KASAI Signs No-Gi Specialist Enrico Cocco to ‘KASAI Pro’ World Lightweight Championship Tournament
Former Grapplers Quest Pro Star Champion competes for gold December 9 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
November 2, 2017 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has named no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu extraordinaire Enrico Cocco as the latest addition to its stacked eight-man tournament for the inaugural KASAI World Lightweight Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to facing the elite 155lb competition KASAI is bringing to the table,” said Cocco. “I especially like the dynamic of facing each person in one’s bracket, which ensures everyone has to travel the same path enroute to the finals. The caliber of fight card KASAI has put together guarantees some really entertaining matches. I can’t wait to make a statement on December 9.”
A black belt under ADCC and Grapplers Quest veteran David Avellan, as well as a head instructor at his own academy, Zen Jiu-Jitsu, Cocco has won the ADCC US trials on three separate occasions. In his time as a professional practitioner, the 30-year old Cocco has established himself as a heel-hook maestro by winning 43 percent on his submission victories by way of the technique.
“As someone who has found success in the BJJ game for more than a decade while training alongside ADCC champion-caliber names like Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu, Enrico was high on our shortlist of names to grace the mat at ‘KASAI Pro’,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “Enrico’s unique style and demeanour add another fascinating dynamic to ‘KASAI Pro’.”
Cocco joins a vicious group of grapplers competing at ‘KASAI Pro’, including Garry Tonon, Mansher Khera, Celso Venicius, AJ Agazarm, Gianni Grippo and Edwin ‘Junny’ Ocasio. Ocasio won a 16-man amateur qualifying tournament at The Elite Grappling Championships on October 21 to earn a place in the tournament.
KASAI Pro takes place December 9 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Tickets for KASAI Pro are available online at kasai.ticketleap.com/kasai. The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on FloGrappling.
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KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (“KASAI”) is New York City’s premier competitive professional and amateur Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) promotion, committed to hosting amateur and professional live events featuring the most talented male and female grapplers from around the globe. Founded in 2016, KASAI’s organization includes well-renowned names from the worlds of martial arts, media production and business finance who are committed to developing the sport’s public profile and amplifying the brand of BJJ’s greatest competitors. For more information, visit www.kasaigrappling.com, or KASAI’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.
Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships
Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships