Jon Blank Submits Ribamar To Claim F2W Middleweight Title

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Fight To Win resumed operations in Philadelphia tonight and had three black belt titles on the line! The marquee matches of the evening lived up their lofty expectations, each one ending in spectacular fashion.

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10th  Planet representative Jon Blank had an outstanding performance in the main event, submitting Manuel Ribamar with an inside heel hook near the seven-minute mark.

The early exchanges saw a mix of attacks from both athletes, each one trading techniques from top and bottom positions, but it was Blank who ultimately controlled the pacing and gained the upper hand of the match with his multifaceted butterfly guard. After several close attempts, Blank was able to enter the saddle and finish the fight with an inside heel hook. 

The co-main event of the evening was equally thrilling, and Junny Ocasio's hot streak has no signs of going away.

Ocasio took on GF Team representative Jose Carlos Lima – an athlete primally known for his accomplishments in the gi – and the divide in disciplines was undeniable apparent. 

Lima attempted to keep Junny at bay by playing an outside passing game on the feet, backing away from Junny’s butterfly guard, looking for an opening. The match played out like this for 7 minutes before Junny decisively turned the tables, coming up for a sweep and immediately hunting for the back.

Instead of securing rear mount, Junny found himself in a great position to hit a straight armbar, finishing the match and retaining the bantamweight title. 

Finally,  in the must-watch match of the night, Maria Malyjasiak pulled off the upset and submitted Nathiely de Jesus with a kneebar to capture the Fight To Win belt! 

 The match kicked off with Nathiely playing guard and seemingly content to stay on bottom, but after relatively static action, she swept to top. The action remained cagey with roles reversed, but it was Malyjasiak who was able to find an opening, attacking first with a toehold and finishing with a kneebar. 

Grace Gundrum Lives Up To The Hype With Submission In Black Belt Debut

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10th Planet’s Grace Gundrum had a lot to prove in the main event at Fight to Win 155. She’s worn the title of “next big thing” since she was 12 years old. After earning her black belt in July, she finally had an opportunity to live up to that hype.

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Official FloGrappling Predictions: Fight To Win 155

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Another weekend in Philadelphia means another weekend of East Coast competitors itching to get back on stage. Fight to Win will make its second consecutive appearance in PA, for Fight to Win 155. In the main event, the 10th Planet prodigy, Grace Gundrum, will make her Fight to Win debut — and also her black belt debut — against Pati Fontes.

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Teen Standout Mica Galvao Promoted To Brown Belt

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It must be promotion season, as another teen sensation has just earned his brown belt. 

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The Official FloGrappling Leg Entanglement Encyclopedia

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Now that the IBJJF will be allowing heel hooks in 2021, it's time to brush up on your leglock knowledge. There are several leg entanglements, and most of them have a variety of names. Need to brush up on your terminology? The official FloGrappling leg entanglement reference guide is here!

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Medium Heavyweight Is Stacked! An Early Look At 2020 No-Gi Pans

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It did not take long for registration to close for No-Gi Pans. The IBJJF announced the belated date of this tournament earlier this month, and it has already reached capacity. Some of these competitors are likely to switch divisions as the deadline to switch approaches. In the meantime, here are the key registrants in each division.

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Grace Gundrum To Make Black Belt Debut Against Pati Fontes

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Another weekend in Philadelphia means another weekend of East Coast competitors itching to get back on stage. Fight to Win will make its second consecutive appearance in PA, for Fight to Win 155. In the main event, the 10th Planet prodigy, Grace Gundrum, will make her black belt debut against Pati Fontes.

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On The Rise: Luccas Lira

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Luccas Lira is one of the fastest-rising talents you may not have heard of just yet. A blue belt double-gold champ at the IBJJF No-Gi World Championships, Lira is one of fight sport's emerging talents and someone to absolutely keep an eye on.

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Ruotolo Bros Earn Brown Belts From Andre Galvao

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After less than a year at purple belt, Tye and Kade Ruotolo have been promoted.

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Studying The Trend: Most 2020 Pans Champs Were First-Timers

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The majority of 2020 Pans black belt champions saw the top of the Pans podium for the first time this year. Ten of the 16 gold medalists had not previously won a black belt division at Pans. Of those 10, five had not previously competed at Pans in a black belt division.

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What's Daisy Fresh? Series Watch Guide

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When we first visited Pedigo Submission Fighting in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, it was for this highly praised photo essay about the life of the Wiltse brothers and their life literally living on the mats. That photo essay became the base for what would eventually become one of our most successful film projects to date, Daisy Fresh: An American Jiu-Jitsu Story.

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