by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The longest standing mixed martial arts promotion in Colorado returns on Dec. 4 with Ring of Fire 36: Demolition. The card features seven UFC veterans and is headlined by two former stars of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.”
The main event features TUF Season 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes in his ROF debut in a clash with TUF Season 3 star and local fan favorite Mike Nickels.
Magalhaes is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and hails from Gracie Humaita in Rio de Janeiro, the school founded by Helio Gracie. He now resides in Las Vegas and trains and teaches out of the Tapout Training Center. Magalhaes is a three-time world champion in BJJ, and is a Pan American grappling champion. On TUF Season 8 he defeated Lance Evans, Jules Bruchez, and Krzysztof Soszynski. He then moved on to the finale against Ryan Bader losing by knockout. He is coming off a first round submission victory at CFP in North Carolina in October.
Mike Nickels is a brown belt in Machado Jiu-Jitsu. He is the owner and instructor of Colorado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo. After going 3-1 in fights at ROF, Nickels went on to be part of Ken Shamrock’s team on Season 3 of The Ultimate fighter. He lost in his first fight to Matt Hamill by unanimous decision; however, he returned on the undercard for the finale, defeating previously unbeaten Wes Combs by rear naked choke in the first round.
Nickels then returned to ROF for one fight and scored one of the quickest knockouts in the promotions history, dropping Carpacio Owens in just under seven seconds. The victory earned him a match against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 73. Nickels has gone 3-0 in his last three fights, most recently defeating UFC veteran David Heath at MFC 22 in Canada. He scored both Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards in the match. The bout was heralded as one of the best fights in MFC history.
The remainder of the card features one of the best lineups in Ring of Fire’s 10-year history. It is stacked with UFC, Strikeforce, and K-1 veterans and highlighted by promotion standouts Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Alvin “Kid” Robinson.
Ring of Fire 36 Fight Card:
-Mike Nickels vs. Vinny Magalhaes
-Duane Ludwig vs. Ryan Roberts
-Alvin Robinson vs. Anthony Morrison
-Cameron Dollar vs. Kit Cope
-Cody Donovan vs. Eric Smith
-Chilo Gonzalez vs. Ian Berg
-Andre Walker vs. Andreas Spang
The undercard will feature five amateur matches, including two women’s bouts. Jen Berg will return as part of the undercard. At ROF 35 Berg and her opponent, Diana Rael, earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the Fight of The Night award.