Encino, The Valley
Systems Training Center's MMA fighters put on "Fight of the Year" candidate fights for RFA 23 on Friday night in Orange County.
First up was kids MMA coach and Bellator vet Ron Henderson, who fought a valiant fight, with a lot of back and forth action, both men displaying good kickboxing and BJJ. In the 3rd round, his opponent managed to sink in a deep rear naked choke that stopped the contest.
Next up, Gracie Barra Encino's kids BJJ and MMA coach Maria Rios put on one a fight many felt was one of the best female fights seen in a long time. Maria's opponent showed great boxing skills and the 2 of them stood up and traded for most of the fight, Maria landing hard counter strikes. Maria did land a great takedown in the first and show-cased her great BJJ skills. Maria unfortunately lost a decision but it was one of the best fights of the night.
The only reason we say that Maria Rios' fight was "one of the best" was because of the main event: Systems Training Center's MMA coach and CrossFit enthusiast Terrion Ware vs Joe Murphy was a highly anticipated fight and the fight let no one down. A 3 round war, with Terrion showing his great boxing and kickboxing for the first 2 rounds. The 3rd round saw Terrion take some hard shots by Murphy but he showed his fighter spirit and continued to throw back with Murphy until the end of the bell!
Here's a summary of RFA 23
Not only our pros fought last weekend but also our amateurs! Akari Wang made her MMA debut and did a lot better than many would have expected. STC's one and only Michael Jackson, who loves to box and brawl got caught unfortunately.
Last up was Daria Berranato, who put on a great performance, who couldn't answer the bell for the 3rd round. Congratulations Daria!
Here's a podcast with both Maria, Terrion and Daria
And an interview with Terrion after his win.