If you?re a UK MMA fan, especially if you?re Scottish you?ll not have failed to notice the strides Vision FC has made of late as the former SFC merged with its Swedish Vision counterparts to create the Vision Fighting championships and put on some of the best cards we?ve seen in the UK and Sweden. Further to that aspect they?ve branched out into their new ?Fight Night? cards to give up and coming fighters a chance to show what they can do and after their successful grappling competition at the Scotfit Expo they?re now giving all levels of grapplers a major competition of their own.
With this competition adding a Gi category to the already established No Gi category it promises to be a huge event for Scotlands grapplers and with Cage Warriors being in town the same weekend it promises to draw competitors from all around. Top get the low down on how to enter, what category to enter, rules and whether the competition is open to all forms of grappler we caught up with Vision FC co owner Chris Crowe and the competition organisers Rob McCrum and Kieran Malone.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us guys, this competition is shaping up to be brilliant event so could you tell us when it is and where is it being held?
Hi Craig, is on December 8th – KelvinHall Sports Arena – The main arena in Glasgow for MMA, both Vision and On Top have both had shows there. Also it is at the same venue and day as the Cagewarriors show coming to Glasgow.
Exciting stuff and a world renowned arena with a lot of history for all combat sports, where should those wanting to compete go to enter and will entries be allowed on the day?
There?s a direct link here! http://vision_grappling-eorg.eventbrite.com/
Entries will be allowed on the day – however – if people sign up in advance they are getting much better value, it allows us to gauge the numbers, do the brackets – and get things in order before the event day! Unlike some other events however we will allow people to sign up on the day.( It will cost you a little extra premium however- so sign up in advance!)
Presumably non competing spectators will be welcome at the event to add to and enjoy the atmosphere that comes with all Vision events, how much will it cost them?
Yeah spectators are more than welcome, it will be £5 entry for them, there will be some great grappling on display so it’s well worth heading down
Now down to the nitty gritty, what will be the weight categories for the event and what will be the weigh in rules? Will they be on the same day as the competition or the night before?
All weight categories are as follows, weigh ins will be first thing in th morning without the GI. This covers both GI and NoGi divisions (you only weigh in once)
Beginner (under 1 year exp) Intermediate (1-3 years exp) Advanced (3 year + exp)
Vision NoGi Rules
5 min rounds.
In the event of a draw the referee will decide the winner, finals will have 2 mins overtime. If still a draw, first person to score wins.
Points are awarded as follows;
2 – Takedown
2 – Passing the Guard
2 – Sweep
4 – Mount
4 – Back Take (2 hooks in)
1 – Advantage point for close sweeps, passes and sub attempts.
All positions must be established for a minimum of 3 seconds for points to be awarded.
When Changing positions points will be given in accending order.*
ie, no points will be given if moving to side control from mount.
Reversals are NOT considered sweeps. Sweeps must start from a guard position.
IBJJF rules, belts, times etc for the GI with a slight variation on the weights as we will only weigh people in on the morning using the NoGi weights.
As we?ve seen with Vision expanding all the time how important do you see these grappling competitions being to the growth of your organisation?
Definitely – very important, we are always looking for the talent of the future – plus it gives guys an opportunity to feel out future opponents and identify weakness, or skills they possibly never recognised! Adds to the buildup for matching fights, especially with Rob being so close to the comps to oversee them, it means he can keep a beady eye on all levels, and for future matches!
As we all know grappling is an integral part of MMA, especially BJJ and we can be sure the huge BJJ community in Scotland and beyond will be well represented, should grapplers from other disciplines, Judo, Sambo etc. consider entering?
Definitely – NO GI and GI grappling, encompass and crosses over into many aspects of Wrestling, Sambo, and Judo – so we would actively encourage competitors from all different disciplines to come down and show their skill sets. Furthermore it may lead to people actually appreciating their skillsets, and looking to cross these over to other disciplines. Even for people who may not think they want to compete they should come down and see for themselves! We normally have guys from all kinds of martial arts entering.
With there being Gi and No Gi categories this time around what will the categories be within them? Will it be belts for the Gi’s and novice intermediate etc for the No Gi guys or something different?
Standard GI Divisions will be separated according to IBJJF rules, and NO GI will be the same as all VISION NO GI comps to date – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced divisions! -
If there are people who enter from a Judo or Sambo background what categories should they enter were they to have black belts, brown belts, blue, green, orange, yellow and white belts? As a Judoka myself it’s something I’ve often wondered and I know it confuses a lot of us.
A Judo Black Belt would require to enter at the Blue Belt division as per IBJJF rules. If you are not ranked in BJJ then you are generally a white belt
For the NO GI, its years spent training in ANY grappling art, we want the divisions to be as fair as possible and not have anyone out of their depth or in too easy a division for them!
Interestingly there has been mention of a league format which is a great idea, can you explain the format?
This is for the Vision NoGi, points will be given to winners, and second and third places. At the end of the year the guys with the most points will be crowned the winner and be awarded prizes as well as being crowned Champion. We hope this will give the comp an added edge and something for the guys to keep returning to the comps for.
The last Vision expo and grappling event was a huge success, how big are you expecting this one to be?
We hope it will be the biggest yet, guys are getting the opportunity to compete in 2 comps in one day. With the option to attend a top level MMA show in the evening, if you’re into combat sports you can’t get much better than that!
Putting on something like this must be a lot of hard work, what makes it all worthwhile for you?
Starting off doing small comps in a local judo hall and taking it to another level is very satisfying, its great to help the sport evolve in Scotland and hopefully we will be able to take the comps further afield in the future. Its also a great promotional tool for the Vision brand at a grassroots level.