Results and Photos by Len Campbell for MMAWeekly.com
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Ring of Combat took place at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on Friday night, with lightweight standout Jim Miller once again proving himself against another of the Northeast’s best 155-pound fighters in Chris Liguori.
Miller defeated Liguori last November with a well-placed elbow that opened a cut over Liguori’s eye, causing a halt to the bout. Friday night’s rematch was again a back-and-forth bout, but Miller left no doubts as he finished Liguori with guillotine choke to get the submission and the Ring of Combat lightweight championship.
In a less than stellar moment, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Alex Andrade was disqualified in his bout with International Fight League veteran Krysztof Soszynski for numerous low blows throughout the 9 minutes and 46 seconds of their fight.
Deemed as one of the top up-and-coming Gracie’s in mixed martial arts, Gregor Gracie suffered the first defeat of his young career. He was knocked out with a perfectly timed kick to the head by Doug Gordon as the third round opened.
Gregor’s brother, Igor, also suffered defeat, albeit not as violently, as he lost a unanimous decision to Tom Gallicchio.
What can only be described as a scary moment, John Howard landed several powerful shots to the head of Jose Rodriguez late in the first round of their bout. It was a brutal knockout that finished the fight and saw Rodriguez leaving the ring on a stretcher.
-Jim Miller def. Chris Liguori by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:22, R2
-Krzysztof Soszynski def. Alex Andrade by Disqualification (Groin Strikes) at 4:46, R2
-Doug Gordon def. Gregor Gracie by KO at 0:12, R3
-Lyman Good def. Alexis Aquino by Unanimous Decision, R3
-John Howard def. Jose Rodriguez by KO at 4:07, R1
-Dan Miller vs. Mike Guerin was a No Contest (Accidental Headbutt), R1
-Tom Gallicchio def. Igor Gracie by Unanimous Decision, R3
-James Jones def. Al Buck by Submission (Kimura) at 1:59, R1
-Mike Medrano def. Rich Ashkar by KO at 0:17, R1
-Ricardo Romero def. Randy Durant by TKO at 1:13, R1