Photo by Jorden Curran
As one of the top breakthrough nation’s at this year’s #2016IMMAFWorlds, New Zealand’s National MMA Team have notched up a series of impressive victories, having traveled to Las Vegas with 13 game competitors and vocal support from the sidelines.
The Kiwi team secured one of it’s most stunning victories of the Championships so far, courtesy of Women’s Flyweight contender Jess Bradley whose first round victory over the USA’s Ashley Hancock boasted some fearsome knockout power.
The valiant Hancock displayed heart and durability after being dropped within the bout’s opening seconds. Having recovered, the American looked to be heading towards the second stanza and a well earned breather between rounds. However, as the very final second ticked away, Bradley uncorked a straight right hand on the moment of the bell that sent her opponent to the canvas.
Hancock was seemingly saved by the end of the round, but was on critically unstable legs and there was no option but for the bout to be stopped as she sat upon he stool.
In the Women’s Flyweight semi-final Bradley will face Sweden’s Gabriella Ringblom who displayed well educated boxing skills of her own when claiming Silver at the 2015 European Open.
On the opposite side of the 125lb bracket, the USA’s Kelsey Gollihar meets Finland’s Anette Österberg.
You can view the brackets over at MyNextMatch.com.
Click HERE for full results and bout schedule of the 2016 IMMAF World Championships.
Written by IMMAF.org lead writer and website manager, Jorden Curran