It will be almost a full year since Eric Roncoroni (5-2) last stepped out of the cage from a fight, when he returns Sep. 15, for Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat in Atlantic City.
Roncoroni lost his title to Ruslan Melikov at ROC 56 (Sep. 23, 2016), in what was a very frustrating fight for ‘The Viking.’ Melikov won the fight fairly, but it turned into a boring affair as the challenger was able to take down the champion and do almost zero damage. He used his grappling to basically hold down Roncoroni and hold on to win a decision. Roncoroni said that he learned a lot about himself after his performance.
Working with a slew of high level pros over the last year, Roncoroni says that there is no denying him on this coming night. Don Cioffi has been with ‘The Viking’ from day 1 and continues to help mold the strong, rugged southpaw, who likes to strike and finish fights. He’s added Billy Dee Williams as his strength and conditioning coach and feels he is in the best shape of his life. Eric Saenz has also been a crucial part of his camp as Roncoroni tries to follow in the footsteps of more than 120 mixed martial artists who have earned UFC contracts after fighting at Ring of Combat.
Roncoroni tells me that his opponent, Ahmed Samir (1-0) is from the Egyptian National team and has a boxing background with several knockouts. He looks forward to standing toe-to-toe and proving that his hard work will pay off in a victory. “There will be no ring rust, trust me. I’ve traveled all over and had a full camp with Claudia Gadelha, worked out in New Mexico, I’m ready to go!”
We will be cage side for Ring of Combat 60 from the Tropicana Showroom with up to the minute results, a full recap, and photos. Please listen below to the “Viking” as he convinces me that he’s determined and confident to have his hand raised after this battle.