MANASSAS PARK, Va. – Fighting in the UFC is a dream that many fighters pursue. Getting to the big show means paying your dues in challenging bouts early in your career. For Josh Aguero, one more small step in the pursuit of this dream had been completed on Saturday at the OO Fights XXII MMA event. In the co-main event, Josh Aguero squared off with an MMA fighter from Integrated Combat Sports in Langston, Pa. for the OO Fights amateur Bantamweight title.
Josh Aguero’s camp consisted of training for nine weeks in different dojos to hone his skills. His mentor, UFC veteran Aaron Riley, pushed him at the Yamasaki Springfield academy, testing his limits daily. Riley said of his student, “A lot of it was mental training for this match too, but we already physically push him hard with conditioning and technical.” As a brown belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Aguero kept his training consistent at the Pedro Sauer academy in Sterling, Va. Time training was also spent at the Yamasaki academy in Woodbridge, Va.
But using his jiu-jitsu was not his first plan of attack.
“My game plan was actually to use more standup,” said Aguero.
The fight didn’t go as planned. It started when Michael Serrano started off the bout with a flurry of punches. “He actually kind of rocked me a little bit with one of the punches, and that kind of made me hesitant to want to strike with him a little more,” said Aguero.
Aguero then shot in on Serrano, who met his shot attempt with a sprawl. After getting to their feet and tying up, Josh Aguero went to Serrano’s side and got the takedown. From there, it was the methodical grappling that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is known for. After passing the half guard and going to mount, Serrano turned over and gave Aguero is back, giving Aguero the win by rear naked choke.
“It looks like he executed a very good game plan, almost a flawless game plan tonight,” said Aaron Riley.
As one of the highlights of the evening, Josh Aguero was awarded “Fight of the Year” by OO Fights. Aguero said of the honor, “They gave me fight of the year for my second MMA fight against Kevin Chung,” a bout that Aguero lost by decision. “It was a great honor, I honestly do not remember the fight because I got hit with a knee in the first round and fought on instinct for two more rounds. I’m glad everyone liked the fight.”
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