This past weekend, FFA had three amatuer MMA fighters make a big splash into their fighting careers. Edir Terry, Leo and Luis Hernandez all won their bouts in impressive fashion.
Leo was the first to go. This was his first fight, having no previous experience in kickboxing like Edir or Luis. Naturally, I was nervous. Leo was confident. He had trained hard and done everything he was supposed to. The fight started with his opponent quickly closing the distance and striking. Leo handled the first few exchanges well, keeping good composure. He then begun to land some big shots that had his opponent on weak legs. There were a few times which I felt the fight could have been stopped, as his opponent kept turning away from him while taking hard punches.
The round ended and Leo came back to the corner. At this point, it was just a question if when the fight was going to be finished. I told him to follow up on the ground and finish his opponent. He did just that. After landing some brutal shots, his opponent fell to his fours, where Leo then applied a rear naked choke to win by submission.
Luis was next, and he did not waste any time dropping bombs! The first punch he threw dropped his opponent. Luis was not fighting with the prettiest hands, but man were his punches hard! Luis battered his opponent with lunges, kicks and knees – yet he made it into the third round. It was at his point I urged him to attack the body and throw straighter punches. Luis proceeded to land a straight right followed by a vicious left hook to the liver which ended the fight.
Finally it was Edir’s turn. This fight was a barn burner! Both fighters exchanged fiercely during this bout. What made the difference was Edir’s clinch work, where he was able to control his opponent and land knees to the body.
In the previous fights, I was able to relax once my fighter was dominating. However, I had no comfort in this one. Edir was put in danger a few times that had me worried. But he rallied back and came at his opponent hard.
This bout went to a decision, and I knew Edir won 2 of 3 rounds – I just wasn’t sure if the judges knew that 🙂 Fortunately, two out of three of the judges did and he was awarded the decision. Not only did he win, but he was awarded fight of the night!
I was very proud of all my fighters and their performance. I hope to be at their corner for many years to come! OSU!!!