Connor McFarland fought his means via a gamut of feelings within the days main as much as his skilled blended martial arts debut, with anxiousness over the bout’s eventual end result being chief amongst them.
Because it turned out, issues labored out higher than he ever might’ve imagined.
McFarland defeated Matthew Santangelo through submission in a brisk 26 seconds at Cagezilla 62 on the Salisbury Heart in Manassas on Aug. 21.
“I’m supper proud of the outcomes,” mentioned McFarland, a 21-year-old who trains at Mountain Kim Martial Arts dojo in Culpeper. “I’m additionally very relieved to have the self-induced strain of successful my first combat lifted off my shoulders.”
McFarland used a face crank to make Santangelo faucet out. The bout was the shortest on the 10-match card.
“I’m very pleased with that,” McFarland mentioned of the fast end result. “To carry out that means in my first combat in entrance of all my supporters, it was actually particular.”
McFarland’s triumph was, in some ways, the end result of a decade-long journey. He started his martial arts coaching at Mountain Kim in 2012, initially specializing in taekwondo. In 2015, he added Brazilian jiu-jitsu and catch wrestling to his repertoire. Then in 2017, he began kickboxing.
“After I began kickboxing, that’s once I actually started doing what can be thought-about MMA,” mentioned McFarland, who has dabbled in judo and Muay Thai through the years as nicely. “The largest factor that pursuits me about MMA is the mixing of various types of martial arts. To observe one model is a good studying expertise, however to check myself by taking the very best components of assorted types and mixing them collectively offers me a possible sense of perfection that isn’t actually attainable in any other case.”