Giancarlo Bodoni conquered a loaded eight-man bracket to win $25,000 at the first Blue Collar Fight Club event.
The first-ever Blue Collar Fight Club event took place on Friday, September 1, and featured a stacked eight-man absolute tournament with a $25,000 cash purse on the line.
The tournament matches were conducted under a unique mixture of submission-only and points rulesets. The 10 minutes of each contest consisted of a submission-only regulation period. If no submission occurred during regulation, the match moved to two, three-minute golden score overtime periods. After that, if neither grappler had scored in overtime, the bout would go to a judge’s decision.
In the opening round, Bodoni showed off his ever-improving wrestling to secure a golden score overtime win over Checkmat standout Elder Cruz.
Next, in the semifinals, the New Wave representative battled a very game Andy Varela. Despite giving up a significant size advantage, Varela pushed the pace throughout the match, nearly passing Bodoni’s guard on a few occasions. Still, Bodoni worked extremely well from his guard and scored a clean takedown during the regulation period. Ultimately, neither man was able to secure a submission or score in overtime, and Bodoni was awarded the decision win.
And in the final, Bodoni squared off with Roberto Jimenez, who had earned a pair of sensational submission victories on his way to the final. In one of the most high-paced matches of the evening, the two black belts exchanged position for the 10-minute regulation period, as well as the two overtime periods. In the end, Bodoni earned the decision win thanks to his aggressive work from the guard.