Fergus Jenkins – a Christchurch fighter dubbed ‘The Future’ – has struck gold at his first Intercontinental Blended Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) novice earth championships.
The 21-calendar year from the Canterbury Struggle Centre fitness center – won the middleweight remaining in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Remarkably, it was Jenkins’ initially major event, but he dominated from the outset, winning a few of his 4 bouts before the closing by submissions.
The closing went the entire three rounds, but a delighted Jenkins conquer Russian rival Lusup Magomedov by a break up factors determination at the Jiu-Jitsu Location at Zayed Athletics Metropolis.
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The Kiwi qualified for the gold medal struggle by beating Ireland’s Paul Buckley with a very first-round anaconda choke transfer.
He experienced previously accounted for a further Irishman, Daniel O’Sullivan, with a rear bare choke soon after just 50 seconds.
Jenkins was fired up for the closing by a haka carried out by his New Zealand teammates.
He manufactured a massive takedown for beneficial factors in close proximity to the finish of the 1st round and also employed his uppercut effectively, but Magomedov managed a pair of throws.
In the conclude, Jenkins acquired the nod from two of the 3 judges by 30-27 scorelines, according to a report on the Within The Video games site.
In an job interview with the IMMAF web site before in the event, Jenkins attributed a large amount of his good results to the support he obtained at the Canterbury Battle Centre.
“I definitely really like it there, it is like a relatives group,” he said.
“My mentor Karl Webber, he’s generally believed in me given that working day one particular, so I’m just out below making an attempt to demonstrate him appropriate.”
Jenkins went to Abu Dhabi searching for match working experience but will arrive dwelling with a gold medal.
He told the IMMAF website that he was taking pleasure in the tournament structure, “rather than waiting months for your next one particular, which is what I’ve been struggling with back in New Zealand”.
“It’s really unique simply because it is a various method,” he said.
“You preserve your energy, as opposed to if you are just fighting months aside and you just go all out. So there’s additional tactic, much more techniques.”
Waikato’s Michelle Montague – the 2019 IMMAF world lightweight winner – lost her featherweight semifinal in Abu Dhabi to defending champion Sabrina Laurentina De Sousa (Bahrain), who went on to keep her title.
De Sousa, who defeat Montague at the European Open up in 2021, won the semifinal by a split determination immediately after a thrilling combat went the full 3 rounds. The IMMAF internet site claimed “these two athletes have a really brilliant potential ahead”.
De Sousa thoroughly dominated her final towards Norway’s Cecilie Bolander.
Montague won an all-New Zealand ultimate in 2019 versus compatriot Mel Webster, but the IMMAF have since decreed that finals can not be contested by two fighters from the exact nation.
Webster misplaced her light-weight semifinal in Abu Dhabi to Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Abdykadyr, who missed out on a break up decision to 42-yr-old Russian veteran Olga Lagodnaya in the gold medal showdown.