Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Iman Achhal wins her pro MMA debut
Here's another fight video for you. It is Iman "Manny" Achhal vs Felice Herrig in Ultimate Warrior Challenge Feb. 21 in Virginia. Both fighters were making their pro debuts. Felice Herrig is well known as a championship calibre kickboxer. You may recall that I posted a video of Iman Achhal. She's from Morocco and I guess it could be said that she's living the American Dream. Her training is in jiu jitsu. So obviously Iman's strategy is not to get knocked out because Felice certainly has the power to do that. So Iman immediately goes for the clinch at the start of round one. She doesn't do much with it but Felice doesn't do anything to escape and got chewed out by trainer Alex Trujillo between rounds. Of course the ref could have forced Iman to do more but he didn't and she narrowly won round one. Felice came back in round two and scored with some punches and Iman was bruised under the eye. Felice still had problems with the clinch but did better and won round two. Round three was also close but Iman scored with two takedowns and followed them up enough to win a split decision. Felice didn't do enough to get the win and obviously needs to work on her ground defense. Iman's strategy was effective and anyone facing Felice should do the same thing until it doesn't work anymore. Felice has a fight on Apr. 10 against an opponent TBA for the XFO. She has potential and was the pre-fight favourite but she needs to do more to win. Enjoy the fight!