Former Central Valley High School wrestler Mike Tubera found himself in a vulnerable position during the third round of his 135-pound amateur Mixed Martial Arts fight with Wisconsin's Steven Raatz.
"He had me in an armbar for a minute," Mike said. "Luckily, I was able to fight it off and adjust. I don't know how it happened. But I basically scissored his neck with my legs. I was doing it to get out of a bad situation. I didn't expect it to win the fight."
Tubera ended up winning by submission versus Raatz on the Rogue Warrior Championships/InSync Productions card on Nov. 9 in Laughlin, Nev.
"I had a little over a week to train for the fight," Mike said. "He was a bigger guy. He was elusive. He recovered fast."
Mike and Steven were at a stalemate for a good 10 seconds during the final round.
"Nobody was moving," he said. "It seemed like it lasted forever. Both of us were tired."
Tubera rocked Raatz twice earlier in the fight.
Mike dropped Steven to his knees with an uppercut. Raatz bounced back with a takedown.
Raatz fell on top of Tubera after taking an upkick to the chin.
Mike has accumulated five wins, two losses and one draw during his amateur MMA career.
Tubera plans to fight twice this January.
Mike wants to join the professional ranks in the near future.
"I don't see myself quitting any time soon," he said. "As long as I have free time, I'm going to continue doing it. I enjoy getting my anger out."