Willie Hosch eyeing ROC return

Willie Hosch steps on the scale at ROC 57 weigh-ins on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Ring of Combat.

Willie Hosch (5-4 MMA, 2-2 ROC) is waiting for a fight.

Although he is in talking different promoters, the welterweight contender expects his next bout to be with the Ring of Combat. On Feb. 24, 2017, the 33-year-old won via unanimous decision against Michael Elshamy (3-4 MMA, 3-4 ROC) at ROC 58.

Hosch enjoys working with ROC President Lou Neglia and said fighting for ROC is his best option.

“That’s what’s it’s looking like at the moment,” Hosch said about his chances fighting for the promotion. “Lou  (Neglia) is a pretty good guy.”

Hosch fought four different times inside the promotions’ home, Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He competed for the ROC middleweight title Nov. 18, 2016. He lost via decision to champion Ruslan Melikov at ROC 57. With more time to train, Hosch sees the fighting turning out differently.

“I don’t see why not,” Hosch said. “I took a short-notice fight for the 185 lbs. title which I feel like I could of won with a little more prepping.”

Hosch is currently competing in the welterweight division.

Sidney Outlaw (7-3 MMA, 2-2 ROC) is the current ROC 170 lbs. champion after defeating Tajuddin Abdul-Hakim (4-1 MMA, 4-1 ROC) by unanimous decision. It occurred the same night when Hosch beat Elshamy.

Hosch said he is ready to compete for the ROC 170 lbs. belt.

“I feel like my last win showed my all around improvements,” Hosch said. “My record doesn’t reflect my potential and overall abilities.”

Hosch expects to be inside the cage by June or July. ROC’s next card is slated for June 2, 2017.

The card features four title bouts, including Outlaw’s first defense against James Rumley (3-3 MMA, 0-1 ROC). Hosch is not next in line for the strap, but he is looking for a shot or another chance to prove he could be.

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.