10 Jul Ben Baxter 2x American National Champion!
On Thursday June 28th, Professor Ben Baxter secured a silver medal in his NoGi division, overcoming UFC veteran and Nova Uniao standout Walber Barrios in the Semifinal. He fell to a tough Nick Haas, from Zenith, in the final. His tournament wasn’t over however. On Friday, Ben defeated Barrios in the Finals 2-0 to become a 2x American National Champion!
Also reaching the podium from Performance Martial Arts Academy was Erika Butler, who made it to the finals and took home a silver medal. Kathy Butler’s opponent no-showed her division. Like a true warrior, she stepped into the Master 1 Absolute division and fought her heart out. John Butler, and Kaylan Rodger, also made the trip down to Las Vegas to compete. Though they came up a little short of their goals, they gained invaluable experience and represented the team well. Congratulations to everyone who competed! We are proud of you!
You can watch Professor Baxter’s Finals Match Here (flograppling subscription req’d)