Friday, November 20, 2009
Liveblog: ROC 27 Part 1
MMA Journalist is cageside for ROC 27, the Northeast's biggest and longest-running pro show. The card is 13 bouts deep, and first up is Ryan Vaccaro of BJJ Shore Academy against Julio Rosario of Semper Fi MMA. Round 1 sees Vaccaro score a takedown and attempt some ground and pound, however, Round 2 is all about Vaccaro hugging Rosario to death against the cage and Rosario pounding the ever-loving crap out of him. Unfortunately, Rosario is docked a point for grabbing the fence, so what would normally be a draw ends up as a decision win for Vaccaro. Next up is Tong Dragon's Liam Kerrigan and Will Martinez of Fight Factory. Both guys were pretty successful amateurs before turning pro, so what we get when they mix it up is two very seasoned fighters battling back and forth, Martinez dropping leather from above and Kerrigan hunting for subs from below. Kerrigan ultimately nails a leglock in Round 2, but damn is it a war.