KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has filled the final spot in its 155lb World Lightweight Championship tournament at KASAI Pro with the signing of highly touted jiu-jitsu prospect Renato Canuto, announced earlier today.
A second-generation Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under his father, Valdir, Canuto represents Robert Drysdale and Rodrigo Cavaca’s Zenith JJ team when taking part in national and international events.
As a competitor, Canuto holds the distinction of winning dual gi and no-gi IBJJF World Championships at brown belt in 2016. Upon earning his black belt, the dynamic 21-year-old from São Paulo, Brazil, earned the IBJJF American Nationals Championship at lightweight earlier this year.
“Renato brings a special flair to KASAI’s World Lightweight Championship tournament,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President.
“In just a short time, this kid had developed a unique style that is flush with submission attempts and aggressive movement for all to enjoy. He also has an impressive list of accomplishments to boot.”
KASAI Pro is headlined by an openweight superfight, pitting ADCC 88kg (194lb) champion Gordon Ryan against 99kg (218lb) champion Yuri Simões.
Names confirmed for the event’s championship tournament include Garry Tonon, Mansher Khera, Gianni Grippo, Celso Vinicius, AJ Agazarm, "Junny" Ocascio, and Enrico Cocco.
The 21-year-old Brazilian Canuto competes against the seven other elite grapplers on December 9. Watch it live on FloGrappling.
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