The premier NoGi sub-only promotion returns today! With their most stacked card to date to satisfy all your submission Grappling needs.
Originally the event was headlined with a matchup between Craig Jones and multiple time world medallist and ADCC medallist Jackson Sousa, however due to injury Jackson had to pull out. However the organisers at Figure4 wasted no time in replacing Jackson with another World Class grappler, Gabriel Arges, who announced his participation in an interview immediately following his winning performance at the UAEJJF King Of Mats.
As always this event is stacked with talent throughout the card and here at Fighters Market we will preview the event and the matches you should keep your eye on!!
Main Event - Craig Jones (Absolute mma) vs Gabriel Arges (Gracie Barra)
Craig Jones returns headlining the card once again, this time against IBJJF 2017 Gi world champion Gabriel Arges. Much is known of Craig Jones’s NoGi prowess, beating competitors such as Matheus Diniz, Leandro Lo, and Murillo Santana in NoGi ADCC rules. He recently became a Polaris two weight champion, beating Keenan Cornelius for the light heavyweight Polaris title. Gabriel Arges presents a bit of an unknown, he mainly competes in the Gi, and is extremely successful winning the IBJJF World Championships, the UAEJJF world pro and most recently UAEJJF King of Mats. However Gabriel hasn’t competed at many ADCC rules competitions while at black belt, and the edge might have to go with Craig with how active he has been. What is for sure, is that this is a main event worth watching!
Co Main Event - Lachlan Giles (Absolute MMA) vs Bradley Hill (Gracie Barra)
The co main event is an excellent matchup between two international competitors. Lachlan Giles is surely the more experienced with him qualifying for ADCC multiple times along with a World NoGi Medal and an EBI third place finish. Bradley Hill is one of the UK’s most active black belt competitors, competing many times on the UAEJJF Grand Slam circuit this season, taking second at the Tokyo Grandslam. On the NoGi side he’s a Polaris superfight winner and a NoGi European Champion at Brown belt. Expect fireworks!
Along with a world class Main and Co-main event, the guys at Figure 4 Promotions have filled the rest of the card with some of the best UK and European Blackbelts and some of the most exciting rising talent! With such a massive card, up to 26 matches, let’s take a look at some of the match ups we are keeping our eyes on at Fighters Market Europe.
Ffion Davies (ECJJA) v Christine Martin (GB) u65kgs
Figure4 will also see the return of Ffion Davies, since her last win at Grapplefest, she has been on an absolute tear. The Kingz Kimonos athlete was awarded her black belt at the end of 2018 and immediately won the NoGi worlds at her new belt! Ffion would then follow achievement on by winning the first Gi Major at black belt, the Europeans! In Christine Martin, Ffion faces someone who also been successful in competition, winning the Europeans and Pan Ams at the coloured belts and recently took Gold at the IBJJF London Open. This should be an exciting match up, especially with the Grapplefest ruleset which awards sub attempts!
Freddie Vosgrone (Carlson Gracie) v Ash Amos (Tillery Combat) u100kgs
A clash of two monsters, as Freddie Vosgrone returns to Grapplefest where he managed to submit the extremely tough and durable Kameron Atakuru, this time he faces ‘the chocolate pig’ Ash Amos, who is looking to get back into the win column at Grapplefest. While Freddie will be looking to pull guard and tangle the legs, Ash will be looking to put a lot of pressure on top with his smash passing and advance his position to an eventual submission, an exciting clash of styles and should be fun to watch!
Lloyd Cooper (Combat Base) v Gregor Strakl (10th Planet) u80kgs
Scramble athlete and Yorkshire favourite Lloyd Cooper faces off against Gregor Strakl in an u80kgs match up. Lloyd is fresh off a massive win against top UK black belt Eoghan O’Flanagan who he submitted with a vicious toe hold, he is also a previous winner on the Grapplefest stage beating Bryn Jenkins via calf sliver! Gregor Strakl is making his debut on Grapplefest and should provide a tough test for Lloyd!
Sean McDonagh (GB) v Marcus Phelan (ECJJA) u80kgs
In what promises to be the fastest paced match on the card, Sean Mcdonagh takes on Progress Jiu Jitsu athlete Marcus Phelan in an u80kgs match up which in our eyes is a contender for fight of the night. Both are European NoGi champions with Sean winning his title at brown belt while Marcus at purple. Sean is the sole black belt in this match up and has been competing regularly winning superfights at Battle Grapple and Polaris, he is also an IBJJF London Open NoGi Champion at black belt. Marcus Phelan is one of the top competitors out of East Coast academy, and top brown belt competitors in Europe. Recently he’s been competing on the UAEJJF circuit taking gold at the Spanish nationals and French Nationals. With both athletes known for setting a high pace, don’t blink!
Eoghan O'Flanaghan (NSBJJ) v Chris Walsh (Next Gen) u80kgs
Hometown favourite Chris Walsh takes on one of the top sub only NoGi competitors in Eoghan O’Flanagan, Chris has fought on shows such as Tanko and medalled at many local competitions, this match up with Eoghan represents a step up in class. Eoghan a Jiu Jitsu black belt has won many superfights on some of the biggest stages such as Polaris, and holds a submission win over Ross Nicholls.
Jamie Hughes (Pedro Bessa) v Ian Jones (Combat Base) u100kgs
A real clash of styles, as Jamie Hughes takes on catch wrestler Ian Jones. Jamie a European NoGi silver medallist, is no stranger to superfight stage, being a Polaris veteran, however Ian Jones presents a totally different grappler, being a catch wrestling specialist along with Jiu Jitsu black belt. Ian also has a Grapplefest victory under his belt and will be keen to add another.
Lee Simpson (Sukata) v Chris Regan (GB) u90kgs
Another high pace match up sees two of the UKs top Black belt masters competitors squaring off, Lee Simpson is a consistent medallist in IBJJF podiums and is NAGA Europe champion, he faces off against Chris Regan who has been a bit quieter on the competition circuit due to his relocation to Bermuda but who himself is a World NoGi bronze medallist. Both athletes push for the takedown and set a high pace for big men, so expect some big shots and sprawls.
Neil Atkins (Sukata) v Higo Gomez (IMBJJ) u70kgs
Neil Atkins steps in as a later replacement and Higo Gomez. Neil is a previous competitor on Grapplefest, but will be looking to get in the win column this time. Neil is a seasoned competitor, medalling at UAEJJF World Pro at masters brown belt and winning the IBJJF Europeans at masters brown belt! Higo isn’t as experienced as Neil but recently took silver at the ADCC British open in the masters Pro category!
Along with all these matches featured there are loads more on show with a lot of UK talent being showcased, including the finals of Figure4Promotions blue belt tournament finals featuring an open weight finals match between David Graham (SBG) v Jon Paton (Sukata)
And an u70kgs match between Chris Nicol (Aberdeen Combat Centre) v Sean Macguiness (Scramble Academy).
All in all this should be an exciting night of submission Grappling, whether you watch it live or on Flograppling!