This Black Friday weekend not only sees amazing deals but also world class Jiu Jitsu in Liverpool, we have some of the best grapplers in the world throwing down on Saturday, streamed around the world on Flograppling. Grapplefest returns with a bigger and better card with not one but TWO world class international match ups in the Co and co main event with the rest of the card filled with some of the best European NoGi grapplers and the best of the rising local talent. Without further ado, here’s your preview !
Matheus Diniz vs Daniel Strauss
We begin with an explosive main event, Matheus Diniz returns to the GrappleFest stage, where he takes on UK Black Belt Daniel Strauss. Both are extremely experienced on the sub-only super-fight scene, Dan Strauss is a multiple time Polaris competitor and was chosen by Polaris to be a part of their team at Quintet. While Matheus is the more experienced competitor especially at the highest level, regularly competing at the biggest competitions, he has already graced the GrappleFest mats, losing a split decision to Craig Jones at Grapplefest 2 in a very close match. He also dominated the Kasai Pro 2 185lbs bracket without conceding a single point against some of the best competitors in the world. And of course Matheus has medalled and won at some of the biggest IBJJF competitions including the World NoGi and Pan NoGI. Expect an intense pace and we put our money on a finish in this one !
Ross Nicholls vs Gianni Grippo - u80kgs Title Fight
Both men are in extremely good form. Ross Nicholls has been on a tear recently, winning multiple NoGi superfights around Europe including NoGi tournaments such as the Creat Championships in Finland. He is also a two time superfight winner at Grapplefest 1 and 2. Recently however Ross put on a clinic at the ADCC European Championships, submitting four of his 5 opponents and taking Gold, being the first Brit to secure his place at the ADCC World Championships next year. However the man facing him needs no introduction, Gianni Grippo. Gianni has been on a bit of a roll himself, winning the recent Featherweight tournament at Kasai Grappling, beating none other then Paulo Miyao in the finals, a huge scalp ! He also recently won the IBJJF Pan NoGi, and has a multitude of other accomplishments that would take ages to list on this preview. Either way whoever is crowned as Figure4’s first title belt holder will be a worth winner.
Kameron Atakuru vs Frederic Vosgroene u100kg
A real clash of styles in this match up. On the one hand you have Progress JJ’s Kameron Atakuru, an experienced catch wrestler and Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt, highly unlikely to pull guard, more likely to blast double you off the mats. On the other hand we have Germany’s Frederic Vosgroene, bjj brown belt and likely to pull guard and take your legs home. Kameron featured on the first Grapplefest winning his match via decision. He was scheduled to take on Ashley Amos on the second GrappleFest but had to pull out due to a nasty injury, so expect him to be aggressively chasing the win. Frederic Vosgroene has been on a tear, holding win’s over some of the best NoGi Grapplers on the sub only scene, submitting Polaris Veterans Miha Perhavec and Tuomas Simola on the same day to take a NAGA title and submitting the UFC’s Tom Breese. Not only is a sublime Sub-Only grappler but he’s also a IBJJF European NoGi champion.
Lloyd Cooper vs Tom Caughey u80kgs
GrappleFest 3 pits two winners at previous GrappleFest events and Polaris veterans. Lloyd Cooper returns after his submission of the night victory over Kingz athlete Bryn Jenkins on GrappleFest 1. Lloyd is no stranger to Superfights competing on Polaris and winner of the Densetsu competition and £2000 which included high level athletes such as Sean Mcdonagh, Ash Amos and Stuart Cooper. He is also experienced competition grappler winning the IBJJF Europeans at master 1 Brown belt in 2017 all via submission. In Tom Caughey, Lloyd will come up against a Grappler just as experienced as himself. Tom a blackbelt from Team Renegade in Birmingham, is a regular training partner of UFC star Tom Breese, Tom also won his superfight at Grapplefest 2 along with claiming an IBJJF Pan NoGi title in 2016. Interestingly this match is also a rubber match between the two and should be a strong contender for fight of the night.
Eoghan O’Flanaghan vs Liam Corrigan u80kgs
Contender for fight of the night, sees Tatami sponsored athlete take on Liam Corrigan in an u80kgs match up, Eoghan has fought on the previous 2 Grapplefests with. Both being extremely high paced and exciting. While Liam makes his debut at Grapplefest, he is known on the UK scene for his NoGi prowess winning multiple NAGA Elite title belts around Europe and medalled at the Pan Nogi at purple belt. This one promises to be action packed !
Kieran Davern vs Ellis Younger u80kgs
Progress JJ sponsored athlete Ellis Younger makes his Figure4 debut, a multiple time British Open Champion in the Gi, and IBJJF European NoGi Champion he primarily competes at Lightweight (76kg), he will be outsized against Kieran Davern, a two time Grapplefest Superfight winner and Polaris Superfight winner ! This match up promises to be an explosive affair with Ellis known to put a high pace on his opponents and Kieran always searching for the finish !
Lee Chadwick vs Ash Amos u100kgs
A very intriguing rematch between Ash Amos and Cage Warriors world champion Lee Chadwick, while Ash won the first match at Grapplefest 1 via a decisive submission, he is coming off a quick loss at Grapplefest 2. Lee will be looking to even the score while Ash will be wanting to get some momentum back with a win here as he has another match up scheduled at Polaris early next month, watch out for these two bulls at u100kg clashing !
Matty Holmes vs Nick Forrer u90kgs
Local lad Matty Holmes comes into Grapplefest 3 on a roll after winning his Grapplefest 2 superfight in impressive fashion, known for his creative submissions including his Armbar at Tanko submission championships which went viral ! He faces BJJ Black belt Nick Forrer in an u90kgs match up, expect this one to be loud with Matty most definitely have the local support.
Jack Sear vs Martin Wong u70kgs
After a quiet affair at GrappleFest 2 in his match up with Kev Corkhill, Jack Sear will be hoping to give the Liverpool crowd an entertaining performance as he takes on Combat Base Liverpool’s Martin Wong who is making his GrappleFest debut!
Wing Chau Cheung vs Freddie Sykes u80kgs
Stealth BJJ's Wing Chau Cheung takes on Freddie Sykes in an u80kgs match up of two of the best master brown belts in the UK. Wing Chau Cheung’s accomplishments have come primarily in the Gi winning the IBJJF Europeans in the Gi in 2017 at purple belt and the IBJJF international Masters Europe at brown belt in 2018, he would also take 3rd at the World Masters in 2017. While Freddie Sykes is a IBJJF British National Champion at Brown belt masters who placed third and the International Masters Europe this year. The change of rule set presents an interesting dynamic to this match up between two primarily Gi competitors.
Sophie Keenan vs Abbie O’toole u65kgs
The only female match up on the main card matches up Next Generation’s Sophie Keenan take on Mill Hill BJJ’s Abbie O’Toole in an u65kgs match up. Both are experienced competitors at their experienced belt levels, competing in many local competitions and smaller sub-only shows, at GrappleFest 3 they have the opportunity to show of their skills and make a statement, and maybe be featured in higher profile match ups on future shows.
Kev Corkhill vs Nathan Kay u70kgs
Nathan Kay will be looking to replicate his team mate Jack Sear in achieving a victory over Liverpudlian Kev Corkhill, but it will prove no easy task, the MMA Academy’s Corkhill is one of the top lightweight NoGi competitors in the north west and will be wanting to put on a show for the local crowd.
Chris Paines vs George McManus u90kgs
The first patch up sees up and coming MMA prospect George McManus take on BJJ Brown belt Chris Paines. Despite only being a purple belt, George won his match up on the first Grapplefest and is the owner of two submission victories in professional mma. Chris is an experienced competitor on the UK submission only scene and local grappling circuit, this match up promises to be a solid start to a world class card.
The undercard has some of the best local talent to prepare the audience for the excellent main card, heading it is a match up between two u100kgs grapplers, recently promoted brown belt Simon Price of ASW takes on Tom Rumens !
Figure4 also held blue belt tournaments for local unknown talent to battle their way onto the show, with three finals taking place on the undercard card. The winner of these finals will win a spot on a future show on the main card. We have the u90kgs final between Madars Flemings and Steve Burton, the u80kgs finals between Aaron Pierre and Danny Stirk and finally the u70kgs final between Tom Godber and Ollie Bates. We also see the return of some Kids matches with Figure4 doing an excellent job giving a platform to our future champions !