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High-Level Competition on Display as Grapplers Clash

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‘Combat Sports Coverage’ hosted the Rise of a Champion submission-only grappling event in Tomball on Saturday. 

It was the first time CSC held bouts inside the 4 Corners Conference Center. The new location included more seating, LED lights, and screens displaying the matches. These added features allowed host Thomas Galdenzi and his event aides to deliver an exciting experience for spectators. 

Each submission-only grappling match lasted 6 minutes each. If neither competitor gained a submission during that time then the contest would head to overtime and a single takedown would win the match.  

The event showcased two super-fight title matches. In the first bout, Eddie Torres took home the 155-pound brown belt title by defeating Faisal Rahman by rear-naked choke. The second title contest saw Melissa Lozano become the 145-pound brown belt champion with a win over Ashley Bilak in overtime. 

Other highlights of the event included six tournament final matchups. 

Gavin Lopez defeated Keandre Dennis in a rematch to win at 145 pounds while Kyle Todrank was victorious at 155 pounds over Quan Le. 

King Millie took home the 170-pound victory in overtime over Josh Wilson and Blade Weber defeated Jonathan King at 189 pounds.  

Daniel Ontiveros edged out Clay McGuire in overtime to win at 215 pounds while James Ford outlasted Jake Schneebeli to gain a victory at heavyweight. 

Notably, JT Little won the $200 jackpot and Kemoy Anderson won the 185-pound Cash Bracket Grand Prix. 

Galdenzi hopes to return to 4 Corners Conference Center sometime in mid-late May. 

“Everyone seemed to love the new venue,”Galdenzi said. “Overall this new venue was amazing and I can’t wait to be back.”




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