Rafael Barata, Creator Of Infamous Shoulderlock, Joins KASAI 135lb Tourney

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KASAI announced today Rafael “Barata” Freitas will enter the eight-man World Bantamweight Championship Tournament at 'KASAI Pro 6’ on Saturday, August 17th at the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. Six competitors have already been signed to compete in this event, they include:

  • Geo Martinez
  • Joao Miyao
  • Jon Calestine
  • Ethan Crelinsten
  • Ashley Williams
  • Richard Alarcon (Pro Qualifier winner)

"Barata is a creative and super exciting competitor" said KASAI CEO Richard Byrne. "We expect that he will add even more sparks to this stacked tournament.” Rafael de Freitas “Barata” is a black belt from the Gracie Barra Academy. 

Barata is best known for a shoulder lock submission of his creation called the “Baratoplata.” Barata has had a long career and has won many important tournaments such as the World No-Gi Championships and the Pan American Championships. In addition to BJJ, he is also an accomplished MMA fighter. 

The ‘KASAI Pro 6’ card will also include many other exciting matches: Jason Rau vs. William Tackett; New Jersey local, Tom Deblass vs. Andrew Tevay; KASAI World Welterweight champion Matheus Diniz vs. Josh Hinger; and KASAI World Light Heavyweight champion Kaynan Duarte vs. Yuri Simoes.

Six Female World Champs Will Battle At Third Coast Grappling: Kumite VII

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This weekend’s Third Coast Grappling event will feature some of the most prominent women in jiu-jitsu.

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Two No-Gi Titles On The Line At Fight To Win 153

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This weekend's edition of Fight to Win will include two no-gi title matches. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio will return to defend his bantamweight title against Marcelo Cohen, and Talita Alencar will square off against Heather Raftery for the women's no-gi flyweight belt.

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Official WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz Event Preview

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Who's Number One (WNO) returns on Friday, October 2nd, for the biggest event of 2020, and quite possibly the biggest event of all time. Named after its main event, WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz will showcase the best no-gi competitors in the game using submission only rules. 

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The Hit List: Four Explosive Finishes From Dante Leon

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Until recently, Dante Leon could have been considered a gatekeeper in the 77 kg division. He could tear through the early stages of brackets, but often faltered when paired against more noteworthy opponents. The Canadian seemed to find his stride a few months before ADCC last year, and has been dismantling some of the most talented lightweights in submission grappling ever since.

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How To Watch: Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE VII

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The seventh installment of the Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE series will feature eight of the top female competitors in jiu-jitsu.

Gordon Ryan Wants To Fight Colby Covington's Jiu-Jitsu Coach For $100k

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In a post-fight press conference after his KO victory over Tyron Woodley, UFC welterweight stand out Colby Covington said his jiu-jitsu coach could beat anybody in the world.

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Can King Kong Beat The King? Matheus Diniz Hitlist

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Matheus Diniz etched his name into history at the 2019 ADCC World Championships, taking home gold in his first attempt to join the list of legends who have won that esteemed tournament. Matheus has been on our radar since coming up in the colored belts as a member of the Marcelo Garcia "Dream Team," where he was a two-time no-gi world champion.

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Najmi Earns Title At Fight To Win 152, Almeida Beats Romulo, Alves Shines

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Fight To Win 152 featured several of the biggest names in the lightweight division, as well as a match between Romulo Barral and Gabriel Almeida, and the return of the Fight to Win Judo format. 

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How to Watch: 2020 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship on FloGrappling.

Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 152 Najmi vs Liera Jr

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There’s a lot on the line at this weekend’s edition of the biggest party in grappling. 

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