Francis Tiapis wins Ax Fighting MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Francis Tiapis wins Ax Fighting MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver






The New Ax Fighting MMA Champion is Francis Tiapis representing Posener’s MMA Vancouver. Francis wins the title in the second round by rear naked choke submission.  Many members of our team and Instructor team helped Francis get the belt but first, here is what happened. My interpretation is based on memory and I haven’t seen any video of the fight.



Round 1: The fight was largely on the feet with striking and wrestling. Both fighters exchanged and wrestled for position. Francis had an edge in striking and was able to defend the cage work and put Hunter against the cage. Francis also did some good ground and pound from the top half guard. Unfortunately Francis broke his hand in the first round. The break has been confirmed. It was a good round for both fighters. Francis was ready and Hunter demonstrated he was well versed in the cage and had good experience, as his 15 mma fights would indicate.



Round 2: I think Francis knew his hand was injured badly and he decided to put the fight on the ground. Hunter was able to maintain guard but Francis was able to pass to half guard, execute ground and pound and then pass guard. Hunter re guarded and the Jiu-Jitsu battle was on. I instructed Francis to pass more strongly and stabilize the north south position, which Hunter utilized his pendulum to re guard and Francis had to battle for another pass and transition to north south position again and he was successful. He then worked to mount, held mount, stabilized mount and during the transitions Francis was able to maintain top position and sink in the rear naked choke for the submission victory and claim the title. It was a very exciting match and huge congratulations to Francis on taking the title with a clean, clear victory. Thank you to Hunter and his team, as they are great competitors and a good group.


Special thanks to our awesome instructor team and assistants: Costa Rojas, George Kassimatis, Paul Gibbons, Minna Kim, Victor Tiapis, Gus Rodriquez for the strength and conditioning and all the other members of the school who helped out.. Thank you from Posener’s MMA Vancouver.


Here is some information on our Pankration/MMA Vancouver and Submission Wrestling/ Jiu-Jitsu program:


Vancouver’s ultimate Submission Wrestling training for: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Self Defense, Fitness, Mental Discipline and Sport.

Our Submission Wrestling classes utilize techniques adapted from free-style wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – BJJ Vancouver, “Catch-as-catch-can” (Folk American wrestling), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. These techniques are modified to be applicable for Pankration, MMA fighting (Mixed Martial Arts) and Submission wrestling as a sport. Our submission wrestling classes are a subsection of our Pankration curriculum.

It is the blending of our striking within the grappling context that makes our style unique and distinctive.
Whether it is the blending of striking and grappling to and from clinching, to take-downs, to ground fighting with submissions, our style is geared towards practicality.

Since our style and curriculum has a broad range of techniques, the individual student has the ability and potential to express their skills to the fullest degree.

Our classes provide an excellent physical workout developing muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio vascular fitness and flexibility. In the process of training and getting in great shape, the student will be learning techniques that are useful for self-defence and sport.

Our classes are taught by experienced martial artists emphasizing discipline and respect with the aim of helping the student achieve their goals while enjoying the process and developing camaraderie. Many of the students and instructors have been successful using the school’s style in pankration/mixed martial arts and submission wrestling competition.

Here is our website link: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Strength and Conditioning