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September 12, 2009



September 12, 2009

Phillippou, Liguori and Romero Victorious
Written by Jim Genia, Photos by Eric Joza nycfight.com

(September 11th, Tropicana Resort & Casino, Atlantic City) After a summer break, Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat returned to provide fight fans with another dose of beatings, blood, knockouts and submissions courtesy of some of the Northeast’s best. But this event – ROC’s 26th – was ultimately about three championship belts, and when the dust settled, Victor O’Donnell gave up his middleweight strap to Team Serra/Longo killer Costas Phillippou, Chris Liguori defended his lightweight title with a decision over Dwayne Shelton, and the unstoppable Ricardo Romero needed about a round and a half to nearly rip off opponent Richie Lictawa’s arm for the heavyweight crown. Highlights of the night included:
• TSMMA’s Louis Gaudinot, who visited unbridled destruction on Jeff Cressman to earn the TKO win.
• The back-and-forth battle between O’Donnell and Phillippou. Regardless of who won and who lost, both men came out looking like the two best middleweights in the Northeast – and that’s nothing to be ashamed about.
• Advanced Martial Arts’ Ricardo Romero, who dominated en route to another championship performance.

Liguori With His Lightweight Belt

Full results:
ROC Heavyweight Title
Ricardo Romero (Advanced Martial Arts-209lbs) vs. Richie Lictawa (Motor City Boxing-204lbs)
Romero via kimura at 2:14 of Round 2.

ROC Lightweight Title
Chris Liguori (RABJJ-155lbs) vs. Dwayne Shelton (Team Combat-155lbs)
Liguori via unanimous decision.

ROC Middleweight Title
Victor O’Donnell (Team Vision/Walker MMA-185lbs) vs. Costas Phillippou (Serra/Longo-186lbs)
Phillippou via unanimous decision.

Main Card
Gian Villante (Bellmore Kickboxing-226lbs) vs. Rob Wince (215lbs)
Villante via KO (kick) at 1:25 of Round 2.

Rafael Sapo (Team Renzo-186lbs) vs. Allan Weickert (Peak Submission-185lbs)
Sapo via rear naked choke at 2:53 of Round 1.

Nabih Barakat (Serra/Longo-155lbs) vs. Chris Schlesinger (Bellmore Kickboxing-156lbs)
Schlesinger via unanimous decision.

John Salgado (Team Energy-156lbs) vs. Ed Guedes (Armory-155lbs)
Guedes via unanimous decision.

Jose Villaneuva (TSMMA-135lbs) vs. Sean Santella (AMA FC-134lbs)
Santella via armbar at 2:00 of Round 2.
Ryan LaFlare (Bellmore Kickboxing-169lbs) vs. Jose Sulsona (Rhino Fight Team NJ-171lbs)
LaFlare via armbar at 2:18 of Round 2.

Lester Caslow (Pellegrino MMA-145lbs) vs. Matt McManmon (Modern Martial Arts-145lbs)
Caslow via armbar at 3:20 of Round 1.

Louis Gaudinot (TSMMA-125lbs) vs. Jeff Cressman (Daddis FC-126lbs)
Gaudinot via TKO at :24 of Round 2.

A Victorious Romero

Preliminary Bouts
Liam Kerrigan (Tong Dragon-155lbs) vs. Roger Mamedov (RABJJ-154lbs)
Majority draw.

Andy Main (AMA FC-145lbs) vs. Jackson Galka (Daddis FC-146lbs)
Main via split decision.

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