GDFAF Auxilliary Activity: Some MMA (13/10/7)
So, precedent has been established that someone doing the GDFAF fortnight can have a night off in the middle, but that it’s better if they don’t have the night ‘off’ as such and instead go to some other kind of non gig-related event. Mine, this year, was taken up by Angrrr Management’s “13 – Unlucky For Some” Mixed Martial Arts card at the Glades Leisure Centre Arena in Kidderminster.
This was, initially, going to be one long whinge about how early the trains are. Previously, the last train back from Kiddi was at ten past ten, which frequently isn’t a fat lot of use (I missed three fights at the one before this, for example, including the two I was most interested in seeing). This time, I left (muttering and grumbling to myself) in time for that, to arrive at the station and see that there’s now also a train to Birmingham Moor Street at six minutes past eleven. Score! It doesn’t take me straight home, but it takes me to where I can get a bus. I missed the Prem Mysiala fight and the first couple of minutes of the Ross Mason fight while heading there and back, and still had to leave before the Marc Goddard fight, but I’m much happier about the situation now. I was thinking that I might not bother to go to any more of these particular cards (as much as I enjoy them) if I was almost guaranteed to miss a fairly large chunk, but happily that need not be the case.
The rest of this post will take the form of an homage to something only a few people will know, but it will save me having to write structured paragraphs such as a literate person would:
– New train routes, obviously.
– Ross Mason vs Henrique Santana was fantastic, even if I did miss the very beginning. I’ve been a fan of Ross The Boss for ages, and though he always has exciting fights he’s suffered from a few losses just lately. It’s great to see him getting back to winning ways. Lots of sweeps and exchanges of position took place on the ground before Ross’ g’n’p took its toll and Santana was forced to give midway through the second round. Cue much rejoicing.
– Barry Mears knocked out Ross Mould with a punch that landed on his nose. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
– Alexandre Izidro looked a lot more aggressive than he’s often known for (I still have flashbacks to that horrific five-round affair against Mario Stapel), pushing the pace while standing (again surprising, perhaps) throughout. Not sure I agree with the decision going to Paul Reed, but then again it was very close.
– A really neat armbar from Mick Broster, there.
– Josh Ramage vs Nick Hipkiss was absolute warfare.
Wot gone done and not worked
– Missing bits in spite of the new train schedule was a shame, but there we are. I just wish I’d known about the later one beforehand.
– I’m bored with the Philippino stickfighting demos now, after having seen them three times. I’m not saying it’s not legitimate or not a worthwhile pursuit or anything, and it’s certainly a novelty when you first encounter it, but can’t we just get on with the MMA?
There’s a Sherdog report about this here.