With the World wide Pandemic, Jiu Jitsu has obviously had to be put on hold due to the close contact nature of the sport. However as lockdown has progressed, one Jiu Jitsu Promotion has taken the lead into bringing live jiu jitsu back. Fight 2 win has returned to our screens quicker than expected.
Just this past weekend they held F2W 142, where Gabi Garcia took on World NoGi Champion Kendall Reusing, in a dominating performance Gabi would take the win and the F2W Heavyweight NoGi Crown. Down the card other world class athletes included World Medalists Lucas Valente slightly edging out Matheus Gabriel and Dante Leon submitting Johnny Tama via triangle. This friday the show continues as F2W, working with FloGrappling are presenting the next installment of 'Who's Number 1' with Future Kimono's Gordon Ryan taking on Kyle Boehm and Nicky Ryan taking on Tye Ruotolo.
Before running his first show back, Seth Daniels owner and promoter of F2W, spoke to Flograppling on the WNO podcast, where he talked about the challenges of returning. He started in Texas where the state allowed you to fill the venue up to 25% of its capacity. He personally believed that to be too much and allowed 15% for F2W to be extra cautious and was running the 12 matches back to back. The event was a success, headlined by Kingz Athlete Cyborg defeating Vinicius Ferreira, and Johnny Tama beating Ethan Crelinsten.
For Seth the main motivations for the return noted on the WNO podcast was to give himself and his staff something to work towards, not just financial but mental. Almost a first step to normality and to start putting money back in the pockets of Grapplers.
There was already examples of the return to shows in the sporting world with the UFC and WWE making their returns and showing it was safe to do so. Seth took inspiration from these, and had extra precautions in place to make sure F2W was safe. These precautions ranged from doctors exams at weigh ins, any symptoms for Covid-19 meant they could not fight, sanitising constantly before and after matches. There was also the desire to provide new content for platforms like Flo to cover. With F2W returning, Third Coast have also now planning to make their return.
Since their initial return at F2W 139 they have run 3 more events where world class athletes such as Edwin Najmi, Benson Henderson and Lovato Jr have all taken part and we have got to see world class jiu jitsu match ups on our screens !
With Seth and his teams drive and passion for jiu jitsu, we now have new jiu jitsu content to enjoy, and from the events already to take place he seems to be leading the industry in innovating to provide content no matter the situation and making sure the platform is both safe for the Fighters, staff and the public health as a whole, and we cant wait for the next event !