Huge Night for "Hulk"
The best main event of Fight 2 Win in 2020 took place this past weekend. Fight 2 Win brought the show to Denver, CO to hold down their constant tour. The card featured aggressive submission artists, upcoming talent, veterans of the sport, and the highlight main fights. Not to mention, the main event was two top 5 athletes. As always, Fight 2 Win delivered on an entertaining undercard but it was the higher fights that brought the most shine. The co-main event featured a GI title match between black belt IBJJF Euro & Pan Champion Michael Liera Jr. and No-Gi World Champion Marcio Andre. The main event delivered a battle every one wanted to witness, undefeated Roberto Jimenez and IBJJF World Champion Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa. (SPOILER ALERT) Below is a light breakdown of some matchups as well as their outcomes.
A match that stood out right away was Jake Watson versus Rudson Matheus. Rudson Matheus is known for a ruthless and aggressive closed guard game. He has perfected the closed guard armbar and can hit it from very uncommon positions. His opponent was American born grappler Jake Watson. A short career at black belt thus far but coming away with a huge win on Friday night. After a back and forth battle of trying to set position, it was Jake Watson who would walk with the victory. After a last-minute omoplata attempt, he was given a decision victory.
The co-main event was two veterans who have both been competing for years. Both Andre and Liera Jr had a back and forth battle coming down to yet another decision. Right from the start, it was Liera Jr who capitalized off a rushed takedown attempt from Andre ending up on top. Andre retaliated with another takedown attempt into a flying triangle. Liera Jr off-balanced Andre for the entirety of the matchup. He also attacked with a couple of straight ankle attempts which most likely gave him the decision to become the new Fight 2 Win Lightweight Champion. Michael Liera Jr is now 6-0 in Fight 2 Win.
The main event was the cherry on top of this card held in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Roberto started the match with aggressive takedown attempts but was countered and put in some trouble. Hulk ended up sinking in a deep north-south choke which was quickly escaped by Roberto. After more guard play and passes, Roberto snapped back with a close back take and a deep loop choke of his own. After getting out of the choke, Hulk was taken down by Roberto to a reset with him on his back. A small mistake by Roberto causes Hulk to slam him from a standing position. Hulk then was able to find Roberto's arm for a kimura attempt which turned into a locked armbar and lead to a tap. Roberto settled into his first black belt submission loss very well after the fight. Lucas Barbosa was pleased with the victory and his eyes set on Pans. Will they meet again?
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