On The Rise: Arnaldo Maidana

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This Weekend: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Arnaldo Maidana @ Fight to Win 141

Can Arnaldo Maidana pull off the ultimate upset against Rafael Lovato Jr.? This weekend the two will be facing off at FTW 141 where Arnaldo will get his chance to defeat the American legend.

Arnaldo represents the CheckMat flag and has the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the world. While some may not be familiar with Maidana, he certainly has made his mark. For those of you who are unaware, checkout this sparring session against Marcus "Almedia" Buchecha.

Arnaldo Maidana Spars With Marcus Buchecha

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After receiving his promotion to black belt in 2013 under Gilberto Gabas, Arnaldo became an IBJJF American National Champion in 2015 and then World No-Gi Champion in 2017. Throughout his journey, he has gained notable wins over some of the biggest names in grappling. 

He currently has victories over Lucas Barbosa, Eduardo Telles, Ricardo Evangelista, Josh Hinger, and Patrick Gaudio. 

While he certainly is an underdog this weekend against Lovato, it's clear that coronavirus has taken its toll on competitors' performance. We saw this last weekend at FTW 139 and 140. Isolated in Oklahoma City, battling health issues and restricted by quarantine, is Lovato Jr. at risk for a potential upset? 

While it is unlikely, this is the best opportunity any underdog could ask for. One thing is for sure: Maidana is hard at work preparing for this matchup. Here is an inside look at the training Arnaldo pushes through under head coach, Leo Vieira.

Arnaldo Maidana Drills Takedowns At Checkmat HQ

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Sneak Peak: Lovato Jr vs Arnaldo Maidana

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Watch FTW 141: Lovato Jr vs Arnaldo Maidada

Jon "Thor" Blank Was A Part-Time Grappler When He Made The ADCC Semifinals

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Until recently, Jon “Thor” Blank was working a full time job as an electrician. He had to use some of his last vacation days in 2019 to compete in ADCC, where he made a name for himself with an opening round submission over Rustam Chsiev. He went on to beat Murilo Santana, before losing in the semifinals, taking fourth in the 88 kg division.

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IBJJF American Nationals Brackets Are Out, How To Watch

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The brackets and schedule for the 2020 IBJJF American Nationals, to go down on Dec 5-6 in Dallas, are out now. 

Garry Tonon Says He'd Easily Submit Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Garry Tonon said it would not be difficult for him to submit the undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, in a grappling match.

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The Most Popular Submissions At IBJJF No-Gi Pans | Grappling By The Numbers

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If the 2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships is any indication, chokes are the most highly-favored submission type among grapplers in the IBJJF no-gi format. But that could soon change. 

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10th Planet's Silent Assassin, Grace Gundrum Has A Secret Weapon For WNO

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Anyone who has trained with Grace Gundrum will tell you. She absorbs technical knowledge. She listens to feedback from her coaches, JM Holland and Zach Maslany, and incorporates new moves and ideas seamlessly into her game.

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How to Watch Fight to Win 158

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Here's how to watch Fight to Win 158 on FloGrappling.

Proof That Rodolfo Vieira Is The Most Dangerous Grappler in MMA (Seriously)

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Once in a generation an athlete will appear and do the unthinkable. Barriers will be broken, records will be set and names will be written into history books. 

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ADCC Champs Predict: Kaynan vs Rodolfo

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For the second straight event, Who's Number One (WNO) will feature a clash of ADCC champions in the main event. After Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz in October, this time around we are bringing you 2019 99+kg champ Kaynan Duarte vs 2015 99kg champ Rodolfo Vieira in no-gi, submission only action.

How to Watch IBJJF American Nationals, Ronaldo Junior, Doederlein & More

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The IBJJF returns this weekend for the 2020 American Nationals, a two-day event which will include gi and no-gi tournaments.

WNO: Kaynan Duarte vs Rodolfo Vieira Official Event Preview

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Who's Number One (WNO) will return on Friday, December 11th, for yet another massive card at WNO: Kaynan Duarte vs Rodolfo Vieira. The event will feature six no-gi matches, all 15 minutes in length and under WNO submission only rules. As always, the best in the world will collide on the WNO mat, establishing who is truly number one in the no-gi scene today.