The Show the Art Finishers Sub Only returns to Pure MMA in Rockaway, New Jersey for its 5th event on February 3, 2018, with the undercard starting at 11:45 AM.
The Finishers Sub Only will be bringing back the 170 pound men’s division with current champion James Gonzalez defending his title and looking to win another $2,000 cash prize.
There will also be a main event superfight between Jason Rau and Marcel Goncalves, with the winner taking home a $1,600 cash prize. The superfight main event is sponsored by Cash Chicks and Championships, Holdfast Fight Gear, Hayabusa and Vita Cryotherapy.
Admission is $10 at the door or you can watch live and free on Youtube.
Featured event sponsors include 93 Brand and Hypnotik, as well as others such as Lanky Fight Gear, Show the Art and Show the Art Academy, the Finishers Podcast, Kataaro Custom Martial Arts Products and Playa Bowls Denville. Some sponsors will also have tables set up at the event such as Playa Bowls Denville, which will be selling their delicious acai bowls and Lanky Fight Gear, which always has a table set up with gear and event t-shirts for sale as well.
While previous Finishers events have featured two different tournament divisions and a few teen superfights, this event changes up the format a bit by limiting it to one tournament division in order to make way for more superfights, including the superfight main event. All matches are the typical 10 minute rounds submission only with 3 rounds of EBI overtime if no submission is secured within the 10 minute regulation period.
10th Planet prodigy Grace Gundrum originally had a superfight scheduled as well, but unfortunately had to pull out of her match due to cauliflower ear. Luckily another impressive teen, Randi Mae Miley, who already has two superfight wins at previous Finishers Sub Only events, will replace her in her superfight match.
Check out the full lineup of competitors and schedule of events below. The bracket for the 170 pound tournament will be released closer to the event.
115 lbs Teens – Jhondy Fuller (Team Clinch) vs Jake Rainey (The Hive Martial Arts/Fight Club JJ)
165 lbs – Jules Knighton (10p Bethlehem) vs Nicholas Gullo (Serra BJJ)
205 lbs – Radji Bryson-Barrett (Team Jucao) v. Alec Hooben (Miller Brothers MMA)
170 lbs – Vernon Jordan (10p Rochestor) vs Anthony Mglynn (Fight Club Jiu-Jitsu) (170 alternate match*)
*winner will face defending champion James Gonzalez in the first round
170 lbs – Francis St. Amour (10P Montreal) v. Tyrone Garcia (Essential Jiu Jitsu)
185lbs – Steve Kasten (10p Long Island) vs Eric Strausser (Bloomsburg MMA)
170 LB TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND MATCHES
James Gonzales (Serra BJJ) vs Alternate Match Winner
Jon “Thor” Blank (10p Bethlehem) vs Jaron Hampton (Big Brothers)
Alex Nemeth (Strategic/Tony Rivera) vs Ethan Crelinsten (Tristar Gym/RGA)
David Porter (Pedro Sauer) vs Khalil Fadlallah (Detroit Jiu-Jitsu)
Diego Ponce (10p Woodbridge) vs Gary Gioni (Pedro Sauer)
Michael Carpenter (10p Ann Arbor) vs Garret Lavaggi (South Jersey BJJ)
Michael Kastroba (Big Brothers/Vanguard) vs Chase Davis (Nice Guys Submission Fighting)
David Garmo (Detroit Jiu-Jitsu) vs Luke Szeman (Ricardo Almeida BJJ)
155lbs – James Hasemann (10P Long Island) vs Fabian Ramirez (Serra BJJ)
170 LB TOURNAMENT QUARTER FINALS
115lbs Teens – Randi Miley (Martial Way MMA) vs Julianna D’Antonio (South Jersey BJJ)
170 LB TOURNAMENT SEMI FINALS
MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT
175lbs – Jason Rau (Serra BJJ) vs Marcel Goncalves (Fight Sports Naples)
170 LB TOURNAMENT FINALS
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.