Flloyd got to grips with gold

A mixed martial arts show is planned for the end of this month by Proving Ground promoter Chris Dinan and one of his fighters who hopes to be matched is Flloyd Moxam who last Friday in Toronto was triumphant at an international grappling show in Canada.

While the world’s attention was focused on the royal wedding, Moxam competed in the Grapplers Quest Tournament at the Ultimate Fighting Championships Fan Expo in Toronto.

The tournament and expo served as a lead into the largest MMA fight in North American history with over 55,000 people attending UFC 129 between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields.

The Grapplers Quest event was the largest ever hosted with 80,000 fans attending. With over 740 competitors and 140 teams competing in the tournament, Moxam competed in the light heavyweight division.

“I won my first bout on points without being scored on,” he said. “I won my second bout with an Achilles lock submission assuring me a medal and a spot in the finals. In the finals I went on to win on points again without being scored on securing the gold medal.

“Leading into the tournament I was trained by UFC veteran Jordan Radev and local MMA veteran Ronny Carroll. Ronny was also in Toronto at the tournament and coached me through my bouts.

“Leif Ristimaki and Danny Lemarco also helped me a lot in getting prepared, showing up daily to the gym as sparring partners. I could not have accomplished what I did without the great team of guys I had helping me.

“I had lots of support from family, friends and teammates which made winning possible. Hopefully competing and winning at Grapplers Quest will bring more attention to the local grappling and mixed martial arts community which has seemed to have fallen off in recent years.

“There are very talented guys training and competing in the Cayman Islands and it would be nice to see MMA return in a big way.

UFC stars Ryan Bader and Aaron Simpson have both competed here and it would be nice to see high profile fighters return to local cards.

“I’m looking forward to competing locally again but there seems to be a shortage of local fighters. I’d like to compete against someone from one of the local martial arts schools or gyms.

“These schools are always competing internationally but it would be nice to see some of the talent compete locally as well. I think it will help develop more of a fan base locally and help the sport continue to grow.”

Upcoming Proving Ground is set for 28 May at Margaritaville Sponsored by Xtreme Sports, Coors Light and Cayman Fight Factory and is sure to be another exciting event. Dinan said: “We have both MMA and boxing for fans to look forward to. Some of the highlight fights to look forward to are Dave Valez against Matthew Bone and Chris Smith versus Ryan Rosario in what are sure to be two quick paced bouts.

“Local charmer Lewis Wilson takes on Maples staffer Stuart Wilson, new to island and from the UK, he’s likely to give Lewis a real run for his money.

“Our main event and a fight that could well turn into a serious brawl is where Proving Ground veteran Tim Coulson will face local celebrity Andrew Ford in a full contact MMA bout.

“Now, anyone who has seen Tim fight knows how exciting he is to watch. And those of us who know Andrew know he is no quitter and a strong fighter. I doubt this fight will go to the judges for decision.”

Dinan promises there will be other fights on the card and fans can expect a great show. He is hopeful of finding Moxam a local opponent.

Tickets will be available at Margaritaville and all Jacques Scott stores from 15 May and range from $15 to $30.
Other fighters interested in boxing or MMA can contact Dinan at [email protected] or call 926 2033.

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