Wal­lace Falls Short In UFC Op­por­tu­nity

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - By DEN­NIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oak­dale­leader.com

Oak­dale’s Buddy Wal­lace com­peted in the new hit se­ries, Dana White’s Tues­day Night Con­tender Se­ries on Tues­day, Aug. 15. Wal­lace, who trains out of Oak­dale Mixed Mar­tial Arts Academy, trav­eled to Las Ve­gas to take on Charles Byrd in front of Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship owner Dana White and other UFC rep­re­sen­ta­tives. How­ever, Wal­lace was caught off guard by Byrd in the sec­ond round, re­sult­ing in a loss via rear naked choke.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence over­all. I took my girl­friend out there for her birth­day. Pro­fes­sor Tom (The­o­fanopou­los) flew in and my man­ager Ja­son House was there for me as well,” Wal­lace said of the sup­port he re­ceived in Las Ve­gas.

Prior to the fight Wal­lace did not lack con­fi­dence. He was calm and ready to go to bat­tle.

“I felt like I be­longed, I still feel like I be­long there (UFC); I can com­pete at that level of com­pe­ti­tion. I just need to make a few ad­just­ments for next time,” Wal­lace said.

Early in the fight, Wal­lace came out the ag­gres­sor and ap­peared to have Byrd where he wanted him. How­ever in the sec­ond round, Byrd de­liv­ered heavy blows of his own that sur­prised Wal­lace.

“He came at me with some big hits and rocked me. I made some mis­takes, I wasted a lot of my en­ergy on a choke that I should not have done. In the sec­ond round I had him on the ground but I did not lock in my hold and Byrd re­versed it and locked in that rear naked choke,” Wal­lace ex­plained. “Hon­estly look­ing back I should have been more ag­gres­sive on the ground and pound but I did not.”

This loss will not slow down Wal­lace as he is al­ready plan­ning out his next move.

“I al­ready reached out to see if I can com­pete at the next Global Knock­out event,” he said.

Wal­lace is the sec­ond fighter from Oak­dale to ap­pear on the show in re­cent weeks. Last month An­gel DeAnda also fought in Las Ve­gas.

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