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PRO MMA ( in association with Go Fight Live will feature access to a LIVE WEBCAST of Lou Neglia’s “RING OF COMBAT XXIII” taking place on Friday, February 20, 2009 in Atlantic City, NJ. The LIVE WEBCAST starts at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT and the cost is only $4.99. Mark you calendars now and be right here on February 20th! 


Here are the details and fight card for the ROC XXIII event:

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – One of Atlantic City’s longest running sporting events, Ring of Combat, proudly announces that its 23rd event will take place on Friday, February 20 at the world-famous Tropicana Casino & Resort.

Ring of Combat XXIII will feature a huge card headlined by two main event fights with major title implications.

In the first main event, the ROC Heavyweight Championship will be decided as undefeated Bret Kohan (3-0-0) faces off against champion Joe “Apocalypse” Abouata (4-1-0).

Kohan has emerged from Ricardo Almeida’s camp as one of the heaviest hitters around. As versatile as he is heavy handed, Kohan has kept his opponents on the lookout for both knockouts and submissions. In his last fight he scored a stunning knockout victory over Fernando Rivera. Now, he goes for the gold.

Abouata, fighting on behalf of Alex Wilkie’s Warriors, will be making his second defense of the ROC Heavyweight crown. Abouata finished his last two fights with a vicious rear naked choke, and his punching power has proven to take an extreme toll on his opponents. In this fight, Abouata hopes to emerge with his championship gold still in tact.

In the second main event, Alexandre Moreno (6-1-0) battles Rafael Sapo (4-1-0) to determine the new ROC Middleweight Champion.

Coming out of Marco Alvan’s Team Link, and being a teammate of UFC superstar Gabriel Gonzaga, Moreno has gained a reputation as a submission expert. Having scored all of his six professional victories by submission chokes, Moreno is going to be looking to continue the trend with this fight.

However, he faces another submission expert in Sapo. Also with brazilian jiu-jitsu training from Ricardo Almeida and multiple submission victories, Sapo will definitely be ready for a ground war against Moreno. Will one of these submission pros get a taste of their own medicine?

Ring of Combat is Atlantic City’s longest running mixed martial arts promotion, and has proven to be a successful and competitive venue for fighters. Top fighters who began their careers with Ring of Combat include Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Kosheck, Kurt Pellegrino, and Phil Baroni.

Tickets for Ring of Combat XXIII are on sale (priced from $50 – $150), and can be purchased at the Tropicana Casino & Resort box office or Ticketmaster via phone 800-526-2935, or online at For more information on Ring of Combat or the fighters on this card, visit


Chris Weidman vs. Anthony Dick
Jeff Lentz vs. Jerome “Jay” Isip
Roger Mamedov vs. Jeff Pender
James Faleris vs. Gian Villante
Bret Kohan vs. Joe “Apocalypse” Abouata
Brendan Barrett vs. Ricardo Romero
Rafael “Sapo” Natal vs. Alexandre Moreno
Tuan “Kid Thunder” Pham vs. Nick Pace
Greg Soto vs. Shawn Foreman
Al Iaquinta vs. Oscar Arizmendi
Jimmie Rivera vs. Tyler Venice
Anthony Abatelli vs. Garrett Carmody
Aaron Meisner vs. Costa Phillipou

(card subject to change)

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