With frigid conditions and a mounting snow storm outside, a huge night of fights was getting underway inside for RING OF COMBAT 43 at The Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. This is the first time ROC has returned to “The Shore” since they cancelled an event shortly after Hurricane Sandy.
TITLE FIGHT: ANDREW OSBORNE vs. RYAN LAFLARE (170lbs.) Winner by arm bar in the third round, RYAN LAFLARE.
TITLE FIGHT: FRANK CARABALLO JR. vs. DEIVIDAS TAUROSEVICUS (145lbs.) Winner by reverse triangle submission in the first round, DEIVIDAS TAUROSEVICUS
JASON CLAYTON vs. ED “TRUCK” GORDON (185lbs.) – No fight due to a medical issue with Jason Clayton.
MIKE “YOUNG SAMSON” MEDRANO vs. CHRIS WADE (155lbs.) Winner by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-28, 29-28 CHRIS WADE. Fight of the night so far…A back and forth affair with neither fighter really owning the cage. As the rounds progressed, it seemed that Medrano’s cardio couldn’t stand up.
ARIEL SEPULVEDA vs. RYAN CONTAIDI (185lbs.) Winner by unanimous decision ARIEL SEPULVEDA 29-28. This was a great fight. Sepulveda won the stand up game, but Contaldi certainly won the ground game, and convincingly from what I could tell.
ALFRED WALKER vs. FRANKIE PEREZ (155lbs.) Winner by submission in the second round, ALFRED WALKER.
ELIAS SILVERIO vs. PATRICK DEFRANCO (160lbs.) Winner by Judges split decision ELIAS SILVERIO
RUBEN REY vs. ANDRE HARRISON (141lbs.) Winner by TKO referee stoppage 2:19 in the second round, ANDRE HARRISON with a hard kick to the midsection.
JOSEPH REY vs. GIL ISABEL (245lbs.) Winner by Judges decision JOSEPH REY
ROBBY PLOTKIN vs. WHITNEY JEAN FRANCOIS (170lbs.) Winner by Triangle submission 3:27 into the first round, ROBBY PLOTKIN.
FRANK BUENAFUENTE vs. ASHURE ELBANNA (145lbs.) Winner by TKO in the first round FRANK BUENAFUENTE
KEITH BERISH vs. MICHAEL ANDRILLO (205lbs.) Winner by TKO 1:10 into 1st round KEITH BERISH. Andrillo suffered a triceps tear.