Marcellino after WSOF 35: ‘I got a fair shake my last two fights’

Tom Marcellino inside the cage at WSOF 35
Tom Marcellino inside the cage at WSOF 35 on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Photo Credit: Tom Marcellino.

Tom “Tommy Gunz” Marcellino (9-5 MMA, 2-4) defeated Bill Jones (12-11 MMA, 0-1 WSOF) at World Series of Fighting 35 inside the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York Saturday, March 18, 2017.

His victory against Jones marked his second straight win after submitting Matt Denning with a guillotine choke in round one at WSOF 34 Jan. 31, 2016. The Amsterdam, New York native won his last two bouts in his home state, but he feels his win streak deserves to be longer.

“I feel like I won my last four fights,” Marcellino told NJ MMA News March 19, 2017. “I feel the only difference last night was I got a fair shake two fights in a row. Foxwoods judges didn’t give me a fair shake in my opinion.”

The 33-year-old competed in back-to-back fights inside the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The first bout came against Nick Newell.

Marcellino lost to Newell by unanimous decision, but “Tommy Gunz” saw the fight in a different way. In the third and final round, he caught Newell in a guillotine choke.

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At 3:22 in the round, Marcellino told referee Dan Mirgliota that his opponent tapped his left arm.

The fight continued and Newell’s head slipped out of the choke, eventually having his hand raised. In his next bout, Marcellino lost a split decision to Devin Powell at WSOF 31 June 17, 2016.

Once again, he felt cheated out of a victory.

“I had eight takedowns and one judge gave me a (30-27) decision,” Marcellino said. “The other two judges were in the hallway getting popcorn or something. I beat him every round.”

Without those two losses, he could have a (11-3) with four-straight wins inside the WSOF cage. Marcellino’s only option is to move on from here and he is doing just that.

With about 500 supporters in attendance for Marcellino, he took on Jones. Jones came into the fight on a two fight losing streak.

In his previous bout, Jones lost via TKO to John Santos in round two at Combat Zone 54 July 18, 2015.

Although Jones took down “Tommy Gunz” in the first round, Marcellino remained calm and worked his way back into the fight.

“I adjusted by staying relaxed and taking my time,” Marcellino said. “It surprised me how strong and tough Bill was. He was awkward and at times hard to hit.”

As far as his next move, Marcellino is unsure. As his multi-fight contract comes to an end with WSOF, he wouldn’t mind returning back to the promotion.

Marcellino ends his first fight of 2017 with a win. it is something Marcellino said people should expect to see more of this year.

“So 2017, expect more of the same,” Marcellino said. “Except that I’m going for more finishes and taking more chances.”


By Connor Northrup

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.