MX-178: Akela vs Luke (escape challenge)

MX-178 is one of the best escape challenges we have ever filmed, and features fan favorite Akela (stats) in control in 11 different positions, in a competitive setting, against Luke (stats).

This is our third competitive escape challenge. The first one, MX-88, took place over 2 years ago and also featured Akela, against Andreas (stats). Andreas was able to escape 8 of 11 holds, winning the contest. However, Luke, even though he is improving, is not as strong or experienced as Andreas. But can he pull off an upset?

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This genre of competitive immobilization challenges is still being developed. We’ve changed some rules a little to make it more interesting in a real, unscripted setting. Here is a full description of the Escape Challenge style including the list of holds used:

This style consists of 11 rounds – 11 immobilization challenges. One of the competitors, the immobilizer, has to either hold or submit their opponent in each of 11 pre-defined holds / pins for one minute, within which the competitor being held tries to escape. A successful escape is one where the immobilized separates himself/herself from the captor in a significant way. If there is no successful escape, and the final position is close to the original one, the point for the challenge is awarded to the immobilizer, otherwise her/his opponent receives a point.

The competitors take position for each hold and are instructed to start the challenge. 10 seconds before the time limit (at 50 seconds), they are informed about the time. If the immobilization has been achieved or a submission has been scored, a point gets rewarded and the immobilizer performs a victory pose.

The holds are:
1. Schoolgirl pin with arms pinned above
2. Reverse schoolgirl pin with arms pinned below
3. Grapevine pin
4. Triangle
5. Lotus lock
6. Full-nelson / bodyscissors combo
7. Figure-4 headscissors with arm trapped
8. Reverse headsit (with face buried in feet)
9. Foot choke (ankle scissors with arm control)
10. Gogoplata-style pin / choke
11. Foot-on-chest pin

Match outline: introductory interviews, all the challenges listed above (13 minutes), final victory pose (foot on face), concluding interviews.

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