No Gi Worlds 2019 Results: Jessica Flowers v Heather Raftery

Jessica Flowers is doing just as well as most would have predicted at No Gi Worlds 2019. After a very strong performance in her first match against Jessica Lynn Guedry where she took the back early on in the match, transitioned to the spiderweb position and cut a comical figure as she waited patiently for Guedry’s grip to start slipping. It was only a matter of time from here before she extended Guedry’s arm for the tap.

When the Super-Heavyweight Jessica Flowers came up against the Featherweight Heather Raftery in the Semi-Finals the size difference was clearly going to be a factor from the outset. Flowers was able to bully Raftery on the feet, snapping her down and footsweeping her to go 4-0 up early in the match. She then worked systematically to pass her guard, work to mount and use a giftwrap grip to take Raftery’s back.

From there she used that grip to lock up a triangle choke from the top and immediately extended Raftery’s arm for yet another armbar finish. This books her a place in the finals and a shot at gold against Kendall Marie Reusing after she overcame three opponents on her own way to the final earlier today. This takes place after Flowers takes on a smaller division in her own weight-class, this will give her a fantastic shot at double gold this year.

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Alex Lindsey

Alex Lindsey is the managing editor here at Grappling Insider. Originally starting training in MMA in 2008, injuries and university slowed progress until he decided to put on a gi for the first time back in 2015. Residing in Newport, South Wales, he trains at Newport MMA and competes as much as possible but still prefers no gi. Follow him on twitter: @alexlindsey92