(Photo by Brendan Ormsby) -- New York - Lou Neglia’s professional
mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Ring of Combat returns to the
world-famous Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New
Jersey on September 19th with a stacked, 14-bout fight card,
featuring 4 title fights!
ROC 49 was originally scheduled with 5 title fights but that
changed this past weekend as ROC lightweight champ, Chris Wade,
received the call that all professional MMA fighters dream of.
Wade, who was already contractually obligated to defend his title
at ROC 49, was asked to compete on the UFC 177: Dillashaw Barao
card by UFC matchmakers. Seeing the possible contract dilemma at
hand, Wade’s team called Lou Neglia to give him the news.
In typical fashion, Lou immediately congratulated Chris, ripped up
his contract and wished him well at UFC 177. “Once I heard the
news, I immediately ripped up Chris’s contract for ROC 49,” said
Lou Negila, president of Ring of Combat. “What other promotion
would do that? Being a former fighter, I know where these fighters
want to get to and that is to the UFC,” he continued.
Wade also remembers the conversation he had with Lou. “He just
congratulated me and told me that he knows I will be victorious
with my fighting style, fighting spirit, and ability,” said
Both Lou and Chris feel that the time spent in the Ring of Combat
circuit will serve him well in the elite ranks of the UFC. “One
thing I always say and truly believe in is that great fights make
great fighters,” said Lou. “All the guys at the Ring of Combat are
tested from the ground up. And I truly feel this is why many are
finding success against the world’s best in the UFC,” he
“I absolutely feel that ROC has helped prepare me for the UFC,”
said Wade. “Let's face it, the track record speaks for itself,
Weidman, Gordon, Barbosa, LaFlare, Laquinta, and on and on. It is a
consistent hot of fighting talent. I really feel like I am
constantly developing and that I am a problem for any man in the
world at 155 to deal with. ROC has helped to give me that
confidence.” he continued.
Chris now joins Weidman, Serra, Edgar, Barbosa and many more as ROC
alumni to leave for the UFC. And just like those before him, he
plans on supporting the Ring of Combat promotion. “My time with Lou
Neglias ROC has been amazing,” said Wade. “It's been such a great
journey that has allowed me to learn the sport and continuously
challenge myself which in turn has bettered me as a fighter. I look
forward to continuing to come back to watch Lou's events which I
will always call home. Ring of Combat will always be near and dear
to me,” he continued.
Ring of Combat 49 continues to be a stellar card and Lou feels that
any of the other ROC champions could be next in line to get the
call from the UFC! “This is the next generation of MMA fighters on
this card,” said Lou. “These guys are young and hungry and ready to
put on a show come September 19th,” he continued.
When asked who he thought could be next to enter the UFC, Lou
thinks it could be any of the current champs but Andre
Harrison may be the one. “I have confidence that any of the ROC
champs could be called any minute,” said Lou. “There’s Arce,
there’s Jenkins, and it could be any of them. It may be Andre
Harrison. He is such a dominant and imposing fighter and he
could wreak havoc in the UFC’s featherweight division. But whoever
it is, one thing I know for sure, they will represent the Ring of
Combat well and will have success in the UFC,” finished Lou.
Ring of Combat 49 takes place September 19th at the Tropicana
Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight can be ordered for
live streaming at www.ringofcombat.com. Tickets can be purchased at
all Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com,
www.battlepass.com or the Tropicana Resort box office.
(FIGHT CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
About Ring of Combat: Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat is one of the
longest running and most successful MMA promotions in the country.
More than 80 ROC fighters have moved on to the UFC and other top
promotions, including former UFC champions Frankie
Edgar and Matt Serra and
current UFC Middleweight Champion, Chris
Weidman. It is because of this success, of finding unknown
talent and preparing them for the world stage, that Ring of Combat
has earned the reputation of being called the “American Idol” of
MMA. Lou firmly believes that great fights make great fighters!
About Lou Neglia: Louis Neglia is a three-time World Kickboxing
Champion, a former U.S. Kickboxing Champion, a Florida Karate
Champion, New York State Champion and an Eastern American Karate
Champion. No Opponent has lasted more than three rounds against
Louis Neglia since he won his first World Championship in 1980. Lou
is an eight-degree Black Belt, and retired from competition in 1985
with a career record of 34 wins against 2 losses. He was named
Fighter Of the Year in 1984 and was inducted into the Karate Hall
of Fame. He starred in four motion pictures ("A Hard Way to
Die","Super Weapon","Fist of Fear",and "One Down", "Two To Go").
Featured articles have been written about him in the top American
and International magazines and newspapers. For more information
about Lou Neglia's, please visit his website at: www.louneglia.com