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Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat 58 took place last night at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and it provided the packed house with a full night of exciting fights.  A stacked undercard finished with a great war, with Brandon Urquijo winning by unanimous decision. The main card showcased the grappling prowess of both James Gonzales and Pat Sabatini, with both fighters winning by submission in the second round. Then the crowd was treated to 3 title fights, all of which delivered on their promise to entertain. Merab Dvalishvili displayed his high level wrestling and grappling, controlling the entire match and winning the ROC Bantamweight championship in the 2nd round via Straight Arm Lock. Next up, Sidney Outlaw showed similar wrestling and grappling dominance by controlling all 3 rounds of his welterweight title fight to win a unanimous decision. Finally, the night culminated with an epic rematch between Frank Buenafuente and Julio Arce. These two guys continue to show why they are at the top of their division, and they always deliver for their fans. They had another high paced fight with all aspects of MMA involved, and in the end, Julio Arce defended his  ROC Featherweight Championship winning in the 3rd round via Rear Naked Choke.




Preliminary Bouts
155 lbs; Travis Foster (Driven Gym) vs. Nick Fiore (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Scarola BJJ) – Nick Fiore wins unanimous decision.

170 lbs; High McKenna (Long Island MMA) vs. Wendell Seed (Carnicella MMA) – Wendell Sneed wins Unanimous Decision

155 lbs; Sambet Naimanbayev (Dante Rivera BJJ) vs. Jerome Mickle (Striking 101) – Jerome Mickle wins Majority Decision

140 lbs Dom Biondo (Alpha Omega Team Believe) vs. Brandon Urquijo (Brooklyn MMA) – Brandon Urquijo wins Unanimous Decision

Main card
145 lbs James Gonzales (Serra Longo Fight Team) vs. Tevin Cooke (MMA Institute) – James Gonzalez wins 2nd Round via Triangle Choke

145 lbs Mike Lawrence (MMA Institute) vs. Pat Sabatini (MPR Endurance) – Pat Sabatini wins 2nd Round via Rear Naked Choke

175 lbs Willie Hosch (Team R.O.C) vs. Mike Elshamy (Madama Jiu Jitsu) – Willie Hosch wins Unanimous Decision

Title Fights
135 lbs Sukhrob Aydarbekov (Brooklyn MMA) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (Serra Longo Fight Team) – Merab Dvalishvili wins ROC Bantamweight championship 2nd Round via Straight Arm Lock

170 lbs Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim (Team Black Spartan) vs. Sidney Outlaw (Driven Gym/Ricardo Almeida BJJ) – Sidney Outlaw wins ROC Welterweight Championship Unanimous Decision

135 lbs Corey Simmons (Demolition) vs. Ricky Bandejas (Nick Catone MMA) – Fight postponed Due to Injury

145 lbs Frank Buenafuente (Carnicella MMA) vs. Julio Arce (Tiger Schulman’s MMA) – Julio Arce wins ROC Featherweight Championship 3rd Round via Rear Naked Choke