Professional Mixed Martial Arts Returns To The Tropicana

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I’ve never been to Ring of Combat before, but I have been to Battlecage Extreme (same promoter). Local talent is always fun to see, so this is where I’ll be Friday night! I’m looking forward to seeing some TUF alums there as well as some possible up-and-comers. This is a press release from the promoter. Check it out…

Ring of Combat 27 — Friday, November 20, 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (October 27, 2009) — Mixed martial arts promotion Ring of Combat is proud to announce that its 27th live event will take place on Friday, November 20th at the world-famous Tropicana Casino & Resort.

A proven attraction that has succeeded where most other MMA promotions have failed, Ring of Combat will feature some of the hardest hitting action that Atlantic City has ever witnessed.

For the ROC Heavyweight Championship, Ricardo Romero from Advanced Martial Arts (9-1) will compete against the heavy handed, undefeated Bret Kohan (4-0) from Ricardo Almeida BJJ in what is sure to be an edge-of-your-seat fight. Both fighters already have already held ROC Heavyweight Championship Titles. 4 of Romero’s wins have been by TKO and 4 have been submissions and his only professional loss came from a disqualification due to a head kick to a downed opponent.

Costa Philippou (5-1) from Team Serra Longo will square off against Victor O’Donnell (8-1) from Team Walker Vision MMA for a rematch of the ROC Middleweight Title. Philippou is coming off a 5 fight winning streak. O’Donnell is coming off his first loss to Philippou in a very tight bout many people wanted to see again. Both fighters have knock-out and submission power which will ensure a great matchup.

Finally, Anthony “Mean Machine” Morrison (12-6) of Team Combat will take on Jeff Lentz (5-0) from Pellegrino MMA for the ROC Featherweight Title. The undefeated Lentz is a vicious striker with 4 of his 5 professional wins being by TKO.

Ring of Combat is Atlantic City’s longest running mixed martial arts promotion, and has proven to be a breeding ground for fighters of the next generation. Top fighters who began their careers with Ring of Combat include Matt Serra, Frank Edgar, Josh Koscheck, Kurt Pellegrino, and Phil Baroni.

Tickets for Ring of Combat 27 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tropicana Casino & Resort box office, your local Ticketmaster outlet, via phone 800-526-2935, or online at For more information or the full fight card, visit


  1. CobraClutch

    November 17, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Wow, so much better than any card the UFC has produced in years. The UFC is in trouble. Going DOWN!!!

    hahahaha…..I'm obviously joking and making fun of those UFC bashers.


  2. roy

    November 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

    well your comparing them to a small org so?

  3. Nichole Lesniak

    November 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

    lol..For a local event, it really is a good card. Dante Rivera (TUF 7) will be there fighting Justin Haskins (who I've seen before). A lot of these guys fight with the big names we know (Serra, Pellegrino, Sadollah) and the last event I went to all three of those names were there cornering their guys. Even though none of these guys are "famous" it's fun to watch.

    As a matter of fact, one guy who fought at the Battle Cage Extreme that I went to last year ended up getting picked up by the UFC…you might have heard of him…Jon Jones? :P

  4. CobraClutch

    November 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I'm making fun of all those people that wanna bitch and complain about how the UFC cards suck.

  5. Aldo Raine

    November 17, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Very true CobraClutch……everytime its WOHHH way better than any UFC card. Doesn't matter who's fighting either theres always someone who thinks all the UFC cards suck and anything not UFC is much better. Good observation.

  6. Curva Adelante

    November 18, 2009 at 2:54 am

    Small shows are affordable and provide great entertainment. Many times better fights than the big shows!

    Small shows are also training grounds for up and coming fighters!

    Yeeee Haa!

  7. Nichole Lesniak

    November 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Have I mentioned I'm here now…and some of these fights are FAR better than what we've seen from the HW's on TUF!

  8. Nichole Lesniak

    November 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Anyone remember Dante Rivera….just witness an awesome win for him!

  9. corey

    November 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    i remember dante. i love local fights too. i'm going to watch a local greg jackson sponsored event in albuquerque next week.

  10. Nichole Lesniak

    November 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    That's awesome. I wish I could travel around going to all different local organizations. I've been to the bigger fights, and it's just such a different feeling.

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