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- VILLANTE & LAFLARE WIN AT RING OF COMBAT

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

by Arias Garcia – special to MMAWeekly.com
Atlantic City, NJ — It was a good night if you were from the Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Bellmore, New York. First, Ryan LaFlare was able to remain undefeated after knocking out Kurt Pellegrino protégé, Justin Haskins in the second round of their welterweight title bout.

The first round belonged to Haskins, but the WEC veteran couldn’t match the intensity of LaFlare’s stand-up game in the second. After failing to take LaFlare down, Haskins ate a straight left punch that put him on the mat forcing the referee to halt the bout and giving Bellmore Kickboxing their first title of the night.

The other Bellmore Kickboxing Academy member on the card, Gian Villante, continued his dominance in the ring with a lopsided drubbing of Mike Cook giving Villante the Ring of Combat Heavyweight Title. After landing a stiff left hand, Villante slammed the startled Cook and submitted him with a rear naked choke just 40 seconds into their title bout.

To his credit, Cook took the fight on less than a week’s notice after Brett Kohan was involved in a car accident that forced him to withdraw from the title fight. Villante versus Kohan would have been a great test and may never happen if Villante gets picked up by the UFC.

In other action, IFL and UFC veteran Andre Gusmao was able to get back on the winning track by defeating Vagner Fernandes by tap out due to strikes in the first round. Gusmao weathered the early storm and an early knock down to methodically take his opponent down and eventually forcing him to tap.

Here are the rest of the results from Friday night’s action:

Friday, February 19, 2010
Lou Neglia Presents Ring of Combat XXVIII
Atlantic City, New Jersey

ROC Heavyweight Title Bout:
Gian Villante def. Mike Cook by rear naked choke – 0: 40 R1

ROC Welterweight Title Bout:
Ryan LaFlare def. Justin Haskins by KO – 1:36 R2

Main Card:
Andre Gusmao def. Vagner Fernandes by tap out (strikes) 3:25 R1
Edson Barboza def. Nabih Barakat by KO – 1:09 R1
Brendan Barrett def. Joe Abouata by guillotine choke – 0:45 R2
Mike Medrano def. Jose Viera, Jr. by guillotine choke 1:38 R3
Nicholas Pace def. Lennox Chance by rear naked choke – 1:37 R1
Lester Caslow def. Andrew Main by unanimous decision
Louis Gaudinot def. Tuan Pham by KO (strikes) – 1:09 R1
Ryan Vaccaro def. Adam Ward by unanimous decision

Preliminary Bouts:
David McMahon def. Robert Cunane by TKO (strikes) – 3:06 R1
Craig Thieme def. Adam Fearon by Majority decision
Michael Murray def. Ryan Castillo by armbar – 3:46 R2

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