By Josh Reese
The Ring of Combat will look to satisfy your MMA hunger, they will put on 4 title fights! The Middleweight belt will be up for grabs between Mike Massenzio and Ronald Stallings Jr. It will pit Massenzio a former UFC’er against Stallings a onetime Stikeforce fighter. Massenzio is 1-2 in his last 3 fights and was forced to tap in his last 2 losses, Stallings on the other hand is 2-1 in his last 3 fights while forcing others to tap in his last 2 wins.
The Featherweight belt between Deividas Taurosevicus and Mike Santiago, Taurosevicus a former IFL’er, WEC, and Bellator vet is 2-0 in his Ring of Combat career which is also his last 2 fights. Santiago last 6 fights have ended in round 1 only going 3 and 3 he won his last fight via TKO.
Light Heavyweight’s Ed Gordan and Anton Talamantes will also fight for the Ring of Combat belt. Gordan a Ring of Combat lifer is undefeated in his ammy and pro career 8-0 combined, Talamantes is coming off a hard fought loss to current UFC’er Joey Beltran losing a decision.
The Bantamweight title fight is the most interesting matchup, and will pit fast rising prospects Jimmie Rivera and Joel Roberts against each other. 2 guys you might not have heard of but one fighter’s career could end up in the UFC with a win over his opponent.
Roberts holds ammy and pro titles and with a win on Sept 14th this will be his 3rd pro belt, he holds the Bantamweight and Featherweight PA Cage Fight belts. All 8 of his fights have ended by submission or TKO. His 3 losses come by way of 25+ plus fight veteran in Noe Quintanilla, a Bellator vet who he just barely lost to via split decision in Kenny Foster, and then a got caught by a UFC vet in Dustin Pague.
Rivera like Roberts is a multiple belt holder he has one loss in his career, almost became a member of TUF 14 but instead lost to the eventual runner up of TUF 14 Dennis Bermudez. He holds 2 5 round wins over Abel Cullum and Jared Papazian.
Joel Roberts shared with us “Jimmie is a great fighter he has solid wrestling and boxing and has very heavy hands, It’s going to be a great fight to watch.” We are of like minds this fight could and should steal the show.
The full card
Middleweight: Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Ronald Stallings Jr. (182)
Featherweight: Deividas Taurosevicus (144.5) vs. Mike Santiago (144.5)
Light Heavyweight: Ed Gordon (204) vs. Anton Talamantes (203)
Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera (135.5) vs. Joel Roberts (135)
Catchweight: Jamal Patterson (235) vs. Chris Sutton (210)
Lightweight: Chris Wade (155) vs. Alfred Walker (154.5)
Lightweight: Andrew Main (154) vs. Pat Defranco (155)
Featherweight: Tom English (145) vs. Shane Crenshaw (147.5)
Crenshaw fined $200 weight penalty, paid to English
Catchweight: Mike Prokop (146.5) vs. William Metts (146.5)
Featherweight: Soslan Abanokov (145) vs. Anthony Facchini (144.5)
Heavyweight: Radu Spinghel (261) vs. Mark Dubovoy (227)
Middleweight: Fikret Darzanoff (184.5) vs. Julio Germain (183)