A collection of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons, including Gray Maynard, Joe Warren and “King Mo” Lawal will join Olympic Gold Medalist and five-time world champion Khadjimurad Gatsalov of Russia, Olympic hopeful Kyle Dake of the U.S. and world champion Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia wrestled in the much-anticipated Grapple at The Garden, presented by MusclePharm live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 21.
Dake collieded with Julfalakyan in the Greco-Roman rules main event of the third annual “Grapple at The Garden” event while Gatsalov faced off with world bronze medalist Tervel Dlagnev. Team Joe Warren, assembled by the reigning Bellator MMA champion and consisting of half of the event’s MMA stars, took on Team Renzo Gracie, a squad formed by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and former MMA champion.
The Team Joe Warren vs. Team Renzo Gracie matchups included Warren, an All-American at Michigan, competing at 150 pounds against Scott Jorgenson, a former collegiate star at Boise State and current UFC fighter.
A 140-pound contest put Olympic silver medalist and three-time NCAA champion Stephen Abas on the Renzo Gracie team against Rollie Peterkin, the former Univ. of Penn star and talented freestyler, who left Wall Street to become an MMA fighter.
Two current Olympic hopefuls battled at 155 pounds, as Oklahoma State NCAA champion Jordan Oliver, currently ranked No. 2 on Team USA, took on Frank Molinaro, the Penn State NCAA champion who is ranked No. 3 on Team USA.
Shawn Bunch, an All-American at Edinboro who competed on the 2009 U.S. World Team in freestyle, took on Damacio Page at 150 pounds. Bunch competes for Bellator MMA, while Page wrestled at Cerritos College, and has competed in the UFC and other mixed martial arts promotions..
Maynard, a three-time All-American at Michigan State and a current UFC star, battled World Series of Fighting standout Ozzy Dugulubgov at 170 pounds.
Three members of the world-famous Gracie family also took the mat. At 185 pounds, Gregor Gracie squared off with Darryl Christian, a former Greco-Roman Team USA member, University of Oregon star and MMA coach. At 190 pounds, Igor Gracie battled Brennan Ward, a current Bellator MMA star who wrestled for Johnson and Wales. At heavyweight, Lawal, the 2005 Freestyle World Team member, Oklahoma State All-American and current Bellator star, went up against Rolles Gracie.
Gatsalov won the Olympic gold medal in 2004 and added World titles in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013. His other World medals include a silver medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2014. He moved up to the heavyweight class in 2013, where he has won a World gold medal and World silver medal in back-to-back seasons. He was a 2001 Junior World champion before moving up to Senior-level success.
Dlagnev won World bronze medals in 2009 and 2014, and was fifth in the 2012 Olympic Games. He also placed fifth at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. A two-time NCAA Div. II national champion for Nebraska-Kearney, Dlagnev won a University World gold medal before moving to the Senior level and becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world.
Full Grapple at the Garden Results below:
Kyle Dake vs. Arsen Julfalakyan: Julfalakyan wins a decision over Dake (6-3)
Tervel Dlagnev vs. Khadzhimurat Gatsalov: Dlagnev wins decision over Gatsalov (7-4)
Team Warren vs. Team Gracie
Rollie Peterkin vs. Stephen Abas: Peterkin wins decision over Abas (6-0)
Joe Warren vs. Scott Jorgensen: Warren wins decision over Jorgensen (12-0)
Shawn Bunch vs. Damacio Page: Bunch wins decision over Page (10-0)
Jordan Oliver vs. Frank Molinaro: Oliver wins a decision over Molinaro (10-0)
Gray Maynard vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov: Maynard wins decision over Dugulubgov (27-0)
Brennan Ward vs. Igor Gracie: Ward wins decision over Gracie
Darryl Christian vs. Gregor Gracie: Gracie wins a decision over Christian
King Mo vs. Rolles Gracie: Lawal wins a decision over Gracie (15-6)