Jackson Sousa Joins Pena, Jones, Spriggs & More at KASAI Pro 5

KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Jackson Sousa will join Kaynan Duarte, Felipe Pena, Craig Jones, and Tim Spriggs at ‘KASAI Pro 5’ in the KASAI World Light-Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, April 6th at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom. 

“We love the addition of Sousa to the tournament,” said KASAI President Rolles Gracie. “He has been at the top of the sport, and will add to the fireworks at this event.”

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 Jackson Sousa is a black belt under Rico Vieira, representing Checkmat Academy. He has cemented his status as one of the top athletes of his generation by claiming the following titles: IBJJF No-Gi World Champion, IBJJF Pan Am No-Gi Champion, IBJJF European Open Champion, and IBJJF World Champion (brown belt 2013). 

Jackson Sousa after taking home  Pan No-Gi Absolute title in 2017.

In addition to Jackson Sousa, Kaynan Duarte, Felipe Pena, Craig Jones, and Tim Spriggs competing in the eight-man World Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament at 205lbs, ‘KASAI Pro 5’ will also feature three superfights. The first match will be between Romulo Barral vs. Marcos Tinoco. Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 5’ are on sale now via TICKETMASTER. 

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Is Manaus The Dagestan Of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil?

The Dagestan region in Russia is the most talent-rich area for freestyle wrestling in the world. Located in the North Caucasus and bordering the Caspian Sea, a disproportionate number of world champions and medalists come from Dagestan. With a population of just 2.9 million people, Dagestan dominates the wrestling scene and could probably win a team world championship competing as their own country. 

Dillon Danis Takes A Stand Against Bullying

This past week, Dillon Danis came across this heartbreaking video of a teenager being jumped by several other students inside a school bathroom. Dillon reached out to the victim and offered to pay for a jiu-jitsu membership at his nearest BJJ academy. 

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The Guide To Winning Decisions At ADCC

We're getting down to the nitty-gritty of the ADCC analysis pieces.

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Nicky Ryan Promoted To Brown Belt by John Danaher

At only 18 years old, Nicky Ryan is celebrating getting promoted to his brown belt by legendary jiu-jitsu coach John Danaher. Here's what Nicky had to say about his promotion:

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Who Is The No-Gi GOAT?

The no-gi G.O.A.T. topic has been a hot conversation in the community for the last few weeks, ignited by the peak in no-gi interest around ADCC. For every one person who pops up in comments arguing that it’s an irrelevant topic, there are hundreds more ready to debate who they think is the all-time great without the kimono.

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It Wasn't Just The Leglocks That Made Us Love Lachlan Giles at ADCC

As human beings we inherently root for the underdog. That’s just a quality that most people like to see. If you’re not rooting for the underdog, you’re a jerk! And when Lachlan Giles submitted the +99kg champion, Kaynan Duarte, the crowd flipped on its head. 

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Micael Galvao: The Next Big Thing In Jiu-Jitsu

Manaus has been a hotbed of jiu-jitsu over the last few years; the city in the northern state of Amazonas in Brazil has produced an abundance of talent recently. A disproportionate amount of top athletes in the sport originate from the city of 2.7 million people. 2019 black belt world champion Matheus Gabriel is from there, along with rising stars such as Thalison Soares, Fabricio Andrey, Diego Oliveira, and Meyram Alves.

Mo Jassim Announced as ADCC 2021 Host, World Championships Location Known

After hosting one of the best-received ADCC events of the last 20 years, FloGrappling can exclusively reveal that promoter Mo Jassim has been selected as host for the next ADCC World Championships in 2021. 

Grappling Bulletin: The Rise and Rise of Fight 2 Win

You remember ADCC from just over a week ago? Of course you do. How could you forget the best-looking ADCC in years. The lights, the music, the entrances... it was a level of production that ADCC had been crying out for, and set a new benchmark for what high level grappling events could (and should) look like.

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Days After ADCC Tireless Tanquinho Fends Off Matheus Gabriel For F2W Title

With his focus shifting to his MMA career, a new gym and a growing family, many underestimated the relevance of Tanquinho in the current grappling landscape. At last week’s ADCC he went in unranked in the division, but he came out the champion. If anyone doubted it after ADCC, Tanquinho solidified his spot at the top of the -66kg no-gi rankings with another win against Matheus Gabriel.