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Uriah Hall, Jimmie Rivera win titles at Ring of Combat 41

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Uriah Hall, Jimmie Rivera win titles at Ring of Combat 41

by Bob Badders –

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — When Jimmie Rivera had the chance to try out for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller he knew it was an opportunity he could not pass up.

While confident he could make an impression and secure a spot on the show, he also knew he had plenty to work on despite being selected as one of the 16 featherweights vying for a spot in the house. He lost his preliminary fight to eventual finalist, Dennis Bermudez, via a second-round TKO.

“I felt I had holes in my game before The Ultimate Fighter,” Rivera said. “I made some mistakes there, and since then I’ve really taken the time to perfect my game.”

In just his second fight since TUF, Rivera flashed an improved all-around game by battering Justin Hickey for three rounds to earn the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship via unanimous decision on Friday night at Ring of Combat 41.

Ring of Combat 41 took place at Tropicana Casino and Resort and featured championship fights in the light-heavyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and middleweight divisions.

Rivera landed several big shots on Hickey and nearly finished him on several occasions, but Hickey proved to be ultra resilient. Rivera was able to use his wrestling to control Hickey on the ground and avoid nearly any damage for most of the fight, winning 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.

“He’s got a great chin,” Rivera said. “I was confident the whole time. In the third round I was trying to be smart while still looking for the submission, but you can’t finish every fighter.”

A dominant first round for Rivera led to him nearly finishing Hickey in round two. He landed a flush left hook that sent Hickey to his back, but he was able to lock up guard on Rivera and prevent further immediate damage. Rivera continued to grind away, however, winning the exchanges on their feet and controlling position on the canvas.

The Tiger Schulmann’s MMA product was thrilled at winning his second belt at 135 (he captured the King of the Cage title in 2010 and defended it once), specifically since the ROC belts tend to have some extra meaning to them. The list of former ROC champs and standouts that have made their way to the UFC and other top organizations is well-documented.

“This is a big step to take,” said Rivera, who improved to 9-1 with the victory. “Whether my next fight is here or in the UFC, this is a big win. I’ve made some mistakes but I’ve been able to learn from them to make myself better.”

Rivera’s Tiger Schulmann’s teammate, Uriah Hall, gave the fight team a second champion when he outlasted the persistent Nodar Kudukhashvili to recapture the middleweight title with a 29-28 unanimous decision victory.

Hall and Kudukhashvili split the first two rounds with the Georgian special forces member coming on strong in the latter stages of round two. But in the third, Kudukhashvili changed his approach, choosing to lay back and wait for Hall to make a mistake and subsequently landing only a handful of punches. Hall took advantage with his kickboxing and forced the Sambo practitioner to shoot for the takedown. Kudukhashvili assumed top control, but Hall made his way back to his feet without absorbing any damage. He then scored a takedown of his own to cement the victory and improve to 7-2.

“That dude is a Sambo guy and in my mind I wasn’t going to let that mess me up,” Hall said. “I didn’t fight my game entirely, but I got the belt back. I know I have all the tools. It’s mainly mental and about preparation, and learning from your experiences.”

Team Serra/Longo prospect Ed ‘Truck” Gordon remained undefeated (5-0) by besting Carlos Brooks via unanimous decision in the light-heavyweight title fight. Brooks, who owns a 9-0 kickboxing record, had his moments in the standup game but ultimately it was the pure strength and wrestling ability of Gordon that allowed him to take the unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.

Train with Uriah Hall @ TSMMA Manhattan

Train with Carlos Brooks @ TSMMA Manhattan

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PA Caged Combat Fight Videos – Alexander, Kendall, & Kunkel

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PA Caged Combat Fight Videos – Alexander, Kendall, & Kunkel

6/16/12 – Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, PA – video’s by Mike Talbert

Craig Alexander (TSMMA Feasterville) vs Mike Serrano (Lancaster MMA)


Rachel Kendall (TSMMA North Plainfield) vs Janel Grim (Gracie Jiu Jitsu)

Tim Kunkel (TSMMA Bethlehem) vs Troy Clowes-Swift (Full Circle MMA)

Train with Craig Alexander @ TSMMA Feasterville

Train with Rachel Kendall @ TSMMA North Plainfield

Train with Tim Kunkel @ TSMMA Bethlehem

Asylum Fight League 38 Results

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Asylum Fight League 38 Results


190lb Bout
Collis Marques (184.2) vs. Adam Rosello (189.8)
Fight Scratched

Rosello was more than ready for his comeback fight and unfortunately the bout got scrapped. Collis was a last minute replacement, who weighed in and was approved to fight, but decided not to take the fight soon after, cancelling the bout. Look for Adam to get in the Cage at the Asylum Fight League Event in September.

168lb Bout
Stephan Regman (166.6) vs. Dominic Urso (168.8)
Regman wins via split decision in three rounds

Round 1 starts with a feeling out process.  Regman starts to unload strikes and is getting the better of the exchanges. Urso finally gets Regman to ground and stalls in Regman’s guard. Regman attempts arm bars from his back as well as strikes.  Regman wins round 1.

Round 2- Regman is forced back against the cage, defending multiple takedown attempts as Urso wants nothing to do with Regman’s standup . After a scramble, Urso winds up again in his guard. Round 2 ends back on their feet where Regman starts to land some of his effective strikes. 2nd round goes to Urso.

Round 3 – Visibly tired and hurt, Urso again wants nothing to do with Regman ‘s hands. Regman controls the center of the cage stuffing all of Urso’s takedown attempts. After landing  several jabs and power punches. Regman has Urso literary crawling on the floor in hopes of  not getting punched in the face any more, and trying desperately to pull Regman down to the mat… 3rd round ends big for Regman and bloody for Urso.

The judges scored the fight a Split decision win for Regman, which left everyone scratching their heads as to how one judge could score 2 rounds for Urso. Regman clearly won the bout and continued his wining ways!!


PA Caged Combat Results

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PA Caged Combat Results


By Sensei Thad Campbell of TSMMA Feasterville:

Tiger Schulmann’s MMA sent three fighters into the cage at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem. None would hear the final bell.  In fact two didn’t even make the end of the first.  That was even better because all three were victorious!
Newcomer Tim Kunkle would enter first out of TSMMA Bethlehem to face off with Troy Clowes Swift out of Full Circle MMA.  Swift was also making his debut.  It would only last :43 seconds as Kunkle used straight punches to stagger Swift several times before referee Kevin Mulhall was forced to save Clowes from further punishment.

Craig “Casper” Alexander made his return to the cage after a three year hiatus.  He would face off with Mike Serrano of Lancaster MMA.  Serrano didn’t sport the greatest record at 4-10. What he did sport was an overhand right which he clipped Alexander with early.  It simply motivated Caspar who dominated the rest of the round before landing a sick five punch combination.  Alexander started with three straight body shots, finishing Serrano with two more shots to the head.  Mulhall stopped the fight 1:46 of the first round. Alexander moves to 7-3 in MMA AND notches his first ever KO.

Last into the cage was Rachel Kendall. The longtime student of Sensei Paul Querido was making her cage debut.  She would take on a former Golden Gloves boxer who trains with Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  Janel Grim was also making her debut.  Early on in the fight Kendall dominated the standup.  Looking like her other North Plainfield Sensei, Munah Holland.  Kendall continually beat Grims’ looping punches with straight right hands.  Grim then tried to close the distance but Kendall answered with a slick single leg off the cage and eventually took Grims back before the end of Round 1.  Round 2 featured a replica of Round 1 with Kendall continually scoring with straight punches.   Eventually she would land another takedown and in a scramble took Grim’s back.  This time she would flatten her belly down and applied the rear naked choke that would end it at 1:56 of Round 2.