Time: 8PM Saturday Feb 19, 2011
Place: The Alario Center in Westwego LA
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Profiles of Fighters:
Brian Lymuel is 22 years old and hails from Slidell, Louisiana. A long-time competitor in Tae Kwan Do, Lymuel has grown up around martial arts and is very involved in both teaching martial arts and advancing his fight career as part of the American Tae Kwan Do Association. But mixed martial arts is a different sport TKD and Lymuel, who is looking to win his first title on February 19th, is ready to show the world that his Tae Kwan Do success can be carried over into MMA. Lymuel is coached by MMA legend Rich Clementi, a veteran of more than fifty professional fights as well as by his long time Tae Kwan Do instructor Jude Grayson; and his boxing coach Dupree Strickland. Lymuel describe’s Clementi’s gladiator academy as a “Rocky” type gym where “its all about getting in there.” Lymuel says he has learned a lot from Clementi correcting him as he has worked, “one thing about Rich is that he is attentive to details.”
Henry Mitchell is a 19 year old light heavyweight from Kenner who went to Bonnabel High School and who delivers and sells craw fish in around town. Mitchell got introduced into his career in seafood from a friend at church. But Mitchell is trying to advance another career now by becoming a successful MMA fighter. For both both men the Prestige Fights title shot is a huge opportunity. About a year ago Mitchell began fighting MMA events and since then has been training at Ancona’s gym in Metairie. Joey Ancona, himself a boxing and kickboxing legend in the area has been working with coach Myron Gaudet to prepare him for the fight. For this fight Mitchell says he’s been doing everything including kickboxing, boxing, and ground work. “What I like about fighting is that success is not dependent on others its just on you,” says Mitchell.
Both men want to win the fight and both are ambitious. Lymuel may have put it best when he said, “my goal is to be the best, when you think of martial arts I want my name to pop up.”
Promoter Carlos Mena called the fight important for the MMA community in Louisiana because “it will clearly define who the best light heavyweight amateur is in South Louisiana. That is why we have been promoting this fight on the radio, on flyers, etc. because we think that its going to be a good opportunity to see this level of action live.”
Both men say that they will keep this fight standing. Lymuel says that his best weapons are his kicks. In his fight versus Mike Tisdale at the Sugarmill in June of this year Lymuel was able to keep the fight on the feet and was effective in the clinch. Lymuel sees this fight as challenging due to the “technical nature” of Mitchell’s boxing and kickboxing game.
Mitchell was a bit more pointed about his strategy, and its the same one that he’s been able to use for the last six fights. “My strategy is to knock him out.”
The best guess here from the MMA examiner, somebody is getting knocked out.