Devon “Bam Bam” Morris (1-3) Niles, Mich. for the vacant Ring of Combat national middleweight title. To date, the 27-year-old Bamgbose has conquered all three of his opponents by way of first round TKO.
Yesterday’s ROC 50 weigh-ins can be viewed free of charge, in their entirety by clicking on the following GFL.tv link and pressing the green “PLAY” button: http://www.gfl.tv/playVideo.do?videoId=9868.
To date, ROC has sent over 90 athletes, including reigning world champion Chris Weidman; retired, former world champion Matt Serra; and superstars Frankie Edgar, Al Iaquinta, Uriah Hall, Eddie “Truck” Gordon and Chris Wade to the UFC.
Unsanctioned in the U.S., TFC features six different teams representing six different countries – the U.S., Brazil, the U.K., Russia, Poland and Latvia – vying for supremacy in a one-night, round robin tournament that will leave one team standing.
In each bout contested under the Unified Rules of MMA, 5 competitors from one team face off with 5 fighters from another team in a 40 foot ring with five referees in charge of the action. With KO’s and submissions occurring in each contest, competitors face the challenge of having to battle multiple opponents.
After being dominated in the previous TFC event, Team USA returns with a beefed up roster of competitors, looking to exact revenge on Team Poland.