Dante Leon Joins Hunt for Middleweight Gold at ‘KASAI Pro 2’
The 2016 IBJJF World No-Gi Champion at brown belt enters KASAI’s feature eight-man round-robin tournament.
February 20, 2018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has signed rising grappling sensation Dante Leon to compete in the organization’s World Middleweight Championship tournament at ‘KASAI Pro 2’ on April 14.
The 22-year-old Canadian grappler, who represents GF Team, steps onto KASAI’s mat fresh off of winning IBJJF No-Gi Pans and IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Championships in 2017.
“I’m very excited to be a part of ‘KASAI Pro 2’,” said Leon. “I’m sure that this rule set, along with the talented athletes already confirmed for the card will create exciting matches for all fans watching. I can’t wait to scrap on April 14.”
Having ascended to purple belt under the Gracie Humaitá/Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu banner, Leon would then join Júlio César Pereira and Vitor Oliveira, receiving his black belt in June 2017 after earning top honors as an IBJJF World No-Gi Champion at brown belt the year prior.
“For someone as young as Dante to boast such a long list of accolades leaves no doubt that we’ve signed one of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest North American competitors,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “We can’t wait to see how this young lion fares against the other elite names chasing KASAI’s World Middleweight Championship.”
Leon joins a stacked line-up of pedigree talent competing for gold at 185lbs that now includes DJ Jackson, Richie Martinez, Matheus Diniz and Craig Jones. ‘KASAI Pro 2’ goes down April 14 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. For the latest 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.
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