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Ring of Combat (ROC) is a US-based Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization based in Atlantic City, NJ. It is headed by former kickboxing champion Lou Neglia. Several Ring of Combat events have aired on HDNet Fights, including ROC XVIII and ROC XXI.

History Edit

Lou Neglia began promoting MMA matches on kickboxing cards as early as 2000.[1] The first Ring of Combat event, which took place at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, featured MMA matches, as well as kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.[2] ROC II, III, and IV also contained non MMA bouts,[3][4][5] but all cards from ROC V to the present featured MMA matches only.[6][7][8] Currently, Ring of Combat events are usually held at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, NJ.

Ring of Combat events are notable for featuring local up-and-coming fighters, who are later signed by larger, nationwide, promotions. ROC alumni include UFC fighters Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck, Jim Miller, Dan Miller, and Kurt Pellegrino, as well as Bellator champions Eddie Alvarez and Lyman Good.

Rules Edit

Ring of Combat fights are contested under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. ROC events are sanction by both the NJSAC and USKBA.

Rounds Edit

As of now, round duration and number in ROC bouts deviate from the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. In regular matches, bouts have either two or three rounds, and each round is four minutes in duration. Title matches have three rounds, where each round is five minutes long.


ROC events Edit

No. Event Date Venue Location
1 ROC I October 10, 2002 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Connecticut
2 ROC II December 7, 2002 Meadowlands Exposition Center Secaucus, New Jersey
3 ROC III June 7, 2003 Mennen Sports Arena Morristown, New Jersey
4 ROC IV August 15, 2003 Caesars Atlantic City Atlantic City, New Jersey
5 ROC V December 14, 2003 Rexplex Sports Complex Elizabeth, New Jersey
6 ROC VI April 24, 2004 Rexplex Sports Complex Elizabeth, New Jersey
7 ROC VII November 20, 2004 Rexplex Sports Complex Elizabeth, New Jersey
8 ROC VIII March 19, 2005 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park, New Jersey
9 ROC IX October 29, 2005 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park, New Jersey
10 ROC X April 14, 2006 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
11 ROC XI August 18, 2006 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
12 ROC XII November 17, 2006 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
13 ROC XIII March 16, 2007 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
14 ROC XIV April 27, 2007 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
15 ROC XV September 7, 2007 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
16 ROC XVI October 26, 2007 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
17 ROC XVII November 30, 2007 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
18 ROC XVIII March 7, 2008 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
19 ROC XIX May 9, 2008 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
20 ROC XX June 27, 2008 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
21 ROC XXI September 12, 2008 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
22 ROC XXII November 21, 2008 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
23 ROC XXIII February 20, 2009 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
24 ROC XXIV April 17, 2009 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
25 ROC XXV June 12, 2009 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
26 ROC XXVI November 20, 2009 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey
27 ROC XXVII February 12, 2010 Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey

Champions Edit

Division Champion
Heavyweight United States flag Gian Villante[9]
Light Heavyweight United States flag Glen Sandull
Middleweight United States flag Costa Phillipou[10]
Welterweight United States flag Ryan LaFlare[9]
Lightweight United States flag Chris Liguori

ReferencesEdit

  1. Walker, Andrew (2009-02). Interview with Louis Neglia. Extreme Fighter magazine. Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  2. USKBA Oct. 2002 archive. USKBA (2002-10). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  3. USKBA Dec. 2002 archive. USKBA (2002-12). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  4. USKBA June 2003 archive. USKBA (2003-06). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  5. USKBA Aug. 2003 archive. USKBA (2003-08). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  6. USKBA Dec. 2003 archive. USKBA (2003-12). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  7. USKBA Apr. 2004 archive. USKBA (2004-04). Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  8. The official site of Louis Neglia - Event Results. www.louneglia.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Garcia, Arias" (2010-02-19). Villante & LaFlare Win at Ring of Combat. mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved on 2010-02-20.
  10. Garcia, Arias" (2009-09-12). Haselrig Suspended After Ring of Combat No-Show. sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-09-19.

See alsoEdit

External links Edit

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