WORDS OF INSPIRATION: Militia looking to go 3-0 in Austin Print
Written by Ben Pherson   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:55

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I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about a few of my teammates from the Minnesota School of Martial Arts who are fighting this Saturday in Austin.

Fights start at 6 p.m. sharp and a few tickets remain. Hit up my teammates if you want to join us ... it's going to be an awesome night in Austin!

First up for my teammates, we have Lucas Luloff vs. Jay Paulson at 170 pounds.

Luke is coming off of a loss and looking to get back in the win column after taking a tough setback in July against Michael Bullen. Luke trains his butt off day in and day out. He’s one of the guys in the gym who I look up to because of his great work ethic and determination. Luke has the heart of a lion and he leaves it all in the cage every time he steps in there.

This fight is going to be a little bitter sweet for the both of us because Jay Paulson beat me in a bout a few years back. I can really see this fight being stopped early in the first or second round via submission or TKO. Luke is one of those guys who never stops fighting and I expect to see his hand raised in victory at the end of this bout.

Next up, Sean Strube vs. Eddy Albrecht at 145 pounds.

"Evil" Eddy is looking to extend his winning streak to three with this bout against Sean Strube. Eddy is a very well-rounded fighter and he seems comfortable off his back and on his feet. He has a very solid striking game and he’s always moving and hitting angles,

making it very difficult for his opponents to get their timing down. Eddy seems to get better and better every time he steps in the cage, and I know it all comes from how hard he works in the gym.


Eddy is constantly pushing himself to get better in the gym and it’s been shown in his fights. I’ve only seen Sean fight once and he seems like a solid striker and has a pretty decent ground game. I do think Eddy will be a little too much for Sean to deal with, though. This fight will be one of the more exciting fights of the night if not fight of the night. I can see Eddy controlling the pace of this fight and getting that well-deserved victory at the end.

Finally, we have Randy Braun vs. Jahan Galehdari at a catch weight of 150.

Jahan Galehdari is Jamal Galehdari’s older brother and this will be Jahan’s debut inside the cage. This is probably the fight I am most looking forward to because I know how long Jahan has been waiting for this opportunity. Jahan, like everyone else at the Militia, trains his ass off. Jahan currently holds a blue belt in jiu-jitsu and is very slick off his back. His striking game continues to evolve into something special as well. I think Jahan will be more ready for his debut than many others have been for their first bout. Jahan has been training a long time and hasn’t been in the cage yet because he was just recently cleared to compete by doctors earlier this year.

Jahan suffered a neck injury from a car accident and was told he may not ever be able to fight. Just stepping in the cage for the first time will be a huge milestone for Jahan and I fully expect him to capitalize on the opportunity. I see this fight going all three rounds and Jahan winning via unanimous decision.

Of course, I may be a little biased on my prediction with these guys being my teammates and all, but I do see these guys a lot and most fights are won and lost in the gym. All three of these guys work way too hard to fall short of victory this weekend.

The MN Militia will go 3-0 this weekend in Austin!