Another two shows this past weekend as 300 miles, a load of debates about Hendo's H Bomb, a tasty muffin and some great fights happened in a very short stretch.
Night of the Gladiators 11 - Saturday 21st April - Hanley
- Short on fights but big on entertainment. Good wins for the lads from UTC, Next Gen and Team Colosseum. Nice to see the bigger gyms making the trek to Stoke.
- Dean Garnett proved once again that, with good wrestling, you can set anything up you want to.It's bread and butter and it contributed to a great victory for Garnett above his natural weight class. Those elbows looked brutal.
- On that note I'm sorry for constantly saying Garett in commentary. Fuck those fliers.
- Noisy fans were well behaved. Good stuff.
- Ant Bailey does indeed look like a marginally more portly BJ Penn. Good scrap though to beat that specimen that Team Colosseum bought down.
- It's nice finishing an mma show and walking home. Simple things :)
- Chokes you can tough out. Long drives home you can tough out. A heel hook you shouldn't try and tough out. Seriously that was some ligament stretching nonsense.
- Marco Antonio's KO punch was one of the most inadvertently funny shots I've ever seen. It was a textbook right and there was something golden about how his opponent sprung up full of life and energy to be sat right down.
- Mounted Triangle victory in Semi Pro No Headshots? Clever, very clever.
- Good friends and good conversation make a long drive seem very short.
- Mark Handley's leopard print thong LMFAO entrance was pretty sick. It was the way he had to walk down stairs to get to the cage that made it a bit surreal though. He looked like he'd just got out the bathroom.
- If a guy hits you with three straight left hooks, odds are he'll try a fourth.
It's simply not because I'm trying to one-credit it at the minute it's simply the fact that this weekend reminded me that, at any level of the game, wrestling is so overpowered.
If basic mma skills were Street Fighter characters:
Stand Up - Zangief - Deadly in the right hands but can appear very laboured.
BJJ - Guile - Originally the best but the years haven't been kind.
Wrestling - Ryu - There are practically no situations that you can't inflict pain in or set up something brutal.
A good Ryu will beat a good Guile or a good Zangief any day of the week.
Also I bought some chinos and a cardigan today so I'm pretty sure I've turned into a bad guy from a 1980's martial arts film.
On that note it's time to hit the hay