The second out of three events in an action-packed weekend on FloGrappling, GrappleFest 7 is coming to you live from Liverpool, England. I'll be writing up live results of the four main card fights, all no-gi submission only bouts.
Kade Ruotolo (Atos) vs Jeremy Skinner (Absolute MMA)
24-year-old Australian Skinner vs one of the 16-year-old prodigies from Atos. Kade sits early, playing a mix of seated guard and off his back. Skinner eventually tries to drop to a heelhook and Kade rolls out. Kade comes on top but Skinner attempts an inside heelhook. Once free Kade locks on a kimura and falls to a kimura trap, locking on an inverted triangle with the kimura grip. Kade loses the kimura but is on top, still with the triangle.
Skinner eventually scrambles out but ends up in bottom side control. Skinner recomposes off the restart and is playing a seated guard. Kade jumps right past the guard, Skinner turtles and Kade locks up a darce. Skinner escapes the darce but is back in bottom side control. Nice guard recompose by Skinner and he's back in seated guard.
Skinner stands, Kade attempts a single to no avail, Skinner jumps to a flying triangle but looks like Kade has both hands inside. Skinner being held in the air by Kade and adjusts to an arm in guillotine, but gives up on it and is still being held in the air by Kade. One arm in and one out for the triangle attempt now, but Skinner still held up in the air and loses it completely.
Back to the ground now with Kade passing. Kade attempts a toe hold while standing and Skinner rolls out. Kade torrenados and ends up past the gaurd in top side control again. Cross face and underhook for Ruotolo and Skinner is completely flattened out. Kade attempts to go knee on belly and Skinner recomposes. Kade locks in a darce off a pass attempt, looks deep, gets the tap at 3:03 left in the fifteen minute match.
Tye Ruotolo (Atos) vs Tom Halpin (Fight Sports)
Tye trades places in the coaches chair with his brother after coaching him while on deck. Halpin sits to start the match. Tye passes quick and locks in a darce off the turtle. Halpin escapes and Tye is moving side to side and chaining pass attempts. Great guard play by Halpin here, inverting nonstop against Tye's attacks. Tye working consistently but Halpin defending.
Tye eventually locks up a bodylock and passes to side control immediately after. Tye with the crossface and underhook and slides his shin across to mount, then steps back to side control and transitions to north south. Halpin pinned here for quite some time. North south choke attempt from Tye and Halpin manages to squirm his way out of it. Halpin recomposes and Tye is right back to his torreando passing. Ruotolo swims his arm around the back off an inversion and passes to side control again, moves to north south immediately. Working the north south choke again for a while but Halpin escapes.
Tye passes again, Halpin flattened out in side control. Halpin recovers, Tye dives for a kimura trap, Halpin nearly takes the back but Tye ends up with top side control again. Tye goes knee on belly and Halpin attacks a heelhook from it. Tye escapes and quickly passes again, ending the match with Halpin in knee on belly. Clear choice for Tye to win, he takes the unanimous decision. Ruotolo bros 2-0 on the night.
Dante Leon (GF Team) vs Marcio Andre (Nova Uniao)
Marcio enters to Dre Dre and Tupac "California Love", Leon comes out to Green Day. Both men look intent to wrestle in the start with nobody pulling off the bat. Leon controlling inside postion to start, gets a bodylock and takes Marcio down. Dante gets the back off the scramble and Marcio tripods up. Dante staying tight and maintaining the back control about two minutes in.
Marcio gets his back to the floor and escapes, now playing half guard. Dante stands, trying to stuff the leg, secure headquarters position and knee slide. Marcio playing guard off his back. Marcio defending well but not really attempting any offense.
Dante working to stack, Marcio comes on top in a scramble, Dante stands and Marcio sits again. Lots of work from the knee shield in this match. Dante stacks Marcio and tries to dive for a back take but Marcio defends well. Several minutes of stalemated guard play with Dante on top. Marcio eventually stands and they're wrestling again. Arm drag to single attempt by Dante but he's unable to finish. Marcio pulls, tries to spin under Dante but doesn't really get close to anything.
Marcio sells out to attempt a calf slicer entry, Dante wins the scramble and ends up with a crucifix. Short time here. Goes to regulation and we will have a referee decision. Unanimous decision and Dante picks up another big win in 2019.
Craig Jones (Absolute MMA/Renzo Gracie) vs Adam Wardzinski (Checkmat)
Here's your main event, Wardzinski surpringly comes out to some sort of techno music. I was expecting some Kiss or Black Sabbath. Adam sits, Craig attempts to backstep to the saddle and Adam comes on top. Craig stands and Adam pulls to shin on shin.
Kimura trap roll by Craig from the shin on shin, locks up a reverse triangle, gets the tap. Craig takes the -100kg championship. Amazing performance for Jones as he submits the fifth ranked 88kg athlete in the world in about two minutes.