When Metamoris holds their next event later this month there is one focus in mind, paying back debts owed to previous competitors.
Metamoris Challenge will be headlined by Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie taking on Gordon Ryan.
The announcement read, “People of the choke… Thank you for your continued support and know we are doing all we can to get our momentum back. This Challenge event will be a very small and intimate show at the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy HQ in Torrance, CA and all proceeds will go toward Metamoris athletes owed. Come enjoy a night of epic submission matches, grab some fresh acai and tour the Gracie Museum. There are only 200 seats in the building so get yours now!”
Ralek and his promotion came under fire when they were unable to pay some of the monies promised to competitors.
In January, Gracie told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, ““Metamoris owes money, yes. We owe money to a group of people, and it really sucks. It’s not cool.”
“We’re in a little bit of a hiatus, and it’s been an interesting process, as you’ve caught in some of the headlines,” Gracie told Helwani. “Some of it true, some of it expressive but from the nature of truth. The idea for us at this point is to regroup and really just refine our business model. [To] get me a little bit off of the front lines as far as running all the business processes, and build a little bit more of a business foundation.
“The thing about Metamoris that I will say, and there’s a lot that’s been said, is that it was essentially a big test. And it was a big push in an industry, and in a sport that had no prior push, and no prior space for something like Metamoris. It was such a big passion project for me personally. I got so deep into it, I personally put myself at financial risk on so many levels that the average person would be completely shocked at the level of pressure I put on myself and my family and everything I was going through. But it’s still going. I mean it’s something that, I haven’t given up on it. It’s something that I feel really positive about.”
The event will be held Sunday, November 26 at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, located at 3515 Artesia Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.
Only 200 tickets are available.
The full fight card has yet to be revealed.