Sport BJJ Most Influential Figures- Past and Future

Sport BJJ as we know it, at least the current incarnation started in 1996 with the introduction of the IBJJF Pan Am and Mundail championships, then the introduction of the ADCC Championships in 1998.

That being said, I started to think about who has really had the biggest impact on the sport of BJJ. Mind you, I’m not talking about who the most successful competitors are, but who has had the greatest impact on the sport and whose techniques have become the most imitated.

In no particular order, these are the grapplers I feel have had the greatest impact on the game over the last 10 years.

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Dean Lister

In 2003, Dean Lister made his mark on the grappling and BJJ community by winning the ADCC Absolute Division, primarily via leg locks. He then repeated his ADCC success in 2011 in his weight division mainly via heel hooks.

It was this event (largely thanks to Lister’s sambo background) that put the BJJ world on notice for how effective leg techniques can be in competition. To this day, you still see a large number of ankle lock and toe hold attempts at the highest levels of major competitions (given that heel hooks are not legal in most competitions, but that is an argument for a future BJJ Life article).

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Rafael Mendes

Few names are as synonymous with a particular move as much as Rafa Mendes is with the berimbolo sweep. The current king of the featherweight division, Rafa has dominated the world championship at his weight for the last three years, largely thanks to what almost seems to be an impossible to stop De La Riva setup and sweep.

The berimbolo is the flavor of the year these days, largely because it is legal in the IBJJF, but also in it’s control and setup to back control. Few moves seem to be as imitated as the berimbolo sweep these days at all levels and weight classes, however few can match the pure control that Professor Mendes shows every time he steps on the mat.

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Ryan Hall

Say what you will about inverted guard or 50/50, they are positions all their own and when put into effect, they are incredibly difficult to counter, not to mention the submission threats they pose. And when most people think 50/50 and inverted, the name Ryan Hall tends to spring to the forefront.

One of the early pioneers of inverted guard and a proponent of both 50/50 and the effectiveness of heel hooks, Ryan “The Ry-Angle” Hall is an ADCC medalist who is continually adapting his game. Most recently competing in a pure wrestling competition to show his understanding of how the game is constantly evolving and how we as competitors must adapt with it.

While 50/50 is a tricky position and can lead to a quick disqualification due to the knee reap possibilities, it is still used successfully by the likes of Ryan Hall, Guillermo Mendes and…

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Jeff Glover

Deep half guard? You are probably thinking about 2007 Mundail No Gi Champion and 2011 ADCC bronze medalist Jeff Glover. One of BJJ’s most acrobatic figures, fond of flying triangles and armbars alike, Glover showed the world the power of deep half guard through dozens of titles and his highly popular instructional DVDs.

When utilized with an aggressive half guard game, many competitors have added on to the groundwork popularized by Glover and his deep half guard skills, but few have been able to replicate the same level of success.

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles

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Three words: De La Riva.

Is that really three words or does it count as one because it’s a name? Well, regardless, no one has quite done for revitalizing the popularity of De La Riva guard like Cobrinha has. And most people haven’t been as successful at the guard as this eight time world champion, though ever seems to be trying these days.

Of course, it is becoming fewer and fewer as people realize that foot placement becomes really tricky in IBJJF rules. Still, Cobrinha is proof that when you really know the position and rules, you can pull of some pretty amazing s***.

And don’t give me any s***, I don’t know why the picture is so small.

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Caio Terra

There is half guard, there is half guard, then there is Caio Terra’s half guard. Of all the other names on the list, I don’t think that any have had the same impact as five time no gi world champ Caio Terra. I mean, people sit down a lot now.

Of course, when Caio does it, it is to pull half guard then sweep you almost immediately. Showing that takedowns aren’t everything in competitions, Caio has truly changed the face of BJJ competitions with his approach to the game. The only problem is, that while Caio turns his half guard pull into a position to immediately sweep to a dominant position, others just use it because they are afraid of losing two points.

Love it or hate it, the bastardization of this mentality has changed the BJJ game in drastic ways.

The Future…

Okay, it takes me a while to upload pics, so I’m not going to as I run down the figures that I believe will have the biggest impact on BJJ competitions in the years to come. Also, please note that I think the future of BJJ is in submission only tournaments.

Kurt Osiander

One of the funniest, most irreverent and most visually accessible figures in BJJ, Osiander is in a unique position to illicit change in BJJ. Both old-school in his approach to BJJ and an ardent supporter of submission only tournaments, Osiander has not held back his thoughts on advantage points, berimbolo sweeps and wrist locks.

Not that we would expect anything else from a Ralph Gracie black belt. Osiander’s recent Finsher Series grappling tournaments are the first step in the revolution to submission only tournaments really getting their foothold in local tournaments. Then the world.

Rener and Ryron Gracie

Forget the Brandon Shaub debacle, Rener and Ryron’s Gracie University and Metamoris have been a huge eyeopener for the BJJ world. They are charismatic (minus Rener always saying “that’s interesting”), accessible and voices for change toward submission only competitions.

Should Metamoris 3 actually happen at some point with Eddie Bravo via Royler actually happening, it could be one of the biggest moments in competition BJJ. And if Eddie gets another submission, he could also earn a spot on the list (he isn’t on the list because of the lack of major competition success by 10th planet black belts, not because he isn’t a f***ing marketing wizard).

Paragon Jiu-Jitsu

I know, a little weird that I put a specific gym on the list, especially since I already have Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller black belt Jeff Glover on the list, but given the success of Glover, Bill “The Grill” Cooper and other notable Paragon-ians (?), I think that they belong here.

The main reason I say this is because what I have noticed as a predisposition toward long threads of submission attempts that feed off of and link to each other. Regardless of competition, it seems like Paragon grapplers are ALWAYS attacking something from somewhere. In the current BJJ game, this is a bold move given the possibility of the aggressor losing simply because of a lack of points.

The only issue is that it becomes a chicken or the egg argument. Will tournaments shift to submission only once more gyms start going for submissions over points, or will tournaments need to shift to submission only format before more competitors feel free to end matches instead of worrying about half guard sweep?

Regardless, I think Paragon has the right idea.

Kron Gracie

This one may be subjective to you, but given his recent success both in Metamoris and ADCC coupled with his particular lineage, Kron Gracie may be the link between current sport BJJ and the old-school mentality of winning via submission.

Personally, I don’t know if Kron considers himself a proponent of change, but with a father like Rickson in his corner (about as self-defense and basics oriented as anyone in the world) and what has been a growing trophy case of major tournament wins, Kron could be the link between the generation or Royce, Rickson, Royler, etc, and the tournament scene today.

And with a little luck, the submission only format of the future.

I imagine that the argument is almost immediately on the forefront of your minds for names like Saulo or Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Roger Gracie, Leandro Lo, Buchecha, Rodolfo Vieira, Lucas Lepri and about a dozen other world champions. The reason I didn’t put them on is because despite their success and proficiency, I don’t think that their own abilities have been as often imitated in competition.

These competitors have been able to gain success because of their own particular brand of size, strength and unique skills. Though, I do understand a STRONG argument for Marcelo, though I think due to his abilities and popularity, he is quite happy just to share his teachings and let people flock to him like the salmon of Capistrano.

I sure as f*** would.

But feel free to argue. I know you will whether I want you to or not.

MMA Fighters: You Represent Your Gym

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A couple of weeks ago I was at the SEG Canterbury fights, seated near one of the corners when a fighter was introduced. Name, record, gym…wait, what? He fights out of where?

No he doesn’t!

I had to stop myself from turning to his corner and actually yelling at him that his fighter does not in fact fight out of the gym he claimed to fight out of. Nor did his corner.

I figured I’d let the guy fight and see how he did. Well, he lost. And while a fighter might think that a loss is only felt by themselves, it also reflects on the gym they represent.

Or lie about representing as the case may be.

It turns out that he had once trained in the garage of a former gym member for a few weeks, so when asked what gym he trained at, he lied.

Son of a b****.

Now, there was a time when I didn’t think such a thing made a difference. I mean, so what if someone claimed to train at a gym? What difference did it make if they were the ones putting their faces and their record on the line?

Well, everything, actually. A gym is more than about you. It is about the owners, the trainers and all the members there that train day in and day out to improve themselves while some a**hole wanders in off the street and thinks they can fight.

By saying you fight out of a gym, you are showing what you have learned there. You show your strength, your heart and your talents to the crowd and anyone who might see video of the fight.

And yes, it makes a difference.

I remember years back doing some training with Dave Menne at his old Osseo gym (when I still entertained pipe dreams of MMA competition) and having guys literally come in off the streets and say they had a fight in two weeks and they needed a corner.

Dave would graciously, I guess, turn him down. The guy had standards. And frankly, he was probably pissed at the idea of some jacka** wandering in and taking for granted the sport that he had but a s*** load of blood into.

Now, not being a stranger to this sort of scenario, I had to wonder, do gyms set standards by which their fighters must measure up before competing in the cage?

Yup.

I remember about eight years ago, yes eight, back when there was a Miletech Fighting System school in Apple Valley, they required full contact tryouts before allowing someone to train their as a part of their team. Which is a little weird, maybe why it didn’t succeed.

Warrior’s Cove requires their fighters have a blue belt in their Shinbudo system (a combination of BJJ and gap fighting with a blue belt being about equivalent to a purple belt in BJJ) before letting them use their gym name in fights. Though given that the fighters have proven themselves, they will corner fighters with a red belt (their system goes white, yellow, red, blue, black).

The Cellar fighters must be cleared by head instructors Kru Chris Cichon and Drysdale black belt Marcelo Nunes must approve their fighters for MMA, ideally after both BJJ and smoker fights.

Academy fighters must qualify to be a part of the MMA competition team after both striking and grappling tryouts, only after being invited to tryout showing proficiency in a skill set.

Other schools all seem to have variations of these requirements at their individual schools. Fortunately, some of the old school grindhouse sort of gyms have failed in the area, ideally setting a new standard for most competitors.

Keep in mind that these standards exist to make you a better, more successful fighter, not just so you can make a quick couple hundred bucks. You might not care if you lose, but your coaches and training partners sure as s*** do.

If you really want to be a fighter, take a deep breath, try and calm down from what I can only assume is a UFC Highlights and Monster Energy fueled adrenaline rush and learn a few f***ing things before you put yourself in position to get kicked in the face.

Still, there are those that want to take shortcuts and take fights for the quick cash regardless of outcome. Some people just don’t care about how much training it actually takes to be even a competent MMA fighter.

Bodybuilding legend Ronnie Coleman once said “everyone wants to be big, but no one wants to lift no heavy ass weights”. Word, Ronnie, word.

Everyone wants to be a fighter, but no one wants to put in the time to learn to fight.

So they take a fight, thinking that getting drunk and wrestling with their cousins qualifies. They put on TapOut shirts and puff out their chests thinking that it is as easy as Anderson Silva or Chuck Liddell used to make it look.

In fact, they are idiots. You will see them wander into your gym and ask how long it takes to get a black belt, or how long until they can compete. Most gyms, assuming the fighter has no experience, or is a joke on the mats, will say about six  months to a year.

And you will never see them again.

They will train in a garage, they will train in a backyard. They will not make weight at weigh-ins. In general they are just giant turds that turn the sport into a joke thinking they can “stand and bang” with a trained fighter.

Or worse, they lie and say they train at The Cove or The Academy or Spartan or wherever because one time they took a class there and want to sound like they actually have experience.

If you train in a basement or a garage, fine, whatever, I couldn’t give a s***. If you are from a big name school and are 10-0, great. If you are a borderline alcoholic and train when it is convenient for you and are 10-0, awesome.

But if you are just some dips*** that thinks he can fight and think that a lie about your gym doesn’t mean anything, think again, because I’m sure there are a lot of people in that crowd willing to prove to you that you don’t know s*** and will take a lot of offense to your little-white-lie.

And if you need more convincing, remember that lies are ugly. Lies make you less attractive. Lies make Dani sad.

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You heartless son of a b****. Why would you want to make Dani less attracted to you? I’ve been punched in the head a lot…I mean, A LOT, but even I have better sense than that.

In fact, I’m going to go buy some 4 ounce gloves.

Rolling Against a “Black Belt Killer”

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It is said in BJJ that there is no lying. You can’t fake technique. For all your talk and posturing, at some point you need to get on the mat and show what you know. Or don’t know as the case may be. I count myself lucky to have not come across too many liars in BJJ (that I know of), but this guy…well, I had to talk about him.

The other day a guy comes into the gym (I won’t say his name, that’s not the point). He seemed like a nice enough guy. I noticed him when he was being taken on a tour around. I was teaching class so I didn’t have a chance to talk with him. Afterwards I was told some things that I felt hard to believe.

This man, the aforementioned “Black Belt Killer”, came into the gym wanting to “train MMA”. He was informed that we don’t have a formal MMA program and that anyone interested in competing must first train BJJ, boxing and muay thai individually. This did not seem acceptable to said BBK. He didn’t want to train just BJJ because he didn’t want his game to “backslide”.

Because training BJJ means your MMA will backslide. I guess there are no triangles in MMA these days, but I’ll get to that…

A little background on BBK, in his paraphased words: BBK was a blue belt (from a Gracie in Singapore, though I didn’t get the name and have no idea what Gracies are teaching in Singapore), though he wasn’t sure if he even knew where his blue belt was anymore.

Um, sure.

He also claimed that he had submitted most of the black belts he had ever rolled against and that they never really gave him problems. Naturally, I asked “black belts in what?”

Now, usually, this is the part in the narrative where the person says they will come back, but never does, and we are all left to wonder “what could have been?”

But he came back tonight!

Perhaps drawn in by the no gi class, perhaps by the fact that since I’m not a black belt, he should have no trouble with me.

Of course, he wasn’t quite sure how to do an omoplata and seemed to rely solely on strength to escape mount, but still, it happens.

In open roll, he demonstrated his triangle defense three times: pushing me off the mat. Something that didn’t happen the fourth time. Or the fifth.

He also had no counter to a body triangle, minimal rear naked choke defense, poor balance, no half guard, no knee on belly defense, no mount escape save the attempt at just pushing me off. One of our boxing coaches, Robert Brant, reversed him twice and nearly armbar’d him (no disrespect to Brant, who earned my respect rolling tonight)…

But I digress. The point of this isn’t to show what he didn’t have or the skill he was clearly lying about, it is to point out that I was f***ing pissed off. What was worse, there is no way he even would realize why I was so pissed off.

He hadn’t earned that understanding yet.

No, he did nothing to disrespect the gym. He was nice enough, if not a little douche-y rolling (he used pure strength and was unable to keep any of my white belts in side control). His excuse afterward was that “everyone was a lot bigger than they were overseas”. Even my 140 pounders I guess.

No, my problem was the fact that the would tell anyone ever that he had “tapped out most black belts” he had rolled against.

I can only think of three scenarios to explain this:

1) The black belts he tapped were black belts in some other martial art not based in grappling.

2) The “black belts” were lying about being black belts in anything.

3) The black belts in BJJ allowed him to work techniques and submit them as a show of class and good instruction.

If it is one of the first two, that’s just a shame. It happens, but it’s sad.

If it is the third one, it is totally inexcusable.

Maybe it is me. Maybe it is the fact that I have been lucky enough to roll with local Professors like Greg Nelson, Ishmael Bentley, Chris McCune, Nate Homme and Mike Ellefson that I respect so much that I can’t imagine talking that way about any of them. Talking that way suggests you have no respect for the sport or the art or the years and years they have given as students and teachers.

I don’t write this post because I want to slam this particular man. For all I know, he is a good guy that got too caught up in the moment and wanted to puff out his chest a little, but what if he walked up to Robert Brant or Raphael Butler and claimed to have ” beat up Golden Gloves champs” or told Dan Moret that “it’s stupid to fight more than a couple ammy fights, I can beat up any amateur fighter”? How can you excuse someone that flat out lies about something you put your blood, sweat and tears into?

Listen, if the guy comes back to class, I am more than happy to teach him. I give anyone credit that comes back on the mats after being exposed. BJJ is a hard sport, about 75% of everyone that starts quits by the time or before they get their blue belt. It is hard to admit you don’t know s***. You can think you know how to box. You can think you know how to kick. You may even think you know how to wrestle.

You are wrong on all counts, no matter what you and your friends do after too many PBRs.

But get on your back and see if you can even start to imagine what to do.

Lying about your rank and your successes is a slap in the face of everyone from white belt to red belt that comes in and puts in their time. And for what? So you can sound a little tougher to someone you have never met before?

Or better yet, don’t come back. I would rather roll with someone who can’t tap out a blue belt but works their a** off every day in the hopes that some day they will earn all those things you lie about.

Chaos at Canterbury 4 (12/14/13) MMA Results

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As of late, I’ve been in the midst of a downward spiral of self-destruction. I drank too much, made inappropriate jokes and comments, took no time to consider the struggles others endured and about a dozen other things that are exactly the same as how I am when I’m not having a crappy day.

So, I guess that nothing actually changed.

Damn, self-realization can be a bitch.

I suppose that now is about the time that I should ramble about something or another, but I’m a little boozed up. Yup, day drunk. So I’ll just sit back and watch these 16 fights and wait for snark and inspiration to strike all on their own.

Or after I drink some more.

Or after I see Dani. Who should have won the mother f***ing X-girl contest.

I mean, duuuuuuude.

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Picture doesn’t even do the boy shorts she has on justice.

Fights.

Marc Gomez (0-0) vs. Michael Jokondo (0-0)

Round 1) The two are trading slapping legs kick early…for a while…Jokondo goes for a jumping switch kick and starts to find a little more aggression in his strikes. Gomez sticks a couple solid punches and Jokondo gets the double to get out of trouble. Jokondo lands in top half guard and stays there as the round ends.

Round 2) Both fighters have switched to punches but nothing solid lands. Jokondo starts to find accuracy in his strikes, but Gomez catches a kick and gets Jokondo to the ground. Jokondo gets closed guard and goes for a sloppy armbar, refusing to let it go despite a few hammer fists to the face. The round ends.

Round 3) You know, for what could potentially be a 1-1 fight, neither fighter seems to have any urgency. I stopped paying attention. Decision.

Result: Michael Jokondo via unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)

 

Wait, is Shover entering to “Little Drummer Boy” or am I drunk?

Both. Weird.

Brian Shover (0-0) vs. Michael Walsh (0-0)

Round 1) Shover seems distracted by the audience pre-fight, but comes out swinging. Walsh returns the favor and clichés up, spinning Shover to the ground and ending up in guard. Walsh stands and tries to pass. Shover sits up, but gives his back and Walsh is all over it working an RNC, then to mount, then to back, then somewhere in between, strikes the whole way through. The ref has seen enough. A dominant debut for the Combat Ju Jitsu fighter.

Result: Michael Walsh via TKO at 1:21 of the 1st round.

 

Erik Newman (2-0) vs, Jason Huntley (3-2)

Round 1) Newman feels out a couple kicks then gets the single leg. Huntley scrambles to get half guard, almost getting a sweep to mount, but establishing full guard. Huntley stands, but Newman gets it back to the ground. Huntley fights to stand again and the round ends with Newman trying for another takedown.

Round 2)  Newman with another takedown as Huntley is looking to size up the knockout punch. Newman passes to side control, but Huntley gets back to guard. Huntley starts working for a kimura, but Newman passes to half guard as the round ends.

Round 3) Newman may be wearing some tiny muay thai shorts, but he is rocking the wrestling with another takedown. Huntley struggles to stand and Newman is able to get back with hooks. He rides that to mount, but Huntley is able to escape and get top side, hopping to the side going for a locked-in arm-triangle. It looks tight, but Newman’s corner is counting down the seconds left in the round. It’s going to a decision.

Result: I can’t really believe this one…it’s a draw. 29-28, 28-29, 29-29. One judge giving round 1 a score of 10-10. While Newman got the takedowns, he wasn’t “going for anything.” Go figure. I’m as surprised as you are.

 

 

Marc Renville (3-4) vs. Calvin Grube (3-1)

Round 1) Renville comes out with a muay thai stance and Grube counters with an uppercut. Renville shoots and Grube stuffs, tying up and falling for a cutting armbar. Renville escapes, but stays head down, working Grube’s ribs. Grube keeps threatening a kimura and stuffs for a solid triangle as the round ends.

Dani is bouncy tonight. Yeah me!

Round 2) Renville is the aggressor, but they tie up and Grube jumps guillotine. Renville escapes, but seems disinclined to posture up. Grube moves back and forth between threatening kimura, guillotine and triangle. Renville passes to half guard, but Grube rolls him over. Renville sets up his own triangle as the round ends.

Round 3) Renville is looking strong with his combinations and Grube has no response. Finally Grube retreats, rebounding off the cage and getting the double leg. Renville works quickly locking up a fast triangle and hooking Grube’s leg. The tap comes quickly.

Result: Marc Renville via submission due to triangle at 2:24 of the 3rd round.

Stephanie. That is all.

Darrien Mackiel (1-2) vs. Dustin Murphy (2-1)

Round 1) Murphy comes out aggressively with kick combinations, but Mackiel responds with a stiff jabs that seems to stumble Murphy. Mid scramble/stumble, Murphy is able to put leather to Mackiel’s chin and Mackiel sprawls to the canvas. Murphy follows with another punch, but the ref is already waving it off.

Result: Dustin Murphy via KO at :20 of the 1st round

 

The other day I was listening to Alone by Heart and I could help but wonder if it was the single greatest music video of all time. It has an exploding piano, a backlit trio of guitarists (none of whom are discernible as male or female), a f***ing horse for some reason, and some amazing vocals. If they make better, someone better let Kanye know.

Tony Francis (3-6) vs. Charles Anozie (1-0)

Round 1) Anozie fakes the superman punch and ties up, eventually, getting the trip to side control. Francis works to his feet, eating a couple of uppercuts. Anozie stays tied up and drags it back to the ground. Francis holds the bottom cross headlock and almost gets Von Flue choked. Francis is able to stand but Anozie bullies forward, locking up the Marcelotine and finishing it from mount.

Result: Charlie Anozie via submission due to guillotine choke at 2:00 of the 1st round

Wayward MMA fans may be the only more delusional fans than football fans. I have been listening to a couple guys behind me all night (seated behind one of the corners no less) yell about who should do what, or what they are doing. They haven’t been right once. Did someone let the Submissions 101 crew in here?

Jesse Rogge (3-5) vs. Jesse Wannemacher (5-2)

Round 1) Rogge ties up immediately and tries for the takedown, but Wannemacher sweeps out of it and they go back to standing. Rogge slips, but Wannemacher lets him stand. Wannamacher lands a nice 1-2 and Rogge jumps guillotine and closed guard, it is deep, but Wannemacher escapes. The round ends with Rogge looking for the closed guard sweep, controlling Wannemacher’s posture.

Round 2) Rogge comes out strong with leg kicks, but Wannemacher is patiently sizing up his punches. Wannemacher keeps landing his two-punch combination. Rogge is getting worn down quickly. Wannemacher  wants the knockout, but Rogge just won’t go down. With ten seconds left in the round Wannemacher unloads. Rogge has a granite chin, but his legs look like rubber.

Round 3) Wannemacher is keeping it simple but very effective with his punches. God damn it! I got someone’s blood on me again! I think it is from Rogge, but after spinning away from the cage, I think Wannemacher cuts his brow on the back of Rogge’s head. Rogge is bleeding badly now, it looks like he cut the back of his head on the cage. Wannemacher stands, but Rogge stays on his knees, touching the back of his head. The ref yells to fight, but Rogge waves it off.

Result: Jesse Wannemacher via verbal submission at :58 of the 3rd round

Dale Bennett  (0-8) vs. Mark Sainci (0-0)

Round 1) Bennett rushes for an immediate double leg, but Sainci turns it away and takes mount. Sainci turns away, but Bennett stays on him. Bennett tries to buck up as Sainci punches and the ref misses the cage grab. Bennett turns away and Sainci gets his hooks and sinks the RNC. It’s over.

Result: Mark Sainci via submission due to rear naked choke at 1:07 of the 1st round.

Matt Larson (2-3) vs. Shane DeZee (14-21)

Round 1) Larson rushes DeZee and immediately ties up, getting a bear hug takedown to top half guard. Larson postures quickly and starts dropping elbows and hammer fists. DeZee is trying to defend, but can’t seem to get out from under the barrage. DeZee turns toward his stomach. Larson stops punching and the ref waves it off. Dezee appears to be unconscious.

Result: Matt Larson via knockout at 1:09 of the 1st round

 

Garrett Olson (8-5) vs. Reese Hernandez (7-3-1)

Round 1) I gotta admit, I’m kind of zoning out here. Nothing against the fighters, I’m just sleepy…drunk. I’ll let you know how it ends up…

Result: Reese Hernandez via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:something of the 1st round.

Nate Howe (5-2) vs. Jesse Midas (5-6)

Round 1) Midas throws heavy hands early and Howe wants the takedown. Midas sprawls and Howe sits out and into bottom half-guard. Midas holds a headlock and Howe is able to work back to guard. Midas stands up out of an armbar and the two square up. Midas tries for a falling kimura, but Howe defends and is able to work his way to Midas’s back. He sinks in the choke. Midas resists, but the choke is locked.

Result: Nate Howe via submission due to rear naked choke at 2:13 of the 1st round

Nate Hoffman (5-5) vs. Marcelo Nunes (0-0)

Round 1) Nunes ties up quickly and works from the clinch, eventually dropping for a double and ending up in top half guard. Nunes gets head and arm control and is able to reposition Hoffman and take mount. Hoffman turns over and Nunes gets a body triangle. Hoffman defends well and Nunes shifts to take the armbar from back. Hoffman resists, but can’t hold out. It’s over.

Result: Marcelo Nunes via foregone conclusion… I mean, submission due to armbar at 3:06 of the 1st round

Victor Moreno (42-19) vs. Benjamin Smith (9-2)

Round 1) Smith tries for an early spinning back kick, but Moreno trumps the cool move meter with a belly-to-belly takedown, landing in top half guard. Smith tries to pull a guillotine, but Moreno defends. Smith grabs for an Americana shoulder lock, but it is cross body, he can’t…oh s***, yes he can. Moreno verbally submits and holds his arm in pain.

Result: Benjamin Smith via submission due to almost-impossible Americana at 1:38 of the 1st round. Submission of the night in a night full of submissions.

 

Dani again. Word. Mother f***ing word.

Jose Pacheco (7-5-1) vs. Dan Moret (5-0)

Round 1) Moret opens with a trademark flurry and Pacheco wants none of it, tying up. Moret gets the leg trip into closed guard. Pacheco ties up head and arm control, but is almost totally inactive save for the occasional sweep attempt, one almost ending with Moret in back control.

Round 2) Moret opens with a hard body kick but misses up top and Pacheco gets a takedown with Moret’s back. Moret slips out and lands a couple standing shots before ending in top half guard. Pacheco turns and gets into closed guard. Moret attempts the armbar and Pacheco passes to side control. Moret reverses to top side and sinks in a north/south choke. Pacheco taps quickly.

Result: Dan Moret via submission due to north/south choke at 3:17 of the 2nd round

A much needed finish for Moret after two straight, uncharacteristic decisions. A great 2nd round, maybe this was submission of the night.

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DRILLER PROMOTIONS LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Yes, that means five rounds. Normally I would remind you all that means I will be giving about 1 sentence to each round, but I don’t know that this fight will go outside of the 1st round. Bit ‘o’ bad blood here.

Damion Hill (9-2) vs. Jordan Parsons (8-1)

Round 1) Parsons opens up first, but Hill lands the first solid punches. The two are out for blood early, throwing hard and often. Parsons shoots for a takedown and Hill sprawls, grabbing for a guillotine and trying to pull it from half guard. Parsons postures out and grabs a guillotine of his own. It is deep but Hill won’t tap. Parsons refuses to let go. It is deep…and it is over!

Result: Jordan Parsons via submission due to guillotine choke in the 1st round

Lots of subs tonight made me happy. Dani and Stephanie made me happier.

Gnite.