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There is a great deal of crossover between jiu-jitsu and MMA. Some of UFC’s premier submission fighters were first quite accomplished in competitions like the biennial Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) tournament or the jiu-jitsu worlds, where they made their names and brought about hype into the cage.
Demian Maia, for example.
On the other side of the equation, many fighters have tried their hand at local jiu-jitsu competitions over the years, and some of them have gone on to be quite competitive at the higher levels. Long story short, it shouldn’t be a surprise if someone at a local NAGA tournament has a bit of MMA training also.
Sean O’Malley may be known as a striker, but he’s grappled competitively several times in the past, notably choking out Takanori Gomi while representing team UFC in the Quintet Ultra event. This weekend, however, O’Malley found himself against an ace in the final match of the day, forced to submit by John Danaher brown belt Robert Degle via heel hook.
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Had a great opportunity to compete against the rising UFC star @sugaseanmma in a @grapplingindustries event here in Phoenix, Arizona. For Sean to compete in such an event demonstrates a very respectable desire to grow as a martial artist. Realistically he had nothing practical to gain by doing this event. The man has over a million followers and is surely making bank in MMA. So why do the event? We spoke afterwards and he explained that he simply loved JuJitsu. I hope the experience of competing against me helps push him to further development as a martial artist. I was a fan before but an even bigger one now
Genuinely, there’s nothing to be ashamed of for “Suga” here. First and foremost, there’s no point in taking any chances with a heel hook in an event that he’s not being paid to compete in — O’Malley needs his ACL for fighting!
Additionally, Degle is no average brown belt. He’s part of the infamous Danaher Death Squad, the more dominant force in jiu-jitsu right now who specialize in destroying legs, and he’s coached at Evolve MMA as well. As Degle wrote in his caption, hopefully the experience will indeed push O’Malley forward an extra notch.
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HERE is the PPV stream link for anyone interested. As always. I will also do a write up on my experience ASAP after the bout.
Though I would also be down with the Jorge Masvidal match up, this is the fight to make for “Chaos.”
Dont worry I'll take out the racist scumbag, December. Let's see if @ColbyCovMMA joins the "I won't fight Leon club" and goes running like the rest of them.@ufc @UFCEurope— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) September 20, 2020
Speaking of Masvidal, I appreciate this highlight of his head movement. “Gamebred” has been slick long before the fame!
Gilbert Burns is a man of many talents.
We working over here @ufc Corner, translate just a work horse! Waiting for the date! #UFCVegas11 pic.twitter.com/W7etNcqSD0— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 20, 2020
There might be a reason why Khamzat Chimaev is so bold on Twitter while more quietly confident in reality ...
Whoops! Wrong account. Friendly reminder to MMA reporters who source Dominance fighter Tweets for news stories. pic.twitter.com/YKsalC0Kjt— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 21, 2020
Randy Costa celebrated his slick head kick knockout win in style.
I think I earned these.... pic.twitter.com/X1sBBSDzDO— Randy Costa (@RandyCosta135) September 19, 2020
Welcome to Israel Adesanya fight week!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Caught clean while on one leg ...
Damn. LUX 10 starts off with a bang. Jose Armendariz absolutely crushes Jonathan Saavedra with a left hand to the jaw. KO1 #LUX010 pic.twitter.com/z5jGkPO6XI— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 18, 2020
The ol’ left-right-left-right repeat tends to work well when the opponent is defensive and on the fence.
Brutal KO by Pedro Pena, swarming Andres Farrera with a barrage of punches before slumping him against the cage. KO1 #LUX010 pic.twitter.com/7PnVVhfcV3— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 18, 2020
Calf slicer! Someday, submissions from the single leg back control will grow more present.
Daniel Zellhuber with a calf slicer. Wish there was a better angle. #LUX010 pic.twitter.com/1QqaPsb1q1— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) September 19, 2020
I hope this is real, because we all need some joy right now.
Midnight Music: This video absolutely counts as my song choice for the night.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.