Lucas Valente vs. Rafael Barbosa confirmed for ‘KASAI Super Series’
Two Brazilian Aces battle it out on February 2nd at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
December 17th– New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Lucas Valente and Rafael ‘Formiga’ Barbosa will meet in a superfight at ‘KASAI Super Series’ on Saturday, February 2nd at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX.
“Both these guys have stacked resumes” said KASAI CEO Rich Byrne. “This has all the signs of possibly being the match of the night.”
Lucas Valente is a black belt under Vinicius ‘Draculino’ Magalhães and Marcelo ‘Uirapuru’ Azevedo of the Gracie Barra Association. Valente earned the reputation of being one of the most entertaining grapplers in the sport while conquering important titles such as the IBJJF Pans no-gi American National and Brazilian National Championships. He has most recently won the IBJJF American National Championship and the IBJJF Houston Int. Open Championship. Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under André “Dedeco” Almeida, being also one of the founding members of the Soul Fighters Academy.
Rafael started being called “Formiga” (ant in Portuguese) when he began training Jiu-Jitsu. His main achievements include the IBJJF Masters World Championship (2014 / 2015 / 2018 Master 1), IBJJF New York Open Champion (2011), CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2002), and CBJJ Brasileiro de Equipes Champion (2008, 2009).
In addition to Barbosa vs. Valente, ‘KASAI Super Series’ will also showcase some of Jiu-Jitsu’s most decorated names in compelling feature fights including Gordon Ryan vs Joao Gabriel Rocha, Marcio Andre vs. Renato Canuto, Tom Deblass vs. Bruno Bastos, Vagner Rocha vs. Matheus Lutes, Ricardo “Demente” Abreu vs. Aaron “Tex” Johnson, and Raquel Canuto vs. Chelsah Lyons.