Kasai Elite Grappling Championships 2

DJ Jackson Out Of KASAI Pro, Pierre-Olivier Leclerc Steps Up As Replacement

DJ Jackson Out Of KASAI Pro, Pierre-Olivier Leclerc Steps Up As Replacement

DJ Jackson has withdrawn from the 185lb championship at KASAI Pro 2 and will be replaced by Pierre-Olivier Leclerc.

Apr 13, 2018 by FloGrappling
KASAI Pro 2 Returns April 14!

DJ Jackson has withdrawn from the 185lb championship at KASAI Pro 2 and will be replaced by Pierre-Olivier Leclerc in Saturday's event in New York City.

Hailing from Montreal and coached by Firas Zahabi, Leclerc represents the Tristar Gym. He was the runner-up to Nick Calvanese at the KASAI Pro qualifier. 

Leclerc moves up from the undercard, where he was already scheduled to compete in a 185lb no-gi match. 

Photo: Dan Rod / KASAI

A purple belt, Leclerc is an associated member of the Renzo Gracie team and has been seen training alongside core Danaher Death Squad member at sessions in the New York gym. He has won tournaments such as the Sapateiro Invitational in Amsterdam. 

Jackson was reportedly delayed by travel problems and so was replaced by KASAI organizers. 

Leclerc joins Richie Martinez, Felipe Mota, and Matheus Diniz in Group B of the round robin. Jackson was considered a potential overall winner and so his withdrawal changes everything. 

Group B
Richie Martinez
Felipe Mota
Matheus Diniz

Pierre-Olivier Leclerc

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Date: Saturday, April 14 | Time: 6 PM EDT