Grapplefest 2 Recap & Results: Who Won and How

Craig Jones went the distance with Matheus Diniz in the main event of Grapplefest 2 in Liverpool, UK after a closely fought affair. Here's what else went down. 

Diniz showed early signs of explosive intent, ferociously trying to pass the guard and avoid giving Jones the chance to come under and elevate into any kind of leg entanglement. Ultimately, Diniz’ efforts were fruitless with the latter parts of the match taking place in the closed guard of Jones, with either men unable to advance their position.

The judges raised the hands of Jones, to the astonishment of Diniz, who cut a frustrated figure following the announcement.

Jones’ hype train continues to build momentum and Diniz is another scalp on a list that seems to keep on growing.

The event featured over 20 head-to-head match-ups,. In the co-main event, Jones’ team mate mate Ben Hodgkinson made light work of British prospect Ashley Amos. Countering a takedown attempt, the Aussie swept, passed and clinically took the back before sinking in a rear-naked choke for a quick submission. Amos has a particularly pressure-heavy style but was completely denied any chance to bring it into play.

In a late addition to the card, 10th Planet’s Ben Eddy flew in to meet Ashley Williams in what promised to be a technical and fast paced match. Both men are EBI veterans and were used to submission-only rule sets and the announcement of the match caused a buzz.

Williams, fresh off an overtime win on KASAI Pro 3, came out far more aggressive than Eddy and quickly put him on his back with no chance to tie up or any real attempt at a threatening guard.

Throughout, Williams really pushed the pace in the exchanges with Eddy and looked the more athletic of the two. Williams’ guard retention was impressive and he did enough to get the judges’ nod. All-in-all, a fun and technical match – you get the feeling this wont be the last time these two meet in this format.

Two exciting British stand-outs, Ross Nicholls and Sean McDonagh met in a match that excited the UK domestic scene. Nicholls has one of the most technical guards in the country, while McDonagh– technical himself– always provides the entertainment with his never-say-die style. 

Nicholls was threatening in the early exchanges with the leg entanglements, but McDonagh managed to ride an early heel hook attempt. However, Nicholls was particular insistent and went back for the heel again which ultimately paid off.

Noted filmmaker and jiu-jitsu black belt Stuart Cooper looked particularly impressive against Ben Dyson, controlling Dyson throughout and threatening with an early arm bar attempt. Cooper has recently featured in Quintet and Boa Super 8 and shared with FloGrappling that by beating Dyson he hopes to gain further opportunities on submission-only shows. 

Arguably the fight of the night, Jack Grant and Eoghan O’Flanaghan went the full 10 minutes with Grant taking the decision. 

Report by Tom Bell

Full results

Craig Jones def Matheus Diniz via decision

Ben Hodgkinson def Ash Amos via rear naked choke

Ashley Williams def Ben Eddy via decision

Ross Nicholls def Sean McDonagh via heel hook

Jack Grant def Eoghan O’Flanaghan via decision

Stuart Cooper def Ben Dyson via decision

Matty Holmes def Ben Bennet via heel hook

Kieran Davern def Nick Forrer via armbar

Tom Caughey def Chris Walsh via decision

Jay Butler def Harry McKnight via heel hook

Maia Holmes def Lucy Harrison via decision

Shea Williams def Theo McEvett via decision


Jack Sear def Kev Corkhill via decision

Mark Lindars def Tommy Everett via decision

Ian Jones def James Bland via decision

Josh Cherrington def Callum Morris via arm triangle

Chris Paines def James Orr via kneebar

Nichola Fishwick def Ellie Boylan via kneebar

Ian Wales def Ash Fletcher via triangle

Naqi Arshed def Piotr Chojnacki via decision

Andrew Hardwick def Brett Reeves via heel hook

Jack Rimmer def Travis Hern via kimura

Anthony Duffy def James Winstlanley via guillotine

Louise Thompson def Georgia Munnerley via decision

Road To Gold: Gabriel Gonzaga Enters BEAST Mode

Many know Gabriel Gonzaga for his achievements inside of the UFC's octagon, but keen jiu-jitsu fans are also aware that he's also a black belt world champion from 2006.  

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Recap: Tinoco, Oliveira & More Shine At First Day Of Masters Worlds

The black belt Master 1 weight divisions were on fire in Las Vegas on the first day of Masters Worlds competition. 

Road To Gold: Tiago Barros Cleans House At Featherweight

Tiago Barros is quite possibly the best featherweight on the planet who isn't yet a household name.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Road To Gold: Vitor Oliveira Becomes 4x Masters World Champ

Vitor Oliveira stormed through the loaded Masters 1 Middleweight bracket to claim his fourth Masters World's title. 

Analysis: Gabi Garcia's Raw Power Carries Her To ADCC Gold

Gabi Garcia's performance from the 2017 ADCC World Championships was among the most brutal and efficient of all the gold medalists.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2019 IBJJF Masters Worlds Brackets & Schedule Released

One of our favorite events of the year is almost upon us! The IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship serves as a battleground for some of our sport's most storied athletes. Key figures set to compete include: 

Gordon Ryan Is BACK, But Is He Ready for ADCC?

In case you missed it Gordon Ryan, the self-professed king of grappling, made a soft comeback to competition over the weekend with an appearance on new team event Kinektic. 

Best Year Ever For Women at 2019 IBJJF World Master Championship?

The women's divisions are loaded with talent for the 2019 World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship. A number of big names will be headed to Las Vegas attempting to become Master Worlds champion, with three former adult black belt World champs registered at Master 1. 

Not Just for Veterans, Masters Worlds Brings Out BIG Names

The Master 1 black belt divisions are always filled with talent at the IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

This Is No ADCC Warmup, Things Were Serious At Fight 2 Win 122

There's never a dull moment with Fight 2 Win these days. With ADCC coming up they have been on the grind bringing the most anticipated contenders to the stage, giving us a taste of what we are all anxiously waiting for come September.