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The Mohawks of North America verus the Taino's of the Caribbean..
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NAL Champion Mike Martelle a member of the Mohawk nation of North America managed to tapp out the behemoth Booker Gray a Taino from Jamaica, with a Holanda (a shoulder lock known to some of you as a "Kimura") late in the second round!!
It was Booker Gray's first pro MMA fight, but he had a pro Muay Thai record of 6-1 and a purple belt in BJJ. He was much better than I expected, and used his weight (307 at weigh-in) to full advantage. Booker Gray is of Taino background making this a true CARL event He kicked me to the body a lot, and we spent about half the time on the ground.
Jamaica's Booker Gray
I worked a lot from the bottom, and finally caught him. Great guy, popped right up to his feet smiling and hugged me. Helped me put on the new belt - the new USMTA-NAL World Muay Chaat Cherk Super Heavyweight Championship!
It was absolute ghetto madness. The show was held outdoors, despite a torrential downpour that meant most of the lights wouldn't work, so we fought in what seemed like near-darkness. As always, thanks to Kru Eric Advincula, Phil Gelinas, and Fabio Holanda for all the training over the years!
Here is a photo of Champion Mike Martelle taken back at the hotel the next day. Mike said.' I still feel like it was worth it, because I'm now the USMTA-NAL Super Heavyweight World Champion!! The door is open for all to contend, I'm glad to have been of service. Maybe St-Lucia is the next Island, next time.
The Carib League begins..... Story still pending.....
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