Combat Fitness/SBG Idaho athlete, Ricky Steele, remained unbeaten in his mixed martial arts career, running his career record to 3-0 with a win over Jay Pressley via unanimous decision at RFA 24 (March 6, Mystic Lake Casino, Minneapolis, MN).
Steele’s third professional victory was easily his most difficult as the fight was closely contested both in the striking and grappling exchanges. Steele had success throughout the fight landing solid kicks and knees to Pressley’s body, but ultimately, it was Steele’s offensive wrestling against the cage that carried the day.
Steele was able to score numerous takedowns each round and used strong top pressure and opportunistic ground and pound to pull ahead on the scorecards over the first two rounds. In the third, it was more of the same until Pressley was able to secure a tight triangle choke with roughly a minute remaining in the fight. With both athletes visibly exhausted and reserves running on empty, Pressley alternated between attacking the choke and Steele’s trapped arm. Demonstrating the heart of a champion, Steele managed to survive the attempts until the final bell, preserving the victory.
Congrats to “The Karate Kid” on a great win!!!