Fight Night Shanghai, April 2013

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2013 at 9:19 am

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This video has been edited because it was incredibly boring, one long clinch. Also, it’is not a professional fight. It was supposed to be a challenge between Fighters Unite Gym and another gym in Shanghai. But at the last minute, the other gym backed out. So, Fighters Unite just fought each other.

Antonio injured his leg a few days earlier and could neither move, kick, nor lift his opponent. But he wanted to fight, to shake off the rust.

For the Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, the fight was important because it was coming after nearly a year of layoff…baby steps toward getting back into the MMA ring. The opponent, AJ is an American Muay Thai and San Da fighter who trains full time at Shanghai University of Sport. He did a great job of neutralizing Antonio’s take down attempts and taking advantage of the large boxing gloves to trap Antonio’s hands and keep Antonio from punching from the mount or in the clinch.

“The main reason I posted this was because Jordán Taliente always said, “Antonio doesn’t just look calm before a fight, he looks bored.” True story. Even after the bell rings, I look like a Hindu cow.” Antonio



Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at

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