Lloyd Irvin black belt and multiple-time IBJJF World Champion Mahamed Aly took on Oleksandr Karliychuk at the New York Open recently.
Oleksandr pulled guard almost immediately, grabbing at Aly’s gi to try to pull him in. Aly, however, was able to pass and take the back. Karliychuk rolled out and grabbed Mahamed’s ankle before he could get mount. He swept Aly, but wasn’t able to keep him down.
The two went back to standing, and again Oleksandr pulled guard. This time, he was able to pull Mahamed into guard, but wasn’t able to keep him in it. Karliychuk gave up his back and Aly took it, but wasn’t able to get his hooks in.
Oleksandr escaped out the back, and now it was Mahamed’s turn to play some guard. Karliychuk, however, could not pass and at one point almost got swept onto his back.
The two then played some 50-50 as Oleksandr hunted for an ankle. He didn’t have enough time to sink anything in, though, and the match ended with Mahamed Aly getting his hand raised.
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Last modified: July 20, 2017