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Sylvan Lake man wins amatuer MMA debut

Grady Behrens competed in the Havoc 13 MMA event on Nov. 16

Sylvan Lake native Grady Behrens and Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake student, competed on Nov. 16 as part of the Havoc 13 MMA event. The event was held in Red Deer at the Sheraton events center. Grady ended up winning a unanimous decision after three exciting rounds.

He was matched up against Reese Burberry from UFC Gym in Red Deer. Grady weighted in at 181 pounds and Reese weighted in at 186 pounds. This matchup was an amateur debut for both fighters, and they put on a great show.

Grady came out in Round One and dominated the standing striking exchanges. He landed a number of strong leg kicks that could be heard throughout the room.

Round Two started out similar but ended up going to the ground with Grady attempting an armbar submission.

Round Three was the same as the second round, but again, super exciting! MMA empire, the reporters for Havoc MMA, described it as “highly entertaining”.

“This was a great showing for Grady,” said his coach Renshi Ken Sumner from Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake. “Grady put so much work in for this fight, and it really shows. I’m so proud of the transformation he has made, being nearly 250 pounds, 18 months ago. He’s just starting now!”

Grady grew up in Sylvan Lake and recently graduated from H.J. Cody High School. He has been a part of Arashi-Do for the last five years and continues to train and teach there.

-Submitted by Ken Sumner


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