Though it’s been just over a year since their first event, Grapplefest has swiftly found a home for themselves among the top submission only grappling showcases. With a rule set that encourages aggressive submission hunting, there’s no wonder Grapplefest has already secured some of the world’s most well-known competitors among their participants. The likes of Craig Jones, Lachlan Giles, Ffion Davies, and Gianni Grippo are just a few of Grapplefest’s notable past athletes.
Their 6th installment drew even more first-rate competitors from across the world to Liverpool, for an evening of exciting submissions. The Miyao brothers, Frank Rosenthal, Kamil Wilk, Ben Eddy, & Masakazu Imanari headlined the event, with some of the UK’s best up and coming talent starting the show. High-level submissions and gritty decision matches defined the night, with Paul Lukowski’s split decision win over Lee Simpson earning a well-deserved fight of the night.
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- Joao Miyao def. Frank Rosenthal via Face Bar
- Paulo Miyao def. Kamil Wilk via Armbar
- Masakazu Imanari def. Bed Eddy via Straight Footlock
- Matheusz Szczecinski def. Sean McDonagh via Outside Heel Hook
- Jack Grant def. Tom Caughey via Unanimous Decision
- Tom Breese def. Lee Chadwick via Rear Naked Choke
- Jay Butler def. Kev Corkhill via Unanimous Decision
- Adam Ellis def. Mariusz Domasat via Kimura
- Paul Lukowski def. Lee Simpson via Split Decision
- Shane Price def. Chris Regan via Unanimous Decision
- Abbie O’Toole def. Maia Holmes via Inside Heel Hook
- James Walters def. Radek Romanek via Inside Heel Hook
- Craig McIntosh def. Wing Chau Cheung via Unanimous Decision
- Ben Robson def. Dylan Scott via Split Decision
- Ciaran Brohan def. Neil Atkins via Unanimous Decision
- Josh Cherrington def. Danny Tyler via Rear Naked Choke
- Danny Hughes def. Mike Reay via Unanimous Decision
- Sam Quinn def. Ben Hills via Split Decision
- Josh Kennedy def. Josh Roberts via Armbar
- Piotr Chojnacki def. Ash Fletcher via Inside Heel Hook
- Declan Williams def. Gary Priestly via Arm Triangle Choke
- Christian Knight def. Connor Cambell via Rear Naked Choke
- Jamie Shattock def. Brett Reeve via Triangle Armbar
- Shane Curtis def. John
- Moffatt via Unanimous Decision
- Suzanne Wilson def. Hannah Garrett via Unanimous Decision
- Brad McDonagh def. Charlie Baker via Guillotine
- Brian Fitzgibbon def. Logan Keenoy via Americana
- Shea Williams def. Liam Finnegan via Guillotine
Grapplefest shows no sign of slowing down, with their next event taking place in November.
They are currently taking applications for high-level brown and black belts for Grapplefest 7.
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