AJ Agazarm Duels Geo Martinez in Epic Grudge Match at ‘KASAI Pro 3’
War of words will square off on August 18 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
July 17, 2018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that AJ Agazarm will square off against Geo Martinez on Saturday, August 18 inside Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom at ‘KASAI Pro 3’.
The bout will be a 15-minute, submission-only contest at 150lbs. This match follows several heated exchanges between the two on social media, stemming from comments that Agazarm made about Martinez’s head coach, Eddie Bravo at ‘KASAI Pro 2’, back in April.
“We’re thrilled to announce that this heated rivalry will come to a head on August 18,” said Rich Byrne, KASAI CEO. “The bad blood between AJ and Geo affirms that ‘KASAI Pro 3’ is quickly shaping up to be this summer’s can’t-miss event.”
Agazarm, 27, is an IBJJF Pan American, European and world no-gi champion at brown belt. A Gracie Barra student under Eduardo de Lima and Carlos Gracie Junior, he finished second at both the ADCCs and the IBJJF world no-gi championships in 2017.
Martinez, 31, is a two-time ADCC combatant and a three-time EBI champion, having won tournaments at both 145lbs and 135lbs. An accomplished no-gi black belt under the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu academy system, ‘Freakazoid’ has won 77 percent of his competitive wins by way of submission, including several by calf-slicer submission.
In addition to Agazarm versus Martinez, ‘KASAI Pro 3’ will also showcase a superfight between leg-lock savants Craig Jones and Rousimar Palhares, as well as an eight-man no-gi tournament at 170lbs (77.1kg) to crown the first-ever KASAI World Welterweight Champion. Among those already confirmed for title contention are KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto, Marcin Held, Vagner Rocha, PJ Barch and KASAI Pro Qualifier winner, Matheus Lutes.
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Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships
Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships