Morning Star Staff
A pair of Gracie Barra Vernon-Shuswap members put their Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to good use at Battlefield Fight League (BFL) 16 Friday night in Vancouver.
Fighting in the iconic Vogue Theatre, Canoe’s Ryan (Grizz) Allen earned the vacant BFL middleweight (185-pound) amateur belt with a late first-round knockout of Nanaimo’s Jer Kornelsen in the card’s co-main event.
After missing with an overhand right, Allen clinched with Kornelson and wore him down against the cage with some Greco-Roman wrestling. Feeling his opponent tire, Allen earned a takedown, avoided a submission attempt, gained back control and then rained down bombs to earn the knockout and improve to 4-1. Kornelson is 4-3.
“The last 10 seconds of the round he connected with some real good shots and he was out,” said Gracie Barra instructor Mario Deveault, who coaches alongside Dave Rothwell.
“When Ryan puts that pressure on, people misjudge him, and they can’t handle it.”
The middleweight belt became available when its former owner, Micah Brakefield, turned pro. The lanky fighter surprised Allen with a submission win at BFL 13 in February, in Vernon.
In a middleweight under card, Gracie Barra’s Chad Polson, making his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, stopped Vancouver’s Dwight Joe with a rear naked choke at 2:03 of the first round.
“I don’t know if he’ll go again because he had such a good time,” smiled Deveault. “For a first fight, he got everything.”
Polson set up the choke by gaining back control and a body triangle.
In the other main event, Adam Santos submitted Kyle Francotti with a guillotine choke at 1:02 of the second.