Montana De La Rosa vs Nadia Kassem
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Written by Mike Bailey
"She went belly down for a tight submission, but in heated competition, some flexible people just won’t tap."
It was clear from the beginning that De La Rosa knew her strengths. She came out swinging, trying to close the distance. Right away she took her opponent down and didn’t give up any position.
The first round saw De La Rosa using her wrestling and top game to punish Kassem with punches and elbows. There she dominated top position and fought off Kassem’s attempts at re-guarding. She used the cage and good pressure to stay in half guard, which many fighters have started to take advantage of lately. Kassem was able to re-guard twice however, and De La Rosa would stand up and slide her knee through to recover half guard. With about 30 seconds left, De La Rosa passed Kassem’s guard to move to North-South. There she sat on Kassem’s head for a kimura attempt. Round ended with Kassem trapped.
The second round saw even more dominant grappling from De La Rosa. She managed to find her way to a high mount position, trapping Kassem’s right arm in a triangle. She used the top to rain down strikes, then opted for an armbar attempt. She went belly down for a tight submission, but in heated competition, some flexible people just won’t tap. The triangle-armbar doesn’t keep the shoulder in place, so Kassem was able to move her body to defend. De La Rosa then moved to apply a triangle choke that seemed tight enough. Kassem even stood up so De La Rosa was able to get a better angle, but she still couldn't finish. De La Rosa then went for another armbar. Kassem looked exhausted and tapped.
Relentless pressure by De La Rosa got her the win. Great showing. I would love to see her tested by higher level grapplers. Get back in the gym and train for the next one!
Montana De La Rosa def. Nadia Kassem via submission (armbar), R2 2:37