Global Proving Ground 17 Review
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Hard hitting MMA action returned as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 17” from the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey on the GFL Combat Sports Network. GPG has quickly established itself as a rising combat sports promotion on the East Coast and this event further cemented their credibility within the region.
In the main event, Bellator vet Sam Oropeza (12-2) defeated another Bellator vet in Timothy Woods (7-5) via KO due to a slam in the first round. In the first round, the southpaw Oropeza went for a flying knee that was partially caught by Woods. Oropeza was able to close the distance with the move, though and once in the clinch, where he wrestled for control, got behind Woods and slammed him to the ground. Woods recovered and got up and Oropeza got the back of Woods and Woods, trying to shake Oropeza off his back, slammed himself and Oropeza into the mat with Woods getting the worst of it as he drove his own head into the mat where the impact knocked Woods out. Woods lay motionless for minutes and it was a scary sight, but he recovered enough to get to his fee and received a round of applause for his efforts. The bout received a lot of hype leading up to it because of Oropeza’s decision to leave Bellator for bigger and better fights and was risking a lot in this fight against the durable and dangerous Woods. With the win, Oropeza makes it 8 wins in a row.
In the co-main event, Abdula Dadaev (5-2) defeated Louis Johnson (3-2) via unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board. Dadaev dominated the fight with his wrestling and grappling as he was able to get Johnson on the mat and control the action in most instances and went for numerous submissions, mostly chokes, to finish the fight. Johnson showed off a great scramble game where he would explode from the bottom and end up on top and look to score with ground and pound, but Dadaev would use the change in position to work for kneebars and leg locks from the bottom. In the second round, Dadaev once again got the back of Johnson and went for rear naked chokes over and over again as Johnson defended, but didn’t do much else. The wrestling and control of Dadaev was too much for Johnson to overcome. In the third round, it was more of the same as Dadaev got the back of Johnson once again, and continued to rack up the riding time while keeping Johnson off of his feet and away from throwing his powerful strikes. Johnson used solid wrist control defense that kept Dadaev from getting the fight ending submission, but Dadaev was clearly the victor as he dominated the ground by being in dominant position 90% of the fight. Both fighters gave their all and Johnson should be commended for his defense, but in the end, Dadaev had racked up too many points due to controlling the action and pace of the fight.
East Coast MMA delivered again! Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as GPG presented “Global Proving Ground 17” exclusively at GFL.tv.