I tried several takedown attempts from a single leg to an outside leg trip, but I couldn't get the set up in and my follow up was horrible. I pulled half guard a couple of times, turtled up, tried to get something going, but my opponent was on top of it today. I was pretty much in the bottom the whole time, until my opponent got a kimura on me.
I was disappointed in the loss, but I did learn several lessons on what I should of done on the failed takedown attempts. My timing was off on the most part, because I didn't roll enough before the tournament. My ribs did feel okay and I came out healthy. The biggest part for me was that I was one step behind the whole time and I didn't let myself loose. I probably was overthinking things out, since I was analyzing my opponent at the same time.
I would like to thank my teammates from Force Balance BJJ, Westside Training Center, and Tapout Training Center for helping me out, my sponsors, my family, my friends, and my coach, Steve Cardenas, for being there. I got several pointers after the match from my coach, I will work on them this week, starting tomorrow. The only positive aspect after this match was that my opponent said that I was really strong, I guess I can take that compliment. Up next is Abu Dhabi West Coast Trials next Sunday. My main goal is still the Master's Worlds. I'm trying to get all the experience that I can get before then.