Just came back from another thrilling night of high quality submission wrestling courtesy of the Lockdown Fighting Championships event at Stevenage. Here's the quick rundown of what happened:
ROUND 1: HENRIQUE SANTANA V LIAM CORRIGAN
Henrique wins with a RNC.
My view: Liam put in a brave display but Henrique's experience was too much for him as he took Liam's back without too much difficulty and sunk in the rear naked choke.
ROUND 1: DANIEL 'RASPBERRY APE' STRAUSS v LEOPOLDO PIRES
Daniel wins using a submission he dubs, the 'Death-a-tine' which is basically a guillotine with an added twist.
My view: The Raspberry Ape comes out all guns blazing and submits BJJ black belt Leo with a trademark move he used in the final of the ADCC trials last month. Well done to Leo who was a last minute replacement fighter with just less than 24 hours notice.
ROUND 1: KENNY BAKER v SAMIR MEDJBEUR
Kenny wins with a 'forearm choke'.
My view: Kenny says he learned a lot from the first Submission 1000 and came out stronger, faster and better. He made quick work of defeating Samir using a tricky-to-implement forearm choke submission.
ROUND 1: CLAUDIO SILVA v 'Mad' JACK MAGEE
Claudio wins with a triangle.
My view: Claudio was arguably hot favourite among the fighters to steal Daniels crown away. He made sure he was still the favourite by making swift work of dominating and eventually submitting 'Mad' Jack using brazilian jiu jitsu pure and simple. The crowd was wowed by his post match celebration (back flip) and simple interview answer: BRAZILIAN JOO JITSOOOOOO!!!
ROUND TWO: DAN STRAUSS v HENRIQUE SANTANA
Daniel wins by judges decision.
My view: This fight was way more intense - both fighters locked in standup trying to secure the decent clinch or arm drag. Extra time was necessary with Henrique beginning to show positional dominance towards the end but Daniel secured the win by having attempted more submissions.
ROUND TWO: KENNY BAKER v CLAUDIO SILVA
Claudio wins by judges decision.
My view: This was a riveting fight. The much larger Claudio finding Kenny a slippery eel too elusive to submit despite his positional dominance. Kenny's amazing flexibility allowed him to squeeze out of some very tight holds. Claudio won as he did attempt some very decent foot locks on Kenny.
FINAL: DANIEL STRAUSS v CLAUDIO SILVA
Claudio wins with a knee bar.
My view: Both fighters were engaged in standup for a good proportion of the opening round. Claudio clearly wary of the Ape's fast movement and Dan himself wary of Claudio's tendency to dominate once on the ground. Eventually, the fight went to the ground where Daniel successfully defending a straight arm lock attempt only to fall to a knee bar where he tapped immediately. Claudio was crowned the Submission 1000 Champion and collected his £2,000. Elated, he dedicated his win to his father.
Thanks to the organisers of the Lockdown FC for hosting the Submission 1000 and granting all the grapplers a chance to display their skills to a wider audience. I look forward to the next installment of this exciting show.