Grant secures classy win against tough rival
JACK Grant was back on form with a submission victory as mixed martial arts swept into Cleethorpes Pier.
The Grimsby 20-year-old beat experienced York fighter Richard Caddon in a British Cage Fighting promotion staged at the venue for the first time.
Grant, of Neal Loft's Fight Ministry gym in Humberston, faced a tough test in Caddon, a late stand-in but one of some pedigree.
The Yorkshireman, who has fought more than 30 professional Muay Thai bouts, made his second appearance fighting Nevada State Commission Amateur MMA rules against semi-pro title winner Grant, whose record stood at 13 wins, two losses and one draw.
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The Grimsby man showed maturity measuring his dangerous rival's jab early on. Cadden's attempted knee strikes were unsuccessful as the home man took the York man to ground.
And after some slick transitions, he was able to set up an Americana key-lock arm-bar from side control, which forced Cadden to tap as the end of the first round approached, giving the home fighter the victory.
Lofts, Grant's delighted coach, said: "It's not so much about the result for Jack – I'm more interested in his overall attitude and his ability to bring his 'A-game' to the fight.
"And he did, showing that he can be tactically aware and play out a game-plan with discipline and precision."
Debutant Mark Thompson and 16-year-old Brandon Sutcliffe impressed for Fight Ministry on the undercard, with points wins against Hartlepool's Simon Craigs and Hull's Jordan Hill respectively.
Lofts added: "A lot of controversy has surrounded MMA and youngsters.
"We have an academy-style system within the gym and Brandon is one of a small number of junior students who has gained considerable skill-sets.
"But no head shots are permitted and amateur rules are very restrictive from a striking stand point.
"The restrictions are to encourage young fighters to build strong wrestling and ground skills, before moving up."