KASAI’s Fire Burns Brighter with FloSports Broadcast Deal
KASAI teams up with FloSports to stream KASAI Pro live on FloGrappling.com on December 9
November 3, 2017 – New York City, NY – After KASAI’s highly successful debut amateur Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament, The Elite Grappling Championships, KASAI has announced an agreement with FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, to stream ‘KASAI Pro’ worldwide on FloGrappling.com. The partnership begins immediately with FloGrappling broadcasting KASAI’s first professional event, ‘KASAI Pro,’ on Saturday, December 9.
“From the outset, our priority was finding a broadcast partner that carries credibility within the combat sports and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu communities,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “In FloGrappling, we’ve found a teammate to help take our flourishing franchise to the next level.”
FloGrappling is the global leader in coverage of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Along with comprehensive live and on-demand coverage, FloGrappling features breaking news, original documentaries, rankings, interviews and in-depth technique videos. The platform showcases top competitions, including the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships (ADCCs) and several events hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).
“Fans from across the globe rely on FloGrappling’s full access and detailed coverage to keep up with the sports’ best athletes and most compelling events,” FloSports SVP of Global Rights Acquisition and Subscription Phil Wendler said. “Partnering with KASAI allows us to continue to grow the sport and showcase the incredible athletes.”
Emanating from the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, ‘KASAI Pro’ features a one-night, eight-man tournament to decide the inaugural KASAI World Lightweight Champion. Top athletes from around the world at 155lbs will be divided into two groups of four, competing against one another in round-robin format. With three points awarded for victory by submission, two points for victory by points, and one point for a draw, the most dominant athlete from each group will advance to a final championship bout later that same night. The event will also showcase stand-alone bouts and a dynamic undercard.
‘KASAI Pro’ is headlined by an openweight superfight pitting ADCC 88kg (194lbs) champion Gordon Ryan against 99kg (218lbs) champion Yuri Simões. Names confirmed for the event’s World Lightweight Championship tournament include multi-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion Mansher Khera, EBI champion and newest ONE Championship signee Garry Tonon, and Edwin “Junny” Ocasio, who won a 16-man qualifying tournament at The Elite Grappling Championships on October 21.
Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro’ are available online at kasai.ticketleap.com/kasai. To access the live stream of ‘KASAI Pro,’ users must sign up to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber on FloGrappling.com. Annual PRO subscribers gain access to live events across the entire FloSports network. Download the FloSports app on Roku or Apple TV 4 to watch live events on your big screen.
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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.
FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, partners with event rights holders and governing bodies to unlock a world of sports coverage that true fans have been waiting for. Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows, FloSports is growing the sports, the events, the athletes and the fans. Current verticals under the FloSports header are Basketball, MMA, Football, Wrestling, Track, Gymnastics and more. For more information, visit www.FloSports.tv.
Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships
Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships