Nicky Rod, Cyborg, Roberto, Hulk & More Taking Over 3CG Kumite IV

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Third Coast Grappling is back with their fourth Kumite event of the summer – and it’s stacked with some of the biggest names in grappling today: 

  • Nick Rodriguez
  • Roberto Jimenez 
  • Roberto Cyborg Abreu 
  • Arnaldo Maidana 
  • Fellipe Andrew
  • Lucas Hulk Barbosa 
  • Gabriel Almeida
  • Guillherme Augusto Soares

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While mostly featuring super-heavyweight and above, Jimenez, Hulk represent some of the lighter weight classes, adding a little extra flavor to the tournament. 

Updated: Gabriel Alemdia has replaced Johnny Tama

In what is becoming the norm for the 3CG Kumite Format, the first-round matches here are simply incredible.

Nicky Rod vs boy-wonder and 3CG Kumite III Champ Roberto Jimenez is possibly the match of the summer. They are two physical monsters, and while it can't be denied that Jimenez as the more developed jiu-jitsu game, Nicky Rod makes up for that in spades with raw power and the desire to win – he IS an ADCC silver medalist, after all. 

Cyborg, a man with no need for an introduction (but we'll give it to you anyway) is the crafty veteran with great top pressure and one of the best guards ever wielded by an ultra-heavyweight and will be a serious challenge for rising Checkmat black belt Arnaldo Maidana.  

Intriguing scenarios contained on the left-hand side of the bracket include Cyborg vs Nicky Rod rubber match or Cyborg vs Roberto Jimenez for the semi-final.

The right-hand side of the bracket is equalling thrilling: the super accomplished Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa (IBJJF Grand Slam winner, ADCC vet, etc. and so on) takes on footlock and triangle machine Fellipe Andrew. Though Fellipe is primarily known for his success in the gi, it should be noted that he is also an ADCC vet. 

Rounding out the bracket is last-minute addition Gabriel Alemdia versus Gui Augusto. 

Augusto – an Alliance black belt and two-time Brazilian national champion who holds wins over some huge names including Adam Wardinki, Erberth Santos, and Tanner Rice.  

 

Gordon Ryan's Exhibition Match In Support Of We Defy


Not to be overlooked, Gordon Ryan is also set to take this stage at 3CGs Kumite IV, albeit in a slightly different way by appearing in a special exhibition grappling match to raise money for the We Defy Foundation

We Defy's mission is to get disabled combat veterans training jiu-jitsu, where they can reap the mental and physical benefits and enjoy the camaraderie that jiu-jitsu offers. 

His partner for the exhibition match will be Brian Marvin, a former president of the We Defy Foundation who is a jiu-jitsu black belt and co-owner of Renzo Gracie Houston.

"I have worked with We Defy Foundation for some time now and this is something I have always wanted to do. I will be donating 100% of the proceeds to We Defy to help out our amazing military vets the best way I can." - Gordon Ryan


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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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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.

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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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Results & Match Videos: Garry Tonon vs Dante Leon, Hulk vs Cyborg & More

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It's time for another edition of Who's Number One! Our main event this time is an ADCC rematch between Garry Tonon and Dante Leon, which is sure to be just as exciting this time around.

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After a wild week, WNO: Tonon vs Leon is finally upon us.  The cad remains stacked from top to bottom, and the FloGrapling staff has given their picks for the top four matches of the night!

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The King Speaks: Gordon Ryan's WNO Picks

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Love him or hate him, when Gordon Ryan speaks, people listen. Naturally, I reached out to Gordon to find out his picks for the upcoming WNO: Garry Tonon vs Dante Leon event after he was forced to pull out of his match with Ronaldo Junior due to COVID-19. Here's what The King thinks about these upcoming matches:

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