This Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, the Eddie Bravo Invitational invades the Onnit Gym in Austin Texas for the first time with its 14th event and the return of the absolute division. The event will feature a 16-man absolute bracket with 3 time EBI Champion Gordon Ryan defending his belt as the current champ. There will also be a special match between Priscilla Herrera and Laura Heiman in honor of women’s week. You can stream the event on UFC Fight Pass or go to Inchbyinch.tv for the PPV.
Check out a full list of the EBI14 competitors below.
FAVORITE TO WIN: Gordon Ryan, current champion
“King Gordon” as many call him these days (including himself) is an obvious pick for favorite this weekend. Not only is he the current champion, but he also has picked up two other EBI belts along the way. Gordon recently placed first in his division at ADCC and second in the absolute division, as well as submitting Ralek Gracie this past weekend in Metamoris. In submission only matches, Gordon seems unbeatable lately and I imagine that many expect him to tear through the tournament this weekend with ease.
DARK HORSE PICKS: Craig Jones or Jesseray Childrey
Not only is Craig Jones a veteran of EBI, having made it to the semifinals at EBI 11, he also made some big waves this year at ADCC by submitting competitors in both his weight class and the absolute division, including Leandro Lo, Murilo Santana and Chael Sonnen. Even more recently, he submitted Ben Egli at Submission Underground 5. Seeing as Craig Jones lost in the absolute division at ADCC to Gordon Ryan, it could be interesting to see that rematch in the finals under a different ruleset.
Jesseray Childrey is another competitor who was invited to compete in ADCC this year, although it will be his first appearance on the EBI stage. With that said, he is no stranger to the EBI ruleset, having competed in some of the submission only tournaments that have popped up since EBI first started. At the beginning of this year Childrey competed in Sapateiro 6, making it to the semi-finals against some really tough guys before losing to Gordon Ryan. He also made it to the finals of the Finishers Sub Only 4 absolute bracket back in August, so I can see him making it pretty far in the tournament this weekend. He also has the potential for a rematch with Gordon Ryan in the semi-finals.
ABSOLUTE TOURNAMENT COMPETITORS
Gordon Ryan (Brunswick BJJ) (Defending Champion)
Dan Borovic (Three Sixty BJJ)
Daniel O’Brien (Triad Martial Arts Academy)
Patrick Donabedian (10th Planet HQ)
Karen Darabedyan (Team Hayastan)
Casey Hellenberg (Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu)
Adam Sachnoff (10th Planet San Mateo)
Jesseray Childrey (Nice Guy Submission Fighting)
Rustam Chsiev (K Dojo)
Andrew Kimler (Texas Punishment Crew)
Aaron Johnson (Unity BJJ)
Matt Kirchwehm (Dan Henderson Athletic Fitness Center)
Travis Moore (Travis Moore BJJ)
Marcel Goncalves (Fight Sports Naples)
Craig Jones (Absolute MMA)
Andy Burke (Victory MMA and Fitness)
Priscilla Herrera (10th Planet Austin) v. Laura Heiman (IJJ Austin)
Laura Kent is a 10th Planet jiu jitsu brown belt who trains at 10th Planet Bethlehem and 10th Planet Allentown under the Finishers MMA banner. She competes regularly and is an avid follower and fan of the submission only competition scene. Laura tries to make an effort to cover some of the local submission only events that get less coverage from mainstream MMA and jiu jitsu news outlets and will regularly cover the Eddie Bravo Invitational and Combat Jiu Jitsu events. Laura is an MMA fan as well, which is a large part of what led her to start her jiu jitsu training.