Gruber Victorious at NAAFS. Sets sights on Future Pro Debut

Brett receiving his purple belt

Brett Gruber returned to the cage last night at NAAFS Proving Grounds in Streetsboro Ohio, after a 7 month layoff.  His last fight was a tough decision loss in the 2010 NAAFS Bantamweight Amateur Championship finals.  Brett took on a tough experienced Nate “The Robot” Mango (12-6) in a featured bout.

Brett took care of business rather quickly.  He countered a take down from Mango and secured a guillotine choke from the guard, which he then reversed to the full mount.  He secured the tap out in 1:30 in the first round.

Now at 5-3, Brett is going to turn his focus on pursuing a professional MMA career with a pro debut, hopefully, by the end of the year.

Derek Schultz, also on the card last night, lost a controversial unanimous decision.  While the first round went to his opponent, Derek established effective cage control and was the dominant grappler in rounds 2 and 3 which many believed to be the difference.  The judges however disagreed and appeared to have scored round 2 differently (he clearly won round 3 and almost secured a submission.) Regardless, he fought with determination from wire to wire and will also be back by the end of the year.