Third Coast Grappling Championship 3
This Saturday one of the biggest stars of Jiu-Jitsu Gordon Ryan takes on Bo Nickal in a Wrestling vs Jiu-Jitsu super-fight. Bo is a 3x NCAA Champion and 2019 U23 World Champion, the match will take place under a modified ruleset. There will be no leglocks, no guard pulls and no tech fall. The match will be 15 minutes, unless there is a submission. This ruleset hopes to even the field as this will be the first submission grappling match for Bo. It will be interesting to see how Gordon manages the stand-up exchanges and how able Bo is to defend the submission attacks once the action hits the mat. Regardless of the outcome, It is always fun to watch the clash of styles in this Wrestling vs Jiu-Jitsu match.
Also on the card, in the co-main event. Romulo Barral meets Jake Shields. Barral is a 5x World Champion and ADCC champion. He has been less active in recent years so, make sure to catch this legend in action! Shields is an MMA veteran having fought in the UFC, Elite XC, Shooto and Strikeforce where he captured the Middleweight title. He has been more active in the grappling world in recent years since he moved to NYC to train with John Danaher and his DDS. Another great match on the card is Gilbert “Durinho” Burns vs Edwin Najmi. Burns most recently returned to competing in the Gi last weekend when he faced off with Tommy Lanagker at Polars 12. Burns lost the decision in what proved to be the match of the night but, showed yet again why he is a fan favorite with his aggressive style, always coming forward. Edwin is a young veteran who has been competing at the black belt level since 2015. He won his match against Giani Grippo in OT at Third Coast Grappling Championship 2.
Fight to Win 133
Two Jiu-Jitsu competitors turned MMA fighters will return to their roots on the Fight to Win stage in Fresno, CA. 2014 No-Gi World Champion AJ Agazam will face off with 2x World Champion Ary Farias. AJ made the transition to MMA recently, training with the Diaz brothers and fighting for Bellator. He has gone 2-1 (1 submission victory) in his MMA career so far. AJ is known for his savvy submission defense skills. Ary first fought MMA in 2014 and holds a record of 9-2. The card will also feature top featherweights Gabriel Sousa vs Hiago George and Veteran Samir Chantre vs Lucas Pinheiro