A Cagefighter Debates A Restraining Order to Submit His Opponent

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A cagefight consists of combatants squaring off in the center of an enclosure, face-to-face, toe-to-toe, with nowhere to hide. In episode 84 of Cage Side Submission Radio (CSSR), Lex Ludlow (AM 3-2), an amateur fighter who trains out of Revolution Academy in Levittown, PA, appeared as a guest to discuss a fight he encountered against an opponent who lurked far beyond the borders of any fencing, a stalker named Eric Meadows.

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Photo courtesy of Lex Ludlow

After Ludlow announced that he had a story about a stalker, the listeners huddled up around their speakers like a campfire, ready to be spooked by Ludlow’s tale,

“I did two grappling matches down in Delaware for Stellar Fights. At Stellar Fights, they bring legit country-hick fans.”

These are the kinds of fans who have a craving to lasso future stars in combat sports, often wanting these athletes all to themselves. Finders-keepers. Ludlow displayed a rookie error and didn’t think to keep his guard high when it came to collecting a new fan-base,

“When I did the two grappling matches there, I got like fifteen adds on Facebook, which isn’t a whole lot. But for me then, it was a lot.”

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Photo courtesy of Lex Ludlow

Not wanting to disappoint his growing support system, Ludlow welcomed them aboard,

“I added them all and never thought about it.”

At twenty-one years of age now, Ludlow recognizes that social media is his lifeline to those screaming along the cage’s perimeter, and lapses in judgment can lead to scorecards not working in your favor,

“I had my phone number on Facebook. I was 19 then.”

An audible gasp from co-host Racheal Blaze rang out. As the founder of Blaze Kids, an organization designed to groom young MMA talent for the next phase of their athletic careers, she coaches her youthful prospects to not post their phone number on Facebook; in fact, this advice is on page one, line one of her organization’s pamphlet. Much like a horror flick with a predictable plotline, the audience grabbed their popcorn and drink, expecting the next scene to predictably play out with Ludlow’s narration,

“I’m driving to the gym one day, and I get a phone call. It’s like, ‘Yo, what’s up man?’ I answered, ‘Yo, what’s up?’”

Absent in the text is the tone Ludlow applied to convey the number of question marks floating around in his head while engaged in this call,

“He goes, ‘What are you doing?’”

The voice Ludlow exercised in place of the unknown caller creeped those who were tuned in out. Ludlow responded,

“I was like, ‘Uh, I’m heading to the gym.’ He says, ‘Yeah, that’s what I like to hear; that’s what I like to hear.’”

Lost at this moment, the goose bumps that freckled his skin acted as a GPS tracker to the nearest witness protection program,

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Photo courtesy of Lex Ludlow

“I said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry, but I don’t know who this is.’ He goes, ‘Eric Meadows.’”

Running through his Rolodex of names: training partners, fight promoters, old high school buddies, but nothing rang a bell for Ludlow. He inquired,

“I was like, ‘Are we friends on Facebook?’ He says, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah; I saw you do a couple grappling matches. I really like what you do out there, and I’m a big fan man!”

Images of lotion being lowered from above cycled through Ludlow’s mind. Before responding to Mr. Meadows, Ludlow rifled through his Rolodex again, only this time under C, for courthouse. He wasn’t sure how much documentation this mysterious fan would require,

“I was like, ‘I appreciate that, but, listen, I’m about to pull into the gym right now.’”

Breathing a sigh of relief, a police escort wasn’t required from the parking lot to the front doors of Revolution Academy:

“He said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’ I told him, ‘Thanks buddy!’”

Ludlow learned an important lesson after he was met with dial tone, and he concluded,

“After that, I removed my number from Facebook, and I will never put my number on social media again.”

With aspirations of obtaining a professional status by the end of 2016 or early 2017, Ludlow will live to fight another day!

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Photo courtesy of Lex Ludlow

You can follow Ludlow yourself at:

Twitter: @ohsogorgeous555

Facebook: www.facebook.com/YourSavior555

Catch this episode of CSSR and others at:

www.blogtalkradio.com/cagesidesubmissions

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