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Frankie Buenafuente defends Ring of Combat title for first time at ROC 56

Frankie Buenafuente defends Ring of Combat title for first time at ROC 56


Frankie Buenafuente went about his business with a very workman like effort to win the 145 lb championship for Ring of Combat in his last fight.

He will be defending his title vs Brooklyn MMA’s Nekruz Mirkhojaev on September 23rd in Atlantic City.

Frankie has been ascending with 5 straight victories. His wrestling base has been his go to style as his striking and submissions have improved steadily. Frankie trains at Carnicella MMA and is well aware of the fact that ROC founder and former world kick boxing champion, Louis Neglia, is one phone call away from sending yet another fighter onto the UFC.

It has to be one fight at a time and the “Mantis” knows he will have his hands full with the very powerful Mirkhojaev. I talked with the defending champ and got to see how he was feeling heading into the fight as he walks in as a champion for the first time, and his thoughts on his opponent.

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'Beautiful' Bob Meloni

'Beautiful' Bob Meloni

Over 10 years experience on the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.