The Show the Art Finishers Sub Only returns to Pure MMA in Rockaway, New Jersey for its fourth event, August 26, beginning at 12:15 PM. Past events have featured 135, 145, 155, and 170 pound men’s divisions, but this event is debuting two new divisions with a men’s absolute and a women’s 150 pound division.
The winner of each division will be taking home $2,000 in prize money. The competitors with the fastest submission and the best non-leglock submission will each bring home $250, and other prizes are available from event sponsors such as 93 Brand, Lanky Fight Gear, Death Set Apparel, Rainha Fightwear, Vape Bright, Show the Art, Rolsom Brand, Phalanx, Checkmate Fightwear, M85, Grapple Apparel and more.
Much like the original EBI format, the event will also feature teen super fight matches, including a super fight between Grace Gundrum, 4 time EBI super fight winner, and Jasmine Johnson, another EBI veteran. The event will be livestreamed on the Show the Art youtube page, where you can also check out replays of the past three events. Tickets to attend the event are $10 at the door. Check out the full line up of competitors below.
With the Eddie Bravo Invitational rapidly gaining popularity among jiu jitsu fans, submission only EBI rule tournaments have been popping up all over the place. Sapateiro, Ultimate Mat Warriors, the Radius Invitational, Global Grappling League, and the Onnit Invitational are just some of the EBI rule events that have emerged on the scene recently. The Show the Art Finishers Sub Only was the first of their kind, with their inaugural event back in November of 2015, shortly after EBI 4.
The winners of the first Finishers Show the Art Sub Only, Mike Davila at 155 and Gordon Ryan at 170 (pictured above), have both gone on to compete in EBI events and Gordon is now a top name in submission only jiu jitsu after acquiring three EBI belts. For more information on the Finishers Sub Only, visit finishersjiujitsu.com, or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
If you love the idea of competing under EBI rules but are just starting your jiu jitsu journey, Finishers Enterprises also plans on bringing EBI rules competition to practitioners at all levels with the creation of the Finishers Open. Follow them on Instagram for updates.
FINISHERS SUB ONLY 4 COMPETITORS
Men’s Absolute Division
Jason Rau (Serra Longo)
Juber Andino (Marcel Louzado BJJ) – USGGL Qualifier Winner
Devonthe Johnson (Unity BJJ) – EBI Veteran
Dan Martinez (Gracie PAC MMA)
Jesseray Childrey (Nice Guy Submission Fighting)
Drew Puzon (Renzo Philly)
Frankie Roberts (Silver Fox BJJ)
Kyle Boehm (10th Planet San Diego)
Radji Bryson Barrett (Team Jucao USA)
David Porter (Pedro Sauer BJJ)
Cory Guitard (10th Planet Montreal)
Stanley Rosa (RGA)
Jesse Stokes (End Game BJJ)
Matteo Martinez (East Coast United BJJ)
Pierre-Olivier Leclerc (Tristar/RGA)
Felipe Rocha (Essential BJJ/Atos NYC)
Women’s 150 Division
Kerin Seabridge (Renzo Gracie Middletown)
Julie Manasse (Xtreme Ambition MMA)
Sa’idah Durkee (Abmar Barbosa BJJ/Isaac July BJJ)
Samantha Clay (New England United)
Quinn Counselor (Pure MMA)
Laura Kent (10th Planet Bethlehem)
Colleen Quinn (Pure MMA)
Amanda Leve (Ricardo Almeida BJJ)
Jess Feliciano (Padilla BJJ)
Sara Monzegilio (JAX BJJ)
Felicia Bender (South Jersey BJJ)
Nikol Aguirre (Beta Academy)
Vanessa Griffin (Crazy 88)
Bridget Grace (Renzo Philly)
Natalia Bryjova (Diesel Training BJJ)
Cindy Herr (MPR Endurance)
Teen Super Fight Matches
Randi Miley (Martial Way MMA) v. Brooke Fahey (Miller Brothers MMA)
Ameer Anbar (All American BJJ) v. Jhondy Fuller (Clinch Academy)
Grace Gundrum (10th Planet Bethlehem) v. Jasmine Johnson (ACE MMA BJJ)
Pure MMA is located at 41 Pine St #12, Rockaway, NJ 07866.
Laura Kent is a 10th Planet jiu jitsu purple belt who trains at 10th Planet Bethlehem in Easton, PA. 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.