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Tai-Kai goes 3-0 at The Gladius MMA Fights this past weekend.







Fight One: Lee Duvall (Ultimate Athletics) vs. Ryan Balintfy (Tai Kai); 185 lbs

Both guys came out swinging in this one, with Balintfy quickly getting the better of the exchange. The Syracuse-area fighter rocked Duvall with a right hand, then dropped him to the mat. As Balintfy moved in to swarm his downed opponent, the referee quickly called a halt to the action just 16 seconds into the fight.

Fight Three: Nick Valente (Fight Team Ascension) vs. Steve Elsenbeck (Tai Kai); 160 lbs
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt Steve Elsenbeck showed very good technique from the bottom position in this fight. After Valente secured a take early into the round, Elsenbeck quickly secured wrist control and worked methodically for the triangle choke from high guard. Valente managed to fight out of one triangle, but Elsenbeck re-secured it and got the tap at 1:41 of Round 1.

Fight Seven: Mike Bennett (Five Element MMA) vs. Bryce Tallini (Tai Kai); 135-pound title fight.

In a battle of I-81, Mike Bennett of Binghamton faced off with Bryce Tallini of Syracuse for the Gladius Bantamweight title. This fight was largely a grappling match, with both men showing solid technique while battling for position on the floor

Tallini won all three rounds, but the action was close in each of them, as Bennett worked with dogged determination to secure a choke from bottom position. Despite the vast majority of the fight taking place on the ground, the referee did not need to issue a single standup warning to the fighters for being inactive. This is a rarity, and both fighters deserve credit for maintaining such a brisk grappling pace for three straight rounds.

As the Gladius bantamweight champion, Tallini will join Team Syracuse Gladius to face off against the visiting team from Tennessee in Cortland next month.