Friday, June 11, 2010
Liveblog: ROC 30 Part 5
Probably the most important bout of the night (in the grand scheme of things) is about to begin, with Pellegrino MMA bantamweight Steve DeAngelis squaring off against TSMMA's Nick Pace. This one's for the belt, and the winner should be considered the best 135-pounder in the Northeast. The opening has DeAngelis shucking Pace's head down and working towards a D'Arce. But the TSMMA rep escapes and gets DeAngelis down, and after a scramble slips on a tight D'Arce of his own. The tap out comes at 3:03 of Round 1, and Pace is now a ROC champ. That's a big win over a quality opponent. Next up is Marcello Guidici of Team Renzo vs. Edson Barboza of the Armory - two Brazilians - for the ROC lightweight crown. As expected, this one is ugly as all hell, as Barboza's vastly superior Muay Thai enables him to chop out Guidici's knee with a low-kick and force Guidici to verbally submit at 3:03 of Round 1 (think: Pedro Rizzo vs. Dan Severn).