Before you start watching the video, let’s go a few weeks back to the King Of The Beach MMA
event held at Port O’ Call, in Kill Devil Hills, September 06th.
At the very end of Wayne Hunter’s fight
, his coach is telling him to choke his opponent – the only problem is that Wayne has mounted, and was in no position to pull that choke. Anybody with basic Jiu Jitsu experience would know that.
Morrison, while filming the fight, politely tells Wayne’s coach that he didnt have the lock and would not be able to choke his opponent (you can listen to the entire conversation during the last minute of the video); his coach goes ballistic over Morrison’s advice and immediately challenges him to get on the “stage”.
Fast forward 20 days after that silly discussion – Morrison receives a text message from Wayne Hunter saying his coach was going to come to KnuckleUp and prove to Morrison that grappling is not important. He was going to jump on the “stage” and defeat Morrison without taking the fight to the ground.
Nobody believed he’d actually show up; but yesterday (9/22) he showed up at KnuckleUp with an entourage of 15+ of his students, and his own timekeeper. After signing a waiver of liability, the coach decides NOT to use gloves, and asks for ONE 15-min round. There would be no rules on the fight.
You can see what happened in the video above. It was quite a prehistoric approach, thought to be lost somewhere around 1997 after the first UFCs with Royce Gracie. In fact, the coach did resemble Tank Abott somewhat
One might think the coach overreacted, after all, it was a spur-of-the-moment discussion during a fight – but there’s much more underneath the surface.
After Wayne’s beautiful debut
at the AFL Fight To The Finish VI
, he was quickly boosted to local celebrity status amongst the MMA community in the Outer Banks, and is now the main event at the Fight To The Finish VII
in Elizabeth City.
However, despite his ascending mma career, Wayne has never had any grappling training, and lacks basic ground skills. Wayne lost his past two matches due to his inability to defend himself from being taken down and dominated on the ground. But when he finally faced the need to learn Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling, his coach (the KungFu master on the video) would not allow it.
For whatever reason, Wayne’s coach believed (I dont think he’s so sure of it now) that grappling skills were not important for MMA.
Well, we sincerely wish he would’ve learned that grappling skills are important without having to undergo Morrison’s punch-face treatment.
KnuckleUp wants to reinforce to all of those reading this post that fights like this one bring no glory, have no purpose, and are completely unnecessary. Fighting bare-knuckled is dangerous even for the guy punching, and we STRONGLY urge that nobody follows this coach’s idea to solve a simple argument.
With that said, enjoy the video – it’s darn good entertainment.