Renato Canuto: KASAI Pro 3 Road To Gold

Renato Canuto Becomes KASAI Pro Double Champ!

Renato Canuto stepped up in a big way this past week weekend with his title-winning performance at KASAI Pro 3. The No. 2-ranked 77kg no-gi athlete earned his second KASAI title, this time in the welterweight division, after besting some of the toughest competition in the world. 

We've chronicled the Checkmat athlete's entire road to gold below; hit the links to watch one of the most exciting athletes in the game go to work. 

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Renato Canuto vs Jason Rau

Renato simply went off in this match. The man hit a flying backflip-pass — yes, you read that correctly — on Jason Rau and never looked back. His passing was as smooth as it was relentless, and Canuto racked up double-digit points over the six-minute period. Canuto left the match with an 11-0 victory and swagger of a man unchained.

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Renato Canuto vs Jason Rau KASAI Pro 3

Renato Canuto vs PJ Barch

Canuto’s second match was one of the most controversial of the event. It was a stand-up war, with Barch’s more traditional folkstyle wrestling going head-to-head up with Canuto’s acrobatic and unorthodox approach. There were several crucial scrambles, with Renato generally getting the better of the exchanges — save one crucial movement where Barch fans believe the 10th Planet representative did enough to earn a point for a near takedown (see the Facebook embed below).

In any case, the match is high-energy and nonstop, and it saw Canuto take the win via points.

Renato Canuto vs Victor Silverio

Victor Silverio was the wildcard coming into KASAI Pro 3: the explosive Gracie Barra athlete joined KASAI Pro 3 on late notice and has primarily been competing in the gi the last few years. But with  Romulo Barral, Edwin Najmi, & Gabriel Arges as regular training partners, the man is certainly ready for any level of competition. 

And it showed in the match with Renato, who struggled to find an opening in the match, leading to a 0-0 draw after six minutes.

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Renato Canuto vs Victor Silverio KASAI Pro 3

Renato Canuto vs Vagner Roach: The Final

On paper, this is a dream matchup — two of the top-five no-gi athletes going head-to-head in a format that allows all submissions and rewards aggression. But unfortunately for us, both men we're banged up from the previous four battles of the night, and the final between them was a war of attrition. Vagner was actually up on points up until the closing moments of the match when he was giving a penalty for stiff-arming Canuto to the face.  

Though the clearly not the method of victory Canuto would have picked out for himself, a win is a win, and he became the first-ever welterweight KASAI Champion and two-division title holder for the promotion. 

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Renato Canuto vs Victor Silverio KASAI Pro 3

10th Planet Wins Big At SUBVERSIV

SUBVERSIV was an event met with high expectations and rapt anticipation from jiu-jitsu fans. It boasted a new format with a simple goal: find the best team in grappling by pitting the best of the squad against each other in submission only matches.

Quick News & Key Results From Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles featured a ton of upsets and unexpected results as favorites fell. Here's a quick recap of the major results from the day and an explanation of what went down. 

11 Explosive First Round Matches At Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA

With seven mats and hundreds of highly-motivated competitors, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles is set to be one of the most interesting events of the season. 

Subversiv: 5x5 Team Jiu-Jitsu Warfare

SUBVERSIV Produced By Fight 2 Win will take place on September 22 in Anaheim, California, and will bring a new concept of pro grappling competition to the SoCal scene.

The Disruptors & Dark Horses at Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles

There's something about UAEJJF tournaments that seems to deliver shock results. Maybe it's the shorter matches, maybe it's something else. But whatever it is, we're nearly always sure to see some upsets. 

10th Planet To Roll Deep on Home Turf for Subversiv Prelims

Subversiv is looking to change the game with their team's based submission-only event, but the event's undercard promises to deliver more of the same action you've come to love from Fight 2 Win with 13 submission-only super fights.

King of Mats LA: The Ultra-Competitive 10-Man Tournament Not To Miss

King of Mats Los Angeles is Coming

The Abu Dhabi King of Mats Los Angeles will bring together 10 top heavyweight black belts with the overall winner challenging reigning champion Alexander Trans for the heavyweight title. 

Key Black Belts To Watch At The ADGS Los Angeles

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles presents fans with one of the best-attended events in North America, and athletes from around the world will once again converge on the L.A. convention center in search of ranking points, cash prizes, and the glory of victory. 

5 Unmissable Black Belt Newcomers at Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles

The UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Tour rolls on this weekend with the ADGS Los Angeles. It’s not merely a crucial staging area for the UAEJJF’s season rankings, but also a turning point for the state of competition in jiu-jitsu. 

Our Favorite Black Belt Submissions from 2018 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

10th Planet Black Belt Jeremiah Vance Hits Nasty Armlock!

We saw a little bit of everything at the recent IBJJF Pan No-Gi. There were many impressive chokes, armlocks and leglocks and it was hard to distill the array of finishes we saw into a manageable list, but here are some of my favorite black belt submissions. Watch and enjoy.