Reaction MMA at Arnolds 2012
Reaction MMA 2nd Overall at Arnolds 2012 Event
A great time was had by Reaction MMA Team members at the 2012 Arnolds Sports Festival in Columbus, OH. The team was happy to obtain a 2nd Place Overall finish considering the smaller team size and having some fighters on the sidelines with injuries. Standouts were Coach Rob Nickerson (Gold – Brown Belt gi <169.9 lbs), Meredith McNeely (Gold – Girls <120 lbs, gi) and Rocky Steel (2 Golds - Boys <80 lbs, gi and nogi). There were large teams from Ribeiro, Gracie Barra, Bad Dog MMA, and others from Detroit and Pennsylvania. Several smaller teams attended from all over the Midwest. It was a well run event and the team is already planning to attend with a larger and stronger team next year. The younger boys were excited about meeting Forest Griffin and Randy Couture during the expo. Perhaps the biggest highlight was attending the Strikeforce event at Nationwide Arena and watching MMA history as Rowdy Rhonda Rousey convincingly took the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Title from Miesha Tate with a wicked armbar. We had 6 members of the kids team, and 5 members of the Adult team if we count Timmy as an adult. Three of the kids and Timmy also competed in the kickboxing event which will be described in another post. Wolfie and Matt, despite both being injured and unable to compete, were extremely helpful to the team as coaches, trainers and moral support.