Farias & Agazarm To Scrap At Fight To Win's Final Event The Year

This Saturday, December 7, two of jiu-jitsu’s favorite MMA-crossover athletes, Ary Farias (Atos) and AJ Agazarm (Gracie Barra), meet in a 155-lbs no-gi main event at Fight 2 Win 133 in Fresno, California. 

Grappling fans have a love-hate relationship with MMA. We love seeing our players do well in the professional MMA circuit, but hate missing their performances in grappling-focused competition. Now, in consecutive events Fight 2 Win is bringing some of our favorites back “home” from the cage to the mat. These guys are focused on their MMA careers, so you likely won’t see them at any of the major tournaments any time soon which is why these superfights are, well, super.

Watch Fight To 133: Agazarm vs Farias


Ranked No. 10 for jiu-jitsu in MMA, Ary Farias has cemented himself as one of the “greats” in jiu-jitsu. Over the course of his nine-year black belt career, the two-time IBJJF World Champion has bested the best (in the gi) including wins over Bruno Malfacine and Joao Miyao. 

Until last year he was still actively competing in the gi, even taking silver at Worlds. Since transitioning to MMA exclusively, though, he says his jiu-jitsu has just gotten better, a statement evidenced by the fact that he’s subbed six of his nine pro MMA fights. In fact, he’s fresh off a rear naked choke victory from his MMA fight just last week, the submission that has claimed the majority of his wins. When it comes to pure jiu-jitsu we’re accustomed to seeing him in the gi, but with a budding MMA career and preparing for the “majors’ under the Atos lineage, his preparation is stacked for his F2W debut.


While Ary is a lifelong jiu-jitero, AJ Agazarm was an All-American wrestler, who has also switched to MMA and currently has a winning (2-1) pro record. This will be the Bellator fighter’s fifth appearance on Fight 2 Win. While Ary has been on a hot streak in MMA, with a No-Gi World title to his name as well as a silver medal from the 2017 ADCC World championships; between the two, Agazarm is probably the more decorate no-gi grappler. AJ was even on the docket to compete at this year’s ADCC, but pulled out. This will be the first time we have seen him in the jiu-jitsu circuit since No-Gi Pans last year where he took silver.



Other notable matches:

  • Two of the best 145-er’s, Hiago George and Gabriel Sousa, meet for a no-gi match up leading up to no-gi Worlds.

  • No. 7 Jake Watson is bouncing back after a tough loss to take on No. 3-ranked Manuel Ribamar.

  • Samir Chantre defends his title against Lucas Pinheiro. 

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