Grappling for success

FREESTYLE Fighting Gym at Windang is celebrating more success after their fighters won a swag of bouts during the past two weeks.

Leading the way once again was Alex Volkanovski, who after winning a tough encounter against Luke Catubig at the Australian Fighting Championships in Melbourne before Christmas, took home the Rosambo MMA Lightweight title in Brisbane on February 1.

While this fight looked a tough one for the Shellharbour resident, Greg Atzori, a veteran of 20 professional mixed martial arts fights, proved no match for the man known as 'The Hulk', who scored a first round win via a choke.

Luke Vella took a pounding, but secured the UCU Heavyweight title three minutes into the third round in a war with the towering (196 centimetres) American Michael McDaniel.

The former Dallas Mavericks basketball star proved no match for the tenacity of Vella, both fighters donating their purse to the Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia charity.

Shane Coleman won by TKO against Queensland's Mitch Bird after securing the take-down and unleashing punishment which caused the referee to step in after two just minutes of the first round.

Luke Rimmer made a stunning debut, securing a first round rear naked choke against Tasmania's Ben Pace after a massive double leg slam that could have easily ended the fight.

"While I was happy with the win, I would really have liked it to go longer - he just really didn't seem to have much of a go," Rimmer said.

Nelson Ampuero made it four wins on the night when he secured an arm-in guillotine after a stunning transition from turtle, stepping up to take on the much more experienced veteran of K1 and former Dutch Muay Thai champion Joep Beerepoot.

Noah Cassar showed he has the heart to go wherever he wants in the sport, win or lose.

After suffering a suspected broken foot and jaw, he was eventually caught in an arm-bar and the referee had to call for the match to end.

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