Dream debut for Sam the MMA man

Wrestler Sam Oliver. Picture: Malcolm Billingham E0056MB
Wrestler Sam Oliver. Picture: Malcolm Billingham E0056MB

EPWORTH fighter Sam Oliver enjoyed a dream competitive debut in mixed martial arts as he forced his opponent to tap out in the second round.

Oliver locked in an arm bar which caused powerhouse Danny Randolf to quit 50 seconds into the second round at the Caged Steel Fighting Championships at the Dome in Doncaster.

It was an impressive performance from the 22-year-old submission specialist and one he was particularly pleased with.

Oliver said: “As a debut it couldn’t have gone much better than that and I’m over the moon with it.

“I had to be patient in there because he was a very strong lad who wasn’t going to let me have it all my own way.

“There’s stuff that I need to improve but as a starter, I’m very pleased.”

Oliver looked to apply the arm bar from the start of the fight but Randolf showed his strength by powering out of two strong attempts.

Maintaining his composure, Oliver managed to work his way in and locked in the hold which Randolf would not be able to escape from.

“I train with a guy who is unbelievable at resisting arm bars so it helped me stay patient in there,” Oliver said.

“That was something I needed because he was much stronger than I expected.

“He hit really hard as well.

“Striking is not my strong point and as the fights go on I think I’ll need to improve my boxing which is something I’ve already been working on.

“I didn’t really show much of that in this fight but I’m working on it.

“I’m a wrestler, I like to grapple and get the fight down on the floor.”

Oliver trains with the Gorilla Fight Team at Gainsborough MMA as well as spending time with the prestigious Gracie Barra, working on their Brazilian ju jitsu methods.

He has also spent time in Las Vegas at the Xtreme Couture gym, founded by mixed martial arts superstar turned actor Randy Couture.

He took more than 110 supporters to the Dome for his debut bout but the most vocal was his dad Alan.

Oliver said: “To sell that many tickets for my debut fight was unbelievable.

“And for such a good show to be in Doncaster is amazing.

“My dad was the only one I could hear during the fight, jumping about like the idiot he is.

“He’s incredibly passionate and it helps me out so much.”