Robbie Ring looking to stay undefeated as a professional MMA fighter

There’s only a few days left until “Razor” Robbie Ring will make his way to Knoxville, TN for his 4th professional MMA fight.  He will be fighting for Aries Fight Series, on Friday, March 4th, at the world famous Cotton Eyed Joe.   His opponent, Dusty Little is also undefeated as a pro and is coming off of a one-minute knockout in his last fight.  Little accepted the fight with Ring after his original opponent, Edward Massey pulled out in mid-January. 

Ring has had a difficult time with opponents pulling out of fights leading up to fights, which causes a fighter to  have to readjust their training and game plans accordingly to adapt to a different fighter.  Ring is totally confident in his training at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.  He stated “Ring-Combat Sports is where I put in all of my training for all these fights.  I’ve learned and I’m still learning under my parents who have been teaching me since I was a little kid, along with all the others they have taught throughout the years.  I still learn new things nearly every week and my training has never failed me”.

Ring also has a stable of fighters and teammates at Ring-Combat sports that push him and challenge him to be his best leading up to fights.  Ring said “My fight camps are tough.  We have what we call pro-day on Wednesday and its super challenging.  I have some beasts for training partners.  Our gym has lots of talented fighters in it and my dad designs pro days that push me to my limits”. 

Robbie also works part-time at Anytime Fitness in Wytheville which is also where he gets in a lot of his cardio training for his fights.  Ring continued “Between my strength and cardio training, having a bunch of Killers for training partners and the fact that our gym has produced numerous champions, I feel more prepared than I have ever felt going into this fight.  People probably don’t realize that they have one of the most active MMA fighting gyms in the Southeastern Region right here in their own back yard.  We have had well over 300 cage fights over the years”.

When not training himself you will find Robbie teaching classes at the family gym that he hopes to take over in the coming years.  Robbie said “We start them young at Ring-Combat Sports.  At 4 years old our Tiny Titans start learning our Combat Jiu-Jitsu system, as well as start learning the basics of MMA.  Of course at these younger ages there is a huge focus on student safety, but that does not stop the youngest of kids from getting a leg up on the competition at a very young age. Many of our young students get the chance to compete inside the cage with modified rules that allow only mild contact and no contact at all to the face and head.  The kids love it and if they decide as they get older that they want to pursue MMA competition, they end up way ahead of the game, like I did”.

The last time Ring fought in Knoxville he remembers a lot of screaming fans many of them from Wythe County who made their way to Knoxville to support him.  Ring stated, “It means the world to me for people to come out to the shows and support me as I try to reach my goals in this sport that I love.  This has been my goal since I was a little boy coming up in the gym and it has never changed.  I know God has blessed me with a work ethic and the right people around me and by his grace I will keep giving it all I have to try to reach the top in this sport”.

Ring said, “I really couldn’t do this without all of my great sponsors and I have created a banner (see photo) that includes all of them on it”.

Robbie wanted everyone to know that they can still get tickets to his upcoming fight by going to or dropping by Ring-Combat Sports, 2190 W. Ridge Rd in Wytheville any evening during the week.


Wytheville fighter Robbie Ring hopes to win MMA state championship in his hometown

Titans of the Cage #29 will be held at the Wytheville meeting center on March 14th and will boast a fight card that will showcase twenty (20) fights inside the cage with ten (10) of those fights being title fights. Three local fighters from Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will headline one of the best fight cards this area has ever seen.  The event is overseen by the Virginia DPOR and sanctioned by United Combat Arts.

Wytheville’s own, Robbie Ring will attempt to bring home his third championship belt.  The 19 year old Ring, who trains out of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville, is currently ranked as the #2 fighter in both Virginia and Tennessee with an official record of 6-0.  He will face a top notch competitor in Randall Austin Jr. out of Team Ox in Johnson City, TN in the main event of the evening.  In addition to being an outstanding MMA competitor, Austin has excelled in K-1 kickboxing contests throughout the state of TN.  This fight will be for the United Combat Arts featherweight VA State Championship belt.

In the co-main event of the evening, Ring’s teammate Tyler “Ace” Cardwell will put his TOC light heavyweight belt on the line against Lee Poke of Cleveland, TN.  Cardwell is currently ranked as the #3 light heavyweight in VA. 

TOC cruiserweight champ, C.J. Burleson who also trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville will put his belt on the line against the heavy handed Nicholas Fisher out of Roanoke.  Burleson is currently ranked as the #4 fighter in VA in his weight division and this will be his third defense of his title.

Other notable title fights include; Josh Cook of Halifax who will challenge current TOC featherweight champ, Dylan Smith of Elite grappling in Lebanon.  Evan Lineberry of Hillsville will face Adrian Guijoza of Greensboro for the vacant TOC bantamweight belt.  Dylan Williams, of Hickory, North Carolina will take on interim flyweight champ Will Spann III of Myrtle Beach.  The TOC welterweight title will be up for grabs when Austin Cox of Elite grappling in Lebanon does battle with Brandon Williams of Team Phoenix in Greensboro.  Both Williams and Cox are former champions in this division. 

Two dynamic fighters will clash for the vacant lightweight title when Ferdinand Goke of Greensboro, NC faces Josh Lilley of Beaufort, SC.  Current TOC Middleweight Champ, Zion Tomlinson of Team Legion in Roanoke will defend his title against Jordan Heath of Beaufort MMA in South Carolina. And finally, the 195 pound TOC kickboxing title will be on the line when challenger Andre Williams of Beckley, WV faces current champ, Antwon Curtis of Roanoke.

Other exciting bouts scheduled for the undercard are as follows; Manuel Thurman of Cleveland, TN will face Matt Porter of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville in heavyweight action.  In flyweight action it will be Zach Bobbitt of Chase City taking on Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and Ryan Arnold of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville takes on Devon Shewey of Bland in lightweight action.

Still other bouts include; 140 lbs. women’s kickboxing bout Allison Hibbard (Fort Mill, SC) vs. Hailey Harkey (Vale, NC), 145 lbs. Tyler Gilger (Beckley, WV) vs. Clay Bucci (Greensboro, NC), 215 lbs. Curtis Elser (Graysville, TN) vs. Chris Hamlett (Radford), 155 lbs, Kenny Gatlin (Greensboro, NC) vs. Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV) and 155 lbs. Logan Atkins (Myrtle Beach, SC) vs. Brandon Holloway (Greensboro, NC).

Two special youth grappling bouts will feature Tayden Taylor, son of Kyle and Amy Taylor taking on Bryton Viars, son of Chris and Kayla Viars.  Both Tayden and Bryton are students at Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville.  Four year olds will show off their grappling skills when Avery Reeves, granddaughter of Ron and Jen Reeves takes on Mason Holston, son of Chad and Amanda Holston.

The Wytheville meeting center will provide great comfort for all spectators as all seats will be padded banquet room chairs.  There will also be two large projection screens so fans will always have a clear view of the action inside the cage.   Doors open at the Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA at 5:00 PM and fights start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are available online at , at Ring-Combat Sports (213 W. Main St. in Wytheville) or at the door. 

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Titans of the Cage #28 returns to the Appalachian Apex Center on Saturday, September 21st with a stacked fight card, filled with many local and regional fighters.  The card will feature eight (8) title fights with championship belts on the line.  The event is overseen by the Virginia DPOR and sanctioned by United Combat Arts.

Two undefeated Wytheville based fighters, Tyler “Ace” Cardwell and “Razor” Robbie Ring will headline the card in the Main and Co-Main events.  In the main event it will be champion vs champion as Tyler Cardwell puts his light heavyweight belt on the line against the current TOC Super Cruiserweight kickboxing champion, Antwon Curtis in a MMA championship bout slated for (5) x 3 minute rounds.  Cardwell is a member of Team SWMA and trains out of Ring-Combat Sports located on Main St. in Wytheville.  Curtis fights out of Modern Gladiators in Roanoke.  Both of these fighters bring great skill sets to the cage in this much anticipated match-up.

Local fighting champion, “Razor” Robbie Ring puts his bantamweight belt on the line once again as he will face undefeated fighter, Adrian Guijoza.  Ring. Who is a graduate of George Wythe H.S. and currently enrolled in the criminal justice program at WCC, aslo represents Team SWMA and fights out of Ring-Combat Sports and is coming off of a 1st round rear naked choke victory in his last fight in Johnson City, TN.  Guijoza trains out of Team Rock Bottom located in Martinsville.

TOC lightweight champ, K.C. Cockran of Hybrid martial arts in Roanoke, puts his title on the line against challenger Josh Lilley out of Beaufort, SC.   The women’s flyweight belt will be on the line when two former champions in this division hook up to see who can bring the gold home.  Tasha Hewitt fights out of Marietta, OH and she will face “Machine Gun” Kathy Hatfield out of Advantage martial arts in Princeton, WV.  This one is sure to be exciting and high paced.

Local up and coming fighter Jacob Catron gets his number called to step in on late notice to face current featherweight champion, Dylan Smith who puts his featherweight belt on the line.  Catron comes off of an impressive win in his last outing and now faces his biggest challenge to date in champion, Dylan Smith out of Elite Grappling in Lebanon.  In what could be a fight of the night candidate, Kaine Tomlinson Jr. of Team Legion in Roanoke will challenge TOC welterweight champ, Jacob Lamb of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC.

Two Junior Expo title belts will be on the line, as local youth athletes showcase their skills inside the TOC cage.  Abi Long will face Laci Dixon in a youth kickboxing bout.  Both young ladies train out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and both are freshmen in high school.  Abi attends George Wythe H.S. while Laci attends Fort Chiswell H.S.   Also, for the Youth modified MMA expo belt, it will be Angel Rigney of Roanoke, VA doing battle with Nathanael Dalton who attends middle school in Carroll County.

In another much anticipated match-up it will be two TOC hall of famers going head to head inside the cage as Micah “the original” Sheffey makes his long awaited return to the cage to face the always entertaining Josh “the great dane” Cook.  Cook has switched up teams and now trains out of Team ROC in Eden, NC and comes off of a unanimous decision win just 4 weeks ago in Norfolk.  Sheffey, a long time Team SWMA member out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, has previously held the lightweight title belts for Titans of the cage as well as Caged Combat.  This will feature two of the most experienced amateur fighters in the state with each man having over 20 fights in the cage.  Team SWMA fighter, Zach Simons out of Ring-Combat Sports will be making his MMA debut as he fights veteran TOC competitor William Hale out of Roanoke, while Evan Lineberry of Hillsville will face Will Spann III (Myrtle Beach, SC) in a flyweight top contender bout.

The remainder of the card is full of local and regional athletes; Joy Miller of Ring-Combat sports faces Maygan Emmett of Charleston, WV in a kickboxing bout.  Teammate Tiffani Underwood of Ring-Combat Sports will face veteran fighter Hannah Elswick of Tazewell in a kickboxing bout.  Still other local fighters out of Ring-Combat Sports will test their skills inside the cage as Logan Hurley (Wytheville) faces James Bowman (Saltville) and Jasmine Dudding (Bland) takes on Stevana Shouvley (Roanoke) in MMA action.

More local youth expo bouts will also be a part of this blockbuster fight card with the following youth athletes competing; Emily Foore vs Amelia Dalton (modified MMA), Hailey Collins vs Grace Crowder (modified MMA), Aiden Jackson vs Levi Collins (kickboxing) and Abagail Collins vs Irene Jackson (grappling).

Other exciting MMA bouts on the card will be; Jordan Thornhill (Roanoke) vs Zach Bobbit (Chase City), Sean Mitchell (South Hill) vs Clay Bucci (Greensboro, NC) and Zack Humbertson (Fairmont, WV) vs James Anderson (Halifax).

TOC has a brand new and much improved seating layout that will put all spectators up close and personal to all the action inside the cage.  Doors open at the Apex Center, 290 Ready Mix Rd. Wytheville, VA at 5:00 PM and fights start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are available online at , at Ring-Combat Sports (213 W. Main St. in Wytheville) or at the door.  Please follow Titans of the Cage on Facebook or visit the website to keep up with all the latest MMA action.

Titans of the Cage #25 MMA Returns to Pulaski Co. H.S.

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Live MMA action returns to Pulaski County H.S. in Dublin on Saturday, October 13th. Doors will open at 5:00 P.M. and the fight card begins promptly at 6:00 P.M.   The fights are being sanctioned by the state of VA and overseen by the United Combat Arts sanctioning body and DPOR of Richmond, VA.

Wytheville fighter “Razor” Robbie Ring makes his long awaited official MMA debut when he faces veteran fighter Josh Cook from Halifax fight team. Robbie has been involved in martial arts training since he was 3 years old and has compiled a record of 7-0 in MMA expo bouts over the past 3 years. Training out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville, Ring juggles going to college at WCC, along with a part time job and still trains six days per week in pursuit of his goal of fighting professionally.



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One of the headliners for the event will be C.J. Burleson of Pulaski who will face Chris Hamlett of Blacksburg for the TOC cruiserweight championship belt. Burleson trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville and was a standout football player for the Pulaski Co. Cougars and will fight in the Co-Main event of the evening.   The Main Event of the evening will be Zion Tomlinson of Roanoke facing current middle weight champ, Christian Bradberry of Knoxville, TN (formerly of Wytheville) for the TOC middleweight title.

In other title bouts, the current TOC bantamweight champ, A.J. Sanchez out of Chicago, IL puts the belt on the line against veteran fighter Ray Ray Holston of Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville. The vacant featherweight belt will be on the line when Mike Sant, of Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, TN does battle with Adam Zolot of Team Phoenix out of Greensboro, NC. In yet another title bout, it will be popular local fighter and veteran of nearly 20 fights inside the cage, Micah Sheffey facing Austin Cox of Elite Grappling in Lebanon for the vacant welterweight title. Sheffey who trains out of Ring-Combat Sports in Wytheville is the former TOC lightweight champ and Caged Kombat Champion, but moves up a weight class for this opportunity.   Finally, Billy Byrd of Coeburn will challenge current flyweight champ, Logan Hurley of Ring-Combat Sports for the belt.


The ladies will take front and center in this one, with Kristy Stafford of Big Stone Gap and Stevana Shouvley of Roanoke square off inside the cage.   This card is loaded with great bouts from top to bottom. Local fighter, Danny Edwards tries to remain undefeated as he takes on Will Wilson of Roanoke, Dylan Smith of Lebanon faces Sean Mitchell of South Hill in a lightweight top contender bout, Tyler Gilger of Beckley, WV faces Jacob Coller of Greensboro, NC, while Michael Warner of Princeton, WV and Antwon Curtis of Roanoke slug it out in a kickboxing showdown.

Still others line this explosive fight card as Ron Vance of Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, TN faces Will Holtzclaw out of the UFC gym in Norfolk, VA, Jeremiah Wills (Greensboro, NC) faces Danny Stubbs (Beckley, WV), Tango Rogers (Princeton, WV) battles Josh Cloud (Hillsville), Matthew Hairston (Greensboro) faces Derick Wisser (Hamburg, PA) and Tanner Perry (Bristol, TN) takes on Jasper Scott (Halifax).

The popular youth grappling expo bouts will also be featured when local martial arts students from Ring-Combat sports in Wytheville showcase their Jiu-Jitsu skills inside the cage. Grace Crowder (12) vs. Emily Foore (12), Emily Porter (5) vs. Riley Grubb (5), Sierra Llewellyn (9) vs. Hunter Pennington (9) and Eli Holston (5) vs. Joey Larkin (5).

The event is sponsored by and will benefit the Pulaski County Special Olympics. Ring girl for the event will be Tiffany Barr of Abingdon. Advanced tickets are available online at Tickets can also be purchased from select fighters or at the early weigh-ins event which will be held on Friday, October 12th at Italian Garden Restaurant in Wytheville from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door of the event beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 13th. Titans of the Cage promotions, is a family friendly event and we encourage the public to come out and bring the entire family for a great evening of entertainment.   Don’t miss any of the action and be sure to search for us on facebook at Titans of the Cage to keep up with all the MMA action, past, present and future.