F2W 153: An Exciting Match Between Alencar and Raftery.

Fight 2 Win 153 last night, Sep 25th, featured many black belt matches. One of those in particular was what I imagine promoter Seth Daniels looks for when putting on shows. This was the match between Talita Alencar and Heather Raftery.  Alencar is a multiple time IBJJF world champion out of Alliance Academy with Rubens Charles. Raftery has won several IBJJF open tournaments and is a black belt under Andre Galvao and also a world champion in the equestrian sport of Cutting.

The Match

Alencar pulled guard right from the start and worked from a De La Riva guard. Raftery quickly grabbed a body lock and looked to take the back. Raftery tried to get a better position to the back by inverting but ended up on bottom. Then, Alencar tried to pass but was stifled by Raftery’s lockdown guard. 

Alencar applied pressure from top and eventually cleared the lockdown and passed to mount. Raftery turned away giving up her back but quickly spun out and to Alencars full guard.

Alencar worked two on one wrist control and hunted for submissions. Raftery took advantage of an open guard and sat back for a leg lock. She came up short and both women got to their feet but with Alencar in a single leg. Alencar landed a beautiful takedown. She tried to pass but was unable. They worked their way to the edge of the mat and had to be reset.

Alencar was on her back against a standing Raftery. She inverted and then both were fully engaged in leg entanglements and inversions. Raftery looked to have a leg lock opportunity but when Alencar escaped, she kicked Alencar away and got back to her feet.

Both women were getting rough by clubbing each other in a wrestling exchange. Alencar threw what looked to be her mouthpiece to her cornermen and carried on.

Raftery pulled guard and attempted a triangle but Alencar escaped and both attacked the legs. They tried to find submissions in the fading moments of the match. Alencar locked in a toe hold but Raftery spun with it and escaped as the clock ran out.

The judges scored in favor of Alencar. We can only hope to see these two on the mats again soon.

Black Belt Results

Samuel Nagai defeats Gianni Grippo via Decision

Junny Ocasio defeats Marcelo Cohen via Heel Hook

Talita Alencar defeats Heather Raftery via Decision

Amanda Alequin defeats Patricia Fontes via Head/Arm Choke

Travis Clark defeats Chris Roberson via Decision

Gilson Nunes defeats Jason Bright via Triangle Choke

Alan Shebaro defeats Ken Split via Decision

Jackson Matos defeats Chris Orzoco via Decision

Eric Alequin defeats Camron Couch via Decision

Snow Samuel defeats Greg Grigar via Decision

Dinko Bektic defeats Ivan Bozovic via Decision

Sean Joseph defeats Henrique Rossi via Decision

Nikki Sullivan defeats Chelseah Lyons via Decision

Jorge Perez defeats Chuck Adam via Choke

Edmaicon Moraes defeats Rodrigo Oliviera via Decision

Christian Duran defeats Angel Lopez via Decision

Vinicius Carvalho Garcia defeats Kyle Raemisch via Choke

Gabrielle McComb defeats Sheliah Lindsey via Decision

Josh Clopton

Josh Clopton is a UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu black belt. In 2005 he left his job in Tulsa, Okla. and moved to San Francisco to pursue fighting. While trying to break into the UFC, he worked on a commercial crab fishing boat to make ends meet. Josh earned his black belt under Jake Shields in 2016 and now helps train other fighters and has been the chief cornerman in over 20 UFC fights. He teaches at El Nino Training Center and also for companies such as Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. He is an avid reader, writer and outdoorsman.

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