Competed in my first tournament today.
Elvis Sinosic was in charge of the mat our division was on. I knew he was a big guy, but in person he is quite enormous.
My first and only opponent would have been at the heavy end of the weight class (heavyweight), whereas I stupidly did not cut to the weight class below and was only about 2-3 kg above the bottom end of the weight class when one factors in the 3kg gi allownace. My opponent seemed a nice enough guy before and after the fight. Anyway..
We start off and in the blink of an eye (literally) I end up on my back. Teammates watching told me later that he basically bullrushed me and I would believe that, because by the time I got my senses, I think I either had some kind of guard which got passed, or he was already passing into side control. He got mount and we ended up out of the ring and got moved back to the middle. I couldn't get him off mount until he tried an armbar which wasn't tight enough, so I rolled into him and got out. I don't remember exactly what happened from there but I either got swept or just plain bowled over and ended up pulling guard. Worked for a cross lapel choke but he postured up out of it and must've passed at least half my guard because the next thing I remember I had half guard with a lockdown. I tried to whip up but couldn't move him and he ended up getting a figure 4 (I think you guys call it an Americana) from inside my half guard.
I think maybe I tried to stay too relaxed and wasn't fully engaged when he shot/bulldozed me - or got too nervous and froze. That pissed me off because I didn't get a chance to try any of the 2-3 takedown options I'd been working on. My guard game need a lot of work - firstly not getting it passed at will, secondly sweeps, thirdly submissions. I need to drop down to 90kg or even maybe 80kg long-term because heavyweights are just too big for me, and I need to do way more fitness and strength training. Even so, it was fun and I imagine I'll have another go next year and maybe go in some other tournaments.
And oh yeah...was I ever fodder ;)