Well, unfortunately, things didn’t go my way this weekend. The first of two five-minute rounds went beautifully, as I took Allen down and controlled him the whole round, landing strikes and coming within a hair of submitting him with a kimura from side control. My conditoining was great, and I was ready for another round.
However, in the second round, the fates had it in for me. I shot in on a leg kick, and my level change turned it into a head kick that completely took me out of the fight. SOMEHOW, I managed to hang on for the remainder of the fight, losing a split decision in the end. I have no recollection of the fight after the kick, no recollection of the reading of the cards or of exiting the cage. I was running on auto pilot, but I managed to hold him in guard and defend, so I took no damage after the kick.
A loss is always hard to deal with, but I hung on after taking a huge shot from a pro boxer/pro kickboxer w/ 30-40 NHB fights who has been fighting three times as long as I’ve been training, so I’m not too disappointed in myself. I’ll be back in the cage again soon, better than ever. Thanks for all the support from the folks on here. Next time I’ll come out on top.