Mavrick “crashes And Burns” Against Nascimento At Invincible 1
Mavrick "Crashes and Burns" Against Nascimento at Invincible 1
Report by Loretta Hunt – Photography by Daisy Rosas
ONTARIO, Calif., June 17 — It hasn’t been a broached subject, but three-minute rounds have been instituted by the California State Athletic Commission in the Golden State for its lesser experienced mixed martial artists (FCF has been told this applies to fighters five pro fights and under, but still awaits an interview with the CSAC to confirm).
While the CSAC’s interpretation of how long they believe pro newcomers should be allowed to test their mettle in the cage has gone unchallenged (at least publicly), Saturday’s Invincible 1 "Fist of Fury," held at the Ontario Convention Center with a card especially heavy on inexperienced fighters, could stand as an argument for resuming the standard five-minute periods currently recognized throughout the country.
On three separate occasions in three separate fights, a submission-trapped fighter was saved by the bell and was free to walk back to his corner to replenish for the next round. Now, there is no way of telling if those extra 120 seconds would have brought on the demise of the bout, but watching the scenario play out over and over again does give one pause as to if these greener fighters simply need more time to get their ground games going altogether.
One submission which needed no extra perks was Giva Nascimento’s 2:00 bicep-tearing armbar of Mavrick Harvey, billed as the star of the event who entered the arena via Hummer from the parking lot with his toddler son and a posse in tow.
Announced as a "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion" making his MMA debut, it took Nascimento little time to wrestle the 10-1-1 Harvey to the mat. From there, the only hurdle the Brazilian faced was lining up enough room against the fence to lay out Mavrick’s arm for the tapout.
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