Monday, April 19, 2010

Upcoming Northeast Bouts To Watch Out For

    • Steve DeAngelis vs. Nick Pace, ROC 30 on June 11th – A 135-pound pairing for the promotion’s bantamweight belt, this one pits a Pellegrino MMA star against one of Team Tiger Schulmann’s best in bout that could be a stepping stone for entrance into the WEC or Strikeforce.  DeAngelis was a couple wins away from fighting in DREAM last year when he lost to Jeff Lentz at 145 pounds, and Pace absolutely shined at Bellator, so a convincing win here for either man would both make them the king of the Northeast’s bantamweight mountain and open the door to bigger things.
    • Tom Gallicchio vs. Jorge Patino, UCC 2 on May 14th – Despite a few bumps in the road, Gallicchio has long been one of New Jersey’s best welterweights, and in this scrap we’ll see just how his ace ground and pound and dogged mode of attack stack up against a true Brazilian vale tudo legend. 
    • Jessie Riggleman vs. Louis Gaudinot, ROC 30 on June 11th – MMA Institute’s Riggleman looked fantastic out-grappling Tuan Pham at ROC 29, and he’s strong in an area where Gaudinot is not: wrestling.  However, you can count on Gaudinot to have worked diligently on that aspect of his game since his loss to Nick Cottone at ROC 25, and the green-haired TSMMA is more than capable of ending things with lightning-like strikes.  This bout is for the flyweight belt, so it’s for all the marbles.
    • Jose Rodriguez vs. TBA, Great Adventure MMA show on June 19th – Never mind who his opponent may or may not be, the big thing here is that Rodriguez is back.  Who is Rodriguez?  He’s a New Jersey MMA pioneer, a veteran of nearly every fight show to have ever touched down in the Garden State (including the seminal BAMA Fight Night events), and he’s one mean mofo when the cage door shuts.  The dude is practically a pugilistic institution. 

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