Ron “ChoirBoy” Stallings Becomes Harford County Md’s 1st Ever Professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion at Ring of Combat 42

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Aberdeen Md native, Ron “ChoirBoy” Stallings, shocked the world by defeating UFC vet, Mike Massenzio, in the 1st round by TKO, becoming the Ring of Combat middle weight champion & Harford County’s 1st pro MMA champion.

Going in the championship bout at the Tropicana in Atlantic City NJ, Stallings was considered to be a huge underdog to the UFC veteran. Somebody forgot to tell the ChoirBoy, because the Team Lloyd Irvin product dominated in spectacular fashion.

The fight starts out with Massenzio delivering a solid inside leg kick to Stallings. Keeping his composure, Stallings delivers a kick back. Stallings would find more openings for his thunderous low kicks to land. Stallings was clearly imposing his will in the stand up, making good use of range and footwork. Massenzio was forced to try and get the fight to the ground with a single takedown but Stallings , still having his leg hiked up, was able to turn the wrestler and pin him against the cage. Massenzio did briefly get Stallings down but he quickly cage walked and got back to his feet. It was there that Stallings did a wicked curve knee to Massenzio’s liver causing him to double over to the ground where Stallings finished up with light ground and pound before ref Dan Miragliotta called a stop to the action. Here is a Behind-the-scene video documentary capturing action live from the Tropicana

Stallings improves his pro MMA record to 11-4. This was, by far, Stallings most impressive performance and he do did this against a tough UFC vet.

“Being a Ring of Combat champion is huge because ROC champs go into the UFC and do well. I believe in my abilities and I’m bolder with that belief. I know that was the difference for me. I can perform like this against anybody. The Lord has blessed me and backed it up with an anointing, that’s why now I feel relaxed and at ease, ready to have some fun and I want to show it in the highest MMA organization. When I go in the cage I don’t have anger in me, I’m not trying to maim any one. My goal is to overwhelm my opponent with skill and allow them to walk out the cage basically unharmed. MMA is a sport to me.”

This Lloyd Irvin pupil started his martial arts training in Aberdeen Md., fast forward 20+ years he is still in the area training and teaching.

“My first love actually is boxing. Watching Tuesday night fights on USA back in the day is what really got the competitive juices flowing for combat sports, then of course watching Bruce Lee got me into martial arts. Tae Kwon Do was my first martial arts and when I was 15 found MMA. One of my high school friends whooped my tail with everything so from there I was like I have to learn this stuff. That was the start of my MMA path”

Stallings has been under the tutelage of UFC trainer & BJJ guru, Master Lloyd Irvin, for the last 7 years.
“Having Master Lloyd as trainer and mentor has been a huge blessing and advantage. The guy is amazing, his skill level is off the chart. With all the UFC fighters and BJJ champs in the camp he can still whoop everybody. Funny thing is my mother is the reason I’m with Master Lloyd. She thought I was crazy for getting into MMA and I needed a mentor, so she writes Master Lloyd this long email in hopes that he would convince me into not competing in MMA. Well you can see how that turned out. I did get a mentor though.

Aside from being a MMA Champion Stallings also owns and runs a Team Lloyd Irvin School MMA in Belcamp Md.

“I love martial arts, I love the positive effect it has people both young and old. I count it a blessing to be able to share the knowledge that has been passed to me with my students at Top Flight MMA Academy. I often remind them of that because they are learning the system earlier on than I did. They will most likely be better than me one day and as an instructor that’s my goal. Quiet as it’s kept me teaching and sharing the knowledge is an advantage I use in the cage.”

If you were wondering where the ChoirBoy name came from,

“On Sundays I play the piano, I have been doing it since I was a kid. I used to fight on Saturday nights and make it back home for Sunday morning service. That is part of my service and worship to God, I love being a part of the music ministry and I love to compete in MMA.”

With this win Ron “ChoirBoy” Stallings hope he soon will join his teammates Mike Easton, Brandon Vera, and Phil Davis and be a UFC middle weight real soon. Here is a spectacular highlight of the ChoirBoy's MMA action

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