Update! I wanted to make sure I included the amazing experience I got to be a part of a week ago with Marcus Kowal and Studio MMA. There isn’t much to say really… other than IT WAS AWESOME! Never had been to a fight live before, and am totally going again.
WARNING, this is an MMA fight so a few photos are bloody. WARNING to those who get queasy by blood, do not continue reading.
I saw some KO’s, some full round fights, lots of sweat and a little blood. Marcus was the ONLY fighter who effectively used their feet. It is crazy to see how detrimental a nice kick to the side or the head can be. Ya, punches hurt. I have been clocked accidentally a few times in class, even elbowed. But I can’t imagine being kicked in the face. Yikes.
The first round, both fighters were feeling one another out. Marcus was landing some sick throws and I would say without a doubt won that round. You could tell the other fighter used to be a wrestler with how much he wanted to get Marcus to the ground. I am oh k with this sort of behavior, but it gets old. I noticed in the first fight, which had the least experienced fighters, that almost the entire thing was fought on the ground or up against the chains. And that can get really boring. Marcus did a stellar job of averting this behavior from his opponent. It was easy to spot that he was more prepared.
The second round started off well, until Marcus slipped on something slick on the mat (probably sweat). Immediately brought into a head lock, he struggled for a bit but NEVER gave up. And let me tell you…. the 5 fights before, those who got into a headlock all tapped out. Every single one of them. If you don’t know, tapping out essentially means giving up; you lose the fight automatically.
Struggling for a minute or two, Marcus stood up with his opponent on his back. Try squatting with someone on your back that is your equal weight…. hard right?…. now try standing up from a ground position…. impossible! After getting into a squat, hurling his body upwards, Marcus sent his weight down and slammed the other fighter onto the mat in the CRAZIEST body slam I have ever seen! He then turned, and rained a fury of punches on the other fighter, dominating the end of the round.
Because of the extensive time the head lock took, it is natural that the round was tied. I, however, would have voted in favor of Marcus. I mean, I have seen no one else, on TV or that night, get out of a headlock like that. It showed amazing skill.
The third round began and almost immediately things went south. Within a few seconds, Marcus stumbled back onto the cage and looked woozy. And then you saw it… the blood. From where I was sitting, it looked as if he got his eye plucked out. It was terrible. The anticipation was horrid as we saw Marcus struggle with his wound and blood pour from his face.
After the Medic came to examine the injury, he called the fight. Marcus, like a boss, got the crowd cheering to let him continue. But the wound was so severe that he wasn’t permitted to continue. What took place was an illegal, yet unintentional, head-butt. After judging based on two rounds only, the judges called the fight a tie. It was unfortunate. Did I think Marcus could have won? HELL YES! There was no question he was the better fighter, but things like this happen. Being the sport he is, and the gentleman he always will be, Marcus addressed the crowd and his opponent, simply stating that things like this happen and that he was appreciative for all those who came out. Oh, and to please come party with him afterwards.
That’s right. An eyebrow all stitched up later, and a swollen-shut eye, Marcus made it to his after party where we all celebrated his performance. Congratulations Marcus! So proud of you.
And for all of you asking, how do I know Marcus Kowal? I intern for him at MIT Fitness USA and Fitnesscenter.com. Despite being an incredible athlete, is as also a very intelligent entrepreneur. If any of you are interested in coming to see Marcus fight in the future, or are concerned with getting more in tune with your fitness goals, check out the websites listed, tweet me, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All post photos are from professional companies stated on the image. Otherwise, they were taken by me.*