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Gracie Barra New Mexico’s David Binder Grinds Out Gusty Decision Win in the Finals of The 104.1 The Edge Fight Challenge


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gracie Barra New Mexico’s David Binder (1-0) earned the first win of his mixed martial arts career with a three-round decision (29-28 on all cards) over his opponent Henry Barahona (0-1) in the finals of the 104.1 The Edge Fight Challenge at the Jackson’s MMA Series XI at Tingley Coliseum. Binder used take downs against the cage and slick sweeps to establish dominant positions throughout the fight.

“I feel amazing,” Binder said. “It was a great fight. The guy I fought was tough as hell. I think I got a little too excited in there and blew my gas a little bit but I just kept fighting and surviving. It was a great time!”

In round one, Binder secured a takedown early in the match and was able to take Barahona’s back. Unable to get the submission, Binder worked the rest of the round from on top and was able to score at will.

Binder gets the best of the exchange with opponent Barahona

Binder gets the best of the exchange with opponent Barahona

As the bell rang for the second round Binder again engaged and landed a flurry of punches against the cage. Binder again worked for the takedown as the horn sounded for the end of the round.

In the third round Binder showed his heart as he came to the center of the ring obviously exhausted from his effort first two rounds.

“The third round I came out and my legs felt like Jello,” he said. “I knew I had to move around a little bit to let my legs get back under me. He gave me a couple of good shots but I was able to get him down. I almost had the choke. I think I rushed it a little bit. I knew I had to grind it out till the end.

Binder tries to sink in the rear-naked choke.

Binder tries to sink in the rear-naked choke.

The gutsy Binder showed heart and he worked for the takedown again, in the process Binder was caught in a kamura. Binder was able to fight off the submission because of the daily battles he has with Gracie Barra New Mexico’s Wesley King.

“I train with such good guys all the time, especially my friend Wesley King,” he said. “Wes has had me in the worst submissions that made me think in my head that there was no way this guy was going to finish me. It didn’t even cross my mind, I knew I was OK.

Barahona then was forced to fight off two consecutive submission attempts as Binder sunk in a rear-naked choke and then make a slick transition to a head and arm choke. Barahona was able to sweep Binder but it was too little too late.

In the end, Binder’s hand was raised as he took home the unanimous decision.

Binder has his arm raised, earning his first MMA win.

Binder has his arm raised, earning his first MMA win.

“I’d like to thank a ton of people for helping me along the way,” Binder said. “Bubba McDaniel, Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Rafael “Barata” Freitas, my brother Wesley King, my wife Jessica for being so supportive, all the students at Gracie Barra New Mexico, Diego Sanchez, Diego Brandao, Clay Guida and all the guys at Jackson’s MMA, who have helped train me and inspired me.”

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