Six Titles on the Line as Ring of Combat Returns with its 52nd Installment
Friday, September 25th, in Atlantic City, NJ
UFC Vet Pete “Drago” Sell Returns to Where It All Began When He Battles Elijah Harshbarger for Ring of Combat Gold
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New York, NY (September 25, 2015) – Ring of Combat 52 will take place September 25th at the world-famous Tropicana Casino and Resort showroom. Doors @ 8:00 PM / Fights @ 8:30 PM. LIVE on FightBookMMA.com on the GoFightLive Network.
Legendary world kickboxing champion, Lou Neglia, brings his premier mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Ring of Combat, which has sent over 90 professional fighters to the UFC, back for the 52nd time featuring six competitive title fights from the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Friday, September 25th.
Set to return at ROC 52 is UFC Vet and former Ring of Combat champion, Pete “Drago” Sell. “It’s been over three years since Pete has fought in the Ring of Combat cage and we are excited to have him back,” said Lou Neglia, President of Ring of Combat.
Pete Sell (10-6) will take on Elijah Harshbarger (7-5) in the main event and one of six title fights for the night.
“Without a doubt this is one of the most competitive fight cards we have ever put together,” said Neglia. “As with tradition, ROC has always put the best against the best and this card is absolutely no exception! Fight fans are not going to want to miss the opportunity to see this stacked fight card featuring the ROC champions in their most competitive bouts to date,” he continued.
Ring of Combat has made a name for itself unlike any other MMA promotion by being the platform that launched the careers of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, retired, former UFC champions Matt Serra and Frankie Edgar along with UFC contenders Al Iaquinta, Uriah Hall, Costas Philippou, Edson Barboza and Ryan LaFlare.
Set to return for action at Ring of Combat 52 is the highly regarded and current undefeated Ring of Combat bantamweight champion, Julio Arce (8-0) of Queens, NY, who puts his title on the line for the fourth time against his toughest opponent to date, Virginia’s Mike Pope (4-1), who rides a two fight win streak.
KO artist, Oluwale “Holy War Angel” Bamgbose (5-0) of New York, NY returns to take on his toughest challenge yet as he looks to defend his Ring of Combat middleweight title against MMA vet, Justin Fisher (7-2).
Going for a second title defense, Ring of Combat welterweight champion Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (4-0) will take on Renee Forte (6-4) for Ring of Combat gold.
Former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and four-time All American, Gregor Gillespie (5-0) of Wantagh, NY looks to make his first title defense against Shohin Safarov (3-1) for the Ring of Combat regional lightweight title.
Grinding out a tough win at ROC 51, Mike Santiago (14-9) returns to defend his Ring Of Combat regional featherweight title against TBD.
The Ring of Combat 52 non title bouts are, Pat DeFranco (4-3-1) vs Lashawn Alcocks (4-4); Max Bohanan (4-0) vs Eddie Lenoci (3-0); Mike Elshamy (2-1) vs Karl Roberson (1-0); Cody Mooney (2-1) vs AJ Jones (1-0); Anthony Genovese (1-0) vs Jorge Martinez (2-3); Frank Buenafuente (0-0) vs TBD; Jose Villanueva (1-2-1) vs Robert Jimenez (1-1); Whitney Jean Francois (2-3) vs Jose Viera (1-2); Anthony Giacchina (2-4) vs Brandon Cleave (4-4).
ROC 52 Fight Card:
Pete “Drago” Sell vs. Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger
Julio Arce vs. Mike “Popezilla” Pope
Jorge “The Man” Martinez vs. Anthony Genovese
Cody Mooney vs. Alfred Jones
Whitney “Da Bully” Francois vs. Jose Viera
Pat Defranco vs. Lashawn “Rhino” Alcocks
Max “The Cobra” Bohanan vs. Dan Cion
Shokhin “Maximus” Safarov vs. Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie
Karl Roberson vs. Michael “The Natural” Elshamy
Renee Forte vs. Randy “Rude Boy” Brown
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