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EBI 15: The Featherweights Preview

Eddie Bravo’s innovative jiu-jitsu tournament returns Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the MusclePharm HQ in Burbank, California. For the 15th edition of the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), featherweights will take the stage, and Combat Jiu-Jitsu makes its triumphant second appearance. EBI 15 will be available on pay-per-view on Inch By Inch or UFC Fight Pass.

The featherweight tournament will feature sixteen high-level jiu-jitsu competitors. The star-studded lineup features some of the top names at 145lbs. Defending EBI Featherweight Champion Eddie “The Wolverine” Cummings will defend his title, and current EBI Bantamweight Champion Geo “Freakazoid” Martinez looks to add a second EBI championship belt to his collection.

the combat jiu jitsu special match will be contested between Nick Honstein, the inaugural CJJ bantamweight champion, and 10th Planet standout Ben Eddy. Combat Jiu Jitsu has long been a passion project for Bravo, and grappling fans have responded extremely well. Honstein will put his title on the line against Eddy, a rubber-guard specialist. It will be fascinating to see how the rubber-guard plays into the combat jiu-jitsu format given its intended purpose to nullify striking opportunities, especially against the current champion, Honstein.

EBI has become one of the world’s most exciting jiu jitsu events. Its unique, submission-only style makes for the action-packed matchups fans love. EBI 15 promises to be no different, as evidenced by a stellar lineup.


The Competitors

The following are the competitors confirmed to be in the EBI 15 featherweight tournament:

Eddie “The Wolverine” Cummings


Eddie “The Wolverine” Cummings is a black belt under John Danaher of Team Renzo Gracie. A leglock master, Cummings has twice won the EBI tournament, emerging victorious from EBI 4 and EBI 6, respectively. “The Wolverine” is certainly one of the so-called Danaher Death Squad’s most feared and accomplished competitors. Cummings looks to defend his title, and perhaps avenge an overtime defeat that he suffered at the hands of Geo Martinez at EBI 10.

Geo “Freakazoid” Martinez

The aforementioned Geo “Freakazoid” Martinez will move up a weight class to compete at featherweight at EBI 15. A three-time EBI champion (EBI 1, EBI 2, EBI 10), Martinez is a high-level black belt under tournament founder Eddie Bravo. Representing 10th Planet Freaks, Martinez is an uber-athletic talent who began his jiu-jitsu journey after a life of breakdancing. His unorthodox movement and body control serve him well in matches. With a win over current champion Eddie Cummings, Martinez should be among the favorites for the tournament.

Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto

Longtime MMA and UFC veteran Joe “One Bad Mofo” Soto makes his second EBI appearance. Soto (18-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) faced Eddie Cummings in the finals of EBI 4, but was submitted by heelhook. Soto defied expectations in that tournament, and will look to do that same at EBI 15. In his MMA career, Soto has racked up an impressive ten submission victories. Soto is a former two-time NJCAA All-American wrestler from Iowa Central Community College, where trained alongside fellow alumni Cain Velasquez, the former UFC heavyweight champion, and his roommate, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Training out of the Central Valley Combat Academy in California, Soto hopes to defy the odds once again, and add an EBI title to his list of accolades.

Ashley Williams

Few people are able to say they are the youngest to ever do something. Ashley Williams, a black belt under Chris Rees of the Chris Rees Academy Swansea, can. Williams was the youngest ever black belt in the United Kingdom. A veteran of the EBI format (Williams competed at EBI 7), Williams will look to add to his extensive achievements he earned during his years at the colored belts.

Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez is an underrated black belt under grappling legend Baret Yoshida. The Baret Submissions’ product has appeared at various tournaments and competitions, including EBI 7 and FIVE Grappling. The black belt also owns a tattoo parlor called Pop’s Tattoos. Hernandez competes largely on the no-gi circuit, and looks to raise his profile at EBI 15.

Rafael Domingos

A Zenith black belt, Rafael Domingos has a wealth of experience in tournaments involving Eddie Bravo’s rulesets. Domingos appeared in EBI 5, EBI 7, and the first ever Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds. The versatile Domingos has also competed in MMA, compiling an impressive 7-2 record. Look for Domingos to push the pace and stay aggressive at EBI 15.

Juan Rosales

A member of Vagner Rocha’s Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Academy, Juan Rosales is quickly progressing in his grappling career. Rosales has conquered NAGA and various other tournaments en route to earning an invite. Rosales will look to make a name for himself at EBI 15.

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Pablo “The Hurricane” Alfonso

A veteran of WSOF, Strikeforce, and Titan FC, Pablo “The Hurricane” Alfonso has competed in MMA as well as jiu jitsu. With seven submission wins, Alfonso’s tendency to attack is evident. Alfonso will represent the Ultimate Training Center as he looks to excel at EBI 15.  

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Kevin Berbrich

EBI 15 will see another 10th Planet competitor suit up, as Geo Martinez teammate Kevin Berbrich competes alongside his friend and training partner. A black belt under Eddie Bravo, Berbrich will represent 10th Planet Freaks, Oceanside. Berbrich is a fan of the sub-only style, and looks to turn that preference into a payday.

Jason Hayden

A jiu jitsu brown belt, Jason Hayden has made a name for himself on the no-gi circuit. Hayden competed in the inaugural Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds event, along with Sapateiro and various other events. Hayden is an American military veteran, and he currently serves as the head instructor at Gracie Fishhawk. Hayden is confident in his overall game, and looks to test himself against the best in the world.

Rodrigo “Ratinho” Lima

Rodrigo “Ratinho” Lima, a veteran of MMA and jiu jitsu, will also compete at EBI 15. A black belt representing Caio Terra Academy, Lima is looking to put on a show for viewers. The Brazilian is in his athletic prime at twenty-six, and will actively be looking for the finish against his opponents.

John Battle

McHugh BJJ brown belt John Battle is a rising grappler on the no-gi circuit. A veteran of the Fight to Win Pro promotion, Battle has also competed at EBI 13. The New Jersey-based competitor took the EBI 13 appearance on short-notice, earning the appreciation and respect of EBI founder Eddie Bravo, who in turn offered Battle this EBI 15 spot.

Mike “Thrilla” Davila

Mike “Thrilla” Davila is one of the top brown belts in the submission-only circuit. The Marcelo Garcia-product has competed at a variety of world-class caliber events, including Fight to Win Pro, EBI 7, and more. Given some drama with the Danaher Death Squad, it could get very interesting should Davila draw the DDS’s Eddie Cummings.

Sergio “Surge the Kid” Perez

A product of Team Hayastan of North Hollywood, California, Sergio “Surge the Kid” Perez will make his EBI debut. The purple belt is an up-and-coming MMA product who has amassed a 3-1 record as a professional. All three of Perez’s wins have come by finish, with two submissions and one TKO to his name. “Surge the Kid” will look to build on his MMA momentum on the mats at EBI 15.

Edwin “Junny” Ocasio

Representing Unity Jiu Jitsu at EBI 15 is Edwin “Junny” Ocasio. The brown belt recently competed at the KASAI Lightweight tournament, where he faced some of the stiffest competition of his career. Ocasio is extremely decorated under the IBJJF ruleset, but he sees no problem in transitioning to EBI rules. “Junny” promises to hunt for the submission, constantly pushing the pace.

João Alfredo Tavares Marinho

João Alfredo Tavares Marinho, a third degree black belt, will represent GF Team at EBI 15. Tavares has competed across a variety of rulesets, from Fight to Win to IBJJF. Tavares competed at EBI 7, where he was submitted by Mike Davila via heel hook. Tavares will look to exact his revenge on the field at EBI 15.

Combat Jiu Jitsu Super Fight

“Quick” Nick Honstein

The winner of the initial Combat Jiu Jitsu bantamweight tournament, “Quick” Nick Honstein has proved his mettle in the grappling/MMA hybrid that is combat jiu jitsu. Honstein won the tournament in supremely impressive fashion, winning the finals by twister. Representing Lincoln BJJ, Honstein will look to reign supreme once again in combat jiu jitsu at EBI 15. Verbal Tapcast caught up with Honstein after his title-earning victory, available below.


Ben Eddy

Another 10th Planet representative, Ben Eddy will challenge Honstein for combat jiu jitsu dominance. Touted by Eddie Bravo as a “rubber guard master”, Eddy uses his unparalleled creativity and dexterity to defeat his opponents. Eddy will take the stage at EBI 15 sporting his trademark moustache in hopes to continue his grappling momentum after a victory against UFC veteran Wilson Reis in his last appearance. Check out Eddy’s patented “Hindulotine” in the following video.

EBI 15 is sure to be among the most impressive, exciting grappling events around. For anyone interested in competitive jiu jitsu, EBI 15 is a must-watch card.


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