The first superfight for KASAI Pro 5 has been announced, and it's a powerful way to kick off what is sure to be a stacked card!
KASAI Pro 5 is coming to New York on April 6 with a 205lbs tournament that will feature Felipe Pena, Craig Jones, Tim Spriggs and more TBA.
Appearing on the main card are Marcos Tinoco and Romulo Barral in an East Coast-West Coast battle of top Brazilian grapplers.
“Both of these guys are big names in the sport,” said KASAI President Rolles Gracie. “We can’t wait to have them on the KASAI stage.”
Tinoco (left) and Barral (right)
The world-class black belts will face off in a special no-gi superfight at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, with New York-based Tinoco appearing for the first time on the KASAI stage. He represents the Marcelo Garcia Academy, and is ranked no.2 in the world at 88kg in the FloGrappling no-gi rankings.
Competing out of Los Angeles, Barral is an ADCC champion and a five-time IBJJF World champion who brings a wealth of experience to the mat. He last competed no-gi in 2017 at the ADCC World Championships.
In addition to Barral vs. Tinoco, ‘KASAI Pro 5’ will also feature an eight-man World Championship Tournament at 205lbs to crown KASAI’s inaugural World Light Heavyweight Champion. Names already announced include Felipe Pena, Tim Spriggs, and Craig Jones.