Caged Fury Fighting Champions (CFFC) started their own submission only grappling event in 2021. They use similar rules like Fight 2 Win (Advantage) where if a submission does not happen, judges decide the winner. Nothing new, right?
However, this event featured a lot of MMA fighters, many from the UFC roster where the rule for matches like that said, “no heel hooks for fighters on UFC roster.” Back in the day, when I started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu heel hooks or any submissions that would reap the knee were considered taboo, and usually were not taught until the rank of purple belt was achieved.
Now, with the wealth of knowledge on-line folks don’t need to wait for the academies to show them these moves, they can seek them out on line. Still, there’s a time and place for sport jiu-jitsu and MMA, so to even the playing field, CFFC’s Fury Pro 3 eliminated those moves for sport grapplers and it seemed to work well.
Nicky Rod who competes on grappling circuits beat Steve Mowry, a Bellator heavyweight while the UFC’s Sean Brady was able to win against Craig Jones whose bread and butter is leg-locks and heel hooks. I hope Fury Pro has more events this year and blows grappling up more.
Too bad we can’t find a rule set for striking arts to compete on a more even playing field because, Triad Combat ain’t it despite what they say.