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The Grappling Blueprint


Team Lloyd Irvin at Budweiser World Cup 2006!!!

SATURDAY

In the purple belt welter-weight division, Seph Smith defeated Yamasaki Academy’s Chris Dietzel on points to advance to the second round, where he would face a very tough Alliance fighter, Ian.  After nearly landing a flying triangle on his opponent in the opening minute of the match, Seph would battle hard for six more minutes, going for submission after submission.  Down on points in the final seconds of the match, Seph attempted to turn Ian from his side, but was caught in a quick and technical shoulder lock and was forced to tap.  In the consolation match for 3rd place, Seph caught his opponent in a tight triangle choke.  When his opponent attempted to stand and defend, Seph coolly transitioned to an Ezekiel choke from within the triangle, getting the tap for the victory and 3rd place. 

In the blue belt lightweight (145-155) division, Ryan Hall had a rough opening match, losing on points in the opening round.  Never one to throw in the towel, though, Ryan would immediately jump into the welter-weight class and submit all three of his opponents there. 

In the blue belt welter-weight division, Ryan Hall and Phil Weslow had a total of five matches, with each of them being finished in the same fashion—the triangle.  Phil would choke both of his opponents into submission with mounted triangles, while Ryan would win his opening round match with a triangle in overtime, his second round one with a flying triangle, and his third with a triangle from his inverted guard.  Having defeated all comers, Phil and Ryan would close out the division for Team Lloyd Irvin.

SUNDAY

Sunday’s professional no-gi competition featured a number of top competitors, such as Abu Dhabi veterans Jeff Monson and Rick Macauley, as well as Alliance’s Chris Moriarty, BJJ Revolution’s Andrew Smith, Renzo’s Jo-Jo Guarin, and Team Lloyd Irvin’s own Seph Smith and Ryan Hall. 

Professional Lightweight Division:

Ryan’s opening round opponent was Yamasaki purple belt, Chris Dietzel.  This would be an uncharacteristically slow-paced match for Ryan, as his extremely wary opponent stayed tight, avoiding submission exchanges from the half and butterfly guards.  Chris was able to pass at one point, but Ryan quickly recovered his guard and began working again.  Halfway through the match, stuck in half guard with an extremely cautious opponent, Ryan allowed Chris to pass to north/south so that he could attempt to take Chris’ back.  The gambit nearly worked, but Chris was able to posture out in time to lose only the position.  Now in his closed guard, Ryan hoped to go to work with his dangerous submission game, but Chris stayed tight, electing not to move for the final minutes of the match.  Though he earned two warnings for stalling in the process, Chris was able to eek out the win on points and advance. 

The star of the day for Team Lloyd Irvin was definitely Seph Smith, who put on a gutsy performance, fighting five matches in spite of being extremely sick with a cold.  In his opening round match, Seph faced off against one of Jacarè Calvalcante’s fighters from Atlanta, Georgia.  When his opponent pulled guard, Seph immediately cut his knee across and secured double underhooks, working to pass.  After finally freeing his foot and getting his three points, Seph attempted to drive his knee across to mount, but was trapped again in his opponent’s half guard during the transition.  After regaining half guard, Seph’s opponent quickly moved to sweep him, and he appeared to be successful…but Seph transitioned to a heel hook at lightning speed!  Seph locked in his stop blocks during the transition to the bottom, secured his grip, and rotated for the tap!

In the second round, Seph would defeat Chris Dietzel on points to advance to face black belt, Diego Savaria, who had soundly defeated his first two opponents.  As the semi-final match started, Seph worked hard to stay on top, ready to shoot for his patented heel hook at any opportunity.  After opening Diego’s closed guard, Seph saw his chance and snapped into the heel hook!  Diego, obviously caught by surprise, struggled to get on top.  Seph secured the heel hook grip, but Diego was all over the mat, spinning as fast as possible to escape.  Just as it looked as if Diego was finished, he was able to free his leg and escape.  From here, Seph showed the effects of his cold, but never stopped fighting for a second of the eight minute match, tirelessly searching for submission opportunities.  The match would end with Diego comfortably ahead on points, but Seph certainly made an argument for himself as the competitor with the most exciting matches of the day.

Advanced Divisions:

In the advanced lightweight division, Ryan would submit his only opponent (Alex from Yamasaki) in a round robin division by toe hold in the opening minute of their match to take the title.  Alex would go on to defeat Mile High purple belt, Jeff Dickens, by straight ankle lock, locking up the silver.

The advanced welter-weight division featured a good deal of up and coming talent, as well as both Seph and Phil.  In the opening round, Seph hit his patented scissor kick to inverted heel hook on his opponent to get the quick tap and move on.  Phil drew a tough first round opponent in Alliance’s Ian, who had fought in the professional division earlier in the day, surviving Rick Macauley’s ankle locks to take the Abu Dhabi veteran to a decision.  The match was fast and furious, with many transitions and submission attacks from both Phil and Ian.  In the end, though, it would be Ian advancing with the victory on points.

In the semi-finals, Seph and Ian would square off in what was arguably the best match of the day.  After a series of takedown attempts from both fighters and some back and forth submission flurries, the score was tied 2-2.  From here, Seph was able to sweep his opponent to take the lead 4-2 with only two minutes remaining.  Ian was able to sweep back to even the score at four apiece, and from here, the match returned to the feet.  From here, Ian was able to hit a takedown with less than a minute remaining, bringing the score to 6-4, which was where the match would end.  Seph would finish his day by taking 3rd in this stacked division.

The trio of Phil, Seph, and Ryan has been traveling a lot of late, and they are looking forward to their next competition coming up soon.  Check back for more news soon.
 

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