One of the premier submission only events returns with a card full of star power taking place in the lighthouse in Poole England, Polaris 10 ! As always the event has some of the best submission grapplers in the world battling, Polaris champions Nicky Ryan and Craig Jones defend their titles, while a new champion will be crowned between Ash Williams and Ethan Crelinsten. The show also has MMA legends taking part in grappling super fights with Urijah Faber taking on Nicky Ryan and Japanese MMA legend Caol Uno taking on british competitor Leigh Remeidos. Along with the top end of the card, the show has world class and up and coming grapplers throughout the card Heres your preview of what promises to be a night of world class grappling.
Polaris Featherweight title fight - Nicky Ryan (C) vs Urijah Faber - NOGI
In one of the most intriguing match ups in the submission grappling world, Polaris Featherweight champion and young submission grappling rising stars Nicky Ryan takes on MMA legend and former WEC Champion Urijah Faber. In the MMA world Faber was known for his grappling prowess being an NCAA division 1 wrestler and a Jiu Jitsu brown belt, 19 of his 34 professional wins came via submission, with his guillotine being especially feared. In a pure grappling match up, Faber enters unchartered waters and in those waters is the young shark Nicky Ryan who despite his extremely young age, is already the Polaris Featherweight champion defeating the legendary Imanari, a ADCC trials winner and holds a win on Kasai Grappling over Geo Martinez. With both their backgrounds and Faber stepping into an arena he is unfamiliar with, this promises to be at least an extremely interesting match.
Polaris Middleweight Title Fight - Craig Jones (C) vs Matheus Lutes NOGI
Bearfoot JJ athlete Craig Jones returns to the Polaris Stage where he is undefeated, beating grapplers such as Jake Shields and Keenan Cornelius both in title matches, to become their first and only ‘champ champ’ the champion of both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. Since his last appearance on Polaris, Craig has also defeated world champions such as Gabriel Arges and Tim Spriggs, both via submission, so he is coming into this match up on good form. In Matheus Lutes he faces a grappler very much on the rise, while Matheus is a brown belt, it would be highly unwise for anyone to underestimate him as he isn’t your average brown belt. After a bronze medal finish at the IBJJF World Championships in the Gi in 2018, Matheus has made a splash on the NoGi scene, winning double gold at the IBJJF Pan NoGi and becoming a Kasai Pro Champion. He would finish 2018 becoming the World NoGi Champion in both his weight class and the absolutes, beating the Ultra Heavy champion in the final. While Craig Jones will be seen as the favourite, do not underestimate the man nicknamed as the ‘Rottweiler’.
Polaris Lightweight Title Fight - Ash Williams vs Ethan Crelinsten NOGI
Polaris 10 will see a lightweight champion be crowned, where welshman Ashley Williams takes on DDS standout Ethan Crelinsten. Ash defeated MMA legend Imanari on Polaris 7 to earn his place in the final, while Ethan defeated ADCC trials winner Tom Halpin at Polaris 9 to earn his. Both are extremely experienced on the competition scene, Ash is a previous IBJJF European NoGi champion, multiple IBJJF Open winner and Grapplefest super fight winner. While Ethan Crelinsten is an IBJJF World NoGi silver medalist along with qualifying for the previous ADCC along with recently qualifying the upcoming ADCC championships. This match up can really go either way, with both being extremely experienced at the highest level and could very well be the fight of the night.
Caol Uno vs Leigh Remeidos
Japanese MMA legend Caol Uno returns to the grappling arena to take on Leigh Remeidos. Caol needs no introduction to the die hard MMA fans, being a Shooto Champion and famously fighting BJ Penn to a draw at UFC 41 in a UFC Lightweight title fight. What also makes this fight interesting is the little known fact of Caol Uno being a ADCC silver medalist all the way back in 1999. Originally slated to face Brad Pickett, he now faces UK MMA pioneer Leigh Remeidos who himself is a brown belt in BJJ and comes into the bout with decades of grappling experience.
Richie Martinez vs Miha Perhavec
One of the most intriguing match ups of the night sees Miha Perhavec facing veteran 10th planet black belt Richie Martinez. Miha is well known to the Polaris audience being undefeated and winning all his matches by submission, and in the competition scene he is highly accomplished winning the IBJJF Spanish Nationals both in the Gi and Nogi, along with a silver medal in the IBJJF European NoGi championships. Recently he’s been travelling all around the world spending a lot of time in New York especially the blue basement of Renzo Gracie Academy. So we know Miha will be coming into this match up at the top of his game. In Richie Martinez, Miha faces an opponent who has a lot more experience at the highest level, being a black belt since 2015. Richie has taken gold at the IBJJF World NoGi championships in the master 1 category and taken 2nd at EBI, training in a NoGi focussed academy since starting Jiu Jitsu has served him well on the sub-only scene.
Ashley Amos vs Nick Rodriguez
Opening the main card, sees the biggest athletes on the main card clash, Ashley Amos takes on Renzo Gracie competitor Nick Rodriguez. Ashley is a two time winner on the Polaris stage and hasn’t tasted defeat on the big stage, while Nick is making his debut. Both are very experienced with Ashley being a European NoGi champion at blue belt and a British Open champion at purple belt, while Nick is a two time medalist at the ADCC trials, with one being a win and qualifying for the next ADCC. While Nick is only a ‘blue belt’ he is a highly experienced grappler being an NCAA division 2 wrestler in college and is super athletic, and has been honing his skills in the famed blue basement where some of the best NoGi grapplers perfect their craft such as Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon under the tutelage of John Danaher. Expect fireworks when these two Goliaths clash.