So Saturday evening was another Knockout Fight League amateur MMA show. We had 4 of our fighters from Subfighter MMA on the card as well as Jamel Williams who cross-trains with us.
First up was Jacob Argo in his 3rd amateur fight. This fight was 100mph from start to finish. The first two rounds went fairly similar with both fighters throwing big punches on the feet until Jacob would take hi opponent's back off a takedown. In both rounds, Jacob lost the back position and ended up with his opponent on top of him to finish the round. The round round was more of the same, except this time Jacob finished his opponent with an RNC when he took the back.
Next up was Andre Hudson making his amateur debut. Even though it was his first, Andre was the fight that I was least worried about. Andre was in great shape going into the fight, he isn't afraid to stand-up and bang, his wrestling is good and he can hold his own on the ground. All 3 rounds had Andre picking his opponent apart on the feet and hitting big slams on his way to a unanimous decision win.
Then the fight after that (no breaks! fights 2, 3 & 4!) was Jamel Williams. Jamel's opponent was a striker which works out perfect for Jamel as he is a striker that most other amateurs are not able to hang with on the feet. Nothing overly eventful happened in the fight. Jamel just outstruck his opponent for 3 rounds en route to a decision win.
We finally get a 1-fight break for the 5th fight before Jesse Herrera is up fighting 6th. Jesse's fight was another action-packed slugfest that went the full three rounds. While the fight was exciting, there was no big stand-out moments that made the fight lean one way or the other. Jesse was taken down in the 1st and 3rd round while Jesse GOT the takedown in the 2nd round. In the end, two of the three judges gave the split decision win to Jesse's opponent.
Last up was Kara Lazauskas fighting #10 in her 2nd amateur MMA fight. Kara fought tough, but her opponent this fight got the better of her on the feet and in the wrestling game. She managed to take Kara down and take her back in the first round and ended out the round that way. After that it was more of the same with takedowns and stronger top game until the end up the fight saw an exchange on the feet that put Kara down for the TKO loss.
Going 3-2 for the night isn't terrible, but it could be a LOT better. The important thing is that we know what to focus on for both Jesse and Kara in order to make sure they are both fully prepared for their next fights.
For now, I think the next event for us is going to be the CXF on August 19. Until then, I have some teaching & training to do!