Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes and Ashley Williams round out ‘KASAI Pro 4’ World Featherweight Championship Tournament

The final entrants are named for the KASAI World Featherweight Championship on November 10th at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.


October 2– New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes and Ashley Williams will complete the lineup for the World Featherweight Championship Tournament at ‘KASAI Pro 4’ on Saturday, November 10 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

“With Tanquinho and Williams in the mix, this tournament will be the most stacked event in Jiu-Jitsu this year” said KASAI President Rolles Gracie. “On top having all these world-class competitors competing for one belt, we get to see them fight multiple times in their respective brackets with our KASAI round-robin tournament format”.

Ashley Williams took the competitive scene by storm as a purple and brown belt. At brown belt he was ranked no1 in the world, and multiple time British Champion. Now as the UK’s youngest black belt, Ashley has stepped onto the big stage. He won gold in no-gi at the 2016 IBJJF European Open, and has competed at the seventh Eddie Bravo Invitational. He most recently beat Frank Rosenthal in overtime at ‘KASAI Pro 3’ to earn his way into the tournament.

Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes, whose nickname means ‘little tank’, has conquered some of the most prestigious titles in Jiu-Jitsu. He defeated Rafael Mendes in the finals at the 2013 IBJJF World Championships, and has also won the IBJJF World no-gi Championships two times. A black belt under Grand Master Francisco Mansor, he is one of the founding members of the Soul Fighters BJJ Team.

In addition to Mendes and Williams, other names competing in KASAI’s eight-man no-gi tournament at 145lbs (65.77kg) include: Ethan Crelinsten, Geo Martinez, Gianni Grippo, Paulo Miyao, John Calestine, and Bruno Frazatto. ‘KASAI Pro 4’ will also feature two explosive superfights. Two-time KASAI World Champion Renato Canuto will face the always exciting Edwin Najmi, and KASAI World Middleweight Champion Matheus Diniz will do battle with the ‘King’ Gordon Ryan.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 4’ are currently on sale via Ticketmaster. The event will also air live on FloGrappling. For all the latest information, visit


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