Submission Fighting Open 1: September 6, 1997 in Griffin, GA – This is the opening round of a four man heavyweight tournament.
Byron Stone goes for the takedown just a few seconds into the fight. He’s unsuccessful and gets judo tossed on to his back. Stone locks a closed guard and clinches with Prado. After less than a minute, Stone goes for a leg lock when Prado stands up. Prado doesn’t fall for it and walks away.
The referee stands both fighters up. Stone clinches with Prado to try to take him down but is unsuccessful and ends up on the bottom where he starts working his closed guard. After a couple of minutes, Stone goes for an armbar. Prado tries to pick Stone up and slam him, but Stone doesn’t let go and start to go to his belly for an even tighter armbar.
Prado submits and Stone advances to the finals against Richie Eubanks.