You know, it's not all vale tudo in New York City's underground fight scene. Take today, for instance, when the people behind the UCL put together an event that featured kickboxing bouts and a grappling mini-tournament, and dubbed it "Strike Club" (for the kickboxing) and the "Renegade Grappling League" (for the grappling portion). There were TKOs and there were subs, and at the end of the day, there was enough action to make my four-year-old daughter want to skip her nap. Highlights included:
-The strong showing by the Twin Towers Wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu Club. I checked out their digs back in the late 1990s and they epitomized the words "humble beginnings". Now they're killers.
-The standup battle between UCL vet Alajandro Richardson and Manup Standup champ Will Cavali. It was truly boxing versus kung fu, and though both men put up a heck of a fight, it was Richardson who came away with the decision.
-Peter Storm putting my daughter to work as the official bell ringer. I'm thankful anytime my daughter smiles, and that put a grin on her face that stretched from ear to ear.