I've only seen the last fight as the first one is somehow blocked here, but big congrats! That victory was well deserved. I think you have much improved. It seems you have worked a lot on throwing combinations and to go also for the body. I like that. I also like your trip attemps from the clinch, even if your opponent mostly could keep it standing, it broke his posture and he had to recompose. It's also nice to see that you're constantly working/attacking no matter what position you're in, but it puts you in danger of TDs.
5-0 is impressive. Hope all the best for your future career!
Glad you felt that way, man! I've had some people say that they felt Andre win. I hate that I wasn't able to finish and that there's even a question about it... But I felt that we were pretty evenly matched, so sometimes that happens...
In regards to the trips, I've actually landed a few of those in my amateur career against good wrestlers, but Andre has some pretty serious takedown defense. When guys like Blair Tugman and Kurt Chase Patrick couldn't take him down, I knew I wasn't going to fare any better.
My takedown defense, on the other hand... is pretty much nonexistent. In the 12 MMA fights I've had, everyone who's tried to take me down has succeeded at least once. Thankfully, I feel very comfortable off of my back and getting back to my feet, so it hasn't been too big of an issue prior to this fight. But here, it almost cost me the decision.
I'm definitely redoubling my efforts to get better at wrasslin'
What's up Kin. Been awhile. Awesome to hear you're still tearing it up in the cage.
What's the next career step...
I'm fighting for the Maine state title against BJJ Black Belt, pro MMA veteran, Paul Gorman! He's ranked #2 in New England (my teammate, Pedro Gonzales is #1), so this is a huge fight for me.
If I can pull out the win, I'll probably be looking to step on to a bigger stage. If not, I'll keep doing my thing around here until I get some momentum back.
You're exactly the kind of fighter I like to watch, man. Always active, always working, getting better as the fight goes on.
Question, do you think you had the guillotine at the end when the bell rang? Because it looked like the perfect setup.
Appreciated, man! I try my best to chisel away at my opponent, and even though I don't come out in a whirling dervish, I am usually able to break my opponent's down and eventually get the finish. Unfortunately, Andre is very good and tough, so I was not able to do so... But goddamn it, I was trying to hurt him and set up submissions every second I was in there.
Plus, since this fight was in his home state of RI, I didn't think I'd be able to win a decision. They are notorious for biased judging... But there had been enough scandals recently, that they brought in some outside judges... luckily for me.
As the fight went on, I felt him getting weaker and I felt ever-closer to finding a submission. I regret trying to force that arm triangle when I should've been striking, but that last guillotine...
Man, there's no way to say for sure, but I really thought that was gonna be it. It felt deep, I had the angle, and he had lost much of his vigor at that point. But alas, too little too late. We'll never know.