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The sport of submission wrestling brings together techniques from catch wrestling, folk wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Japanese jiu-jitsu, Brazilian Luta Livre and sambo. Submission fighting as an element of a larger sport setting is very common in mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, catch wrestling, and others. Submission wrestlers or grapplers usually wear shorts, skin-sticky clothing such as rash guards and mixed short clothes so they do not rip off in combat. 

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For Immediate Release: June 19, 2019

World Series of Fighting announces the Winners of WSOFMMA-Submission 1                                   

Shawn Wright, President of World Series of Fighting, has made the official announcement, “The 1st ever WSOFMMA Submission-1 event was an unprecedented crowd pleaser!  The fans were in awe as they witnessed four teams consisting of five elite fighters in addition to three super fights.  Over three hours of aggressive entertainment and the house was packed with a hyped audience.”  

The opening match up consisted of a super fight between USAF Veteran Lucan Plata from The Academy of BJJ coached by Moises Antonio Lopez.  Lucan Plata faced Jose Veras from 10th Planet Phoenix in a heavyweight super fight that ended in a draw.  EBI overtime rules took place with Lucan Plata taking the win for the fastest escape.

The team battles were launched with Team Drysdale VS the Luta Gear Team.   Max Rohskopf opened up with a submission win over Damien Nitkin in the 1st fight.  Marcelo Nunes was the star in the first round eliminating 2 fighters, Paul Schon and Gabriel Checco, and followed with getting a draw up against Kit Dale. Robert Drysdale’s team moved on to the finals after Fellipe Andrew submitted Kevin Casey.

The second team fight pinned 10th Planet against Arizona BJJ All Stars.  In the first match up, Sid Skrob from 10th Planet scored the night’s quickest submission when he submitted Michael Currier in 15 seconds.  Sid Skrob then faced the next challenger, Tyson Antillon until they fought to a draw.  Ruben Rivera was then up against a 75-pound heavier fighter in his match up against Austin Baker,but still got his team a draw; eliminating himself yet also eliminating the big guy from Arizona.

Andy Varela from 10th Planet Las Vegas submitted Jonathan Caraveo of Arizona BJJ All Stars under three minutes and then was immediately up against the 88-pound heavier opponent Corey Mullis. After putting in a valent effort, Varela was submitted by AZ BJJ All Star’s Team Captain Corey Mullis.  Kyle Boehm ended up winning the match by submitting Corey Mullis, thereby securing his team’s spot in the finals against Team Drysdale. 

After a brief intermission, USAF Veteran Daijon Kirkland from The Academy of BJJ faced professional MMA veteran Ray Ace Ostrander from Silverback MMA and after a draw, EBI OT rules kicked in and Ostrander walked away with the win.   The third and final super fight showcased Darrion The US, coached by Chris Engle, against Jason Patterson from The Academy of BJJ.   The 205-pound limit fight ended up in a draw and EBI OT rules followed suit with Patterson earning the win with the quickest escape.

The Team Battle Championship Finale between Team Drysdale and Team 10th Planet Las Vegas was explosive!  Audience chants and feet stomping filled the Sam’s Town arena as each fighter showcased phenomenal skills resulting in a draw during regulation time.  Team Drysdale triumphantly took the #1 spot and the gold medals in sudden death overtime with a win by Rafael Domingos.  Domingos was also awarded the MVG (“Most Valuable Grappler”) award and took home a championship belt.

Shawn Wright added, “We owe a special thanks to our Match Maker, Wilfredo Lopez for his skill and insight in bringing the world’s most highly skilled athletes to WSOFMMA Submission 1.  Our professional Referees, Steve Pellegrino and Joe Sullivan, kept the action going on the mat and there was never a dull moment.  Our ring Announcer GianCarlos Hernandez & Commentator Dave Mazany were extremely entertaining.”  Stay tuned for our announcement for the date and time of the television airing of Submission 1.  

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