|David Grayson trains with his coach, Craig Blacklock, at WCF Blacklock's Vale Tudo. (Baconian Online photos by Jasmier J. Jones)|
David Grayson defeated Miles Martin via submission 44 seconds into the third round tonight at Tulsa's Hard Rock arena.
The former Bacone wrestler used a Guillotine Choke to take down the Sand Springs' opponent.
Watch for a post-fight story with complete backstage access and a photo gallery of Grayson in the ring.
When David Grayson went to his first mixed martial arts fight he didn't look at it as fighting.
“I looked at it as a sport,” he said. “It's grown men, going out there and testing their skills against each other.”
In fact, Grayson said he didn't want to fight.
“I'm not here to fight,” he said, taking said a break from his final training session before weigh in. “I didn't grow up fighting, or getting into trouble.”
Since then, he has won 17 belts via submission, and is a two-time World Jui Jitsu champion.
Grayson's last bout resulted in a win against Ozark, Mo. heavyweight Christian Adams, 1:33 into round two at the Hard Rock Casino's Xtreme Fight Night 9 in Tulsa last September.
Tonight the, 6-foot-2-inch heavyweight 2004 Bacone graduate, former Bacone wrestler, and current member of Bacone's board of trustees awaits his call for his Xtreme Fight Night match at the Hard Rock.
|Bacone alum David Grayson talks to the Baconian News Team about tonight's upcoming match.|
Grayson trains under Craig Blacklock at Blacklock's Vale Tudo in Tulsa, where he practices a mixture of jui jitsu, wrestling, judo, and ground fighting.
“We've had four guys back out at weigh in, the night before the fight,” the five year coach said.
But a canceled bout is not welcomed in David Grayson's world.
“It's disappointing, because look how hard I'm working,” he said.
“I've got family coming in from out of town. They've got rooms at the Hard Rock.”
Even his parents will attend.
“This will be their first one. They've been reluctant, because, I mean, it's your kid, you know?” Grayson said. “No one wants to watch their kid in a fight.”
MMA is a full contact sport with accidents and injuries involved. Having recently recovered from a Dec. 5 left knee meniscus surgery, Grayson is well aware of the risks.
“Two and a half weeks ago I was barely running, and four weeks ago, I wasn't running at all,” he said.
However, when Grayson enters the ring tonight, he said he will “the calm one.”
“I walk out into the ring, start a few breathing exercises, get accustomed to my surroundings, take a look around,” he said. “The more comfortable you feel in your environment, the better you're going to perform.”
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“Being in the stands is one thing; being the center of attention is another,” Grayson added. “At the time of the fight. It's just me, my opponent, and the ref. There's nothing else going on. All eyes are on you.”