Written By: Mozz Manzoor
Photo Credit: Mozz Manzoor, Chris Jarmus
Monday March 7, 2016– 4 Title fights were scheduled. 4 finishes capped of ROC 54. Ring of Combat shows are an opportunity for us mma fans to see what’s coming down the pike. I always enjoy telling people I saw someone fight before their UFC debut. Let’s talk about a few impressive performances from the night.
Gregor Gillespie defended his Lightweight belt, (155), with the kind of performance you would expect from a decorated wrestler. He dominated Jose Marsical for four minutes on route to a referee’s stoppage, due to multiple punches while in back mount. He moved his record to 6-0.
My favorite performance of the night was delivered by Bradley Desir, defending his Welterweight belt, (170). His accurate striking really complements his aggressive, offensive rhythm. He landed several beautiful knees early in the fight’s only round. He finished him with a beautifully timed body kick, followed by a few punches while Lenoci was on the floor. His record improved to 8-4. All eight of his wins are finishes. Only one of his four losses is a finish. This is a guy who is hungry to make a name for himself.
Mike Santiago looked very impressive with his first round stoppage of Lester Caslow to earn the ROC Featherweight title, (145). Early in the round, Caslow actually had Santiago in trouble with a tight guillotine. Santiago would not be denied, however, and got his seventh straight victory with a rear naked choke. It’s even more impressive when you consider that Caslow has 8 submission wins to his own credit.
Brian Kelleher and Julio Arce fought for just over two rounds, in a very competitive contest. Kelleher logged his second win over Arce with a guillotine choke, 18 seconds into Round 3. Unfortunately, due to Kelleher coming in 2 lbs. heavy at the weigh-ins, the ROC Bantamweight title, (135), will sit vacant.
Check out our full photo report of the event below.
Ring of Combat 54 was held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on Friday, March 4th 2016, and was overseen by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. To learn more about Ring of Combat, and their upcoming events, head to their website, www.Ringofcombat.com, or their Facebook Page.
ROC 54 Official Results:
- Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim vs. Travis Foster:
Hakim def. Foster by unanimous Decision
- Guram Mestvirishvili vs. Jay Silva:
Silva wins by unanimous Decision
- Nick Fiore vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev:
Nekruz wins by unanmous decision
- James Gonzalez vs. Mike Trizano:
Trizano def. Gonzalez by unanimous decision
- Tony Gravely vs. Paul Grant:
Gravely wins TKO (reef stoppage) due to strikes in Round 3
- Zach Fears vs. Max Bohanan:
Bohanan wins via Split Decision
- Leo Perez vs. Frank Buenafuente:
Frank Buenafuente def. Leo Perez by unanimous decision
- Matt Church vs. Pat Defranco:
Matt Church wins by submission (heel hook) in Round 1
- Mike Elshamy vs. Thomas Dibernardo:
Elshamy def. Dibernardo by unanimous decision
- Lester Caslow vs. Mike Santiago:
Santiago wins by submission in Round 1
by rear naked choke to retain ROC Featherweight Title
- Eddie Lenoci vs. Bradley Desir:
Desir wins by TKO in Round 1 for the ROC National Lightweight Championship
- Julio Arce vs. Brian Kelleher:
Kelleher def. Julio Arce by submission due to guillotine choke in Round 3 (Due to Kelleher missing weight, the 135lb ROC Title is still vacant)
- Jose Chepe Mariscal vs. Gregor Gillespie:
Gregor Gillespie def. Mariscal by TKO due to strikes in Round 1