ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Aside from the championship performances from Levittown's Gian Villante and Lindenhurst's Ryan LaFlare, it was a rough Friday night for Long Island fighters at Ring of Combat XXVIII at the Tropicana.
- Melville's Ryan Castillo, a 135-pounder trained by Matt Serra and Ray Longo, lost by second-round submission to Michael Murray, a Tiger Schulmann fighter. Castillo gave up his back twice in the second round, and tried to work an ankle lock in between. Murray locked in a left arm bar that forced Castillo to tap.
- Ridge's Lennox Chance, an instructor at Varner Combat Academy in Centereach, lost in the first round by submission via rear naked choke to 135-pounder Nick Pace (Tiger Schulmann).
- At lightweight, Bethpage's Nabih Barakat, another Team Serra-Longo fighter, was knocked out in the first round by Edson Barboza from Jupiter, Fla. Barboza, who has some of the fastest leg kicks you'll ever see, dropped Barakat with a monster right hand, then landed a few more while on the ground. Barakat was knocked out, and the medics ran in with a board just in case. Barakat was able to walk out under his own power while wearing an oxygen mask. Remember Barboza's name, you're going to hear it again one day.
Ring of Combat has sent 32 fighters to the UFC, which is what a strong regional promotion is supposed to do. Props to Lou Neglia for making that happen. "The goal is to find undiscovered talent, not undeveloped talent," Neglia said.
Several of those fighters were on hand at the Tropicana on Friday night, as were quite a few other pro fighters. Here's the list: Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar, Ricardo Almeida, Jim Miller, Renzo Gracie, Donald Cerrone, Leonard Garcia, Cub Swanson, Miguel Angel Torres, Pete Sell, Dante Rivera and Kurt Pellegrino.
The remaining fight results:
170 pounds: Dave McMahon beat Robert Cunane via first-round TKO.
180 pounds: Craig Thieme beat Adam Fearon by majority decision.
145 pounds: Ryan Vaccaro beat Adam Ward via unanimous decision.
125 pounds: Louis Gaudinott beat Tuan Pham by first-round KO.
145 pounds: Lester Caslow beat Andy Main via unanimous decision.
170 pounds: Mike Medrano beat Jose Viera Jr. by third-round submission.
240 pounds: Brendan Barrett beat Joe Abouata by third-round submission.
185 pounds: Andre Gusmao beat Vagner Fernandes by first-round submission.