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Castillo and Varricchio Victorious at Ring of Combat AMXII

Last Updated on March 18, 2012.

Castillo and Varricchio Victorious at Ring of Combat AMXII


Rahway, NJ

Matt Castillo (TSMMA Bayside) vs Mike Valentino (Advanced Martial Arts) – 168lb division

Castillo wins via TKO physician stoppage due to laceration at 1:58 of round 2

Castillo making his MMA debut was very composed and calm from the start of the fight. He quickly established his range and found a home for his left cross. After getting tagged repeatedly by Castillo, Valentino looked to take the fight to the mat with single leg takedown attempts. Castillo displayed great takedown defense and successfully defended all takedown attempts. By the middle of the 2nd round, Valentino’s right eye had been swollen shut with blood gushing from a laceration over the eye. The doctors stopped the fight and determined that Valentino was unable to continue. Explosive debut for Matt Castillo!

Julianno Varricchio (TSMMA Staten Island) vs Jamie Hadzima (American Fight Team) – 147lb division

Varricchio wins majority decision in three rounds

Julianno improved his undefeated MMA record to 3-0 in his toughest fight to date. The first round started with a feeling out process, with both fighters trying to establish their range and exchanging combinations. The round ended with Julianno getting the better of the exchanges, winning the round. Julianno mixed in his impressive takedowns in round 2, as well as firing crisp combinations on his feet. The only trouble Julianno found himself in the bout, was off a slip where Hadzima was able to get Julianno’s back, trying to secure a rear naked choke. Julianno fought off the sub attempt and quickly got back to his feet. They continued battling on their feet with Julianno landing a spinning backfist before the final bell.  Varricchio proved his mettle in this match-up, gaining valuable cage experience as he continues to climb the ranks.