Eddie Cummings Meets Renato Canuto in ‘KASAI Pro 2’ Headliner

Feature superfight will pit champion against champion and take place on April 14 in Brooklyn, New York.


March 12, 2018 – New York City, NY – Today, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) announces the main-event superfight for ‘KASAI Pro 2’ as KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto faces New York’s two-time EBI Featherweight Champion Eddie Cummings in a non-title matchup at 160lbs.

“Renato and Eddie possess very different styles, which is why this is such a compelling matchup,” said Rich Byrne, KASAI CEO. “What they have in common is that they are both ferocious competitors; they have the ability to overwhelm their opponents; and they are two of the most exceptional talents in the sport.”

Cummings, 36, is a two-time winner of the Eddie Bravo Invitational at 145lbs. A pioneering member of the Danaher Death Squad under renowned instructor John Danaher at Renzo Gracie Academy, ‘Wolverine’ is known for a tenacious approach to heel-hook attacks, with a lethal 91 percent finish rate in all competitive wins.

Canuto returns to KASAI for the first time since December 2017, when he won an eight-man tournament featuring the world’s greatest grapplers at 155lbs to claim the inaugural KASAI World Lightweight Championship.

In addition to Canuto vs. Cummings, ‘KASAI Pro 2’ will showcase a 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 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 kasaigrappling.ticketleap.com/kasai-pro-2. The event will also broadcast on FloGrappling. For more information, please visit www.kasaigrappling.com.


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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.

For more information, visit www.kasaigrappling.com, or KASAI’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram social media channels.


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


Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships