Two weeks ago, SBG Idaho athletes, David Akers and Billy Carothers, made the trek to Billings, Montana to compete in Fusion Fight League: Season’s Beatings. Both performed extremely well, and were able to showcase the improvements they’ve been working so hard in the gym for! Results are as follows-
David Akers (SBG Idaho) lost to Oscar Herrera via split decision.
The fight starts quickly with Akers using fakes and feints to back Herrera to the cage. Akers closes distance and secures a double leg takedown, but is unable to maintain control for long. Herrera returns to his feet, but Akers keeps his back pinned to the cage, landing short punches to the head. They eventually separate, and Akers resumes pressuring Herrera towards the fence. Herrera begins utilizing his reach advantage and low kicks to keep Akers at bay and score points. After several exchanges, Akers catches a Herrera low kick and hustles him to the ground, just before the first round ends. Round 2 sees Herrera again relying on long punches and low kicks to keep Akers at bay. Akers is able to land several hard right hands over the top, but the low kicks are beginning to slow him down. Midway through the round, Akers closes distance and secures another takedown along the fence. He does well to posture and control Herrera’s feet while improving position, but Herrera is able to kick away into a backwards roll, and return to standing. The two again exchange, and Herrera gains a takedown of his own just before the round ends. Round 3 begins with Akers again taking the center and pressuring towards the cage, but Herrera is timing the low kicks well, and limiting Akers’ mobility. Akers is throwing hard shots in the exchanges, but is coming up a bit short. Akers clinches, but can’t maintain control for long, and the round ends with Herrera striking from long range while Akers attempts to close distance.
We are incredibly proud of David’s effort! In only his second fight ever, he dropped a very close decision to a veteran of seven fights, while also giving up a significant size advantage!
Billy Carothers (SBG Idaho) winner over Jon Alford via Submission, RNC Round 2
Carothers takes the center quickly and lands a hard straight left, and then another, before clinching Alford against the fence. After some jockeying for position, Carothers secured a double leg. Alford does well to close his guard and control Carothers’ posture, while landing elbows from his back. Carothers postures and attempts to pass, but ends up on bottom in a scramble. Alford looks to move to mount, but Carothers is able to recover his half guard, make space, and return to his feet. A strong Carothers double leg shortly after, puts Alford back on the mat. Alford attacks a leg lock, but Carothers is able to defend and posture, where he lands hard punches and elbows until the round ends. Round two sees both men exchange briefly, before carothers lands a hard left hand behind a body kick, hurting Alford and causing him to turn away. Carothers quickly takes the back and brings him to the mat. Carothers is able to sink his arm under the chin of Alford and lads a few hard shots to the head with his free hand before latching on the fight ending RNC!
Great work Billy, you showed well rounded skills in the cage, and made some excellent adjustments in between rounds! Very proud of you!