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Ring of Combat 41 Results – Hall and Rivera Take Home Titles

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Ring of Combat 41 Results – Hall and Rivera Take Home Titles

Excerpt from Lutfi Sariahmed – sherdog.com

6/15/12

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Team Tiger Schulmann stalwart Uriah Hall captured the middleweight championship with a unanimous decision over Nodar Kuduxashvili in the Ring of Combat 41 main event on Friday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino.

After splitting the first two rounds, Hall spent the third countering the Georgian and using his superior technique to his advantage. It was enough to earn the 27-year-old a unanimous decision: 29-28 from all three judges.

“I feel like I’m more crisp down the middle throwing strikes,” Hall told Sherdog.com. “He wasn’t used to that. I noticed he was just a sambo guy: grab you, take you down and choke the s— out of you. So I was just more, like, ‘Alright, let me play. Let me move and get some swagga in and beat him with that.’”

Hall’s teammate, Jimmie Rivera, overwhelmed Justin Hickey en route to a unanimous decision and the Ring of Combat bantamweight title. Rivera swept the scorecards by matching 30-27 counts. It was his first outing since appearing on Season 14 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“My whole goal was to perfect my game,” Rivera said. “I have some holes in my game that I wanted to fix — grappling, jiu-jitsu and all that. I feel like I’ve done that.”

Meanwhile, Serra-Longo Fight Team member Ed Gordon defeated Carlos Brooks by unanimous decision — 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 — for the Ring of Combat light heavyweight strap. Gordon had one goal in mind throughout the fight, as he took down Brooks in all three rounds and kept him grounded for the majority of their 15-minute battle.

“We came in knowing he had a lot of standup background,” Gordon said. “He’s a 9-0 kickboxer. We figured that [we should] go to his weakness — his ground game. You have to give him credit because he had some good stops for the takedown. We tried to mix it up and throw him off a little bit.”

Quick Results

Middleweight title fight

Uriah Hall def. Nodar Kudukhashvili via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

Bantamweight title fight

Jimmie Rivera def. Justin Hickey via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Light-heavyweight title fight

Ed Gordon def. Carlos Brooks via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Train with Uriah Hall @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NY/Manhattan/

Train with Carlos Brooks @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NY/Manhattan/

Train with Jimmie Rivera @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NJ/ElmwoodPark/

Why You Should Care About ROC 41 – Reason #3

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Why You Should Care About ROC 41 – Reason #3

By Jim Geniahttp://mmajournalist.blogspot.com/

Ever since Tom DeBlass made the leap to major league ball, the Northeast’s light-heavyweight division has been without a king.  But lo, here comes top contenders Ed “Truck” Gordon and Carlos Brooks, who will battle for the crown in what should be a fight to behold.  If you’re keeping track, Ed Gordon vs. Carlos Brooks is reason number three why you should care about ROC 41 tomorrow night.

Gordon, who hails from the Serra/Longo Team and played football for Fordham University before switching to MMA, is undefeated in three amateur fights and four pro bouts.  His fighting style: something I like to call the “agitated bull”.  In his last outing, he handily KO’d the veteran Ryan Contaldi, and prior to that he pretty much snorted, charged and gored everyone in his path.  He’s been gradually coming down to the 205-pound weight class from heavyweight, so watch for him to be a ton of raw aggression and muscle.

TSMMA’s Brooks is lean and lanky, and when it comes to throwing strikes – be it punches or kicks – he’s like a surgeon with his precision.  His last time at bat saw him snuff out Danny Babcock in a mere 51 seconds, and the lone loss on his record came via guillotine at the hands of Alexandre Moreno, who is a veritable submission machine.  Also, Brooks was in line to challenge DeBlass for the belt, but was sidelined when training partner Uriah Hall messed him up with a knee to the grill while sparring.  Like Gordon, Brooks has earned this shot at the belt.

What’s in store for fans watching?  My crystal ball (which, admittedly, sucks) says that Gordon might still be brimming with confidence for his stellar stand-up performance against Contaldi, and if so, will try to test Brooks on the feet.  That’s Brooks’ world, though, so if Gordon doesn’t get put away, the Serra/Longo rep is going to take things to the ground and attempt to play Whack-a-Mole from on top.  My crystal ball also says Matt Serra is going to throw a plate of linguine marinara into the cage and someone in a fuzzy tiger is going to run screaming through the crowd, so again, take everything it says with a huge grain of salt.

 

 

Ring of Combat XLI Weigh-in Results – Rivera, Hall, & Brooks All Make Weight

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Ring of Combat XLI Weigh-in Results – Rivera, Hall, & Brooks All Make Weight

Jimmie Rivera vs Justin Hickey – 135lb Title Fight (Bout 12)

Carlos Brooks vs Ed Gordon – 205lb Title Fight (Bout 11)

Uriah Hall vs Nodar Kudukhashvili – 185lb Title Fight (Bout 14)

Train with Uriah Hall @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NY/Manhattan/

Train with Carlos Brooks @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NY/Manhattan/

Train with Jimmie Rivera @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NJ/ElmwoodPark/

 

 

Carlos Brooks (4-1) vs Ed Gordon (4-0) Ring of Combat Preview

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Carlos Brooks (4-1) vs Ed Gordon (4-0) Ring of Combat Preview

Preview by GoFightlive.com – edited by Admin

Another title fight at ROC 41 will be  Ed Gordon (4-0) vs. Carlos Brooks (TSMMA Manhattan) (4-1) for the ROC Light Heavyweight Title. Gordon has been on a tear in his early career winning all 4 of his fights. Gordon is heavy handed and packs dynamite in both hands. Brooks is coming off a spectacular first round KO himself and is undefeated in Ring of Combat competition. This bout has the makings to be fight of the night, because these two 205 lb fighters are going to be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other.

If you can’t make it to Friday’s Ring of Combat event, you can still watch Ring of Combat XLI online for $14.99, here is the link –   http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XLI/1520

Carlos Brooks Fighter Montage

Carlos Brooks KO’s Danny Babcock

Train with Carlos Brooks @ TSMMA Manhattan

Why You Should Care About ROC 41 – Reason #1

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Why You Should Care About ROC 41 – Reason #1

By Jim Geniahttp://mmajournalist.blogspot.com/

Ring of Combat 41 is Friday night, and whether you’re attending it live at the Tropicana in Atlantic City (like I am) or watching it on GoFightLive (which I will never do again), there are a number of good reasons to give an enormous shit about what’s going down.  After all, ROC is one of the Northeast’s most prominent stepping stones to the UFC, and it’s chock full of dudes who are more than capable of tearing off your limbs and burying them in the sand beneath the Boardwalk.  Still on the fence about caring about ROC 41?  Well, then here’s reason number one: Jimmie Rivera.

Rivera, you might recall, appeared in the first episode of TUF 14, where fought eventual finalist Dennis Bermudez to earn a spot in the TUF House.  And sure, obviously Bermudez is the one who made it into the house, but for the entire first round of that fight, Rivera beat the dude up.  Like, shook-him-down-for-lunch-money beat up.  Rivera can box, wrestle, and he knows a thing or two about submissions – all of which he showed in that TUF 14 fight.  If Bermudez wasn’t made out of iron, it would definitely have been Rivera taking on Diego Brandao for that giant TUF paperweight.

Aside from losing to Bermudez, the only other time Rivera has lost was via split decision to Jay McLean in a bout he agreed to at the last minute.  On the flip side, Rivera went undefeated in seven amateur fights, and went on to win eight pro fights.

Rivera is fighting some kid named Justin Hickey for the ROC bantamweight belt, and you know how I know Rivera is going to come away victorious?  Because before his TUF bid, he was a reigning King of the Cage champ, and wearing a KOTC crown is kind of a big deal.  Also, Hickey is supposedly a submissions guy, and Rivera’s modus operandi is sprawl-and-brawl – the antidote to submission poison.

Lastly, the biggest reason you should be paying attention to this weekend’s ROC and Rivera is that soon Rivera will be back in the Octagon.  Watch him crush Hickey on Friday and come the next UFC on FX, you’ll be able to tell all your friends you “saw that dude fight back in the day – he’s a badass”.  And you won’t be lying.

Train with Jimmie Rivera @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NJ/ElmwoodPark/

 

Uriah Hall vs Nodar Kudukhashvili Ring of Combat Preview

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Uriah Hall vs Nodar Kudukhashvili Ring of Combat Preview

Preview by GoFightlive.com – edited by Admin

In the main event for Ring of Combat 41, Uriah Hall (6-2) fights Nodar Kudukhashvili for the vacant ROC Middleweight Championship. Hall comes into the bout on a 2-fight win streak, both stoppages, one via KO and one via submission. In fact, all 6 wins by Hall have come via stoppage making Hall one of the most exciting fighters on the East Coast circuit. The native of the country Georgia, Kudukhashvili, comes into the fight a relative unknown, although he has had fights in Eastern Europe they are not officially recorded in MMA databases. Kudukhashvili is a sambo expert and loves to grapple to if he can get the fight to the ground he will look to finish Hall on the mat.

If you can’t make it to Friday’s Ring of Combat event, you can still watch Ring of Combat XLI online for $14.99, here is the link –   http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XLI/1520

Uriah Hall Fighter Montage

Uriah Hall Grappling Video

Train with Uriah Hall @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NY/Manhattan/

Jimmie Rivera (8-1) vs Justin Hickey (6-2) Ring of Combat Preview

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Jimmie Rivera (8-1) vs Justin Hickey (6-2) Ring of Combat Preview

Preview by GoFightlive.com – edited by Admin

Jimmie Rivera of TSMMA Elmwood Park  (8-1) takes on Justin Hickey (6-2) for the ROC Bantamweight Championship. Rivera holds a championship with another organization already (King of the Cage), and looks to add to his collection with this fight. The Bellator and TUF vet has faced a who’s who of the East Coast’s best and will look to utilize his strong wrestling base to nullify any of Hickey’s offense. Hickey has won 6 of his last 7 bouts and this will be his first time going for a title. He also has a strong ground game and will look to win the scrambles and land points on the feet. If Hickey wins this bout, he will draw a lot of attention to himself as beating Rivera is no easy task.

If you can’t make it to Friday’s Ring of Combat event, you can still watch Ring of Combat XLI online for $14.99, here is the link –   http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XLI/1520

Jimmie Rivera Fighter Montage

Jimmie Rivera Grappling Video

Train with Jimmie Rivera @ http://www.tsk.com/locations/NJ/ElmwoodPark/

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | TSMA-regman

It’s Fight Week! – Ring of Combat, Asylum Fight league, and Pa Caged Combat all this Weekend!

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It’s Fight Week! – Ring of Combat, Asylum Fight league, and Pa Caged Combat all this Weekend!

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | TSMA-regman

Friday, June 15th, Ring of Combat returns to the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Representing Team Tiger Schulmann’s MMA will be Jimmie Rivera, Uriah Hall, and Carlos Brooks. All 3 will be competing for Titles: Bantamweight, Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight Respectively.

Jimmie Rivera vs Justin Hickey – Bantamweight Title Fight

Uriah Hall vs Nodar Kudukhashvili – Middleweight Title Fight

Ed Gordon vs Carlos Brooks – Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat XLI

Date/Time: June 15th Doors open at 8pm, Fights start at 8:30

Location: Tropicana Resort, Atlantic City

For Ticket Info, visit http://ringofcombat.com/

If you can’t make the show, you can still watch Ring of Combat XLI online for $14.99, here is the link –   http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Ring_of_Combat_XLI/1520

Asylum Fight League 38

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | TSMA-regmanSaturday, June 16th, Asylum Fight League returns to Atlantic City at the Golden Nugget Casino. Representing Team Tiger Schulmann’s MMA will be Stephen Regman and Adam Rosello.

Stephen Regman vs Dominic Urso

Adam Rosello vs Terence McDonald

Asylum Fight League 38

Date/Time: June 16th, Fights start at 8:00

Location: Golden Nugget, Atlantic City

For Ticket Info, visit www.asylumfightleague.com

Pa Caged Combat Valley Fight Series V

Tiger Schulmann's Martial Arts | TSMA-regmanSaturday, June 16th, Pa Caged Combat Valley Fight Series V will be held at the Sands Bethlehem event Center. Representing Team Tiger Schulmann’s MMA will be Greg Fonda, Rachel Kendall, Craig Alexander and Roger Garcia.

Luis Santiago vs Gregory Fonda

Rachel Kendall vs Janel Grim

Mike Serrano vs Craig Alexander

Junior Rodriguez vs Rodger Garcia

Pa Caged Combat Valley Fight Series V

Date/Time: Doors open at 6pm,

Location:  Sands Bethlehem event Center

For Ticket Info, visit http://www.pacagecombat.com/