Jimmie Rivera Retains 135 –Pound Belt

Jimmie Rivera was able to defend his bantamweight title at the 42nd Ring of Combat which was held in Atlantic City, N.J., USA. And aside from the Rivera versus Roberts fight, there were also four title fights.

Rivera managed to retain his belt via unanimous decision with a score of 30 -27, 30-27 and 29 – 28. When the veteran fighter was interviewed after the fight, these were all he could say: “he was trying to get me down.” Rivera was interviewed by Sherdog.com and he added: “He was trying to grapple me the whole time. I was just not letting him turn it in. I wanted to beat him up against the cage, take his legs away and get him a little tired. I noticed when he started getting tired, but I didn’t trust my hands enough.”

Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera is a native of Brooklyn, New York, USA. He has an impressive 10 wins and only 1 loss in his fight card. His win over Roberts is the ninth consecutive win of his career; his only defeat was in the hands of Jason McLean in ROC 22 in November 2008 via split decision. Rivera has been one of the strongest fighter in the industry defeating strong contenders like Justin Hickey, Jared Papazian, Abel Cullum, Carlos David Oliveira and Claudio Ledesma to name a few.

Joel Roberts on the other hand is a bantamweight from Palmerton, Pennsylvania, USA. He has 7 wins and 4 losses in his career. His loss to Jimmie Rivera was to end a five consecutive win from fighters like Brylan Van Artsdalen, Bret Thomas, Scott Heckman, Bobby Gorham and recently James Cianci at the PA Cage Fight 12 in May. He submitted Cianci using a rear-naked choke in just 4 minutes of round 1.

Other featured fights that night was a light heavyweight match between Ed Gordon and Anton Talamantes where the latter won thanks to his strong background in wrestling. He took down Gordon and earned the light heavyweight belt through a unanimous decision. When Rico Talamantes, brother and corner man of Anton, was interviewed after the fight he mentioned: “When I watched the tape on Ed Gordon he was predominantly a standup fighter. That’s it. He had some counter wrestling, but with my brother’s wrestling I knew he’s take him down. Once he gets on top he’s very hard to get up from.” On the other hand, Gordon’s trainer Ray Longo is not really worried about his fighter’s first loss.

Sinclair Wins over Winner via Split Decision

The BAMMA 10 main event was a close call for Rob Sinclair. After 5 tiring rounds he was proclaimed the winner via split decision. The BAMMA 10 was help at the Wembley Stadium in London Saturday night.

Rob Sinclair is the promotion’s reigning lightweight champion and he battled Andre Winner hard during the long five rounds. The scores were 49 -46 for Sinclair and 48 – 47 for Winner. To note that this win was Rob Sinclair’s fourth win with BAMMA; Andre Winner on the other hand marks this defeat his first from BAMMA as he has appeared in three fights.

After the fight, Sinclair was interviewed and this was what he managed to comment after his win: “Jesus Christ, man, I tell you what. Andre has got one tough head. Andre is an amazing, amazing fighter.” He added: “It could’ve gone either way though. A split decision – different day, different judges – in any way a split decision’s a draw, isn’t it?”

In the early part of the fight Sinclair already set up a pace that Winner was not able to totally catch up. Winner was not able to set his own rhythm which caused him too much time in round one and in the second round as well. But Sinclair was able to fight even when his back was against the ring coming up with uppercuts, using his elbows and finally his knees to earn points.

But on the third round, Winner somehow became more responsive and definitely more aggressive with kicks and punches landing on Sinclair’s body but never able to make him lose his focus and determination. The fourth and fifth rounds were all about Winner’s desperate attempts to stop the raging Sinclair but all his efforts were not enough making the judges declare the match in favor of Sinclair via split decision.

Rob “C4” Sinclair is from Manchester, England and currently has 12 wins and 2 losses in his career. His win over Winner is his fifth consecutive win after being defeated by Paul Sass in OMMAC 2 Business As Usual in October 2009 via split decision.

Andre Winner is a native of Leicester, England with 14 wins 7 losses and 1 draw. His latest win was against Diego Gonzales at the BAMMA 8 – Manuwa versus Rea via unanimous decision in December 2011. During the fight against Sinclair, he managed to come up with strikes in the fifth round but these were not enough to faze Sinclair at all.

Attonito Replaces Krauss to Fight against Nelson at UFC on Fuel TV 5

You may remember Rich Attonito from “The Ultimate Fighter” season 11; he now replaces injured Pascal Krauss, a German boxer at the UFC on Fuel TV 5. He will face Gunnar Nelson which is also an impressive welterweight with 9 wins, 0 losses and only one draw in his career.

Pascal Krauss suffered a fatal injury when he received a strong knee strike to his rib cage causing severe chest pain and dislocated vertebrae. It happened last Saturday morning when he was sparring and preparing for his fight; he was rushed to the Freiburg University Hospital and was diagnosed to have extremely bruised ribs and inflamed chest. Krauss was also diagnosed to have dislocated his backbone which instantly caused him to retire due to medical injuries and of course unable to fight for his fight in Nottingham, England scheduled on September 29.

Krauss was interviewed by Sherdog and he replied: “I can’t laugh, can’t cough, can’t talk loudly or sleep without walking up at least 10 times at night.” He added: “I tried getting over the pain using medication, but it was just too strong. I am devastate as it’s already the second time I has to cancel a fight due to injury. I apologize to Gunnar and his camp; I would have loved nothing more than being able to compete with him. I was looking forward to this fight so much.”

To replace the injured Krauss is former NCAA Division I wrestler, Rich “The Raging Bull” Attonito. He is a native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA and has 10 wins and 5 losses in his career. His most recent fight was a loss to Jake Hecht at the UFC 140 – Jones versus Machida in December 2011, he lost via technical knockout. His latest win was against Daniel Roberts at UFC Live 4 – Kongo versus Barry in June 2011 via unanimous decision.

Gunnar Nelson is a native of Reykjavik, Iceland and as mentioned earlier has a perfect fighting career with only one draw. His latest win was against Alexander Butenko at the CC 12, a headliner fight where he won using an armbar in just 4 minutes and 21 seconds of round 1. Nelson has been successful against superb fighters; among them are Eugene Fadiora, Danny Mitchell, Sam Elsdon, Barry Mairs, Nick Tromp and many more. UFC on Fuel TV 5 will be on September 29 at the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England.