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ROC cage set to debut Saturday
by Maurice Dixon
August 20, 2013 11:27 AM | 1789 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most of the time there is usually someone training for boxing or mixed martial arts at Metro Fitness in East Point.

But Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be some real competition when Return of the Coliseum Championships makes its debut. This event will feature MMA amateurs and professionals fighting in a hexagon cage similar to UFC.

“I came up with Return of the Coliseum about 10 years ago when I came up with Explosive Sports,” Chris Stephans said. “Return of the Coliseum was a theme based on gladiatorial rights. It’s like a dream I wanted to put together.”

Featured by Explosive Sports MMA and Area 51 Presents, the ROC is a four-fight event that Stephans and his partner, David Morris, plan to continue into next year.

The ROC will also be available to view online through the GoFightLive network (

According to, there were 17 fights scheduled at press time.

The main event will be between Joe Elmore and Craig Johnson.

“That is going to be a good fight,” Stephans said. “Although they aren’t fighting for a belt they are fighting five rounds. I believe the ROC should stick to a five-round main event.

“In boxing, they do 10 rounds on a main event even if it isn’t for a belt. If there is a belt it’s 12 rounds. I don’t get it. Why should MMA be any different? If you are going to have a main event, it should go the distance of five rounds — period.”

In addition to the main event bouts being five rounds, each round will be five minutes long.

“I can’t wait to see how guys last in the later rounds because it tells you what kind of fighter they are,” Stephans said. “If they train hard or if they didn’t. You can see it come out in the last minutes of those rounds.”

There will also be a meet and greet at JR Crickets on Cascade Rd. on Thursday at 7 p.m. and the weigh-in will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Hooters on Tara Boulevard.

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