ERFURT, Germany –
ran a grappling clinic on his opposition at the third
In an old-school tournament contested with no rounds, no time
limits and no judges, the 25-year-old German scored three
submissions victories in a combined 6:21 to win Saturday’s bracket
at the Westspiel Casino.
That makes five consecutive victories via tapout overall for the
highly talented submission specialist, who exited the sport’s
premier organization in November 2010 after losses to Paul Taylor,
Wilks and Amir
In the grand finale, the Dean Lister
brown belt faced last year’s finalist, Tamirlan
Dadaev of Chechnya. The tough-as-nails Vienna-based all-rounder
had stormed the final himself with an 18-second submission of
English Army representative Jamie
Lloyd. Sobotta proved to be on another level, though. With his
mentor Lister looking on from ringside, the Planet Eater team
captain methodically worked his way to the back of his opponent,
where he cinched his trademark rear-naked choke at the 2:10 mark of
In the semifinals, Sobotta used the same move to submit Belgian
Asmaoui 3:36 into round one; the veteran kickboxer had punched
his ticket to the second round with a bone-breaking leg kick
knockout of luckless Andre Schug,
leaving his 36-year-old opponent to roll on the mat in agony after
the Shaolin Team fighter shattered his shinbone.
Sobotta needed just 35 seconds to dispatch experienced
Radosavljevic in the opening round. The bearded Serbian went
all out, throwing wild haymakers, but Sobotta timed his shot
perfectly, smoothly transitioned to the back and had already sunk
in the choke before all of the 150 guests at the VIP-only gala had
taken their seats.
In other tournament action, Thomas
Wichmann’s streak of bad luck continued. Last year the
sympathetic Saxon saw his title dream smashed by a liver shot. This
time, the blow went a little lower – a Jamie Lloyd
kick caught him right in the crown jewelry. As he threw up in the
ring, it became clear that there was no way the 29-year-old Vale
Tudo Merseburg fighter would be able to continue. Even though the
fight was correctly ruled a no-contest, it was Lloyd who moved on
as Wichmann could not continue.
On the amateur undercard, Stefan
Ziegler did not always fight cleanly, but he got the job done
Herzberg. The AK Ultra fighter controlled the action on the
ground and did a lot of damage with short knee strikes from side
control. An unanswered flurry of more than 60 strikes from mount
position ended the night for a badly beaten-up Herzberg.
Knorr wasted little time to put the hurting on Toni
Angolini in a wild brawl. The young man from Neubrandenburg,
Germany, had to be pulled off his hapless opponent after a
left-right combo floored the Berlin fighter and resulting
ground-and-pound came crashing down.
Muehlbayer gave away a great first round in which he punched
Dakaev’s right eye completely shut, only to get careless and
let himself be knocked out in the second stanza. In the opening
bout of the night, Japanese transplant Yui Lange won
a unanimous decision over Michael
Bahr in a grappling-heavy affair.
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