On Thursday 30th of December, Fury Grappling hosted one of the largest grappling events of the year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The card had 12 super fights on it, and included grappling standouts Craig Jones, Nick Rodriguez, and Danielle Kelly.
It also had a number of UFC names on the card including Sean Brady, Carla Esparza, Donald Cerrone, and Clay Guida.
I didn’t have my best night of predictions, only correctly guessing 7 out of 12 matches.
Most surprising to me was Alex Caceres who showed a very slick back take and went right into a rear-naked choke.
Sean Brady showed that he can play a very technical game and that he’s probably the biggest threat to Kamaru Usman’s reign.
He’s very strong, has decent striking, and I doubt even Gilbert Burns could submit him.
The match of the night has to go to Clay Guida and Billy Quarantillo.
Guida came out in full wrestling gear and then put on a full pace match for the whole 8 minutes.
I will certainly be looking forward to Fury Grappling 4, if they can get the same level of the stars as they did for this card.
One change I would like is heel hooks for all fights.
Any fight that included a professional MMA fighter, which was all of them on this card, banned heel hooks.
Fury Grappling stated this was for fighter safety.
They exist in MMA, so I don’t see why they should be taken out for a grappling match.
Here’s how the night played out.
Carla Esparza Vs Danielle Kelly – Danielle Kelly wins 4 minutes 26 seconds via injury from an accidental headbutt.
Sean Brady Vs Craig Jones – Sean Brady wins via decision
The Rest Of The Card
Donald Cerrone Vs Joe Solecki – Joe Solecki wins in 3 minutes 17 seconds via rear-naked choke
Clay Guida Vs Billy Quarantillo – Clay Guida wins via decision
Chase Hooper Vs Renato Moicano – Renato Moicano wins via decision
Nick Rodriguez Vs Steve Mowry – Nick Rodriguez wins 5 minutes 30 seconds via rear-naked choke
Joaquim Silva Vs Neil Magny – Joaquim Silva wins 2 minutes 47 seconds via guillotine
Phillip Rowe Vs Jonathan Piersma – Jonathan Piersma wins via decision
Alex Caceres Vs Eddy Torres – Alex Caceres wins 2 minutes 35 seconds via rear-naked choke
Kevin Holland Vs Kody Hamrah – Kody Hamrah wins via decision
Andre Petroski Vs Phil Hawes – Andre Petroski wins via decision
Gillian Robertson Vs Crissy Briggs – Gillian Robertson wins via decision
I’m looking forward to an eventful 2022!
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