Francis Tiapis wins at BFL 40 for MMA Vancouver from Posener’s Pankration
Francis Tiapis did an excellent fight against a tough well skilled opponent at BFL 40 in his 2nd MMA Vancouver fight. He won by unanimous decision 30- 27 on all 3 scorecards. He showed a balanced well rounded skill set of effective striking, good offensive and defensive wrestling skills, and good groundwork with effective positional controls, ground and pound for damage, and GNP for improving position and setting up submissions.
Here are some highlights of each round: Largely off memory. It is not perfect and just a rough biased perspective. 🙂 I haven’t had time to look at the video besides a very quick perusal.
Francis lands some effective strikes, as does the opponent, and Binderpaul puts him to the cage. Francis did well defending the cage attacks, got wrist control, pummeled in to a better position and reversed the position and got out of danger. He put Binderpaul’s back against the cage. He attempted a takedown and they disengaged and did some striking. During an initial exchange Binderpaul got Francis’s back and attempted to put Francis in danger. However, Francis was able to reverse position, scramble and get on top. Now Fancis uses some of his GNP, passes guard, isolates and arm, does more GNP and challenges for a submission with a couple of catches. Binderpaul defends quite well but Francis is on the offensive and established clear dominance in the round.
This rounds starts with both fighters trading some combinations. Francis seems, in my opinion, to land cleaner and more effective muay thai combinations. Binderpaul goes to the ground due to strikes and partially losing balance. Francis goes on top and works his GNP. Francis gets mount and looks like he may finish the fight. He maintains mount for a good portion of the round and challenges for the choke and more GNP. Binderpaul defends well and is very competitive showing good spirit, heart, and skill on the ground. Towards the end of the round Francis goes for one of his stronger submissions, the arm bar and gets close but Binderpaul defends well. The round ends soon after the armbar attempt. This was an exciting good round for Francis.
This round the fighters exchange and go to the ground quite quickly. Both fighters have been working very hard and putting all they had into the first 2 rounds. They are both a little tired. Francis seems to have good, or better, strength and conditioning; with some training in with Gus Rodriquez in the S@C classes and his own homework. Most of the round is with Francis on top in Binderpaul’s guard. They battle for posture, grips and GNP. Francis keeps a strong edge, does a lot of GNP and finishes the round landing good strikes from the guard. He is close to our instructions and finishes the round with a strong flurry of GNP. This was another strong round for Francis.
This was an excellent fight for both fighters. They both had well rounded skills and strong spirit. It was good for Francis to have a good match and get some cage time. He is healthy, undamaged and enjoying the competitive experience. We are certainly looking forward to Francis showing the next level of progress.