Jiujiteiros Represent at Fight Con
When Fight Con organizers Origin8, Inc. thought about gathering a strong field of jiujiteiros, it was almost automatic that they teamed up with Rollapalooza. After all, Rolla is one of the best organized jiu-jitsu competitions in the country today.
Competitors from participating teams filled up the indoor area of the Amoranto Sports Complex for an incredible display of skill and technique. Present were professors, coaches, members, and supporters of Deftac-Ribeiro, Atos Philippines, Team Lakay, Clube de Jiu-Jitsu, Kamphuis-Fabricio, Checkmat Philippines, and other teams.
Atos Philippines head coach, Prof. Ali Sulit, couldn’t have set the mood any better by sharing about the success Filipino BJJ athletes have achieved in the world stage, commending the two Philippine teams that took home medals from their respective US and Vietnam campaigns this year.
With the announcement of two-time BJJ world champion Eros Baluyot as referee, the grappling competition went underway.
Rizalino Olivar (Team Lakay) showed the explosiveness almost inherent to highland fighters as he scored a win over the equally talented Godwin Langbayan (Clube de Jiu-Jitsu).
Rising stars Kenneth Napolis (Checkmat Philippines) and John David Rejano (Atos Philippines) both looked sharp, but in the end, the latter claimed the victory in a technical bout.
Fresh from her double bronze performance in Hanoi, Vietnam, Kaila Napolis (Checkmat Philippines) displayed her impressive guard game to edge out Carol Pajaron (Kamphuis-Fabricio).
The first of two submissions of the night came fast when the always exciting Carlo Laurel sank in what looked like a neck crank on Aldrin Tiu (Origins BJJ).
Enzo de Guia (Atos Philippines) and Vince Ortiz (Deftac-Ribeiro) have always represented their respective teams well, and this time, the latter got the upper hand, winning by collar choke.
Hard worker Stephen Salazar (Kamphuis-Fabricio) was outhustled by Nestor Ponce (Atos Philippines) in another thrilling match that paved the way for the highly entertaining fight that followed.
The fight was close, and nobody appeared to be working the clock at any point, as Gilbert Ombao (Kamphuis-Fabricio) and Bryan Lim (Atos) fought to an overtime, with the latter taking the hard-earned victory.
Franco Rulloda (Deftac) and Francis Uy (Atos) took time sizing each other up, but eventually got the crowd going, as the former showed tremendous sprawl, effectively cuing his efficient movement on a very sharp Francis Uy.
Congratulations to all fighters, including those who competed in striking and MMA matches. Fight Con organizers Vince Ramos and Paul Gaw promised that there’s more to come from Origin8, Inc. Here’s to an even better Fight Con 2 in the near future!
Mark “Sexymundo” Raymundo is a copywriter and an amateur fighter with a perfect record of 21-0. Nah, he’s just a copywriter.
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