New York(March 18th, 2014) – Lou Neglia’s professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Ring of Combat, returns to the world-famous Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, May 16th with a stacked 15-bout fight card, featuring 6 title fights, including the highly anticipated showdown between newly crowned lightweight champion Chris Wade (6-1) and undefeated Frankie Perez (8-0).
“We are excited about returning to the Tropicana resort with another night of high level MMA action,” said Ring of Combat President, Lou Neglia. “This is the second ROC card of 2014 and again we are pulling no punches and delivering a high octane card with 6 title fights that includes Wade VS Perez,” Lou continued.
In the main event, hard hitting and current ROC heavyweight champion, Brendan Barrett (9-5-1) will put his title on the line as he takes on midwest KO artist, Justin Woods (4-0) in a fight that has fireworks written all over it.
The co-main event is the super fight that has been years in the making. Surging fighter and ROC lightweight champion Chris Wade (6-1) takes on east coast phenom Frankie Perez (8-0) of New Jersey in the most anticipated ROC matchup since Chris Weidman versus Uriah Hall at ROC XXXI.
In other title fight action, Pennsylvania’s Matt Rizzo (6-1) makes his ROC debut as he takes on Jimmy Grant (3-1) of New Jersey for the vacant ROC flyweight title.
Rising star Julio Arce (5-0) looks to show why he is among the elite bantamweights of today as he defends his ROC title against hard hitting Justin Dalton (8-7) of North Carolina.
After an eleven month layoff, ROC national featherweight champion Andre Harriosn (6-0) returns to ROC to defend his title against Neil Johnson (7-6) of Virginia.
Newly crowned regional ROC featherweight champion, James Jenkins (7-1) of New York takes on undefeated Mike Pope (2-0).
Also on the card, Mike Andrillo (1-2) takes on Michael Elshamy (0-1); Felipe Carlos (1-0) vs Aaron Freedman (0-1); Stephan Regman (1-1) returns to ROC as he takes on Andre Shuler (0-1); Steve Tyrrell (4-2) takes on Randall Brown (6-2); Gregor Gillespie (1-0) vs Brandon Priest (1-4); Max Bohana (4-0) takes on Angel Corchado (1-0); Leodegario Muniz (3-0) vs Merab Dvalishvili (0-1); Blake King (3-0) will meet Jose Villanueva (1-2-1).
Ring of Combat 48 takes place May 16th at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight can be ordered for live streaming at www.ringofcombat.com. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com, www.battlepass.com or the Tropicana Resort box office.
(FIGHT CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
About Ring of Combat:
Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat is one of the longest running and most successful MMA promotions in the country. More than 80 ROC fighters have moved on to the UFC and other top promotions, including former UFC champions Frankie Edgar and Matt Serra and current UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris Weidman. It is because of this success, of finding unknown talent and preparing them for the world stage, that Ring of Combat has earned the reputation of being called the “American Idol” of MMA. Lou firmly believes that great fights make great fighters!
About Lou Neglia:
Louis Neglia is a three-time World Kickboxing Champion, a former U.S. Kickboxing Champion, a Florida Karate Champion, New York State Champion and an Eastern American Karate Champion. No Opponent has lasted more than three rounds against Louis Neglia since he won his first World Championship in 1980. Lou is an eight-degree Black Belt, and retired from competition in 1985 with a career record of 34 wins against 2 losses. He was named Fighter Of the Year in 1984 and was inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame. He starred in four motion pictures(“A Hard Way to Die”,”Super Weapon”,”Fist of Fear”,and “One Down”, “Two To Go”). Featured articles have been written about him in the top American and International magazines and newspapers. For more information about Lou Neglia’s, please visit his website at: www.louneglia.com