Updated: Jul 19, 2020
Austin Clem is a close friend of ours, and a client I sponsor through my digital marketing business, Kairos Creative Solutions. Kory and Clem have trained together for years at Team Fusion Jui-Jitsu and MMA under coach Brad Montgomery, a Black Belt in Brazillian Jui-Jitsu. Team Fusion is also a Zenith BJJ affiliate led by Professor Robert Drysdale, a six-time world champion. How cool is that!?
Clem is undefeated with Brad and Kory in his corner; these three have unrivaled ambition and a burning passion for this sport - which is why I put my money on Clem from the very start. Not to mention, he had Kory and Brad there to coach him - talk about a dream team.
So, What is Bellator & What's The Big Deal?
Bellator MMA is a leading mixed martial art and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of a veteran fight promoter, Scott Coker - Bellator is available to nearly 1 billion people worldwide and in 160+ countries.
Read that again.
1 billion people worldwide. That's insane.
Not only that but his opponent, Aaron Chalmers, was an English reality TV star. He appeared in the reality show Geordie Shore (like Jersey Shore) and was in the sixth series of Ex on the Beach, a wild social experiment of a reality TV show. However, he is currently pursuing a career in MMA and is expecting a son in April.
The audience at 3Arena was of a different breed. Half of the 12,000+ in attendance wanted to see Chalmers win simply because they were fans of his shows. The other half? They were rooting for Clem because they wanted to see Aaron lose. Many discredit Chalmer's authenticity as a fighter because they have a hard time taking him seriously due to his reality TV history, complete lack of an amateur record, and the fact that prior to Clem, he had fought total bums. Clem was hands down his toughest opponent to date and it was evident during the fight.
For three five-minute rounds, Clem gained total control; remaining calm and collected, he won by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 in favor of Austin "The King" Clem. There was a major upset in Dublin, but those of us there to support Clem couldn't have been happier with the results. With tears in our eyes, we cheered loudly and watched in awe as Clem's hand was raised. (Over 310 thousand people were watching live as this went down).
We collected our euros from the men betting against Clem and rushed down to greet our All-American Champion, Austin The King" Clem.
It was a dream to witness this big moment for Clem with his family and fiance by my side. And Kairos Creative Solutions was on international television - and in front of a live audience! I had no idea Clem was going to advertise my business, but it was the cherry on top of a perfect trip.
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