Desir-Lowe, Outlaw-Davis and Bandejas booked for ROC 59

Sidney Outlaw steps on the scale at Ring of Combat 58 weigh-ins on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Photo Credit: Ring of Combat).



Ring of Combat Lightweight Champion Bradley “Featherstone” Desir (9-4 MMA, 3-0 ROC) will look to defend his title for the second time when he faces four-time UFC veteran Walon Lowe (16-7 MMA, 0-0 ROC) at ROC 59 inside the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 2, 2017.

With six title bouts scheduled, Sidney “Da Gun” Outlaw (7-3 MMA, 2-2 ROC) will look to retain the ROC welterweight belt for the first time against Leon “Dynamaite” Davis (8-4 MMA, 0-0 ROC). Ricky Bandejas (8-0 MMA, 0-0 ROC) will be fighting for the vacant regional ROC bantamweight belt, but no opponent has been announced.

After shoulder surgery and a six month layoff, Desir returns to the ROC cage. In his last outing, the 30-year-old defended his strap against former “The Ultimate Fighter” season 16 contestant Julian Lane by third round TKO at ROC 56 Sept. 23, 2016.

Desir won the the title against Eddie Lenoci at ROC 53 via second-round KO November 2015. Desir defended his belt against Lenoci when he finished his opponent by TKO in the first round at ROC 54 March 4, 2016.

He is (3-1) in his last four fights with a unanimous decision loss to Joseph Lowry at CFFC 59 July 9, 2016.

A UFC and Bellator veteran, Lowe is coming off a no contest with Ashleigh Grimshaw at Art of War 17 April 30, 2016.  In his previous bout, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native earned a unanimous decision nod against Vaso Bakocevic at Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 Oct. 3, 2015.

At welterweight, Outlaw is fresh off a title victory at ROC 58 Feb. 24, 2016. He defeated Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim via unanimous decision at ROC 58. He is riding a two-fight win streak with win against Adbul-Hakim and a RNC finish over Lashawn Alcocks at PA Cage Fight 26 Oct. 15, 2016.

Davis is currently riding a two fight win streak with two unanimous decision wins against Andres Jerudi and Lorawnt- T Nelson inside the Classic Entertainment and Sports’ cage.

As far as the regional 135 lbs. bantamweight title goes, Bandejas is booked for the card with no opponent officially announced.


Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.