Fight to Win Pro 61 Preview, With Three Titles on the Line
One of the most consistent jiu jitsu promotions in the world takes center stage this Saturday, as Fight to Win Pro 61 touches down in Garden Grove, California.
In a loaded thirty-one bout event, F2WP will be making its presence felt in Orange County. The card features three title fights, with the Women’s Welterweight Brown Belt No-Gi, Men’s Middleweight Black Belt Masters Gi, and Men’s Black Belt Masters Lightweight championships on the line.
The main event of the evening will pit 2013 ADCC Champion and two-time No-Gi World Champion João Assis against three-time No-Gi World Champion and 2008 Brazilian National Champion Antonio Braga Neto.
Assis, a Checkmat black belt, holds a victory over Braga Neto in their first meeting in ADCC trials back in 2011. UFC veteran Braga Neto will look to avenge that loss when these world-class titans square off Saturday night.
In the co-main event, one of jiu jitsu’s most versatile grinders, AJ Agazarm, faces off with 10th Planet standout Chai Sirisute.
Agazarm, a four-time IBJJF European Open No-Gi Champion, ADCC silver medalist, and former D-1 wrestler at the Ohio State University, has racked up a wealth of accolades over the past several years. Agazarm has competed in Fight to Win before, fighting under the promotion’s banner four separate times. In perhaps his most notable Fight to Win appearance, Agazarm was the subject of controversy following his bout with Vagner Rocha.
Agazarm will look to avoid a situation like that one Saturday night, and he’ll face a game opponent in Sirisute, a black belt under submission-only pioneer Eddie Bravo. Sirisute became a viral sensation several months ago, when a “street thug” entered the gym and challenged him to a fight. Sirisute proceeded to dispatch of his unwitting victim in typical 10th Planet fashion.
Several other matches of interest at Fight to Win Pro 61 include the title match for the Black Belt Masters Lightweight division between Baret Yoshida and Cleber Luciano, and a Brown Belt Lightweight matchup between GF Team’s Abner Cifuentes and 10th Planet standout Jeremiah Vance.
Yoshida, a two-time ADCC silver medalist, will face a stiff test in Cleber Luciano. Luciano, who received his black belt from Royler Gracie at nineteen, is a six-time Brazilian Champion. The wealth of experience between these two competitors should lend itself well to Fight to Win Pro’s entertaining format.
Similarly, Abner Cifuentes and Jeremiah Vance are sure to put on an incredible performance. Cifuentes is a member of the prestigious GF Team, who are known for their success in Brazil. Vance is a master of the rubber guard under Eddie Bravo, and has ranked up a series of impressive victories. One such victory came at Fight to Win Pro 56, and it garnered so much excitement it was nominated for “No-Gi Submission of the Year” in FloGrappling’s official 2017 Year-End Awards.
The number of well-known jiu jitsu gyms represented is impressive. Some of the best-represented are the following:
Art of Jiu Jitsu – 3
Gracie Barra – 6
Carlson Gracie – 6
10th Planet – 6
Checkmat – 7
Fight to Win Pro will stream in its entirety on FloGrappling, beginning at 9:00 PM.
The card, officially listed on FloGrappling, is as follows:
Main Event: 220lbs Black Belt Gi
Joao Assis (Electric Jiu Jitsu) vs Antonio Braga Neto (Gordo Jiu Jitsu)
155lbs Black Belt No-Gi
AJ Agazarm (Gracie Barra) vs Chai Sirisute (10th Planet)
185lbs Black Belt Masters Gi Title
Thomas Cronin (Carlson Gracie) vs Mark Vives (New Breed Academy)
Black Belt Masters Lightweight Title
Cleber Luciano (Cleber MMA) vs Baret Yoshida (Baret Submissions)
Womens Brown Belt No-Gi Welterweight Title
Brittney Elkin (The Kompound) vs Tara White (Carlson Gracie)
245lbs Black Belt Gi
Ricardo Feliciano (Checkmat) vs William Wheeler (Ironwill Jiu Jitsu)
220lbs Black Belt Gi
Marcelo Lucena (Ralph Gracie) vs Donald Bailey (Carlson Gracie)
205 Lbs Black Belt Gi
Albert Aguirre (Pirhana Jiu Jitsu) vs Hector Tapia (Gracie Barra)
200lbs Black Belt Gi
Rodrigo Antunes (Paragon) vs Bryan Clavecilla (Csw And Brea Jiu Jitsu)
195lbs Black Belt Gi
Omar Sabha (BTT) vs Dave Kuhio Tabancura (Checkmat)
185lbs Black Belt Gi
Brian Mendez (Ribiero Jiu Jitsu) vs Bryan Robinson (Gracie Barra)
165lbs Black Belt Gi
Talison Soares (Checkmat) vs Kauan Barboza (Carlson Gracie)
155lbs Black Belt Gi
Jason Youseph (Carlson Gracie) vs Jeff Nolasco (Tinguinha BJJ)
140lbs Black Belt Gi
Catherine Fuhro Perret (Checkmat) vs Erin Herle (Cobrinha)
140lbs Black Belt Gi
Alexis Fonseca (AoJ) vs Andre Pontes (Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu)
260lbs Brown Belt Gi
Dennis Andra vs Pj Montano (Csw)
Wes Levine (10th Planet) vs Mustafa Sabha (BTT)
185lbs Brown Belt Gi
Sid Skrob (Checkmat) vs Nick Spacek (Bonsai)
170lbs Brown Belt Gi
Juan Adolfo Lopez (Brea Jiu Jitsu) vs Connor Donaldson (Gracie Barra)
155lbs Brown Belt Gi
Clifton Teshima (Soriano) vs Darby Faulkner (UFC Gym)
155lbs Brown Belt No-Gi
Abner Cifuentes (GFT) vs Jeremiah Vance (10th Planet)
129lbs Brown Belt Gi
Nikki Sullivan (Atos) vs Nathalie Ribeiro (Checkmat)
Heavyweight Purple Belt No-Gi
Rick Camarero (Babalu Gym) vs Mark Sersansie (Gracie Barra)
215lbs Purple Belt Gi
Joe Warner (Team Avalanche) vs Tyson Blair (Gracie Barra)
185lbs Purple Belt Gi
Sam Hand (Team Avalanche) vs Anthony Aguilera (New Breed Academy)
165lbs Purple Belt Gi
Kristofer Udan (Gazze Academy) vs Sam Sherrill (Carlson Gracie)
165lbs Purple Belt No-Gi
Josh Smith (Checkmat) vs Michael John (10th Planet)
150lbs Purple Belt No-Gi
Brandon Tran (10th Planet) vs Michael Bravo (UFC Gym)
140lbs Purple Belt Gi
Gabriel Vieira Gaudio (GFT) vs Brad Johnston (AoJ)
135lbs Purple Belt No-Gi
Albert Tapia (10th Planet) vs Quang Ho (Millennia MMA)
145lbs Teen Blue Belt Gi
Juno Lucero (Cobrinha) vs Robert Connolly (AoJ)