Hey guys, sorry for lagging on the posts but I’m back and promise to never leave you all again. My school semester was crazy, meaning less training, therefore less posting on here. But I’m back, and lots of stuff has happened since I’ve been off so here’s the first news.
Representing 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys at the U of MMAs first show at Club Nokia was amateur fighters Mike Frausto, Mike Venturella, and Georgie Garcia.
First up repping our team was Mike “Lobes” Frausto. Lobes went into a three round war with a tough competitor. He landed some great knees, crisp combos, and was almost able to finish an armbar with only a few seconds left in the second round. Although Mike put on a great show, he lost via decision. All in all, a tough fight for our 10th Planet Van Nuys blue belt and he can’t wait to move past this loss and get back in the cage.
Next up was our gyms other Mike, better known as Tipz. Mike V. went into his fight with a very aggressive forward pressure that had his opponent pinned up against the cage. The 10th Planet Blue belt pressed forward with crisp boxing combinations, blocking his opponents kicks, and pushing for the takedown. When the judges rendered their split decision in the favor of his opponent, plenty of members of the crowd were disappointed and felt he was robbed. Nonetheless, again, both competitors put up a great fight and everyone was very entertained.
Last, but certainly not least was the title fight between our own Georgie Garcia and Chris Bonilla. The fight had the U of MMA Featherweight belt on the line and there was quite a bit of buzz around the bout. In the first round, both fighters put on an impressive display of MMA skills, transitioning between stand up, wrestling, and groundwork. Eventually, Georgie’s impressive standup was showcased with a beautiful punch that rocked Chris and sent him down to the canvas. As Georgie pressed forward in an attempt to finish the fight, Chris showed some great jiu jitsu skills by almost catching the 10th Planet blue belt in a triangle choke. Through proper technique and sheer will, Georgie managed to escape and continue his ground and pound. Finally, in the third, Georgie displayed his superior wreslting with several takedowns and secured his decision victory and was crowned the U of MMA Featherweight champ!
Congrats to all fighters on the card. This was an amazing show and can’t wait till the next U of MMA event.