Placerville, California was host to the West Coast Fighting Championship this Saturday and Team Gracie Fighter was represented by team members, Mike Persons and Darin Cooley. Persons opened the show, making quick work of his opponent with a triangle choke submission at just 1:05 of the first round.
Later on the card it was time for Darin “Whitey” Cooley to face off against Mike Christensen from the AKA academy. Whitey, a Brownbelt under Cesar Gracie has shown dramatically improved striking capabilities. Throughout the fight he outboxed Christensen, landing crisp jabs and a solid right hand, while also securing 2 takedowns in the first round to take a lead going into the second.
In the 2nd round Christensen was able to land into top position but he was hardly safe in the dangerous guard of the jiu-jitsu ace. Whitey was able to land a omoplata to triangle setup that had Christensen tapping. Whitey now improves to 5-1 and will be looking for bigger things in 2012 at the 145lbs weight class.