It was another night of exciting fights put on by Lou Neglia when his premiere MMA promotion came back to the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey with Ring of Combat 52. Dubbed the “American Idol of MMA,” Ring of Combat fighters from all over came to showcase their talents in front of another sold out crowd.
Ring of Combat has gained a reputation of where the best fight the best. There are no easy fights in ROC.
In what was the talk of the night, long time Ring of Combat fighter and highly regarded bantamweight, Julio Arce, suffered his first professional loss when Brian Kelleher picked up the majority decision win over Arce winning the ROC Bantamweight title in the process.
Arce compiled an unblemished amateur career with eleven wins against zero losses. Since turning pro, he took on all comers and went undefeated in eight bouts, picking up the ROC Bantamweight title and becoming one of the faces of the ROC promotion. Arce would successfully defend the title three times until he met Brian Kelleher at Ring of Combat 52.
It was a close technical battle with neither fighter gaining the upper hand. When the scorecards were read, one judge had it 29-29, while the other two scored it 29-28 for Kelleher. Rather than take a tuneup fight, Arce is looking to settle the score and get his title back and Kelleher is happy to oblige. A rematch has been booked for Ring of Combat 52, November 20th at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
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