As the birth of his daughter nears, Jon “Devastator” Delbrugge set out for one last fight before her arrival. He was called to fight in the Ring of Combat Welterweight Championship on Friday, November 20th, 2015. Debrugge had just won his welterweight bout three weeks prior and had to get right back into another camp to make this fight possible. Luckily, he has been expecting this and had taken two consecutive bouts at Welterweight rather than his normal weight class of lightweight (155 lbs). Without the strain of the weight cut, Delbrugge was able to stay healther and avoid many of the injuries that accompany MMA training camps.
Ring of Combat carries a reputation as one of the toughest Mixed Martial Arts shows in the United States, having sent many of its fighters to UFC success. The purses aren’t great. Traveling to the location is a pain in the butt. But the competition is for real. RoC alumni include Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar, Uriah Hall, Costas Phillipou, and other UFC notables. To win here is a great resume builder.
Before fight night, word arrived that Dana White, the UFC President, was making a ringside appearance to watch him and other top East Coast MMA fighters, and Delbrugge was on the list of fighters that peaked White’s interest. With two big sources of motivation behind him, the Devastator stepped into the ring with a fire in his eyes, ready to take home the belt against Whitney Jean-Francois AKA Da Bully.
The first minute of the fight consisted of Delbrugge’s normal slips and counters with a few single legs attempts in between. Delbrugge ate a solid knee that had him dazed but instincts kicked in and he recovered well. After roughly a minute, he grabbed his opponents leg and pushed him against the cage where he fought successfully took his opponent down.
When on the ground, it was all Delbrugge, who holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt. Jon fired a few punches to the head and knees to the body until he mounted and attempted to finish the fight. In an attempt to defend himself, Delbrugge’s opponent rolled and allowed Delbrugge to capitalize on that mistake and take the back. From there, Jon locked up his signature rear naked choke to finish the fight in three and a half minutes to become the Ring of Combat welterweight champion.
Delbrugge certainly captured the UFC President’s attention with his first round submission win, of which he is no stranger to. With this win, the Devastator improved his professional record to 8 wins and 2 losses. He accepted his championship belt with pride and went to his pregnant wife to celebrate his final win before he becomes a father. The Howard County native now will wait and let management do their job and push Jon into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. When this occurs, he will become the first Baltimore-area fighter to get into the Big Show.
— Jon Delbrugge MMA (@DEVASTATOR155) November 21, 2015