“The Hitman” Waits Patiently to Defend His National Title

Proud father/trainer Sensei Greg Pritchett II and "The Hitman" after his national title win

Proud father/trainer Sensei Greg Pritchett II and “The Hitman” after his national title win

“I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you’ve done. If you and I get into an altercation (In the ring), there’s three people entering that altercation…There’s me, you, and God. There’s going to be two people making it out…That’s me, and God”. “The Hitman” Greg Pritchett III was riding high with confidence as he traveled to the WKA National tournament which took place March 9-10, 2013 in Richmond, VA. He participated in this competition for the second year in a row in which he had his crosshairs set on yet again claiming the 143lb K1 championship. He was exhilarated to get back in the ring after a long lay off from competition, but one thing he might not have known…the target was on “The Hitman’s” back this time around. He was the defending championship from 2012, so being that he was there to test his skills and reclaim what was his, the other fighters strongly wanted what he was defending. When asked if it phased him or if he felt it would affect the tournaments outcome Pritchett responded, “Oh no! I was ready to fight, I wasn’t nervous at all. At this point it doesn’t feel like fighting anymore, it’s just my job. I’m The Hitman! It’s what I do”. With his undying determination, Pritchett stayed focused and knew to follow his coach’s (father’s) specific instructions; he stayed poised and ready (even after the unexpected news that he wouldn’t be fighting as soon as he thought) while prevailing in his championship bout.

Pritchett’s trip to Richmond began with his readiness to fight the day he arrived as he planned to start the journey to reclaim what he captured in the previous year. However, Pritchett was thrown a curveball when he found out he had a bye round -moving on to the finals unexpectedly, and he would be slotted to fight the following day. He was less than happy to be postponed that day and that’s just “when nerves began to kick in”, said Pritchett. However, as the true martial artist this young man proves to be time and time again, it was no factor as he patiently waited his turn to step through the ropes, and fight for his prize.

The next day dawned and it was finally Pritchetts time to shine. The first round in his championship bout had finally come, and served as a bit of a feeling out process for “The Hitman”. Pritchett appeared drawn to want to trade punches as well as kicks with his opponent at first, but after a back and forth exchange of head kicks, Pritchett calmed down and set the fight to his desired pace. He was able to neutralize the distance with his side and leg kicks to keep his opponent at bay. The round came to an end and was seemingly close. However, from that point forward, it was all smooth sailing for Pritchett.

The second round was a fairly easy round for “The Hitman” to maintain control. Pritchett was successful at keeping his opponent at range, and even when the fighters got tied up, Pritchett was easily able to reverse his foe, or break the clinch completely. Although the champ wasn’t shy to stay inside at times, and fought in the clinch when it was necessary, Pritchett landed his knees at will, and withdrew from harms way with such a fashion which reflected “The Hitman’s” quote “get in and out without a trace”.

The third and final round was all Pritchett. At this point “The Hitman” was on cruise control and was coasting to a definitive win. Pritchett stayed clear of all his opponents potential threats and wild onslaughts. He didn’t let any clean shots connect and was very evasive from his attacker whom was coming forward desperately for a last minute victory attempt. The defending champion dominated in the final round as he was able to land precisely accurate strikes (whether punches or kicks) and swept his opponent to the floor several times. To put a stamp on the bout in the last few minutes, Pritchett hurt his opponent with a jab/straight right combo followed by a rear leg sweep. In the end “The Hitman” Greg Pritchett III had done it yet again and won a unanimous decision to defend his national title for a second year. We look forward to a potential invitation for the champ to move on to the world tournament in Italy later in 2013.

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