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

Gundrum defeats Fontes

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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.

Gundrum made her black belt debut against Pati Fontes, a three-time no-gi world champ and reigning Fight to Win Strawweight Champion. Gundrum, who recently turned 18, controlled the match from the outset, pulling guard and methodically climbing to a high guard. From there, she locked a Dead Orchard triangle across Fontes’ shoulders and took her time finishing the armbar.

Gundrum won the match in less than three minutes, and looked like a veteran despite being in her debut black belt appearance.

Gundrum's armbar won her submission of the night honors as well as the strawweight title. And, taking out the no. 4-ranked Fontes, Gundrum should soon move up in the rankings.

Watch: Grace Gundrum vs Pati Fontes at Fight to Win 155

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In the co-main event, Devhonte Johnson got the better of a series of stalemates with Vinicius “Trator” Ferreira. Trator pulled guard and tried to tangle Johnson in lasso guard. Johnson kept his limbs mostly free, but was not able to progress past the guard. Still, he was the obvious aggressor, and his forward momentum was enough to earn the win over Trator.

With this victory, Devhonte earned his second win of the year in the Fight to Win ruleset over a major talent. This summer, he beat Fellipe Andrew at Subversiv 3. Devhonte is now 4-1 as a black belt on Fight to Win, with a four-fight win streak.

Watch: Vinicius "Trator" Ferreira vs Devhonte "Bones" Johnson at Fight to Win 155

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In one of the premier black belt matchups of the night, Jake Watson beat Matheus Luna by decision. Luna recently passed Watson in the rankings after defeating him in the quarterfinals at Pans. That match was decided by a narrow margin. Although this rematch featured an entirely different ruleset, it could be redeeming for Watson, who controlled the match throughout. He opened with a swarm of berimbolo attempts. He ended the match with a series of convincing footlooks. In between, he took top position or bottom as he wanted it, and he was effective in keeping Luna stagnant in most exchanges.

Watch: Jake Watson vs Matheus Luna at Fight to Win 155

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Garry Tonon Returns To MMA Dec. 4. With Fight vs Koyomi Matsushima

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Garry Tonon returns to action on December 4 with a fight against Koyomi Matsushima of Japan.

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John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

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After the big news last week about how Gordon Ryan is moving to Puerto Rico, everyone wondered what the training situation would be like for the P4P #1 grappler on earth. It sounds like after Gordon, Nicky, Nat and Big Gord linked up with Mo Jassim down in Dorado, the entire Danaher Death Squad will be joining them shortly.

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Five Biggest Takeaways From The 2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships

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Major events such as No-Gi Pans always offer huge lessons about the top competitors, and the major developments in jiu-jitsu at large. This edition was no different. While the cream of the crop reminded us why they have remained dominant over the years, several new black belts could soon be on the rise.

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10 Must-See Black Belt Submissions From The 2020 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

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The black belt divisions of No-Gi Pans were full of submissions. Here are some of the fastest, most unusual, and most dominant match-enders from the entire day!

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Road To Double-Gold: Igor Feliz Wins Lightweight And Absolute At Brown Belt

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Lightweight Igor Feliz had a breakout performance at the Atlanta open on Saturday, capturing gold with two submission victories. He followed that up on Sunday with an even more significant double-gold outing, winning three matches in his weight class before collecting four more victories in the open weight division.

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The 7 Most Exciting Black Belt Matches From No-Gi Pans

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The black belt weight Categories have concluded at No-Gi Pans and all that remains as of writing is the absolute division (which is looking completely stacked).  We've gone through the action and selected the seven best matches from the day. Jump in and enjoy. 

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Black Belt Results & Match Videos From 2020 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

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The black belt divisions are live at No-Gi Pans. Every division is scheduled to start and conclude today. With so much action going on at once, it can be challenging to catch all the action. Thats where we come in. Keep hitting that refresh button for up to the minute results and links to the all-star matches match. 

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Pans 2020: Hillbilly Hammer Spearheads Incredible Run For Daisy Fresh

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Jacob Couch, AKA the 'Hillbilly Hammer',  earned MVP of the day for the Daisy Fresh / Pedigo Submission Fighting crew after claiming four submissions and a total of six victories. Notably, Couch (aka the Hillbilly Hammer) submitted Matheus “Teteu” Ferreira from Atos in the final of the absolute division, an athlete that put him out early at the 2020 Pan Championships.

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Road To Gold: Igor Feliz Catches Two Subs On His Way To Gold

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Representing the Future School of Jiu-Jitsu, Igor Feliz is a brown belt that you may not have heard of yet, but without question, is someone to keep an eye on. He recently jumped in the ranking from No. 20 to No. 3 ahead of the Atlanta Open / No-Gi Pans weekend and cemented the move with a dominant performance on the mats today. 

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Road To Gold: Jordan Vaisman Dominates At Light-Feather

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Jordan Vaisman is one of Gracie Barra's fastest rising stars from the brown belt ranks.  Based in Houston, Texas, Vaisman made the quick trip to Atlanta to soundly defeated the competition over the course of two mtches on his way to light-featherweight gold. 

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