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Carlson Gracie Team MMA Goes 3 - 0 at Invasion Chicago

March 19th, 2012


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Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- On Friday the 16th of March 2012 at the Congress Theater in Chicago, the hard work and dedication that Carlson Gracie Team fighters put into preparing for fights was evident. Carlson Gracie Team was able to go a perfect 3 - 0 for the night, and it did not seem that there was anything that was going to stop that from happening.


The first Carlson Gracie Team member to fight on the Invasion Chicago card was Aaron Brooks. This was Aaron's MMA debut, and he was not short of support. Sam Ferguson, Danny Morales and Tom Shoaff were just a few of the Carlson Gracie Team fighters that were there to support Aaron. Aaron was able to show off his submission game as he was able to get MMA Underground fighter, Zack Sesko, to tap with to an armbar 2:51 into the 3rd round. After the fight, Aaron was overcome with emotions as his fellow teammates stormed into the cage to congratulate Aaron on a successfull MMA debut.


The biggest support crowd though had to be for Audrey Pang. Her previous fights have been away from Chicago, making it difficult for her friends and family to attend. But with her sixth fight being in Chicago, her supporters made sure not to miss this one. Audrey entered the cage against Faith Profit, who was able to catch Audrey with a few punches, but was unable to do any damage. Immediately, Audrey was able to utlize her strong wrestling game and took the fight to the ground, where she immediately moved into the mount position and used her ground and pound to finish her opponent with a TKO due to strikes 1:12 into the first round. As soon as the referee, stepped in to call the fight, the crowd of Audrey supporters errupted, giving her probably the loudest ovation of the night.


The third Carlson Gracie Team fighter and main event of the evening was the Muay Thai phenom, Mike Reid. Mike entered the cage this night against a familiar opponent, an opponent that previously defeated him. He went up against Georgia native Andrew Ballenger, who towers over Mike Reid. The height was not a factor though. Mike was able to utilize his striking as he targeted the body all night. The effect that the body attack had on Andrew Ballenger was evident as Reid was able to knock him down twice in the second round. If it was not for the bell, Andrew Ballenger might not have made it out of the second round. You could see that Ballenger was exhausted in between rounds as he had trouble standing on his own. It seemed that a light breeze might be able to knock him back down at this point, but instead it was a right hand delivered by Reid that dropped Ballenger for the third time. This time though, he was not able to beat the count and Mike was able to redeem his previous lose.


Whether it is for a debut fight, a homecoming fight, or for a rematch, the Carlson Gracie Team fighters are always ready for the next fight and their teammates are always supportive of them.

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