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Tetsumusha
8/12/2013 1:34pm,
Well, after 7 years of karate training, with 4 years of judo stuck in there, I took the plunge and competed in my first amateur MMA fight. My opponent was a wrestler who came into this fight with 3-0 record, having just won his last fight in June by KO. This was technically a Welterweight fight, but since it's ammy they weren't really strict on that--I cut the weight and came in at 170.7lbs, and he came in at 175lbs (supposedly). The fights were scheduled for 3 minute rounds, and the rules made elbows, knees to the head, foot stomps, and you could not knee or kick a downed opponent.

The first round is honestly embarrassing. I was feeling really calm until the bell rang, and then I got tunnel vision that made my opponent look REALLY far away and made me feel slow. Very soon after the fight started, he threw a jab that I was sure I slipped, only to get popped in the mouth with it. That made me hesitate enough that he was able to take me down, and for the rest of the round I was focused on slipping his punches as much as possible, controlling his arms and posture (the dude was STRONG, though), and trying to threaten submissions. I actually did come pretty close to getting an armbar at one point, but he slammed me and that was enough for him to turn his arm and escape it. The slams didn't really bother me, and most of the punches were glancing so those weren't too bad either, but it certainly LOOKS bad. I suppose it's not too bad for having a ground game that is 95% judo :P. In looking back on it, I see all kinds of opportunities that I missed, but hindsight is 20/20.

When the second round started, I decided I had nothing else to lose since he had already taken me down and beaten me up, so I threw the kick I knew he was open for. In the video I watched of his previous fight, I saw that he was open for a lead leg (my right) kick to the head. When he came out in the first round, I saw it but couldn't pull the trigger. In the second round, I saw it and I knew he was going to dive for a punch or takedown (since he had so much success with it in the first round), so as soon as he moved I stepped off-line and threw the lead leg. In the video it looks like my knee hits him, but I actually hit him with the bony knob where my ankle and instep meet. There was some controversy about it because knees to the head are illegal, so they checked with me several times, as well as checking all the cameras. One camera made it look like a knee to the head, another made it look like the kick hit the body and my right hand hit him in the face, and the other showed that it was my foot that hit him. The official outcome was KO due to head kick at 11 seconds in the second round, and I was awarded Knockout of the Night (no money, though, since it was ammy). Here is the frame where my foot connects--you can see the shadow of his arm on my calf, proving that my knee was past his head when I made contact:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6cE-aCdLPU4/Ughhoe3lrPI/AAAAAAAAHME/BThvcGs9mFA/s400/MMA+Debut+-+KO.JPG

The video is from the stands, so it's a little shaky and noisy, and my friends and coworkers were adding commentary. The video is also unedited, so it has everything from the walk-outs to the post-fight interview (that I didn't know was going to happen), so you may want to skip ahead. The second round starts at around 7:20.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1tJgMHfwA

tl;dr - First round sucked for me, so I kicked the dude in the head. GIF:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D2YFF3LfnaE/UggfZMm1fxI/AAAAAAAAHLg/HTsnYgr602Q/s400/MMA+Debut+KO.gif

alex
8/12/2013 1:44pm,
nasty kick man, kudos. you might almost be as white and ghost like as me

Permalost
8/12/2013 1:56pm,
Nice kick!

Fuzzy
8/12/2013 2:04pm,
Beautiful.

Diesel_tke
8/12/2013 2:06pm,
Nice! Congrats!

theAsthmatic
8/12/2013 2:08pm,
You don't see a low kick to the head very often :) Nice one.

PointyShinyBurn
8/12/2013 2:10pm,
I was going to say "Ouch", but those who come out to Linkin Park deserve neither sympathy nor mercy.

Tetsumusha
8/13/2013 8:58am,
Thanks, everyone! I will say that they actually didn't let us pick our walk-out music--or at least nobody ever asked ME about it!--so he may not have had anything to do with that. A guy did walk out to "Ice, Ice, Baby" later that night, though, and was really jamming out to it. I believe he lost.

Just for fun, I was able to make another GIF--this one is from the replay of my kick that went out over the live feed:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2m3kSi888CI/Ugo1UxDt5HI/AAAAAAAAHQs/xErKWveSmwA/s1600/MMA+Debut+-+KO+from+Live+Feed+Replay.gif

You can see my instructor going nuts at the end :P

Neo Sigma
8/13/2013 11:16am,
Awesome kick. Also, the whole tunnel vision/feeling slow as hell is pretty normal for a first fight.

PizDoff
8/13/2013 1:45pm,
Wow brutal timing! Congrats on the win!

http://i.imgur.com/1IIPlV8.gif

Vieux Normand
8/13/2013 2:08pm,
Your adversary should thank you for the "keep-the-left-up-when-closing" reminder.

Looked like he couldn't decide whether to go overhand with the right (with some kind of weird chambered-left position...I thought you were the Karateka in this match) or single-leg with the left--in which case he could still have closed range with the left in a more protective position for longer than he did.

Either way, his coach will make much use of the vid to try and get his charge back to bread-and-butter defensive basics.

Neo Sigma
8/13/2013 2:56pm,
Also, I don't know how amateur rules work in Arizona, but most refs here in NY would have given you the KO even if you did hit with your knee. In amateur muay thai, knees to the head aren't allowed, but that's mostly interpreted as "no pulling the head down for knees in the clinch", and if you duck your head into a knee, it's your own stupid fault.

OwlMatt
8/13/2013 3:06pm,
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D2YFF3LfnaE/UggfZMm1fxI/AAAAAAAAHLg/HTsnYgr602Q/s400/MMA+Debut+KO.gif

This is a kickass GIF that needs to go down in the annals of Bullshido history.

danharr
8/13/2013 8:50pm,
And it goodnight Irene! Tetsumusha ends the bout with head kick ko in his mixed martial arts de-boo, as Michael Schiavello would've called the match.

BKR
8/13/2013 9:01pm,
Nice kick, timing is everything !

How much competition did you do in your 4 years of Judo?

Tetsumusha
8/13/2013 9:56pm,
Your adversary should thank you for the "keep-the-left-up-when-closing" reminder.

Looked like he couldn't decide whether to go overhand with the right (with some kind of weird chambered-left position...I thought you were the Karateka in this match) or single-leg with the left--in which case he could still have closed range with the left in a more protective position for longer than he did.

Either way, his coach will make much use of the vid to try and get his charge back to bread-and-butter defensive basics.

In watching video of his previous fight, and seeing him in the first round, I knew he did that--he sort of wings a big overhand right while diving for a single at the same time. That's how I was able to time the kick, although I have to say he actually did close the distance faster than I expected.


Also, I don't know how amateur rules work in Arizona, but most refs here in NY would have given you the KO even if you did hit with your knee. In amateur muay thai, knees to the head aren't allowed, but that's mostly interpreted as "no pulling the head down for knees in the clinch", and if you duck your head into a knee, it's your own stupid fault.

They didn't specifically say that they would have DQ'd me or ruled it a NC, but the way they were talking about it certainly made it sound like those were possibilities. In the rules meeting before the event, the commission made it sound like the rules were very strict. I would think that if they were going to say it was illegal, they would have ruled it a NC since I didn't throw it intentionally. They were eventually able to find a camera angle that confirmed what the ref and I said (that it was the ankle/instep) and ruled it a KO by kick.


Nice kick, timing is everything !

How much competition did you do in your 4 years of Judo?

Honestly, not a whole lot--I'm not a very competitive person, by nature. Maybe 6-7 judo tournaments and a no-gi grappling tournament.