Gianni Grippo To Meet Jon Calestine at ‘KASAI Pro 3’

Talented New York grapplers will tangle on Saturday, August 18, inside Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.


July 18, 2018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) adds another scintillating matchup to ‘KASAI Pro 3’ as New York City natives Gianni Grippo and Jon Calestine square off in a 15-minute, submission-only bout to be contested at 150lbs on Saturday, August 18.

“‘KASAI Pro 3’ continues to get bigger and better with the addition of Gianni and Jon,” said Rich Byrne, KASAI CEO. “Both of these guys have enjoyed phenomenal success in the sport, with radically different grappling styles. We can’t wait to see who prevails in this battle next month.”

Grippo is a student of iconic four-time ADCC champion Marcelo Garcia. He has earned several gi and no-gi IBJJF championship at various belt levels, most recently becoming a three-time IBJJF Pan American Gi Champion earlier this year. Grippo also took third-place in KASAI’s inaugural World Lightweight Championship tournament at ‘KASAI Pro 1’ back in December.

Calestine is a Brooklyn-based black belt under Daisuke Yamaji at Renzo Gracie Fight Academy who also trains under legendary instructor John Danaher. Calestine burst onto the international Jiu-Jitsu scene by winning EBI 15 on less than 24 hours’ notice in February. The heel-hook expert also secured major victories at the Onnit and Sapateiro Invitationals in 2017.

In addition to Grippo versus Calestine, ‘KASAI Pro 3’ features a battle between leg-lock savants Craig Jones and Rousimar Palhares, a heated grudge match between AJ Agazarm and Geo Martinez, plus an eight-man no-gi tournament to crown KASAI’s inaugural World Welterweight Champion. Those confirmed for the tournament include KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto, Marcin Held, Vagner Rocha, PJ Barch and KASAI Pro Qualifier winner, Matheus Lutes.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 3’ are on sale via Ticketmaster. The event will also air live on FloGrappling. For all the latest information, visit


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KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (“KASAI”) is Jiu-Jitsu’s premier competitive promotion, hosting amateur and professional live events featuring most talented male and female grapplers from around the world. Founded in 2016, the organization is committed to developing competitive Jiu-Jitsu’s public profile and showcasing the sport’s best talent. KASAI’s leadership includes professionals with extensive backgrounds in martial arts, live event production, and strategic investment. For more information, visit, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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


Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships