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Combat in the Cage
Leesburg, VA
July 25, 2009

CITC '5th Offense' saw an energetic crowd of spectators from PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD and Virginia. Both NY Top Team and Revolution Academy both brought a substantial crowd quite a distance to support their fighters that evening.
The evening bouts at the Douglas Community Center in Leesburg ended with great submissions, TKOs, and a KO, with only two of the twelve fights going to the judges’ scorecards. In addition, two new champions joined the Combat in the Cage ranks.
The Fight of the Night went to the Flyweight bout between Maryland residents Joshua Peters (Maguilla BJJ/Capital Punishment MMA) and Justin Hughes (Damage Co.). The back and forth battle between these two Flyweights demonstrated top Muay Thai, Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu skills.
Joey Gambino (NY Top Team) became the New Combat in the Cage Lightweight Champion (Former Champions Al Iaquinta and Will Martinez have both gone into the Pro Ranks) with a quick victory over game ground fighter Chris Clark (Practical MMA). Joey will be defending his Title at the upcoming CITC '6th Offense' Saturday, September 12th against Maryland MA fighter Nick Tissue who also ended his bout quickly against his opponent. Nick, a Welterweight fighter, will be making the drop into the Lightweight ranks to take on the surging Gambino.
Tensions were hot between Revolution Academy and Eternal MA; both schools had the fighters for the night’s main event—a Bantamweight battle between the seasoned Tom Desmond (Eternal MA) and the game Matt Rizzo. Rizzo displayed a superior ground strategy and won the bout by TKO and become the New CITC Bantamweight Champion.


Lance Umholtz vs. Justin Hess

Lance Umholtz

Unanimous Decision






William Lynch vs. Clifton Mayhew

Clifton Mayhew

Submission: Guillotine 1:10 1st rd.






Matt Andrikut vs. Sam Maganzin

Matt Andrikut

TKO 2:28 1st rd.






Arnard Young vs. Dennis Bermudez

Dennis Bermudez

TKO 1:18 1st rd.






Scott Heckman vs. Randy Campbell

Scott Heckman







Matt Keel vs. Vaja Ioramashvili

Vaja Ioramashvili

Submission: RNC 2:00 1st rd.






Joe Wigfield vs. Steve Yokay

Joe Wigfield

Submission: RNC 1:18 1st rd.






Justin Hughes vs. Josh Peters

Justin Hughes

Unanimous Decision






Nick Tissue vs. Nick Fogelman

Nick Tissue

TKO 0:12 1st rd.






Bryce Link vs. Elias Acereto

Bryce Link

KO 1:41 1st rd.





Combat in the Cage Lightweight Title


Joey Gambino vs. Chris Clark

Joey Gambino

TKO 0:49 1st rd.





Combat in the Cage Bantamweight Title


Matt Rizzo vs. Tom Desmond

Matt Rizzo

TKO 2:01 1st rd.


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