Friday, June 12, 2009

Liveblog: ROC 25 Part 1

MMA Journalist is cageside for Ring of Combat 25, the lastest from promoter Lou Neglia. There are 15 bouts scheduled tonight - there were 16, but the Dave Church/John Salgado bout was scrapped because Church refused to fight. Rumor has it he's been booted from Team Pellegrino as a result. First up is TSMMA's Carlos Brooks against David Shapiro of L.V.I.R.K. Round 1 is all about Brooks taking Shapiro down and tenderizing him from within Shapiro's guard. Brooks picks up right where he left off when Round 2 commences, and when Shapiro does nothing but cover up, referee Donnie Carolei steps in. The official time of the TKO is 1:29 of the second round. Next up is Jose Viera of KTFO and Howard Longus of Alex Wilkie's Biker Gang and School for Gifted Youngsters. Utilizing superior wrestling, Viera avoids getting KTFO (tehe!) by taking Longus down, scrambling onto his back and sinking in the choke at 1:15 of the first round. AMA FC's Sean Santella and TSMMA's Jose Villanueva take to the cage. As Team Tiger Schulmann has fighters competing here and at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut tonight, old school veteran Dave Tirelli is playing the role of cornerman for TSMMA. I still have his blood splattered in one of my old notebooks from when I was ringside for his bout against Luke Cummo. Anyway, Santella draws first blood by immediately scoring a takedown, but Villanueva works back to his feet to press the AMA FC rep against the cage and pepper him with knees. Rinse and repeat. Round 2 has Santella score a takedown, Villanueva come really close with an armbar from the bottom, and then Villanueva work his way onto Santella's back and threaten with a rear naked choke until time runs out. The judges declare the bout a majority draw, but Villanueva should've gotten the nod.

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