Sunday, February 8, 2009
MMA Journalist is here at the Fighthouse in Midtown Manhattan, where Rene Dreifuss and Jerry Mendez are hosting the first NYC Submission Shootout (a no-gi grappling event). Over 100 competitors are battling it out on 6 different mats, and the place is pretty packed. A lot of well-know schools are being represented, including NY Combat Sambo, Scarola Jiu-Jitsu, Marcos Santos, ITC, and Serra just to name a few. Sambo Steve is here and he just explained the rules to me. Apparently there are no points, only submissions, and if you don't get the job done in five minutes you're heckled and ridiculed and pelted with garbage. This is making for some frenetic yet exciting matches.