First amateur MMA Competition - SENI London
I competed in my first amateur MMA competition last weekend, and overall really enjoyed the experience. The rules for the competition were 'Amateur C class' rules, so no blows to the head were allowed, and only one knee strike to the body was allowed during clinching amongst other things. Matches would be 1 round of 4 minutes each.
My first opponent was Kirk Preston. Needless to say, my stomach was in knots from excitement before the match! lol
Video match 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fykPwid99cc
My first MMA match. My opponent started aggressively with a push kick which I defended, and soon after tried a low kick which I managed to catch and proceeded to take him down. He tried to go for a kimura submission and later a guillottine choke, but he tried an illegal neck crank for which he got warned by the ref.
I maintained top position, working my ground and pound on his ribs, while waiting for the opportunity to pass his guard into side mount. Unfortunately when the chance came, we ran out of mat space, and the referee re-set us in the middle back from standing. He feinted a high kick, and then landed a solid kick to my left thigh which I failed to catch. Here I committed a mistake as I entered the clinch with my head lowered and he wrapped his arm around my neck for a standing guillottine choke.
I was defending this but not managing to get out when I tried to hit him with my knee to the liver. During the rules meeting before the tournament we were told we would be allowed a single knee strike to the body each time we were in the clinch. My opponent must have missed this as he countered with 3 knee strikes of his own. Since he had already been warned for a previous foul, the ref this time around disqualified him straight away. While I was pleased to have won, I'd have preferred to have done so via points or submission, but anyway, the important thing is that my arm was raised at the end.
I think I was ahead on points anyways as I had had top position for most of the round and had landed more strikes, apart from achieving a takedown, but obviously one can never be certain either!
Video match 2/Final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQIhM1VEhTY
My second MMA match of the day, and the event's final. Facing me was my team mate and regular training partner Matthew Camilleri, with whom I've drilled and sparred more times than I care to remember, so it was fair to say we knew each other's strengths and weaknesses inside out!
My plan was to watch out for his takedowns as that is really his strong point, and try to keep the fight standing for as long as possible. Matthew immediately went for the clinch and pushed me against the cage, from where I knew he'd try his favourite double leg takedown. I managed to push him off and we exchanged knee strikes on each other. From there I landed some punches, but then he shot in for the takedown. I managed to sprawl, but it felt as if I was being run over by a car as he just lifted me and pushed me against the cage.
I managed to avoid being slammed down, but ended up in half guard. He started landing ground and pound blows on me while I tried to cover myself, and at the same time push him off me. This went on for quite some time till the ref made us stand up again as we were in a bit of a stalemate. Matthew lost no time in taking me down again however. I knew I was behind on points at this time and with just seconds remaining, knew I had to get a submission if I was to pull off a win. I tried to go for a guillottine choke but couldn't sink it in sufficiently. Oh well, will learn from this and come back stronger and better next time around! Well done Matthew!
Well done on the win. Hard ask for a first time fighter to stop at one knee.
If GNP is to the body with those gloves. Don't cover just escape.
Only one knee to the body in the clinch. Ouch. I can feel all the muscle memory built by skip-knees during Muay Thai warm up working against him.
Originally Posted by gregaquaman
Yes my BJJ coach agreed with you on viewing the video in fact. He said that I should have just worked on getting the sweep or escape there.
True that. I had a chat with the guy afterwards about it when things calmed down as he was pretty upset right after the match.
Originally Posted by ghost55
I had a 'nearly moment' myself when I was on top of him as I was going for a hammer punch to his face during G&P but stopped in time before delivering the strike (no head strikes of any sort were allowed in this competition).
To be honest, the competition organizers did a bit of a muddle up. In the rules-set on their website it was stated "no knees of any sort will be allowed", then during the rules meeting prior to the matches, they said "you can throw one knee when in clinch like in K1".
During the weeks preceding the competition, we didn't drill any knee strikes at all since we thought we wouldn't be using them anyways and focused more on other stuff.
Ouch. I don't know f I would enjoy fighting under that ruleset. no face punches and limited knee options seem to really unbalance things in favor of grapplers.
They do that in fact, at least from what I could see in sparring and during the actual event while watching the other fights.
Originally Posted by ghost55
For this event we were fighting under C Class Amateur MMA rules.
I think the B Class allow strikes to the head while standing, while A Class allow some limited ground and pound (but am not completely sure to be honest).
Always going to though. If you are pushing for safety it will lean towards grappling and away from ko,s. Just the nature of the beast.
Originally Posted by ghost55
Even the bigger gloves give the advantage to the grappler. Hell you have a shortened time limit so you can pull off those flying triangles with a bit less risk of being under a guy and bashed for five minutes.
Do you guillotine or cross face for double leg defence?
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