Tiger Schulmann Teammates Uriah Hall, Jimmie Rivera Take Titles at Ring of Combat 41



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.”

In the lone title bout not to go the distance, Guillermo Serment submitted James Jenkins with a first-round guillotine choke at 145 pounds. Serment stunned Jenkins early, as he dropped and bloodied the Serra-Longo Fight Team representative with a punch. In the subsequent scramble on the mat, Serment secured the choke for the submission 65 seconds into the match. With victory, came the Ring of Combat featherweight crown.

In other action at Ring of Combat 41:

• Brooklyn MMA’s Soslan Abanokov earned a majority decision over Tom English, with 29-28, 29-28 and 29-29 scores from the judges. Abanokov fended off rear-naked choke attempts in all three rounds;

• Pellegrino MMA lightweight Lester Caslow submitted Brian van Hoven with a guillotine choke 2:27 into round two;

• Long Island MMA’s Chris Wade did not have an easy time taking a unanimous decision -- 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 -- from Villi Bello at 155 pounds. Wade had to fight off an inverted triangle choke from Bello in the second round. He survived the attempt and grounded Bello in round three to cement the decision;

• The unbeaten Liam McGeary knocked out Walter Howard with a left hook 41 seconds into the second round in his stateside debut;

• Bellmore Kickboxing Academy export Andre Harrison moved to 4-0 with a dominant victory over William Metts. Harrison brought Metts to the mat and latched on a rear-naked choke for the submission 3:27 into the opening frame;

• Marlboro, N.J., featherweight Anthony Facchini overpowered Kevin Molina for an early takedown and parlayed the position into a finish. He stopped Molina on punches 2:32 into the first round;

• Finally, local favorite Frankie Perez picked his spots against Ben Syers, scoring a technical knockout with punches 82 seconds into round two.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

Uriah Hall has a new opponent for the UFC's big card in Boston. Louis Taylor will step in for the injured Costas Philippou to face Hall at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver on Jan. 18, a source tol read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

Since dropping his first two UFC fights, middleweight Uriah Hall has reeled off two straight victories over Chris Leben and Thiago Santos. The 30-year-old fought on Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter  read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 14 views

Uriah Hall has been left without an opponent. Again. Louis Taylor has injured his back and will have to pull out of his fight with Hall at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston, UF read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 9 views

A week before the event, the UFC’s return to Boston appears to be in need of a replacement fighter. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 68 views

Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Louis Taylor stepped up on short notice to take over for Costa Phillipou -- and will now step out on even shorter notice against Uriah Hall -- at the upcoming UFC Fig read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

Already a late replacement, Louis Taylor has suffered an injury leaving Uriah Hall without an opponent again for UFC Fight Night in Boston. Uriah Hall is slated for UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Sive read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 10 views

Former Strikeforce fighter Ron Stallings has stepped in to fight fellow middleweight Uriah Hall on less than a week’s notice.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

Hopefully, the third opponent will be the charm for Uriah Hall. Strikeforce vet Ron Stallings agreed to step up on one week's notice and meet hall in a middleweight bout Sunday night at UFC Fight Nig read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

Despite losing the second of two opponents with mere days to go until fight time, Uriah Hall will remain on the UFC Fight Night 59 fight card in Boston on Sunday. read news >>