2 New Pros, 2 More Wins!

Published on June 12, 2014

BJJ Conquest is proud to add two new professional fighters to our ranks after an awesome 2-0 performance on June 7th 2014 at Glory Fights. Held in Woodbridge, Virginia, it was not only the debut of Glory Fights, a new up and coming MMA promotion in the MD/DC/VA area, but also the pro debut for Conquest fighters Tony Dabbondanza and Elijah “E” Gbollie. Both fighters trained hard and came in prepared for their first showing on the professional stage. Let’s just say the night went very well…

First to fight was Tony. Entering the professional arena after amassing a perfect 7-0 amateur record, Tony had the attention of promoters and fighters throughout the area. He was up against a much older fighter in Mahmoud Mohaghegh of Kaizen MMA. Knowing Mahmoud was a world class Judo player and wrestler, Tony came out looking to keep the fight on his feet. It was a back in forth war for two rounds. Mahmoud demonstrated an impressive chin as he prevented Tony from stopping him on the feet despite being rocked several times. Tony was able to defend the takedowns well, but had to work back to his feet a few times. In the third round, both fighters answered the bell tired, but hungry for the win. Mahmoud was able to land a takedown but landed into Tony’s triangle choke. Unable to finish it in the first round, Tony was able to dig deep, tighten the choke, and prevent Mahmoud from powering out. The fight was stopped about mid way through the third by tap out due to triangle choke. In victory, Tony now moves to 1-0 and begins his dream journey to the UFC. The fight was later awarded Fight of the Night honors by Glory. Congrats to both fighters for a great show.

Big E was up next, just two fights after Tony. E was due for a win after coming off an arguably early stoppage loss in the WKA World Championships for his last amateur fight. His opponent, Kyle Dunmeyer, was coming in with a 7-0 amateur record, and known to be a grappling specialist. E headed into the cage ready to take the fight where it needed to go, but was looking to keep it standing. As expected, Kyle almost immediately looked for the takedown. E was able to shuck off two to three attempts with ease and you could see the shock in Kyle’s eyes. Realizing he had stopped his opponents best attempts, E immediately went on the offensive and let his hands go, landing numerous strikes to the head. Eventually he shot is and successfully got the the takedown. E went right to work and started raining down ground and pound bombs forcing Kyle to give up his back. It was more of the same, for the last minute of the first round. E landed repeated punches and did a staggering amount of damage. Kyle toughed it out until the end of round, but took too much damage and couldn’t answer the bell for the second. E was awarded the win by TKO in impressive fashion.

As always, both fighters made the Conquest Team, Vicente Junior Team, family and friends very proud with their professional performance and sportsmanship. Congratulations to both guys on a great demonstration of why you deserve to be considered pros. A big thanks goes out to all members of the Conquest family who came out to support, and to Glory Fights for putting on a great show. We’re looking forward to the next one. Click through the photos below to see some of the action.





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