Ring of Combat AM XV

Ring of Combat AM XV

By Harold E. Kemp

Burgos and trainerAfter first making a statement in the cage, “Hurricane” Shane Burgos had something to say to his fans Saturday night. “I told you so,” Burgos mouthed to the crowd as the welterweight belt was wrapped around his waist during Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat AM XV at Club Pure in South Amboy, NJ.

Burgos, fighting out of Tiger Schulmann’s in Monroe, NY, had just caught Ricky Bandejas of Bricktown, NJ, in a standing guillotine at 1:18 of the second round in the co-main event. “I said I was not only going to win this fight, I was going to finish it,” said Burgos, who is now 6-0 as an amateur. “If I didn’t finish it, I wasn’t going to be happy.”

He need not have worried about that. After a rough-and-tumble first round that saw
the fighters engage in plenty of dirty boxing and grappling along the fence, Burgos
found the perfect opening to lock in his choke on Bandejas (5-1).

“I knew he was going to try to take me down, that he was more of a grappler,” said
Burgos, who added that he prepared for Bandejas – a former NJ prep wrestling
standout — by standing against a wall and having his coach shoot in on him. “We
practiced the knees, practiced beating him up, making him pay for going for the
takedown. It worked out perfectly.”

Randall “Rude Boy” Brown also saw his guillotine choke work out perfectly in the
night’s other co-main event. Brown, fighting out of Team Budokan in Queens, NY,
submitted Chris “The Cobra” Edmund in the third round to wrestle the ROC super
middleweight crown from the champion.

“It feels like a million bucks,” Brown said. “I can’t believe it.”

After a close opening round, Brown (4-1) tried to lock up a guillotine and leg
triangle on Edmund (4-4) in the second round, but was unable to finish. In the third,
Brown finally found his range, landing several combinations that hurt the champion.

Gamely, Edmund fought back and nearly caught Brown in a choke of his own. Brown
said he made a mistake and that the choke attempt was tight, but he knew he would
escape. Seconds later he secured Edmund’s neck, with the end coming at 1:41 of the
third.

“I was at first hesitant and everything, because I knew he had good wrestling,”
Brown said. “In that third round I started to get my rhythm and just let my hands go.
I came to do what I trained to do.”

Several other bouts in the 10-fight card ended in stoppages.

Madama BJJ’s Mike Elshamy and Sang Son both submitted their opponents. Elshamy
used a nifty crucifix to stop Edwin Rivera at 2:22 of the first round in a 210-pound
bout. Son tapped Jess Pew just 31 seconds into the second round with a d’arce choke
at 190 pounds.

Eric Fleming, of North Jersey MMA, switched from an arm triangle to arm bar to
submit James Stahl just 1:12 into their fight at 175 pounds.

Andrew Salas, of Zealous Nation, used powerful hammer fists and knees to force
Chris Landry to retire with injured ribs at the end of the second round at 168
pounds, while Long Island MMA’s Alfred Jones had a successful amateur debut with
a 36-second TKO of Ed Giron at 140 pounds.

Earning 30-27 decision wins were Tim Lutke against Oluwale Bamgnose, and Rob
Jimenez against Manny Collado. A fight between Gueorguin Smaguin and Jason
Lazares was ruled a no contest due to an accidental strike to the back of the head.

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