November 12 – Rich Clementi vs. Ronnie Rogers
Lowell, MA – Mixed Martial Arts action returns to the Tsongas Center in the fighting city of Lowell, Massachusetts this weekend November 12 LIVE on iPPV at GFL Combat Sports Network(www.GFL.tv) and the heat is quickly rising around the stacked fight card. The main event at VFN features Rich “No Love” Clementi and Ronnie “Bam Bam” Rogers. A contestant on ‘The Ultimate Fighter 4’ reality show and longtime UFC veteran, Clementi has notable wins over Melvin Guillard and Sam Stout, and is coming off of a May loss at Dream in Japan to Shinya Aoki, currently ranked 4th in the world. With over 60 professional fights on his resume more than half of his wins have come by way of submission. Ronnie Rogers enters with a record of 9-5 (5-1 in his last 6) with his last two wins coming over UFC vet Diego Saraiva and Bellator vet Bryan Goldsby. Half of Rogers’ victories have also come via submission, setting this bout up for a ground war.
Also on the card is the tough veteran journeyman clash between Matt Sung Lee and Tiawan Howard. Howard is coming off a split-decision win over UFC/TUF veteran Alex Karalexis in June, while Lee lost a rough battle in his last fight to UFC vet and now Bellator tournament finalist Ben “Killa B” Saunders. Lee has a notable war on his resume in a Bodog title fight with (now) Bellator champion Eddie Alverez that went the distance.
The local featured fight is the professional debuts of Carlos Neto and Ricardo Georges. Georges, at just 20 years old, is considered one of the hottest 170’ers in New England with a 7-1 amateur record that includes a title win. Neto is making his first appearance in the ring but is a longtime veteran trainer of a Who’s Who list of top-level pro’s fighting within the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator. A BJJ black belt, Neto is a former member of famed Brazilian Top Team in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and a winner of countless grappling/BJJ tournaments. He is currently one of the head trainers at Wai Kru in Boston.
There are 2 featured Amateur fights scheduled; Colton Blanchette vs Ernesto Ornelas and Nick Logan vs Hiago Fontoura. Blanchette heads in to his 8th fight (5-2) at just 19 years old, training out if Cage Strikers. His opponent, 22 year old Maine native Ornelas is looking to remain undefeated and improve to 3-0. Undefeated Nick Logan enters his 3rd bout in 4 months and has finished his previous fights in less than 2 minutes each. Fontoura, training with the Fenix Fight Club, is 1-0 and finished his debut in June, also under 2 minutes.
The Rematch of the Night will take place when Kaline Medeiros and Katie Merrill step in to the ring. The two fought twice previously in the amateurs, with each getting a win. This is the pro debut for the undefeated Merrill. Medeiros lost her debut in May. For more information about Victory Promotions, please visit us online at http://www.victorypromotionsmma.com.
Tickets are on sale with general admission tickets starting at $35 dollars. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Tsongas Center website, via phone at (866) 722-8780 or at the Tsongas Center Box Office.