More MMA Success for SBG

More MMA Success for SBG


SBG Fighters Win Big This Weekend

Just one week from the Bellator 155 in Boise, ID, in which six of SBG’s finest will compete in the biggest MMA event in Idaho’s history, SBG athletes from other regions stacked up another bunch of MMA wins on various cards around the country. Straight Blast Gym saw victory in Portland, OR, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as the UK.

In Biloxi, MS, fighters from SBG Alabama/Spartan Fitness went 3-0 at Atlas Fights 27. Ethan Melisano won within two minutes of the first round by way of rear naked choke. Billy Joe Bradshaw also picked up a submission victory, this time in the second round, and Omar Johnson won by unanimous decision at 155lbs in the co-main event of the card.

Meanwhile, back across the state line, Spartan Fitness’s Eryk Anders extended his unbeaten professional career record to 3-0 at the SHP 42 event in Tuscaloosa, AL. Anders won with a third round TKO. With amateur fights included, Anders has now won eight fights, with only one going to a decision.

SBG Portland’s Zach Moore celebrated his MMA debut with an excellent victory on Saturday night. Competing on the Rumble @ the Roseland 87 undercard at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland, Zach looked comfortable throughout. Showing solid stand up fundamentals on the feet, and superior jiu jitsu on the ground, Zach never looked in trouble. Even from his back, Moore looked the more threatening of the two fighters, constantly searching for submission attempts, and getting the best of the standing exchanges in the first two rounds. In the third round, Moore kept the fight standing, picking well-placed shots to break down his opponent, eventually dropping him to secure a TKO debut victory.

In the UK, the biggest fight of SBG’s weekend saw SBG Manchester’s Martin Stapleton return to defend his BAMMA lightweight title against Damian Lapilus at BAMMA 24. After a lively opening round, the fight ended abruptly in the second, and in a fashion neither fighter, nor fans, wanted. Lapilus was disqualified for an illegal knee while Stapleton was still on the ground. The result means Stapleton retains his title. After the fight Stapleton expressed his disappointment at the stoppage despite both fighters wishing to continue, and expressed hope for a rematch in the future.

Congratulations to all the SBG athletes who competed this weekend. Win, lose or draw, the whole tribe is proud of your hard work and willingness to test yourself! Keep up the good work!

Be sure to tune in to this Saturday and support the SBG fighters at Bellator 155! Viva SBG!