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6/09/2016 9:05pm,
On Saturday June 11th, the Sapateiro Invitational returns with its second installment of their Submission Only tournament series.

This event features a 175lb 20 Minute Submission Only Super Fight between Eddie Bravo Invitational 6 Champion: Gordon Ryan, and UFC Vet, ADCC Vet, and longtime black belt Vagner Rocha.

In the first installment of the Sapateiro Invitational we saw Gordon Ryan rise to prominence by submitting all four of his opponents in record time and in the finals finishing multiple time ADCC Vet Enrico Cocco by heel hook.

This event is sure to uncover one of the future stars of grappling, and is something grappling fans will not want to miss.

The 175lb welterweight tournament draws from competitors from around the globe that will come and battle under EBI rules for their shot at cash prizes.

Unlike EBI, all competitors who win their match by submission will be paid, not just the champion.

The full card is listed below, including the first round of the tournament.

175lb Tournament Superfight
Gordon Ryan (USA) vs Vagner Rocha (BRA)
175lb Tournament Opening Round
Nathan Orchard (USA) vs Craig Jones (AUS)
Josh Bacallao (USA) vs Oliver Taza (CAN)
Marcel Goncalves (BRA) vs Tony Barr Way (USA)
Chase Hannah (USA) vs Dan Martinez (USA)

Super Fights
Nicky Ryan vs TBA
Jasmine Johnson vs Jessa Khan
Savonnah Devoucoux vs Alex Terrier
Sean Martin vs Maximus Jolly
Nicole Tort vs Kaelyn Martinez

So help support the growth of professional grappling and purchase this awesome PPV card below, and if you are in the Bradenton, Florida area tickets are available below as well.




6/09/2016 9:17pm,
Thanks for sharing this. I was looking forward to watching Metamoris 7, but I was not even aware of this tournament.

6/15/2016 1:55pm,
Saturday, June 11th was a great night for the grappling community, as the Sapateiro Invitational put out their second installment of what has turned out to be one of the most technical submission grappling events in Southwest Florida. The night was packed with action from top to bottom and was a real showcase of some of the top submission grapplers in the country, with Oliver Taza taking home the championship with three heel hook submissions.

The opening round was filled with action, three of the four matches ended in submission. After spending almost the entire match fighting out of a spectacular flying triangle, Nathan Orchard submitted ADCC Vet Craig Jones with a heel hook with only four seconds left in the match. Oliver Taza went to war with Tony Barr Way trading leglocks, until Taza finally caught Way, and Josh Bacallao landed a slick high elbow guillotine on the always tough Orlando Castillo.

In the Semi-Finals Oliver Taza caught Nathan Orchard in a heel hook after surviving a few close encounters, to secure his spot in the finals. Chase Hannah who won his first match by fastest escape, squared up with Josh Bacallao in an action packed match that Bacallao ultimately won in OT.

The finals were a display of leglocks versus quick agile passing attempts as Oliver Taza quickly went to work attacking Josh Bacallao’s legs with a vengeance. Bacallao showed some very strong passing attempts using his patented movement based passing style, before Taza ultimately caught Bacallao in an inside heel hook to become the second member of the Danaher Death Squad to win the Sapateiro Invitational with all submission wins.

The main event of the evening was a 20 minute submission only match between EBI star Gordon Ryan and UFC Vet Vagner Rocha. This match went the full 20 minutes to a draw, with Gordon Ryan actively attacking the legs, and Rocha actively trying to pass the guard and work his attacks from the side control position. Vagner Rocha aggressively worked pressure against Gordon Ryan’s face with closed hand pushes, which frustrated Ryan’s attempts to secure a leglock that he could finish. Ultimately neither man could get the job done in the submission department, but the drama that would ensue would make up for that.

After the match Rocha took the mic and called out Garry Tonon to a submission only match, these two have some history from 2015’s ADCC; in which Tonon beat Rocha by points and Rocha claims to have broken Tonon’s foot in the match.

The Sapateiro Invitational is in talks with both competitors to get this a grudge match between Rocha and Tonon set, hopefully at the next Sapateiro event which will be held August 6th, 2016. This will feature an 8 Man Heavyweight Bracket, Super Fights, and a portion of the proceeds will go to help the victims of the Orlando Night Club Shooting.

If you missed the event you can watch it below: