KASAI Unveils Josh Palmer and Shawn Williams as ‘KASAI Pro’ Broadcast Team

Duo will provide live commentary on site from Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York


December 3, 2017 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has reached respective agreements with Josh Palmer and Shawn Williams to call the action at ‘KASAI Pro’ on Saturday, December 9.

“We’re delighted to have Josh and Shawn onboard as the joint voice for ‘KASAI Pro,’” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “The pair’s extensive experience in competitive martial arts will provide both technical analysis and passionate storytelling for those tuning in.”

Palmer, a brown belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, has eight years’ experience broadcasting, refereeing and judging competitive BJJ and mixed martial arts events. This includes calling more than 75 shows across 12 countries, including UK-based MMA promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, on a variety of media platforms including UFC FIGHT PASS, BT Sport and Sky Sports.

“I’m delighted to be a part of KASAI, a team as passionate about Jiu-Jitsu as I am,” said Palmer. “To be on the mic in New York City is a thrilling opportunity and, as a grappling addict, I can’t wait to see how these matches play out!”

Williams holds the distinction of being the fifth American in history to earn a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. A former IBJJF Pan American bronze medalist who has trained under the mentorship of Renzo Gracie since 1996, he is credited with pioneering the “Williams Guard,” a unique variation of the high guard that is widely used today. Having translated his wrestling, judo, and MMA training experience into covering IBJJF, ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro events, Williams’ broad acumen is a welcome addition to KASAI’s commentary booth.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be a part of the KASAI team for their star-studded inaugural professional event,” said Williams. “I believe the stage is set for an incredibly dynamic, submission-filled night.”

‘KASAI Pro’ is headlined by an openweight superfight pitting ADCC 88kg (194lbs) champion Gordon Ryan against 99kg (218lbs) champion Yuri Simões. In addition, eight elite grapplers will compete in a one-night, round-robin tournament for KASAI’s inaugural KASAI World Lightweight Championship, including Garry Tonon, Mansher Khera, Gianni Grippo, Celso Vinicius, AJ Agazarm, ‘Junny’ Ocasio, Enrico Cocco and Renato Canuto.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro’ are available online at kasai.ticketleap.com/kasai. Viewers can also watch ‘KASAI Pro’ live on FloGrappling.com, available online, Roku or Apple TV 4.

For the latest information on KASAI events, please visit www.kasaigrappling.com.


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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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram social media channels.


Contact Information

Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships

Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships