Renato Canuto Returns to New York for ‘KASAI Pro 2’

KASAI World Lightweight champion will compete in superfight on April 14 in Brooklyn, New York.


March 7, 2018 – New York City, NY – Today, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) announces the return of KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto. The dynamic 21-year-old grappler will revisit Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse to compete at ‘KASAI Pro 2’ against an opponent yet to be named.

“I am really excited and happy to be back at this great show. I had a blast last time,” said Canuto. “KASAI brings together the best rules from the grappling world, giving every player a good shot to win using their favorite competition style.”

A second-generation Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under his father, Valdir, Canuto bested seven other world-class grapplers at ‘KASAI Pro’ in December 2017 to claim the inaugural KASAI World Lightweight Championship. He would then round out a sensational 2017 by winning the IBJJF World No-Gi Championships at the same weight class.

“We’re delighted that Renato is returning to KASAI,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “He was undoubtedly the MVP of our first pro event in December and we can’t wait to see this determined young champion step back on our mat.”

In addition to Canuto’s return, ‘KASAI Pro 2’ will showcase an eight-man, round-robin tournament at 185lbs to crown KASAI’s first World Middleweight Champion. Names already confirmed include DJ Jackson, Richie Martinez, Matheus Diniz, Craig Jones, Dante Leon and Nick Calvanese, who won KASAI’s middleweight open qualifier last weekend.

‘KASAI Pro 2’ takes place April 14 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 2’ are now on-sale at The event will also broadcast on FloGrappling. For more information, please visit


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KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (“KASAI”) is Jiu-Jitsu’s premier competitive promotion, 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 renowned names from martial arts, media production and business finance who are committed to developing the sport’s public profile and amplifying the brand of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest competitors.

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

Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships