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Fight 2 Win 103:

Dean Zaino vs Stephen Hall

Photo by Figth2Win

Written by Rome G. Lytton IV

3/9/2019

"Zaino circles his right hand around Hall’s left leg and it looks like he’s going for an underhook-pass attempt, but Zaino’s right arm is still inside Hall’s danger zone. Triangle pops into my head."

Both athletes make their way to center, shake hands and the match is underway.

 

     Stephen Hall is a tower of a figure. With his taped-up fingers, Jerry Rice nasal strip and black belt with white bar (meaning he’s a fighter), he definitely looks intimidating.

 

     Dean Zaino is not intimidated by Hall’s size advantage. He latches on to Hall’s right collar with his left hand while controlling Hall’s left sleeve with his right hand.  

 

     Hall is able to break the grip on his left sleeve and locks in a collar-tie; Zaino then switches to control Hall’s left collar. Zaino does a good job switching grips between Hall’s collar and his belt, so Hall decides to pull Zaino into his closed guard and work from there.

 

     Zaino keeps the double-collar control and looks to stand up, but he fails to realize that his leg is free for Hall to underhook since he’s controlling both collars. Hall takes advantage and sweeps Zaino to take mount. Beautiful smooth transition.

 

     Hall looks to open up Zaino by crossfacing him with his left arm, then hunts for an opening with his right hand. Zaino feels like Hall’s left hip is shifted too far to the left. Since his left arm is crossfacing Zaino, Zaino takes the opportunity to bridge his hips and turn the table. Another beautiful transition, this time from Zaino.

 

     Zaino again controls Hall’s collars and looks to stand up, but Hall sees it and shuts down his attempt. Zaino seems frustrated and tries to slam Hall from inside Hall’s closed guard. Hall opens his closed guard briefly to counter the slam by posting both of his long legs to the mat. Zaino falls forward with the energy from his own slam. Hall frames with both of his hands to keep Zaino from passing. Hall’s left leg floats in the air until it finds Zaino’s shoulder to rest on, and his right is under Zaino hips, almost like half guard.

 

     Zaino circles his right hand around Hall’s left leg and it looks like he’s going for an underhook-pass attempt, but Zaino’s right arm is still inside Hall’s danger zone. Triangle pops into my head.

     Right then Hall controls Zaino’s left sleeve, scoots his hips out to his left to allow his right knee to slide through and slaps on a triangle. Zaino does his best to stack to relieve the pressure. But Hall underhooks Zaino’s right leg, takes his time and submits Zaino with a textbook triangle.

 

     Zaino helps Hall back up, gives him a hug and raises Hall’s hand. Good sportsmanship, and an even better match to watch.

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