On Friday June 8th the Tropicana Casino hosted Ring Of Combat 63 and in true ROC fashion the entire card delivered in exciting fashion. Ring of Combat and Dead Serious Promotions decided to merge in order to expand the already extensive and talented roster that Ring of Combat already possessed. The stars of the UFC were out last night in Atlantic City, former Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez and current Light heavyweight standout Corey Anderson were sitting in attendance. Marlon Moraes and Karl Roberson were working corners, while former UFC fighter Pete “Drago” Sell was working the corner with the great Ray Longo. Ring of Combat always pays homage to their former stars, and has them gather in the cage for a great photo. Ring of Combat prides themselves on an impressive stat, 125 Ring of Combat fighters have been called up to the UFC, and four of them have gone on to win UFC gold. When you hear numbers like that, you have to be Impressed, but seeing their current fighter roster proves to me that the UFC is very close to being privileged with more exciting fighters who are as game as they come and ready for action.
The card was filled with non-stop action from the opening bell, every fight on this card had you on the edge of your seat. Mario Hernandez opened the show with a rear-naked choke on Chris Disonell in the second round. Gilbert Patrocino impressed the judges with a unanimous decision over an amazing opponent in Will Calhoun. ROC fans had a bit of a scare because of a vicious head kick knock out delivered by Sebastian Ruiz, Josh Baker was put on the canvas and did not get up for a little while. Baker would eventually get to his feet and walk out on his own, although he walked away disappointed, he at least walked away with no serious damage. Next up was Anthony Facchini, who was pitted against Dante Rivera fighter Sambet Naimanbayev. Both fighters went after it early, trying to establish their grappling dominance, while the first round could have went either way, Facchini decided not to leave it in the hands of the judges, and pulled off a D’Arce choke in the second round. BJ Young and Josh Rotter went to war early in the fight, but Young was stopped by TKO in the first round. Frank Buenafuenta made short work of his opponent, submitting Lawrence by guillotine choke early on in the first round. In the two championship fights that closed out the show, both champs were able to leave holding on to their titles, as both fights went the distance in the champs favor.
With all these amazing fights that happened on Friday night, there was one fight that the entire room was waiting for. When Frankie Perez was released by the UFC, fight fans were wondering where the Lightweight star would be heading to. With Lou Neglia knowing how to promote and give fans exciting fights, Lou set up a super fight between Frankie Perez and Jerome Mickle. The crowd in the showroom was deafening when Perez walked out of the back towards the cage that he called home for the first 3 years of his professional career. When the bell rang both warriors were going after each other with strikes that could be heard up in the top of the bleachers, but the grizzled UFC vet was able to get the fight to the ground, get Mickle’s back and sink in a rear-naked choke. Mickle did his best to fight off the choke, but Perez stayed calm and didn’t over use his energy, and eventually Mickle had to tap. With a leap to the top of the cage, Perez has begun a new win streak that will hopefully get him back under the UFC lights very soon.
Ring of Combat 63 was a terrific event, those who live in the tri-state area really should come out and support the local MMA scene. Not only will you see great up and coming talent that will grace the major organizations in the years to come, but you will see very recognizable names who are fighting their way back up to the top. Those who did not get to see the event, will be able to see the event on RingofCombat.com on June 16th.
Ring Of Combat 63 Official Results:
Bill Algeo def. James Gonzalez by unanimous decision for the featherweight title
Phil Caracappa def. Miguel Restrepo for the bantamweight title
Frankie Perez def. Jerome Mickle by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:39
Frank Buenafuenta def. Michael Lawrence by submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1, 2:23
Josh Rotter def. B.J. Young by TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 3:39
Anthony Facchini def. Sambet Naimanbayev by submission (D’arce choke) in Round 2, 3:32
Sebastian Ruiz def. Josh Baker by knockout (head kick) in Round 1, 1:57
Gilbert Patrocino def. Will Calhoun by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Mario Hernandez def. Chris Disonell by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 0:44