February 14

Tuba after winning his belt.

In Bahrain resident coach and black belt Anderson ‘Tuba’ Wesiley  fought in a super fight at UFC Gym Bahrain. It was a no gi 10min submission match, where Tuba took on an opponent 20kgs heavier than him. Although massively undersized, Tuba had an easy points win controlling his opponent from start to finish. It was a great match to watch and many of the Cobra Bahrain Jiu – Jitsu family were in attendance to support.

The Cobra Fitness Bahrain team and BJJ family.

In Abu Dhabi the UAE Muay Thai Federation Championships took place. Cobra had entered two participants, Caroline Sand and Jaures ‘The Crazy Cameroonian’ Gomez.

Head Coach Mat Dryden and Caroline Sand

Caroline had a somewhat mixed journey to her Gold medal, the first round was easy as she was given a bye to the finals. However she had been terribly sick leading up to the competition, suffering with pneumonia and wasn’t able to train for 10 days prior. When entering the ring though, she clearly put it all behind her and fought the most controlled fight, working exactly what they had planned. Mat Dryden, owner and Head Coach said after the fight “I couldn’t have been happier with her performance”.

Head Coach Mat Dryden and Jaures ‘The Crazy Cameroonian’ Gomez

Jaures dominated his Filipino opponent in his qualifying bout on the Friday. Although a tough competitor Jaures’ power from the first bell, was just too much for the brave opponent. Winning the bout with a unanimous 30 -27 decision he progressed to the finals on Sunday.

In the finals Jaures got matched with a tall, technical and experienced opponent from Morocco. Stepping into the opening round, the plan was to come forward and pressure the opponent, landing heavy hands as much as possible. As the plan was falling nicely into place, Jaures was easily winning the round.  Then, just before the bell Jaures landed a massive head kick to down his opponent, nearly finishing the fight there and then.

The next two rounds were the same way with Jaures dominating and earning a few standing 8 counts. The bout eventually ended in a conclusive unanimous decision and Gold medal for Jaures for the second year running.

Mat Dryden, owner and head coach of Cobra Fitness said “Jaures did a great job, stuck to the game plan and got the job done. In both fights he had much less experience then his opponents. It just shows you what hard work and consistent training can do”.

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