Ring of Combat 50

Dec 22, 2014
(PRESS RELEASE) -- New York (December 16, 2014) - An historic event is taking place in the world of mixed martial arts as Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returns with its 50th event Friday, January 23rd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in New Jersey. The card is completely stacked from top to bottom and will feature 13 bouts with 7 Ring of Combat titles on the line.

Fresh out the commission licensing gate, most MMA promotional companies make a dash to be the biggest promotion in the world while Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat has found nice niche in developing great but unknown talent to compete on a world class level most notably in the UFC.

So far his formula has worked well as Lou as sent over 90 ROC alumni to the UFC where not only are they competing but are having successful careers in the world’s biggest MMA promotion. “Just like in any business, its important for business owners to have faith in their brand and let their product speak for its self,” said Lou. “The Ring of Combat fighters are speaking for themselves by having great careers in the UFC and that directly reflects what we do at the Ring of Combat,” he continued.

On January 23rd, the next generation of ROC fighters are set to take center stage and show the MMA world that they are here to stay! “Ring of Combat 50 is an important milestone for us,” said Lou. “When I first started promoting, I didn’t do it to start competing with other companies. I wanted to create a stage for young, up and coming fighters where they can compete against each other to show case their skills and here we are going on our 50th event. This is something to be proud of,” said Lou.

Ring of Combat 50 spares no punches as many ROC champions are returning and many east coast fan favorites will be on hand!

The main event will see the return of east coast phenom, Frankie Perez (9-1) as he takes on Virginias George Sheppard (15-9) for the vacant ROC National lightweight title.

The co-main is will be an explosive bantamweight matchup as undefeated Julio Arce (6-0) comes to defend his national title for the second time against his toughest challenge to date, Bellator vet, Thomas Vasquez (7-2).

The remainder of the ROC title fights are as follows (not in bout order):

New York’s Oluwale Bamgbose (3-0) will battle Brian Booth (3-1) for the vacant ROC National Middleweight title.

Exciting ROC National Flyweight champion, Matt Rizzo (7-2), looks to defend his title against New Jersey’s Sean Santella (13-4-1).

Top prospect, Randy “Rude Boy” Brown (2-0) meets New York’s Mike Winters (7-4) for the vacant ROC National Welterweight title.

Brooklyn’s very own and Bellator vet, Phillipe “The Filipino Assassin” Nover (8-5) will square off against Dan Cion (4-1) for the lightweight ROC East Coast title.

Another Bellator vet, Kenny Foster (11-8) will battle Mike Santiago (12-9) for the featherweight ROC East Coast title.

The prelim bouts will feature (not in bout order):

Bellmore Kickboxing’s fast rising Gregor Gillespie (3-0) will meet Justin Stewart (0-0) who is making his professional debut.

After making a successful pro debut at ROC 49, Tiger Schulmann’s Jenna Serio (1-0) returns to take on Virginia’s Allison Haynes (0-2).

Carlos Brooks (4-3) returns to the Ring of Combat cage and will meet Steve Edwards (2-1).

Representing Ricardo Almeida BJJ, the ultra popular and undefeated Max Bohanan (2-0) will face off against dangerous Leonard Simpson (3-2).

Chris Piriz (2-1) of the famed Serra/Longo fight team will meet undefeated Leodegario Muniz (3-0) in a battle of bantamweights.

Another Serra/Longo fighter will enter the Ring of Combat cage as undefeated Eddie Lenoci (2-0) takes on Lashawn Alcocks (3-2).

Ring of Combat 50 will take place January 23rd at the world famous Tropicana Resort & Casino showroom.

Doors @ 8:00 PM / Fights @ 8:30 PM.

Tickets are priced reasonably between $55 and $135 and can be purchased at the Ring of Combat website, the Tropicana Box Office or any TicketMaster outlets.

This is sure to be another sell-out event, so get your tickets TODAY!

Ring of Combat 50 will also be available on demand at www.gfl.tv for only $16.99

About Ring of Combat:

Ring of Combat is one of the longest running and most successful MMA promotions in the country. More than 80 ROC fighters have moved on to the UFC and other top promotions, including former UFC champions Frankie Edgar and Matt Serra and current UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman. It is because of this success, finding great but unknown talent and preparing them for the world stage, that Ring of Combat has earned the reputation of being called the “American Idol” of MMA. Lou firmly believes that great fights make great fighters!

For more information about Ring of Combat, please visit their website at: www.ringofcombat.com

About Lou Neglia:

Louis Neglia is a three-time World Kickboxing Champion, a former U.S. Kickboxiing Champion, a Florida Karate Champion, New York State Champion, and an Eastern American Karate Champion. No opponent has lasted more than three rounds against Louis Neglia since he won his first World Championship in 1980. Lou is an eight-degree Black Belt, and retired from competition in 1985 with a career record of 34 wins and only 2 losses. He was named Fighter Of the Year in 1984 and was inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame. He starred in four motion pictures(“A Hard Way to Die”,”Super Weapon”,”Fist of Fear”,and “One Down”, “Two To Go”). Featured articles have been written about him in the top American and International magazines and newspapers.

For more information about Lou Neglia’s, please visit his website at: www.louneglia.com

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