Ruotolo Bros Shine And Craig Jones Stuns With Quick Sub At Grapplefest

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Craig Jones was crowned the -100kg champ following his submission of Polish standout Adam Wardzinski at GrappleFest 7. Here’s the best of the action from a stacked international card in Liverpool, England. 

The eagerly awaited main event would take place on a rainy Liverpool night between ADCC 2019 silver medalist Craig Jones and butterfly guard wizard Adam Wardzinski. Known as an aggressive guard player, Wardzinski looked to immediately engage in a sitting shin-on-shin battle. Jones seized the moment, hitting a lighting-fast rolling kimura to cancel out his opponent’s tricky guard. A compromised Wardzinski found himself in a reverse triangle, eventually turning into a tighter inverted variation which forced the tap. 

Jones is undefeated in submission grappling in the UK and now a three-time champion after already securing the Polaris strap in two weight classes. 

WATCH: Craig Jones vs Adam Wardzinski

Dante on the back of Marcio Andre

Dante Leon took the nod in aggressive fashion by relentlessly attacking the flexible guard of Marcio Andre for a full 15 minutes. The Canadian’s pressure appeared too much for Andre, who weathered the notorious back attacks of Leon more than once but couldn’t find breathing space to invert and get to work. Frustration etched itself across Leon’s face from the first failed back attempt and remained present even after his hand was raised. 

WATCH: Dante Leon vs Marcio Andre 

Tye Ruotolo attacks Tom Halpin

Both Ruotolo twins made their first UK appearance to do battle with two high-level black belts. Relishing in the chance to showcase their skills in sub only, the 16-year-old phenoms put on two of the most entertaining matches of the evening. Kade sidestepped the guard to submit Jeremy Skinner with a deep diving darce choke, and Tye took a judge’s decision victory over Tom Halpin after a dominating performance. The pair prepared the perfect plan to negate their opponent’s leg lock games, using heavy foot control and stepping guard passes, followed up by smothering north-south pressure and dynamic attacks. 

WATCH: Tye Ruotolo vs Tom Halpin | Kade Ruotolo vs Jeremy Skinner 

'Meatball' Molly

Hometown hero and UFC star Molly McCann seized reaction of the night in a tooth-and-nail scrap against a returning Abi O’Toole. ‘Meatball Molly’ snatched a snap-down early, cinching up what appeared to be a fight-ending guillotine, until O’Toole inched an escape and took her cue to turn up the heat. Neither athlete gave an inch, and both came close to catching subs throughout the entire match. Given the intense and emotional engagement from the crowd, most would have awarded both competitors fight of the night. 

GrappleFest vet Lloyd cooper added another scalp to his mantel with a signature heel hook finish of Marcos Nardini, while UFC middleweight Tom Breese made quick work of catching his own on the always entertaining Andy Clamp. High-level MMA fighter Lee Chadwick also showcased his diversity, executing an expertly timed drop seoi nage to claim takedown of the night, before ending the match with a patiently awaited sit-back heel hook. 

With over 25 action-packed showcases of the best local and global grappling talent, it’s clear the UK promotion is still on the rise. Look for them to showcase more submission-only jiu-jitsu in 2020. 

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Official FloGappling Predictions: F2W 149 - Ribamar vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Out Of Fight to Win 149, Ribamar Steps Up vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Sending A Big Squad To Fight To Win 149, Here Are Their Names

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Fight to Win 149 was to feature Keenan Cornelius vs Gabriel Almeida in the main event. The American is out due to an injury with his back, but his team will be represented – they're taking eight representatives to compete on the event. 

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Before Keenan Competes At F2W, Check Out His Weekly Show!

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Keenan Cornelius will take to the stage at F2W 149 in Dallas, Texas, on Friday. He's matched up with Gabriel Almeida, after defeating Matheus Luna in his F2W debut last month. 

How To Watch: Fight To Win 149 - Keenan vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius will make the walk to the Fight To Win stage for the second time in his career at Fight To Win 149, where he'll meet Checkmat ace Gabriel Almeida in the main event. 

No-Gi Team Rankings, Plus Gi And No-Gi Rankings Updated!

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Between WNO, F2W, 3CG, and BJJ Stars, there has been an abundance of action in both gi and no-gi competition over the last couple of weeks. This, of course, leads to an inevitable shift in the rankings, as favorites fall and newcomers make their names knocking off established veterans. 

Controversial Call Spoils Kumite Final, Jimenez's Result Overturned

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A series of officiating errors at Third Coast Grappling's 170lbs Kumite tournament left a bad taste in the mouth of fans and competitors. 

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Official FloGrappling Predictions: Kumite V

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The highly touted Kumite series is back with its fifth installment this weekend, featuring 8 of the very best 170lb no-gi grapplers on the planet. 

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How To Watch Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V on FloGrappling.

5 Takeaways From Who's Number One: Garry, Cyborg, Vagner

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Now the dust has settled from last Friday night's Who's Number One event, let's recap some of the action and see what it means for future matches.  

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