May
09

MMA Fight Night – Team Joslin (Hamilton) goes 3-0 (part 2)

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Continued from part 1…

Johnny Sanguinetti was up next. His opponent was a boxer that was very powerfully built for the 185 lbs. division. With John being quite a bit taller than his opponent our strategy was to fight from the outside and use his reach to hit without taking any hits. The only problem was that the cage was very,very small which would without a doubt make that type of strategy more difficult to employ.

In preparation for the fight we had been working a lot of double and single leg entries in addition to the striking in order to give Johnny the opportunity to get to the top position if he wanted to.

When the fight began, Johnny’s powerful opponent attacked! I mean attacked with wild abandon trying to take his head off with punches. John ducked, moved, turned and rolled to avoid most of the shots but a few did get through. The good thing is that nothing that landed seemed to really hurt him. He was doing a great job of ‘weathering the storm” that his opponent was aggressively unleashing.

From the sidelines I had a feeling it would be only a matter of time before the opponent would tire.

A quick takedown put Johnny into the top position but only for a few seconds as his opponent used a quick burst of energy –using lots of strength while doing it– to get back to his feet and continue his attack.  The two exchanged strikes until a second take down was successfully applied by John. This time his opponent fell into an awkward position that allowed Johnny to mount him right away. Once mounted John used solid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique to control his struggling opponent and with less than a minute and a half left in the first round he unleashed a vicious ground and pound attack that forced the bottom fighter to submit.

I was so happy for him! He had trained really hard, was in great shape and had done a great job against a fighter that was very tough and that had an intimidating look to him.

In the co-main event, our fighter David Looker faced off against what turned out to be mainly a jiu-jitsu fighter. David used solid movement around the cage to fend off his opponent’s attempts to take him down as he worked his strikes.

Our strategy going into the fight was to let his hands go and try for the knockout. Again, the small cage really made it hard for fighters that night to avoid grappling long enough to score a ko. That was okay because David was well prepared for a grappling/wrestling type fight as well. In fact, I think he trained harder for this, the 3rd fight in his career, than he had for any of his bouts in the past. He was ready for anything!

The fight didn’t end up lasting long as David fired off a bunch of knee strikes into his opponent’s body before snapping him down to the mat from the front headlock position. A quick follow up with strikes to the downed opponent forced him to submit at about the one minute mark of the 1st round.

It was a solid win for David.

After all was said and done I realized that I didn’t have to go into the cage once during the fights since they all ended in the first round. The boys made it an easy night for me.  I was very proud of the guys, first for stepping in the cage to compete and second for being successful after all the hard work they put in at the gym.

I’m already looking forward to the next one!

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