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Ring of Combat 36 Results - June 17, 2011 It was a perfect night for the Serra-Longo Fight Team at...

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Ring of Combat 36 Results - June 17, 2011 It was a perfect night for the Serra-Longo Fight Team at Ring of Combat 36 Friday. The usual Tropicana stomping grounds in Atlantic City saw host to four fighters from the powerhouse Long Island fight camp, all of them picking up big wins. In the evening's main event, Pete "Drago" Sell's return to ROC seemed like a lost cause initially, as defending Welterweight Champion Eliah Harshbarger threw him around relentlessly and gave him an ugly mouse under his left eye. But Drago came charging back in the second round, securing top position then passing for an incredible reverse triangle straight armbar combo submission to claim the belt as the partisan crowd erupted in jubilation. 10th Ranked Lightweight in the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report Al Iaquinta dueled with Brazilian prospect Gabriel Miglioli in one of the most intense ROC fights ever, both showing amazing technical ability and heart for prospects with a combined seven pro fights worth of experience. The rangier Miglioli controlled the first round, dropping Iaquinta with punches for a near-KO and applying a couple close submission attempts. Round two turned into a complete brawl, with Migloli trading short punches to the head and body for Iaquinta's jabs and high right roundhouse kicks. In the final round, Iaquinta seemed in complete control with a damaging ground and pound attack, but a fading Miglioli somehow escaped, landed a hard knee to the body and then managed his own takedown. Iaquinta, who never stopped attacking despite taking hard shots in every round, scored a reversal in the dying seconds and ended the fight taking Miglioli's back. In the end, the judges rewarded Iaquinta's tenacity with a close split decision victory. Three round bantamweight and flyweight title bouts were featured as the night's two co-main events. In 135lb action, Team Bombsquad product Aljamain Sterling captured the belt in just his third pro fight, taking a convincing split decision over Claudio Ledesma. And in the 125 title affair, Sean Santella was awarded a unanimous decision despite being exhausted for the final two rounds and having his takedown game completely shut down in the second half of the fight by former Strikeforce featherweight Tito Jones. Jones was visibly displeased upon hearing that he had failed to win a single round on any of the judge's scorecards. Quick Results: Pete Sell def. Eliah Harshbarger via R2 Submission (Reverse Triangle Straight Armbar) Aljamain Sterling def. Claudio Ledesma via R3 Decision (Split) Sean Santella def. Tito Jones via R3 Decision (Unanimous) Al Iaquinta def. Gabriel Miglioli via R3 Decision (Split) Casey Manrique def. Brandon Saling via R2 Submission (Rear Naked Choke) James Jenkins def. Jason McLean via R3 Decision (Unanimous) Eddie Gordon def. J.A. Dudley via R3 Decision (Unanimous) Mike Prokop def. Brian Smiley via R1 Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) Frankie Perez def. Andre Shuler via R1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Recently Retired UFC Fighter, Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey

A week after he announced his retirement from MMA, Ricardo Almeida becomes an MMA judge in New Jersey.

Frank Shamrock Talks MMA Ahead of N.J. Event

Still banned in New York State, mixed martial arts will make a heavyweight splash at the Izod Center in Newark on Saturday when Strikeforce stages two quarterfinal matchups of its eight-man World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. Retired 38-year-old MMA great Frank Shamrock spoke with amNY ahead of the event he will help broadcast on Showtime. How did MMA go from spectacle to sport? [In the late ’90s] we just sat down and really made it a sport — wrote the rules out, redefined the weight classes and, I guess, really gave what the politicians were looking for at the time to make it a sport. ... Now ... it’s one of the most regulated sports in the world, with the drug testing and steroid testing. ... We’ve still got that stigma dragging around with us as a bunch of Wild West cage-fighting weirdos. So we’re just constantly trying to re-educate and sort of redefine that. Why is the sport growing so quickly? I get why people are flocking to MMA. You know, it’s: "Whoa, oh, ho, hey! Oh, wait a minute. Oh, oh, oh! Okay. Tell me more. Who’s that guy?" I don’t know how I’m going to transcribe that. [Laughs] What’s the difference between the UFC — the dominant MMA league — and Strikeforce? [The UFC’s] presentation is, the UFC is the most important thing — the brand itself, uch like the WWE is. We’re more interested in trying to find that guy: the next Muhammed Ali guy, the next guy that can beat everybody, the guy that I was at one time. ... We have to have a very global business idea. We have to put some of our business requirements aside to create a bigger dream. What can people expect from the main event: Antonio Silva versus Fedor Emelianenko? I see this fight as size and attrition against speed and accuracy. ... Fedor has amazing accuracy. He just throws his body behind punches, and he’s just destroying these guys.

UFC 129 Moved to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

A March 19th UFC event featuring a light heavyweight title fight between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans has been shifted from Abu Dhabi to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

New Jersey-based light heavyweight Ricardo Romero (10-1) has signed a four-fight contract with the...

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New Jersey-based light heavyweight Ricardo Romero (10-1) has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC and is expected to make his debut this summer, according to MMA Junkie. Romero has recently joined the AMA Fight Club and now trains alongside fellow UFC fighters Dan and Jim Miller, and Charlie Brenneman.

New Jersey natives and training partners Ricardo Almeida and Frankie Edgar will both compete at UFC...

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New Jersey natives and training partners Ricardo Almeida and Frankie Edgar will both compete at UFC 111 in Newark at the Prudential Center on March 27th: The card is scheduled to be headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy for the welterweight championship. Almeida hopes to make his welterweight debut against Jon Fitch if Fitch gets past Mike Pierce this weekend at UFC 107. "I don’t have anything personal against Fitch," Almeida said. "I’m interested in fighting guys who can get me to the top of the division. Fitch is a great fighter. Pretty much everyone agrees Georges St. Pierre is the number one guy in the world and Fitch is number two. Who wouldn’t want to fight the number two guy in the world?" This Fan Shot was promoted to the front page by Nick Thomas. HT: MMA Frenzy, Sherdog UFC 111 coverage
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