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Jimmy Drago feeling “like a weapon”… Primed for ROC 78

Video interview with Jimmy Drago above

Louis Neglia Jr and Dead Serious MMA will be hosting their final Ring of Combat show of 2022 on Friday evening, November 18th.  The Tropicana Hotel and Casino Resort will set up the cage for ROC 78 upstairs in the Showroom. Some of the best young MMA talent on the east coast will be on display which has become the norm for Neglia and his team.

Main Event

The main event features a rematch between John “the Honduras Assassin” Ramirez and “the Quiet Man” Dylan Mantello.  These two warriors fought for the lightweight title at ROC 74 in October of last year.  Ramirez took home the unanimous decision victory and the strap.  Mantello will be looking for redemption and Ramirez will be looking to protect what is his.

Co-main event

This welterweight match-up could be the fight of the night.  Regis Farias (2-0), the Brazilian, returns to the cage after nearly a five-year layoff.  He has recently competed in several grappling events, but live cage action is on his menu as he will meet Jimmy Drago (2-1).  Drago was 6-0 as an amateur.  He did lose his pro debut but has rebounded with two straight first round finishes.

MyMMANews had the pleasure of talking to Drago as we checked in to learn a little about him and see how he felt about his camp and opponent.  Jimmy is a very dedicated, hardworking young man.  He is a full-time union ironworker, and someone who draws inspiration and energy from thinking about his family.  He tells us about his fight…

I feel like a weapon.  I put so much work into this camp.  It has been rough with working and training, but I’ve been doing this for a while now and I always manage to find the balance and I’m feeling really good.  I feel really sharp this time around and I’m really looking forward to showcasing some skills.

Please check out our interview on the link above.

Jimmy is so down to earth and opens up about the lonely journey that sometimes comes with being a fighter.  I very much enjoyed our talk.  Many of the things Jimmy said, are the same reasons I’ve loved working in this field and covering the sport for over 15 years.

I will have results from Atlantic City and will be on commentary with “Raging” Al Iaquinta and Jay Regalbuto.  Stay right here at MyMMANews where we cover regional combat sports like no other.

Ring of Combat, ROC 78

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