4 Key Matches To Watch at Grapplefest 7: Craig Jones, Dante Leon & More

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Grapplefest will be returning to FloGrappling for their seventh show on November 23. The event will be streamed live from Liverpool, England, and contains a number of exciting no-gi matches featuring ADCC veterans.

The last edition of Grapplefest was a night of nonstop action and some exciting finishes. Joao Miyao, Paulo Miyao, and Masakazu Imanari all achieved submissions in the night's three main matches.

Watch: Paulo Miyao Gets The Sub At GrappleFest 6

Watch: Joao Miyao Subs Rosenthal At GrappleFest 6

Jones vs Wardzinski Showdown

This time around we are treated to an exciting main event between ADCC silver medalist Craig Jones and Adam Wardzinski. Both athletes competed in the 88kg division at ADCC, with Jones submitting three opponents before losing a close final with Matheus Diniz. Wardzinski went 1-1 at the tournament, defeating Mike Perez in his first match, and recently won his weight and the open class at No-Gi Europeans.

Watch: Craig Jones Subs Jon Blank At ADCC


Dante Leon Looks To Continue Hot Streak vs Returning Marcio Andre 

Another exciting matchup will go down between Dante Leon and Marcio Andre. Dante has had a breakout year, with earlier submission victories over Edwin Najmi and Matheus Lutes capped off by wins over Jon Satava and Lucas Lepri in his run to the ADCC semifinals. 

Dante also recently submitted Isaque Bahiense with a guillotine at Fight 2 Win. The two-time No-Gi Pans champion will be matched up with 2016 No-Gi Worlds champ Marcio Andre in an exciting battle at 85kg. 

Watch: Dante Leon Taps Isaque Bahiense At F2W 129


Both Ruotolo Brothers In Action

Sixteen-year-old Tye Ruotolo from Atos recently won over the crowd at ADCC in his amazing run to the semifinals; he will be joined competing at GrappleFest by his twin brother Kade. Both athletes are two of the best teenage prospects in the sport right now and bring a fast-paced style, always looking for the finish. Tye will fight ADCC vet Thomas Halpin, while Kade is matched up with Jeremy Skinner from Absolute MMA.

Watch: Tye Ruotolo Defeats Pablo Mantovani At ADCC

Also on the card are two-time ADCC vet Elvira Karpinnen from 10th Planet, and Renzo Gracie team member Jason Rau.


Watch GrappleFest 7 Live On Demand On FloGrappling On November 23rd

Mikey, Roberto And Other Professionals React To Daisy Fresh

The first episode of our Daisy Fresh series was met with positive reviews from the community. Tons of fans tuned in and enjoyed the story of the young men living on the mats at Pedigo Submission Fighting. Our next episode will follow the guys as they travel from Mt. Vernon to Anaheim, California, for the IBJJF World No-Gi Championships.

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Are The Ruotolo Bros On Track To Be Among The Greatest Of All Time?

Ruotolo Twins Training Highlight At Atos HQ

You may remember Tye and Kade Ruotolo as the adorable orange belts who barely fit in their baggy Shoyoroll gis with great big smiles. But now at 16 years old, they may be unrecognizable. The once innocuous-looking children have traded in their billowing kimonos for shorts, a rash guard, and a mean submission-focused style that is shaking up the jiu-jitsu scene.

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Why Atos Are Still The No-Gi Kings

Atos may have had an up-and-down last year to outside observers, finishing second at IBJJF Worlds after two straight years winning the tournament, due to an Alliance team largely reliant on the newly founded Dream Art Project for their resurgence. Atos then stormed back to conquer the 2019 ADCC World Championships, with three gold medals plus, of course, their general Andre Galvao winning a record third straight ADCC superfight.

Watch Grapplefest 8 Live On February 29: Wardzinski, Ruotolos, Dante Leon

Grapplefest returns to FloGrappling on Saturday, February 29. One of the UK’s premier submission grappling events, Grapplefest is coming with some stellar main and co-main event matches and – as always – a showcase of some Europe, the UK, and the world’s top no-gi grapplers. 

Q&A: How Marcio Andre Plans To Conquer 2020 With An Unshakeable Mentality

Marcio Andre is back and has BIG plans for 2020. 

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Art Of Jiu Jitsu Splits From Atos

The Art of Jiu Jitsu academy will no longer represent the Atos team in 2020. While the statement made by Gui from their official Instagram account was vague, he made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the Galvaos.

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How My Plan To Pass Mikey's Guard Backfired!

Fix My Game With Mikey Musumeci

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Whenever I travel to a new gym I seem to always get this question… what’s it like training with (insert high level competitor here). 

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Early Look: IBJJF 2020 Pan Championships

The IBJJF Pan Championships stand as one of the high points of the gi season – competitors have shaken off the cobwebs from the early months of the year and are typically in peak physical and mental condition. 

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What Makes Pedigo Submission Fighting AKA 'Daisy Fresh' Unique?

If you’re unfamiliar with the small midwest-based team Pedigo Submission Fighting you're in luck, because tomorrow we premiere the newest FloGrappling documentary film focused on the unconventional lives of the Daisy Fresh crew. 

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Flashback To The Heartland: Daisy Fresh Photo Essay

In February 2017 I completed my first project working freelance for FloGrappling, a photo essay titled "A Trip To America's Unseen Jiu-Jitsu Heartland." I lost money on the project, slept on the mats with the guys in the cold Illinois winter, and ended up having to change my friend's tire in the middle of nowhere in freezing weather on the way back to Chicago from Southern Illinois. But it was successful and opened up doors for me.