Utah Mixed Martial Artist To Fight In California.

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Braeden Kilpack will be fighting in California on January 19th! Braeden, one of Absoulte MMA’s up and coming mixed martial artists, will be fighting in Jamestown, CA at 145 lbs. The show will be Art of War Productions – Game Face “Respect the Game.”

Braeden’s first opponent backed out early but the promoters have worked hard and found him another match in Mike Scott. Word is that Mike is a striker, which will play well into Braeden’s skill set.

Braeden has been training consistently, looking to improve and polish his skill set. He lost his debut mma match but won his second fight by TKO in the final seconds of the third round. He has also competed in one amateur Muay Thai match. Braeden took home a unanimous decision for that bout.

Braeden will be heading out to train at our sister school, Oakdale MMA, for a week before the event to get acclimated. He will also be training with Michael McDonald and the Last Stand Fight Team.

Salt Lake City | Mixed Martial Arts Gym Doesn’t Need Violence

We had an interesting event at Absolute MMA last Friday evening. We were about to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and had the front and back doors open as well as the warehouse door. There were two men in the alley behind the gym, walking around. This was a little unusual but nothing too out of the ordinary. We have the neighborhood kids come watch class often enough when the doors are open.

One of the men, quite drunk, decided to walk in and demand to teach our class for us. The instructor listened to the man and then let him know it was time for him to go. He argued for a minute about what he knew and could teach the class. The instructor had the class begin warm ups to take attention off the individual and persuaded him to leave as the students were already practicing. That seemed to be the end of the excitement.

The man decided to try again, demanding to use the cage to box his friend. When denied, he demanded to fight the instructor. The instructor stayed calm, didn’t engage the man and eventually the man left with the threat of police being called.

It would have been fairly easy for the instructor, a martial artist of over twenty years, to physically remove the drunk from the school. It would have been easy to find insult in the names and insults thrown at him and resort to violence. It would have been easy to rationalize. However, that is not the code of martial arts that we teach and follow at our gym. There was no actual threat. There was no need for self defense as the man did not put his hands on anyone or attempt to strike. Martial arts practice should teach us how to control ourselves, not others. If they decide to be rude, obnoxious, belligerent or even threatening, we can control our own actions. We can keep ourselves safe and not engage in fighting unless it is a real risk to our safety or that of our loved ones.

Salt Lake City Mixed Martial Arts | Second Fight For Absolute MMA Teammate

Steelfist Fightnight IX, “The Warior Within” is this Friday! July 13th will see William DaBell in his second mixed martial arts fight! He will be fighting an independent fighter out of MMA21 named Adam Vrondos at 185 pounds. William has been consistent in his training and looking to apply his improved skills in this fight. William finished his last opponent in the second round with an arm triangle from the top.

Those of us at Absolute MMA who train with William know his work ethic, his skill, his power and determination. William is a beast on the mat and is someone to lookout for when sparring. He continues to make improvements in his game, training regularly on his Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his Wrestling.

Steelfist Fight Night IX will open their doors at 6:00 pm and fights start at 7:00 pm. This is a 21 and older event and will be held at 100 south and 536 west in Salt Lake City. Tickets can be purchased from William at the gym.

Come out this Friday and support William in his fight and represent Absolute MMA with your t-shirts and enthusiasm! We will see you there! Absolute MMA!!!!

Utah MMA, Absolute MMA Fighter Steven Sharp Wins Tournament!

‎Steven Sharp, a mixed martial arts fighter out of Absolute MMA, made the WCFC show an event to remember. Steve took home the belt in spectacular fashion. Out of 16 fighters in this MMA tournament, only he finished every fight, never leaving it to the judges. Steve truly had a stellar performance. So much so that he never even got hit while standing with his opponents. Each round was 5 minutes and Steve fought for a total of less than seven!

The first fight was punctuated by a crushing left hook leaving an opening for Steve to take the back and finish with a rear naked choke. The second fight had some drama as Steve defended a takedown and the fence gave way enough for his foot to pass through the cage and lock the fighter’s ankle. The fighters separated and the ring repaired, Steve seemed a man possessed as he controlled his opponent with a Muay Thai clinch and landed a knee to the chest and then one to the chin, dropping the opponent to the floor where he was finished by a huge right to the jaw.

The third fight was one with a lot of intensity against James Birdsley. The two came out with murderous intent, looking to claim not only the belt for the evening but the bragging rights to a much disputed claim about whose skills were superior. Steve crushed Birdsley, landing punches and kicks and defending takedowns. The fight ended by tapout as Steve stood over James landing huge punches to the ribs, shoulders and kidneys. James left holding a separated shoulder and Steve the bragging rights.

The last fight of the evening was greatly anticipated. Lucas Montoya looked great in all his fights, controlling his opponents with good Jiu Jitsu and ground and pound. He was in great shape and looked to have potential to be the champion as he submitted or TKO’d his opponents. Classic grappler versus striker match up. To Lucas’ credit, he did manage to get Steve to the ground and land a few strikes early in the round. When the fight was stood up for lack of positional improvement and damage, the tempo changed. Steve landed some hard shots to Lucas via leg kicks and crisp punches. Lucas closed the distance and took Steve down only to fall victim to a guillotine variation from Steve’s guard that had Lucas tapping almost as soon as it was on. Steve was victorious and crowned Champion! Congratulations, Absolute MMA and Steven Sharp!