incarnation of Ring of Combat from Atlantic City, N.J.,
featured four title fights, including a bantamweight title defense
by UFC veteran Jimmie
Rivera [pictured] was given a very game challenger in Joel
Roberts, as his opponent looked to fight the bout in a phone
booth. Grappling for the better part of three rounds, Rivera
retained his strap via unanimous decision with scorecards of 30-27,
30-27 and 29-28. The final tally didn’t indicate just how close the
“He was trying to get me down,” Rivera told Sherdog.com after the
fight. “He was trying to grapple me the whole time. I was just not
letting him turn it in. I wanted to beat him up against the cage,
take his legs away and get him a little tired. I noticed when he
started getting tired, but I didn’t trust my hands enough.”
At light heavyweight, Team Serra Longo’s Ed Gordon was
a champ with all sorts of hype behind him. The latest challenger to
try and derail the prospect was Anton
Talamantes. Where others failed before him, Talamantes
succeeded thanks to a strong wrestling game. Taking Gordon down in
each of the three rounds was enough to earn Talamantes the light
heavyweight strap via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
“When I watched the tape on Ed Gordon he
was a predominantly a standup fighter,” said Rico Talamantes,
Anton’s brother and cornerman. “That’s it. He had some counter
wrestling, but with my brother’s wrestling I knew he’d take him
down. Once he gets on top he’s very hard to get up from.”
As for what comes next following Gordon’s first loss, trainer Ray
Longo isn’t really worried.
“I think this is a great fight if you’re going to lose,” Longo
said. “He didn’t get beat up. Now he knows the ref could keep you
down there longer. There are a million things to work. If the ref
would’ve stood that fight up more I think he would’ve had a
different fight. So I think a loss like that is easier to grow
Santiago gave Deividas
Taurosevicius all he could handle in their featherweight title
fight, as the champion Taurosevicius had to fend off a triangle
attempt late in the second round. After successfully defending the
attempt, a subsequent scramble between the fighters saw
Taurosevicius force Santiago to tap with an armbar at 3:50 in the
second to retain his title.
Taurosevicius stayed cool.
The Ring of Combat regional middleweight strap was also on the line
in a bout pitting Ronald
Stallings against Mike
Massenzio. The last bout on the card ended quickly after a knee
to the body from Stallings crumpled Massenzio. The Team Lloyd Irvin
product followed up with some unanswered strikes, forcing referee
Dan Miragliotta to stop the bout at 4:03 into the opening
There was only one heavyweight bout on the card, as former New York
Patterson took on Chris
Sutton. A bout during which neither man seemed to have a
definitive upper hand ultimately turned in a definitive result.
Patterson’s debut in a Ring of Combat cage was a successful one as
he took a unanimous decision over Sutton (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Long Island MMA’s Chris Wade
had to survive an early blitz from Alfred
Walker. Not only did Wade survive, but he quickly parlayed it
into strong positioning to latch on a guillotine choke and put
Walker to sleep just 59 seconds into the opening round.
“The Rabid Wolverine” Shane
Crenshaw lived up to his nickname against Tom English
in another featherweight bout on the card. Crenshaw’s relentless
pressure ground English down over the course of three rounds,
giving him the unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Stallings crushed UFC vet Massenzio
with a knee to the body.
Prokop overwhelmed Will Metts for a majority of their
catch-weight bout, connecting seemingly at will on the feet.
Supplementing his striking game with a strong wrestling game,
Prokop was in control going into the third. An accidental foul sent
the bout to the judges’ scorecards early, but Prokop had already
done more than enough to win a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28,
In featherweight action, Anthony
Facchini moved to 3-1 after an impressive performance against
Abanokov. After a back-and-forth opening round, Facchini scored
the win at 3:20 in the second round with a reverse triangle.
The opening bout of the evening saw Fikret
Darzanoff take a unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) over