Tassotti squeezes out second win

IT WAS short and sweet for Kris Tassotti at the Maryborough Showgrounds on Friday night.

You can be sure it wasn’t so sweet for his rival.

The 29-year-old Hervey Bay school teacher won the second bout of his MMA (mixed martial arts) cage-fighting career and he won it in style.

Tassotti, who is trained by Tony Green, a former MMA fighter based in the Whale City, hammered his Gold Coast-based opponent into a submission just one and a half minutes into the opening round.

The former Fraser Coast Mariners Rugby Union Club representative, who weighed in at 114kgs for the heavyweight bout, got his rival into a hold on the floor, one the other fighter couldn’t escape.

The bout was one of the seven on the night in the Tapout Underground MMA series at the Heritage City venue.

Tapout Underground MMA is Australia’s premier MMA cage fighting series and more than 500 fans turned up to watch all the action unfold.

Tassotti was not surprisingly pleased with his performance.

“I am real happy with it to be honest,” Tassotti, who won his first fight on a points decision earlier this year, said.

“He was a big bloke (he weighed 123kg) so to get him in that hold was a good effort.

“Just goes to show size doesn’t mean everything in this sport.”

But it just wasn’t his win that pleased Tassotti.

“The crowd was fantastic,” he said.

“They gave us (the fighters) a great reception and they cheered everything – it was an awesome experience.

“The sport has a huge following and this turnout proved there is a need for fans here to get their fix of it.

“I really hope we can put on another show on the region sometime in the near future.”

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