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Fight To Win resumed operations in Philadelphia tonight and had three black belt titles on the line! The marquee matches of the evening lived up their lofty expectations, each one ending in spectacular fashion.
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10th Planet representative Jon Blank had an outstanding performance in the main event, submitting Manuel Ribamar with an inside heel hook near the seven-minute mark.
The early exchanges saw a mix of attacks from both athletes, each one trading techniques from top and bottom positions, but it was Blank who ultimately controlled the pacing and gained the upper hand of the match with his multifaceted butterfly guard. After several close attempts, Blank was able to enter the saddle and finish the fight with an inside heel hook.
The co-main event of the evening was equally thrilling, and Junny Ocasio's hot streak has no signs of going away.
Ocasio took on GF Team representative Jose Carlos Lima – an athlete primally known for his accomplishments in the gi – and the divide in disciplines was undeniable apparent.
Lima attempted to keep Junny at bay by playing an outside passing game on the feet, backing away from Junny’s butterfly guard, looking for an opening. The match played out like this for 7 minutes before Junny decisively turned the tables, coming up for a sweep and immediately hunting for the back.
Instead of securing rear mount, Junny found himself in a great position to hit a straight armbar, finishing the match and retaining the bantamweight title.
Finally, in the must-watch match of the night, Maria Malyjasiak pulled off the upset and submitted Nathiely de Jesus with a kneebar to capture the Fight To Win belt!
The match kicked off with Nathiely playing guard and seemingly content to stay on bottom, but after relatively static action, she swept to top. The action remained cagey with roles reversed, but it was Malyjasiak who was able to find an opening, attacking first with a toehold and finishing with a kneebar.