inside the cage

What do Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman have in common? These UFC fighters all rose to fame while competing in Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat MMA show.

So you’re an aspiring mixed martial artist with dreams of making it to the big time. You’re probably wondering how to get there — how you can appear on the radar of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other major promotions. While there’s no sure way to get noticed by the UFC and finagle your way onto one of its cards, some paths can give you a better chance than others. Perhaps the best is to headline a Ring of Combat show. An East Coast organization run by Lou Neglia, ROC holds five pro MMA shows a year, primarily at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a helping of pro kickboxing and amateur MMA matches scattered throughout New York and New Jersey the rest of the year. From those events, Neglia has sent 80 fighters to the UFC. Eighty! Among his alumni are former UFC champs Matt Serra, Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman, Black Belt’s 2014 MMA Fighter of the Year.

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Watch MMA ref "Big" John McCarthy demonstrate five of his favorite MMA techniques in these five exclusive videos shot at his Ultimate Training Academy just outside Los Angeles!

Have you wondered exactly how to become a MMA fighter? Have you asked yourself how the fighters know all those MMA techniques? Do they take MMA fighting classes? If yes, then where? If you've been asking these questions, then you have come to the right place. In his book, Let's Get It On! The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee, pioneering ref "Big" John McCarthy gives you as close a look as you can get of the rise of the sport of mixed martial arts without having to take a punch. As MMA's original official, McCarthy's opening command of "Let's get it on!" is the battle cry that has sent countless MMA fighters charging headlong toward glorious victory and agonizing defeat. From his unique vantage point just inches from the action, McCarthy has witnessed all the ligament-stretching, bone-breaking, unconsciousness-inducing MMA techniques that are behind the sport's greatest victories. He's seen the best of the best duke it out for that coveted W inside the cage. If you're looking for answers as to how to become a MMA fighter, watch McCarthy demonstrate five of his favorite MMA techniques in these five exclusive videos shot at his Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, California, where MMA fighting classes show a wide variety of students how to become a MMA fighter!

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