Marcelo Giudici (right) file photo: Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Four title fights ended in the first round, but Ring of Combat 30 did not disappoint on Friday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino.
The main event was a crowd pleaser, as Mike Medrano engaged Ryan LaFlare in a battle for the ROC welterweight championship. The fighters exchanged takedowns, but LaFlare seemed to do the most damage. However, Medrano was more accurate on the feet and stunned his opponent at least twice. LaFlare recovered and landed a beautiful knee to the body that took the wind right of the AMA Fight Club standout. He then pounced on Medrano, landing unanswered strikes and forcing the referee to halt the bout 4:07 into the first round.
In a one-sided mismatch, Uriah Hall dominated Roger Carroll to win the Ring of Combat middleweight title.
Hall dictated where the fight took place with his crisp striking. Every time he made contact, Carroll covered up and waited for the onslaught. Some leather opened up Carroll’s right eye, and he focused on trying to take down Hall. However, Hall sidestepped, sprawled and kept the fight standing. He then landed a strike that appeared to be partially blocked, but Carroll fell backward and tapped out. Carroll then popped back to his feet and congratulated his opponent. The end came 2:41 into round one.
Meanwhile, 43-year-old Marcelo Giudici took on rising star Edson Barboza for the ROC lightweight crown in what was probably the most intriguing matchup of the event.
After finding brief success with a takedown, Giudici could not keep the fight on the ground, as Barboza easily returned to his feet. Barboza then dropped Giudici with his lead left and pounced on his opponent. Giudici survived, and Barboza backed off, inviting his opponent to stand. By then, Giudici looked defeated. Barboza focused his attack on Guidici’s leg and buckled him with a thunderous leg kick. Giudici screamed in pain but continued to fight. Later, Barboza went upstairs with a high kick, but Giudici partially took the blow with his arm and tried to catch his opponent’s leg. He was unsuccessful and instead ended up on his back. Barboza continued to land legs kicks, and stopped Giudici on a knee injury 3:01 into round one.
Finally, Nick Pace overcame the wrestling chops of Steve Deangelis and secured a fight-ending D’arce choke 3:03 into the first round to become the Ring of Combat bantamweight champion. Pace kept himself out of any real danger and remained perfect in five professional appearances.
Edward Guedes def. Liam Kerrigan -- TKO (Punches) 2:41 R2
Ryan Vaccaro def. Adolfo Sanchez -- Unanimous Decision
Carlos Brooks def. Ariel Sepulveda -- Majority Decision
James Jenkins def. Mike Prokop -- KO (Punch) 3:45 R1
Tom DeBlass def. J.A. Dudley -- Unanimous Decision
Christopher Wing def. Giedrius Karavackas -- KO (Punches) 0:14 R2
Dave Church def. Jason Lee -- Unanimous Decision