Submission Fighting Open 1: September 6, 1997 in Griffin, GA – Joe Pardo was Royce Gracie’s #1 student at the time and came all the way from California. Before the fight, Pardo spent a week training at Jacare’s.
Catalfo was 38 years old at the time. Most people are done fighting at that age, but Catalfo was just making his debut. Greco-Roman was Catalfo’s specialty, but he was a skilled freestyle wrestler as well. In 1980, he took 4th place at the All-American Freestyle Tournament (source: Wikipedia). In addition to being adept at takedowns, Catalfo was a former chiropractor, so he understood how the neck operated and developed his own style of submission grappling which consisted of neck cranks.
After almost 12 minutes of being in Pardo’s guard, Catalfo finally passes and subs him with a head and arm neck crank. In 1999, Catalfo opened his own MMA school in Sandy Springs with former WCW Superstar, Bill Goldberg, as one of his partners.
Obake went on to fight world class fighters, Alexandre Ferreira (who later fought in the UFC), Dave Beneteau (a UFC veteran), Bobby Hoffman (UFC Veteran) ,and Tom Erikson (Pride Veteran). Joe Pardo went on to fight Brad Kohler (a UFC veteran), Mike Van Arsdale (in the UFC), John Lober (Pancrase and UFC Veteran), and Joe Riggs (UFC Veteran), and Vladimir Matyushenko (UFC Veteran).
Enjoy this golden age Georgia MMA fight.