Diggins Wins At Gravity Grappling Championships
SBGi Diggins Wins Four Woman Grappling Tournament
Last Saturday morning saw Gravity Grappling Championships, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading female grappling promotions, return to host their second card in the Portland area. The event, held at Rose City FC, follows on from the promotion’s successful debut in June at the Roseland Theatre. That first event saw SBGi proving a dominant force, both in the cage and in the crowd, and this weekend proved no different.
SBGi Portland coach and black belt Amanda Diggins competed in a four-person tournament for the promotion’s 140lb title. Her first match was against Ashleigh Force, a purple belt from Impact jiu-jitsu, whom Leah Taylor competed against at GGC’s inaugural tournament. After an initial tentative period standing, Amanda Diggins jumped to guard, and after struggling to fend off Diggins’ attacks for a minute or so, it wasn’t long before Force found herself having to tap to an armbar up against the cage. The contest was over in a little under three minutes. To watch the match, click here.
In her second match, and the tournament final, Diggins faced Misty Davidson of Alive MMA. After promptly securing a takedown, Amanda spent the rest of the match comfortably on top. When the opportunity arose, she secured a kimura to pick up the win, and the GGC 140lb title. The match was over in little over two minutes. To watch the match, click here.
Much like Leah Taylor’s emphatic victory at the first GGC event, there was perhaps a hint of inevitability about the result, after all, Taylor and Diggins are the first two female BJJ black belts in the state. On both occasions, however, the SBGi competitors were happy to get the chance to compete in the Northwest after an absence, and it is exciting to have a stage on which to showcase some of the PNW’s emerging grappling talent.
Again like GGC’s first event, the crowd at Rose City FC was predominantly SBGi teammates there to support Diggins. But large contingents from Alive MMA and other supporters had also made an early start on Saturday morning to get behind an event which will hopefully continue to grow and promote the sport. Congratulations to Amanda Diggins for her win and well done and thank you to GGC for hosting another great event!