written by Bjorn
I want to present to all of you one of the fighters in my stall I'm the most proud of. Vlad is an FA pick up of mine and I can't believe how lucky I was to pick him up. The minute I saw him in the FA list, I fell in love with the fighter. He has an unmatched chin and some great power as well. I looked at his previous managers and I saw three top notch managers. I knew enough. He might be an older fighter, but I guarantee you he is far from gone!
He lost his last three fights before he got released by his manager and I suppose many managers who saw that were thinking that he was on the downside of his career. I guess they were wrong .
Vlad was able to sign a contract at EVO and was ready to fight the best guys in the world. In his debut, he won a lopsided unanimous decision victory 27-30 . His second fight in the promotion was a tougher fight against a submission fighter. His opponent kept trying to submit Vlad, but he showed great defensive grappling and was able to get out of trouble each time.
That he didn't lose badly in his third fight surprised me. He was facing one of the best fighters in his weight class and only lost in a closely contested decision 29-28. Losing against Lance Templeton, a fighter managed by Dean Sutherland, is no catastrophy at all.
I was actually proud of Vlad's his performance and I'm sure he made a lot of fans in that fight.
After this close loss, he faced of against another top opponent , Oswaldo Sanchez . He is managed by Dirk Copeland , another top manager. I think the judges were drunk that night as they somehow scored it a draw.
After the fight I sat down with Vlad and the only thing he said was " Rematch! ". I contacted Dirk and he was ok with it. His fighter shared the same feeling.
About two weeks after their first fight, the two met again in the centre of the cage. This time around, Vlad had no intention to let it go to the judges. By executing a gameplan consisting of kickboxing and takedowns, he was getting the better of Sanchez before he was able to finish him later in round 2. Never lose your concentration in a fight!
" Sanchez looks up at the clock. Bad move! The Impaler lands a right hand from hell, dropping Sanchez. The Impaler pounces and finishes the fight with a flurry of punches and elbows. "
It was a nice way to end the fight, and Vlad told me he was happy to prove he still has what it takes. We will contact the owner of EVO soon to hear what potential fights he has in mind for Vlad. Don't count Vlad out yet. He will try to make one last run to the top.
His great fans will give him the confidence and willpower to achieve what nobody expected.
Watch out guys, a new Rocky story seems in the making!