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Global Proving Ground 24 Preview

by “Beautiful” Bob Meloni 

“Beautiful” Bob Meloni is a Jack of All Trades when it comes to promotions side of local mixed martial arts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Saturday May 14

Coliseum Fight Club – 333 Preston Ave.  Voorhees, New Jersey

Des “M-80” Moore  (5-1) vs Albert Tapia (3-3) – 115 lb GPG Championship – 5 ROUNDS

Desmond Moore vs Albert Tapia at Global Proving Ground 24

Des Moore is coming off his only professional loss and that was up a weight class in a five-round battle against a much larger Andrew Czeh. An American Top Team member, Moore has moved down to Florida to train full time and is back fighting close to his old stomping grounds in Pennsylvania.  Back in his preferred weight class, he takes on a very ready, Albert Tapia.  Tapia loves training full time as he spends most of his days in the UFC Gym. Both fighters are cardio machines.  This could be five-rounds of nonstop action.

Nah’shon Burrell (13-6)  vs Dustin Long (6-1) – 185 lb GPG Championship – 5 ROUNDS

Burrell is a Philly born and bred fighter. The Rock-n-Rolla has fought in the UFC and Bellator. He has a huge heart and brings the fight to anyone who stands before him.  His last time in the cage at GPG 23, he battered Canadian, Ryan Dickson and took home the belt with a barrage of combinations.  His fans will be in attendance, and they will be loud!  Dustin Long brings in a nice 6-2 record with four submissions.  He is a veteran on TUF.  Dustin knows he will be in hostile territory but has no fear and is coming for the belt!

Ruslan Melikov  vs.  Timothy Woods – 185 lbs.

Melikov is 3-1 and looking for a big finish.  His K-Dojo team is very tough and talented.  He goes head to head  against a very well trained Tim Woods (7-4). Woods trains with Team Lloyd Irvin and gets to put himself to the test against UFC level talent on a daily basis.  Tremendous fight brewing, here.

Darren Mima vs Juan Puerta at Global Proving Ground 24

Darren Mima  7-4  vs.  Juan Puerta 11-4 at 125 lbs.

This is shaping up to be a grudge match as Puerta took this fight on three weeks notice and has said that he wanted this fight and was going to get the win.  He had some harsh words for his opponent.  Mima is a very powerful fighter and is always in excellent shape.  He has aspirations of making it to the UFC so he cannot afford a loss against  Puerta who also believes that is where he belongs.

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