Jiu-jitsu ace Lee Whitehead continued his run of fine form by collecting gold at the London Winter International Open.
The 31-year-old clinched gold in the master one purple heavyweight class in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
The event saw around 2,00 competitors from around the world including countries such as Greece and America.
“It was an unbelievable feeling, and it’s one to add to the list of accolades.” Whitehead said, reflecting over the moment he struck gold.
The fighter, who trains at Cobra Martial Arts in Accrington, success was in the international Brazilian jiu-jitsu federation (IBJJF) competition that puts fighters worldwide rankings at stake.
And it isn’t the first event that Whitehead has succeeded in, having struck gold in the Liverpool submission only just a few weeks ago, he also won further accolades last year in both London winter, and London fall IBJJF events in 2015.
The heavyweight doesn’t plan on taking any breaks from the sport, with fights in Manchester at the end of March, and Scotland and Tokyo coming up in April,” he said.
“I’d say the fight in Tokyo in the middle of April is the priority, if I had to prioritise one in terms of importance, I’m currently ranked 16th in the world for my weight and with it being ranked obviously adds more importance. I have to say a big thanks to my sponsors, who have made all this possible – Xclusive Gaming, Enigma Gym, Alan Scot, Brekwai Judo and Cobra MMA.”