This past weekend saw the return of Polaris Professional to UFC Fight Pass, live in the North of England for the first time in Manchester. Headlined by two of the best athletes in the world in Ffion Davies and Talita Alencar. We at Fighters Market were at the event to watch some of the best grapplers in the world and Europe clash !
The Main Card began with the UFC’s Chris Fishgold taking on Scramble Academies Liam Cann who took the match up on short notice. Fishgold tried to push the pace from the top position but had no answers for Liam Cann’s half guard sweeps, falling victim to them multiple times and showed his frustration later in the match by striking the mat ! Liam would win via unanimous decision.
The next match up was between two ADCC trial winners in Ben Dyson and Nick Rodrigues, this was mainly a stand up battle which Nick would take advantage of, with his NCAA wrestling background, scoring multiple takedowns and winning the match up via decision.
The only Gi match on the main card was between Tommy Langaker and Marcos Tinoco, both World silver Medalists. This was a very cagey affair with the match up being very technical and deliberate. After 15 minutes Tommy Langaker took the win on a split decision !!
The only submission on the main card belonged to the UFC’s Steven Ray who took on Paddy Pimblett, after a back and forth affair, Steven Ray managed to catch Paddy in a tight heel hook.
To round off the main card, Polaris matched two Championship Bouts, with Mansher Khera the welterweight champion taking on Edwin Najmi of Gracie Barra and Kingz Athlete Ffion Davies taking Talita Alencar.
In the first championship match up, Edwin Najmi managed to take the decision over Mansher Khera in a scrappy affair between two of America’s top grapplers. Both showed their technique and athleticism with some really quick scrambles with Najmi almost locking up his patented flying triangle off a Munch single leg attack.
At the top of the Card, Ffion Davies retained her title against Talita Alencar in a gritty performance, thoroughly out working her more experienced opponent. It seemed the ECJJA athlete had an answer for anything Talita threw at her, with Ffion dominating all the scrambles and having the more dominant positions throughout the match ! Who can challenge Ffion on the Polaris stage who has made the stage her home defeated world champions Gezary Matuda and now Talita Alencar ! Ffion called out Bia Mesquita for the next Polaris, we at Fighters Market would love to see that !
The Preliminary Card had a lot more submission finishes with Jed Hue taking the Polaris Contenders title beating Nastasa Silviu via technical submission as he sustained an injury. While Scrambler Fred Greenall defeated SBG Irelands Kieran Davern via heel hook submission, after they both got into some very dangerous leg entanglements.
The only Manchester based grappler on the card Adam Adshead of Factory BJJ managed to take a dominant decision win while there were emphatic submission wins for Lloyd Cooper and Tarik Hopstock. Progress JJ athlete Marcus Phelan managed to edge out Polaris regular Tommi Pulkannen via decision, while Yaz Wilson and Chris Walsh won their matches via decision.
Match of the Night – Lloyd Cooper vs Matty Holmes
The matchup between Lloyd and Matty Holmes was very entertaining, with Matty pushing the pace in the beginning, while Lloyd soaked the pressure up. Matty tried attacking with some Leg Lock entries which Lloyd calmly got out multiple times. However, in the second half Lloyd began to up the pace, sweeping Matty multiple times and passing his guard with precision. It was in the final quarter of the match that Lloyd truly took over showing his experience and superior skills, passing to mount, and then attacking with a brutal heel hook to end the match.
Submission of the Night – Tarikoplata by Tarik Hopstock
With no need to have any coaches in his corner, Tarik Hopstock came out extremely confident, and managed to submit the highly entertaining Sean Mcdonagh via his patented Tarikoplata submission in around a minute.
*Cover Photo by @helenacurtis