Bianca Stander may have taken a leaf out of Aneesha Mayman’s ebook on day two of the Mixed Martial Arts South African Amateur Championship.
The latter pulled off one of many upsets of the day after incomes a unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) win over the Professional Fighting Championship strawweight champion on the AMMA Underground in Edenvale on Saturday.
In the elimination structured occasion, Aneesha did nicely to hearken to her coach and keep on with her strengths and game-plan, neutralising her opponent who’s famend for her robust floor recreation.
Bianca was a whole shell of the athlete who beat Aneesha’s PFA (Professional Fighting Academy) teammate, Jessica Mouneimne late final year to earn the PFC title.
That struggle noticed a well-prepared Jessica dominate Bianca within the opening exchanges nearly closing the struggle with a locked-in armbar, nonetheless, a scarcity of killer intuition from Jessica coupled with the resilience of Bianca noticed the latter transition superbly with the improbable teaching voice of Ferdi Basson in her ear to see the Gauteng athlete stroll away with gold on the evening.
On Saturday, Bianca did not implement her gameplan or hearken to the technical and ever-present Gauteng coach, JP Kruger who has guided a lot of his athletes with aplomb this weekend, claiming a number of victories to date. Some – together with coach Ferdi, who couldn’t coach on account of being the Vice President of MMASA – consider it was the shortage of coach Ferdi’s voice that’s key to Bianca’s recreation.
But take nothing away from Aneesha, who remains to be very new to the struggle recreation.
“Heading into this tournament, I was 1-0,” says the Western Cape athlete who claimed two additional victories together with a win over Saskia Jade Jantjes by way of ref’s stoppage within the second spherical on Friday.
“It was vital for me to listen to my coach (Mike Mouneimne).
“I am more of a stand-up fighter, and I know she likes the ground, so I just stayed calm and listened to my coach to get through that first round. Bianca is a tough girl … strong, but I realised in the first round that she was tired. After that I knew I could take it,” says Aneesha who stuffed numerous takedowns and managed the space nicely, utilizing her robust stand-up expertise to choose away at her opponent.
“It was a great moment to have my hand raised after the fight. This has been such a whirlwind, I came here to get some Mixed Martial Arts fight experience and of course, you hope for the best, but I can’t believe I am in the final,” says Aneesha who has solely been coaching MMA for two years now.
In the finals on Sunday – which may resolve who qualifies for International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Championship in Kazakhstan happening later this year, – Aneesha will face Gauteng’s Cassandra Le Roux – who medalled within the 2018 IMMAF World Championship – within the last of the strawweight division.
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