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.

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