Polaris Pro 6 Featuring Craig Jones vs. Jake Shields + More!
This Saturday, February 17th, is a great day for grappling fans. In addition to EBI 15 from Burbank, California, Polaris Pro 6 takes place at the Indigo at the O2 Arena in London, England. The event’s twelve-fight offering features a six-fight preliminary portion as well as a six-fight main card.
Some of the most versatile jiu-jitsu competitors will take the stage, including Jake Shields, A.J. Agazarm, and Craig Jones. A fun mix of top grapplers and MMA-veterans highlight the main card.
Chris Fishgold vs. Marcin Held
Liverpudlian Chris Fishgold takes on Poland’s Marcin Held in one of the most notable bouts of the event. Fishgold, the Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion, holds an 18-1-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist. Over the course of his career, Fishgold has accumulated twelve submission wins. A brown belt under Chris Brennan, Fishgold will look to test his grappling against leglock wizard, Held.
Poland’s Marcin Held, a veteran of Bellator and the UFC, has racked up twelve submission wins of his own. Held made history as Poland’s youngest ever black belt, achieving the rank at the age of twenty-one. While Held’s UFC career has yet to meet the lofty expectations ascribed to it (1-3), his grappling remains superb. It will be fascinating to watch the MMA-styled submission games of these two top-notch competitors.
Benson Henderson vs. A.J. Agazarm
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson continues his foray into no-gi grappling when he takes on A.J. Agazarm in what should be a collision of battle-tested veterans. Henderson, now competing in Bellator MMA, has participated in tournaments like IBJJF and Fight to Win Pro. The two have met once before, with Henderson defeating Agazarm by referee’s decision at Fight to Win Pro 37.
A.J. Agazarm, meanwhile, was a D-I wrestler at The Ohio State University. In addition to his extensive accolades at IBJJF World, European, Pan American, and Brazilian no-gi championships, Agazarm recently took home a silver medal at ADCC. An uber-talented grinder, Agazarm will look to avenge his previous loss to Henderson.
Jake Shields vs. Craig Jones
In the main event of Polaris Pro 6, American jiu-jitsu staple Jake Shields takes on breakout Australian star Craig Jones. Just last weekend, Shields defeated Kit Dale, Jones’ fellow countryman, at Fight to Win Pro 62. The UFC veteran, who trains under John Danaher at Team Renzo Gracie, took the bronze medal at the 2005 ADCC, and has become one of the most durable, successful American grapplers in recent years. This matchup between Shields and Jones will be contested for Polaris Pro’s Middleweight Championship.
Australia’s Craig Jones, a black belt under Lachlan Giles, had a dominant 2017, seemingly out of nowhere. At this past year’s ADCC, Jones submitted Leandro Lo and Murilo Santana, shocking the grappling community with his impressive finishes. With a victory at SUG 5 and an almost unbelievable run at EBI 14: The Absolutes that saw him narrowly lose to ADCC champion Gordon Ryan, Jones has solidified himself as one of the most exciting grapplers of today. The clash of styles between Jones and Shields should lead to an incredible matchup.
The full card is listed below, per Polaris Pro’s official website.
Emilia Tuukkanen vs. Leoni Munslow (GI)
Jay Butler vs. Sean McDonagh (GI)
Santeri Lilius vs. Brad Hill (GI)
Tommy Langaker vs. Charlie McDonald (GI)
Jake Mckenzie vs. Yousuf Nabi (GI)
Ross Nichols vs. Tommi Pulkkanen (NO GI)
Chelsea Leah vs. Ffion Davies (NO GI – Contender Match, Ladies Under 55kg category)
Ash Grimshaw vs. Marco Canha (NO GI)
Chris Fishgold vs. Marcin Held (NO GI)
Gezary Matuda vs. Serena Gabrielli (NO GI – Contender Match, Ladies Under 55kg category)
Benson Henderson vs. AJ Agazarm (NO GI)
Jake Shields vs. Craig Jones (NO GI – Championship Match, Mens Middleweight)
The event will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, February 17, 2018.