ProMMAnow.com broke the news earlier this year that 2004 Olympian Rhadi Ferguson was making the transition to professional mixed martial arts, so it was an extra special treat for us to witness Rhadi in action Saturday night in just his second pro fight.
Dr. Ferguson, representing American Top Team, took on local Nashville fighter Jeremy Boczulak at Gameness Fighting Championship 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday night. Boczulak came into the bout 1-0, after Ferguson’s original opponent pulled out a few days prior.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Ferguson. As a judo Olympian and BJJ black belt, I knew he was sick on the ground, but definitely didn’t anticipate his striking, quickness, footwork and head movement while standing. He was very light on his feet, used great leg kicks and even used some type of crazy Anderson Silva-esque trip early in the bout.
Ferguson is a freak of an athlete. If you aren’t familiar with his role in the MMA world, or the sports world in general, then it’s hard to comprehend just what he brings to the table. His strength and conditioning programs and scientific approach to training is legendary and it is going to be very fun to watch his pro MMA progression.
Complete results and details from Gameness Fighting Championship 8 can be found here: GFC 8 full results.