NAAFS Amateur Welterweight Title Bout- Josh Oppenheimer vs. George Comer
170 lbs. Title Bout- Josh Oppenheimer (Evolve MMA) vs. George Comer (Griffon Rawl)
Wow! Oppenheimer comes to the cage first, and in a match-up of beards, he has this one in the bag. His beard is ZZ Topp-esque and should help to absorb some of the sting of his opponent’s striking.
Oppenheimer represents Akron’s Evolve MMA, while Comer is from Griffon Rawl, a gym in nearby Mentor, Ohio. Griffon Rawl is owned and operated by UFC veteran Jason “Dynamite” Dent, truly a class act in the local MMA scene. Since both fighters are local to the Cleveland area, it should get loud here in Gray’s Armory.
Comer is sponsored by Intimidation Clothing, wo you can check out at www.IntimidationClothing.com. Comer is also the defending champion in this division from 2009. Oppenheimer is a long, lanky fighter and Comer is very compact.
Comer opens with a front kick and a quick shot, that is stuffed by Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer uses his reach to fend off shots and throw some solid punches. Oppenheimer seems unphazed by Comers striking and has an answer for everything. Another takedown attempt is stuffed by Oppenheimer, and another. Oppenheimer A late takedown by Comer may have stolen the round, despite Oppenheimer’s 2:55 of domination.
Comer looks refreshed and comes out at a furious pace. Comer scores a takedown and is driving Oppenheimer into the cage. Oppneheimer’s long legs seem to be working to his disadvantage, as Comer has lots of room to operate in Oppenheimer’s guard. Comer is landing some decent punches, but Oppenheimer’s beard is absorbing them, presumably. Comer seems content to stay in the guard, and Oppneheimer looks for a guillotine, but can’t get it and round 2 ends. Round 2 was much easier to score. 10-9 Comer.
They’ll touch gloves at the estart of round 3 and we’re off. Comer throws a wild cross and scores a takedown. Oppenheimer is either looking for a kimura or a sweep by kimura, but Comer is ready for it. Comer passes to half guard and is unable to do anything with it. Oppenheimer regains guard and looks frantically for guillotines or kimuras. He’ll have to finish to win the fight at this point. Comer gets full mount and drops a frenzy of punches until the final horn sounds. I see Comer as the winner, as do the judges who see George Comer as the 2010 NAAFS National Amateur Welterweight Champion. Comer thanks his family, coaches, and seemingly all of those in attendance. Comer is so excited he picks up his interviewer, who looks to be less than thrilled with the prospect of drycleaning his suit.
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