Saturday, 24 May 2008

UMA UK II Open (No Gi) Groundfighting Championship

A quick review by Andy K from Fulinkazan Forum (my comments are in italics) of the teams day on Sunday! Sorry if I get any of this wrong guys but I was pretty busy shouting and acting like a fool for most of the day!!!

After the journey and weighins Rob was our first competitor in the under 70kg category. Rob dominated his first opponent and won by triangle. In his second match rob took a convincing win via points and nearly locked in his infamous ‘elbow crush of death’ This now put Rob in the semi final, where he once again disrespected some legs and came out with the win. In the final match Rob got trapped in a guillotine choke and finished with the Silver Medal in what was a highly skilled division!!! Well Done Roberto! Oosssssssss!!!!!!! (Rob has gone from strength to strength recently, adding some more elements to his already solid game, definately a force to be reckoned with)

Suzy was next up in the womens division and fought well in her match despite been kneed in the face! Hope she is ok and back competing soon. (Suzy was hit with a knee in the face that completely threw her off her game, on top of that her opponent blatantly cheated then was heard boasting that she did it on a purpose, classy!)

I fought next in the under 75kg division won my first match on points but in my second match tapped to a head and arm choke! (Andy also did excellent in only his 2nd grappling tourney, he dominated his opponent in the first match and made a mistake in his 2nd match and got caught. It happens)

Mark was next up and this was his tournament debut, the nerves didnt show and he won his first match in style by shoulder lock! In his second match Mark’s opponent was a no show! Mark advanced to the semis where he had a back and forth match with a great fighter from Blackledge MMA team. Mark lost the match but put in a class A performance against the eventual winner of the category! Well done Mark fantastic performance! (Mark's first tournament and a real personal success, geting a few wins in your first tourney after 8 months of training is pretty awesome)

Joe was the next team member to take to the mats in the sub 95kg category. Joe’s first opponent was a guy from SBG! Joe locked in the rubber guard and attempted an omoplata and various sweeps! Joe took the decision! Joe’s next opponent didn’t show (probably scared of Joe’s freakish size!!!) so he was now in the final! Joe had a great match and unfortunately lost on points! Well done to Joe as he took silver in what was again a highly skilled category! (Joe is a monster to say he is only 16 years old and hasn't been training that long, his results on the day were awesome)

This led us to the open weight, where Mark fought some awesome matches and showed what a competitor he is! He won two matches and lost two! Mark fought some real colossal guys and looked great on the mats! Nice work mate!!!

In the team event we were a little outsized to say the least! We fought well and ended up with a bronze! During the team event Joe beat the winner of the open weight division a massive achievement! Nice work Joe!!!

The team looking happy with 3rd place

Good day for the team and BIG thanks to Darren and Helen who are fantastic coaches!

'Dirrty' Pete Vs Tompo 2 - the re-match

Following on from the Mixed Fight Night in Leeds where Pete scored a lighting fast TKO, Tompo felt that the ref stepped in too quickly so the re-match was set for the inaugural Champions MMA show in Bradford.

'Dirrty' Pete meets Tompo in the middle of the ring and the fight is on. Tompo throws a high kick that hits Pete square in the face, Pete walks through it and gets clinch then takedown. Pete takes the arm, Tompo tries to escape and Pete starts to transition to the triangle but switches right back to the arm and finalises the arm bar. An intense match that lasted a mere 28 seconds but had everything.

Great work Pete.

Factory BJJ

Took a little trip over to Stockport to train with Adam and the guys. Well worth the journey over and made some new friends.

Adam kindly put it on his web site here.

Check it out.

Torn Rotator Cuff

Gutted, looks my Thera-Band is travelling everywhere with me now.