Last Saturday night at NFC 76 in Atlanta, KnuckleUp added another title to the gym’s growing collection when member Austin Childers won the 135 pound championship with a second round knockout courtesy of a highlight reel head kick. Austin said he’d been working on the kickboxing move in the gym.
It was awesome. I followed a game plan all the way! I set it up with leg kicks. He was tall but I can throw head kicks at my coach who’s 6’3 so no problem–it was just timing and execution.
NFC 76 – Austin Childers vs Brien Calloway:
In other action, Eric Phillips won his second straight fight and female kickboxing dynamo Maryia Arlova lost via closely contested split decision.
We saw a chink in his armor at the end of the first round. I was able to exploit this in rounds two and three. I got off several hard body shots and appeared to have hurt him a couple of times. This was a fulfilling victory that forced me to make adjustments.
I’m not happy about the loss. But I am not upset either. Caressa Kibler has so much experience and I don’t feel ashamed losing to her. She just pointed out what I need to work on more.
Promoter David Oblas summed up the big event.
NFC 76 was our second complete sellout at Center Stage and something that no other promotion in Atlanta has ever been able to do. The night was a success as well in terms of KnuckleUp fighters. With the kick heard all the way to Buckhead, Austin Childers put himself on the map as one of Atlanta’s fighters to watch for. He’s now 5-0 and the new 135 lbs. GFC champion.