Advertisement
 
Monday, December 22, 2014
Amsterdam, NY ,

Photo submitted Tommy Marcellino, right, has his hand raised after defeating Jeremy Ross, left, by unanimous decision for the Reality Fighting lightweight title Friday in Uncasville, Conn.

Advertisement

Marcellino celebrates winning title belt

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - Updated: 10:13 AM

By ADAM SHINDER

adam.shinder@recordernews.com

Surrounded by friends, family and supporters, clutching his newly-won Reality Fighting lightweight championship belt in his hands, Amsterdam's Tommy Marcellino could feel the sum of his experiences from adolescence to the present day all laid out before him.

"I've been working so hard and so long for the same goal," Marcellino said Monday. "You see guys do things for a little while, but I've been doing combat sports since I started wrestling and boxing as a pre-teen. In middle school, I was doing combat sports, and I really feel like my whole life leads up to my fights. So, winning a title like that means a lot to me."

Marcellino left little doubt in the main event of Reality Fighting 52 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Brought in to fight Jeremy Ross as a replacement on a month's notice, Marcellino (7-2) nearly finished the fight in the first round and kept pressing Ross until the final bell, winning the title by a five-round unanimous judges' decision.

While Marcellino certainly would've liked to end the fight in spectacular fashion when he had Ross on the ropes late in the first round, there was a pride in seeing the fight out for the full 25 minutes -- the longest he's ever had to go in his nine-fight MMA career.

"It was a nice test to prove that I could go for a five-round fight," Marcellino said. "Not that the question was really ever there, but now I actually did it."

Riding a two-fight win streak heading into Friday, Marcellino came into the fight as a replacement for original title contender Andrew Calandrelli and had to go through a crash course to prepare for Ross, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a veteran of the New England MMA circuit.

"It wasn't like we had a plan to stand or be on the ground, it was like, 'OK, he does a few specific things really, really well. For us to win this fight, we have to shut down those things,'" Marcellino said.

Keeping a particular eye on Ross' kicks during standing exchanges and his array of chokeholds in the ground game, Marcellino used his wrestling skills to control the fight with takedowns and avoided serious danger.

"Some of the things we worked on shut down the stuff he did, which kind of put the ball in my court," he said.

That nearly culminated with a referee stoppage as the first round came to a close, but Ross was allowed to hold on until the bell and continue in the fight.

"I threw with everything I had, but the ref kept letting it go," Marcellino said.

After the first-round drama, Marcellino controlled the final four rounds and was the clear winner on the judges' scorecards.

Then, when the results were announced and the title was strapped around his waist, a veritable sea of Marcellino supporters -- nearly all of them in turquoise "Tommy Gunnz" T-shirts -- hit the cage to celebrate with the new champion.

"There were a lot of people from home," Marcellino said. "It was nice, having them come in the cage after."

Friday's fight came less than three months after Marcellino's previous victory, a March 22 submission win over Ricky Nuno in Philadelphia. After that fight, Marcellino was back in the gym the next day. This time around, the various cuts, scrapes and bruises he received in the bout against Ross will likely keep him from returning to training until at least next week.

When he does get back in the gym, he'll map out a course toward his next fight -- when he'll likely walk back into Reality Fighting's home at the Mohegan Sun Casino in front of 5,000-plus fans as a defending champion.

"I don't really know what's next, just waiting to hear what happens," he said. "I'll see when they want me to defend my title."

Follow ADAM SHINDER on Twitter at twitter.com/RecorderShinder

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
The Recorder Sports Schedule

 

The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Area high school sports calendar
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Amsterdam Police help Schenectady find homicide suspect
    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    URGENT New York panel picks 3 upstate resort casinos
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Port Jackson Media changes ownership
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Robert A. Savoie Jr.
    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    New tax: Vehicle use tax approved
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Mary Catherine "Kitty" Horigan Boscherini
    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Amsterdam bounces back from S-G defeat with impressive win over Broadalbin-Perth
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    B-P senior portrait is given the green light
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Second nature: St. Mary's staff conducts ebola drill
    Thursday, December 18, 2014

Advertisement

Copyright © Port Jackson Media

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook