Time: Feb 19, 2011 at 8PM
Place: Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Westwego LA 70094
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Today (and probably again tomorrow) the MMA examiner will take a look at few of the key undercard fights that are coming up on one of the biggest MMA shows ever to be put together in the New Orleans metro area Prestige Fights Bayou Brawl 2. One of the things that Promoter Carlos Mena and Matchmaker Mitchell Klein have strived to put together in this show is a series of bouts which illustrates the tremendous emerging talent in Louisiana’s MMA community.
As part of an ongoing series we will take a look at a few of these fights.
Adrian Mcgee 5-5 vs. Blake Dufour 4-4 at 135 pounds. Both of these guys have even records and the last time they fought, in June of this year at the Sugar Mill, the fight was stopped short after Mcgee accidentally kneed Dufour on the group loosening his teeth. Dufour, who trains at POWER MMA, was awarded a victory on the cards but the fight had gone back and forth with Dufour catching a crazy triangle that Mcgee escaped from and Mcgee landing some hard shots. Both of these men have improved significantly in the past year. Mcgee who looked like he knew few submissions caught a choke against Blaine Hull early last year at a Gladiators Promotions event in Denham Springs and suddenly Mcgee began to look like a different fighter.
Mcgee went on to win a critical rematch at Prestige Fights Bayou Brawl 1 last November vs. Jonathan Rodriguez in a three round war. Mcgee has said that he would like to put together a win streak before he turns professional. Dufour says the same thing and has remarked that a lot of his losses were due to the fact that he had only been training MMA (or any related sport) for less than a year and had completed six fights. At any rate both guys are tough and have serious striking skills. Both have been caught in submissions in the past; however, both believe that their BJJ and wrestling game has improved. Neither guy has ducked anyone tough and that makes this fight more and more interesting. Look for this fight to possibly win fight of the night.
Magali Niel vs. Jade De Hass at 140 pounds. In this fight, Magali Niel (0-1) in MMA will take on Jade De Hass (0-0). While both these fighters are relatively new to the sport they are both from accomplished teams. Niel actually trains with several trainers including Frank Carraci for Jiu Jitsu; Myron Gaudet, who happens to be her husband for kickboxing and MMA at POWER MMA; and of course the legendary Joey Ancona. De Hass is from Chop Shop MMA in Greenville Texas with Rob Stucker. Stucker is in the process of putting together some major promotions of MMA himself and has trained several excellent fighters. De Hass is 5 foot 8 inches and lists herself as a kickboxer and grappler.
Matching up women in MMA has been very difficult to do up until recently. POWER MMA’s Amanda Lauland actually fought on Tuff N Uff in Las Vegas and in Nashville Tennessee which were the closest fights that could be found. That said, this fight is probably the first female fight matched in this weight class in South Louisiana in at least a year (Niel’s last fight was at 145 more than a year ago). Look for these women to inspire a whole new group of athletes to get interested in the sport because both are skilled at what they do and very tough.
The MMA examiner will continue to profile local fighters as they make their quest for glory. Later this week the MMA examiner will take a look at some of the other fighters on the card.