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THE GAME VS HAJA

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“French Phenom Arnaud “THE GAME” Lepont Overcomes Unbeaten Krzysztof “HAJA” Hajtalowicz at DARE 2/2012

DARE Championship, Thailand’s only professional mixed martial arts organization, was formed last year and is already going from strength to strength. The card for the fourth event, held at Insomnia Night Club in Bangkok,  was the best to date featuring 14 fighters from the region all of whom had professional experience and headlined by the historic clash between Arnaud THE GAME Lepont and Krzysztof HAJA Hajtalowicz.

Both Lepont and Hajtalowicz are long term residents of Thailand, although the Frenchman recently moved to Malaysia to join the team of Muayfit. Hajtalowicz, from Poland, booked his spot in the quarter finals of the DARE welterweight tournament courtesy of a second round submission win over Wiktor Svensson while Lepont got past Jian Kai Chee.

The fight between the two was the most eagerly anticipated MMA match ever held in Thailand and a capacity crowd gathered at the Insomnia Night Club to see which of these two warriors would book their spot in the semi finals and take a step closer to winning the $125,000 USD prize money.

Loud music and lasers were the order of the day as the fans were treated to the sort of intense audio visual experience which they have come to associate with DARE. Hajtalowicz has won numerous BJJ competitions and is renowned for his ground game while Lepont has more experience in the cage and has a reputation as being an extremely aggressive fighter.

The Frenchman landed a couple of hooks early in the fight and Hajtalowicz ended up on his back with Lepont doing some damage from within his guard. However the Polish fighter was extremely active and after multiple submission attempts was able to reverse the position.

Lepont looked a little uncomfortable and ate a few hard shots but was able to survive strikes and submissions and work his way to his feet. Hajtalowicz obviously had a gameplan and used his superior height to clinch and land a series of devastating knees some of which connected clean with the face of the French fighter.

It appeared that the Polish submission specialist was getting the better of the stand up exchanges as he clasped his hands around his opponent’s neck and dominated him in the clinch, landing shots which seemed to leave Lepont on wobbly legs.

A Hajtalowicz win seemed inevitable at this stage but just when Lepont looked a spent force he was able to somehow sink in a standing guillotine choke while defending a takedown. The fight veered spectacularly, as only an MMA contest can, mere seconds after he had seemed to be firmly in the driving seat Hajtalowicz found himself forced to tap as Lepont pulled guard and squeezed for all he was worth.

It was an incredible come from behind performance which saw Lepont pull out the guillotine from nowhere just as he appeared to be on the brink of defeat. With his fifth consecutive win the French fighter improved to 8-1 and progressed to the semi finals, sending out the following warning,

“I will never give up and as long as I am alive the fight is never over because I am prepared to die in the cage. I knew I was losing the round but I was patient and waited for my opportunity. People think he is going to beat me because he is good on the ground but it is not Ju Jitsu it is MMA. He was very strong in the clinch, I didn’t think he would have the balls to strike with me but he did. This is my last fight as a welterweight, it is not my natural weight and after this I will be dropping to 155 lbs.”

 

Dare Fight Sports

17.3.2012

Bangkok”