KASAI Announces Stacked Card of Preliminary Bouts for ‘KASAI Pro 3’

Event undercard features KASAI World Featherweight Championship tournament qualifier between Junny Ocasio and Ethan Crelinsten.


July 16, 2018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms seven of ten undercard bouts for ‘KASAI Pro 3’, which takes place on Saturday, August 18, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Closing out the undercard, which begins at 6:30pm ET and is viewable online via FloGrappling, will be a no-gi qualifier for the organization’s next world championship tournament, to be contested at featherweight (145lbs). In this bout, Junny Ocasio returns to KASAI’s mat for the first time since December to face 2017 ADCC competitor Ethan Crelinsten.

“Our team has invested a great deal of time and effort to assemble a dynamic undercard. We are excited to showcase people who we believe will be the future superstars of the sport,” said KASAI CEO Rich Byrne. “In fact, we think this undercard is as high quality as most pro tournaments.”

Matches confirmed for ‘KASAI Pro 3’s’ undercard include:

Featured Undercard Bout, KASAI World Featherweight Championship Qualifier

Junny Ocasio (Unity Jiu-Jitsu School) vs. Ethan Crelinsten (Tristar Gym/Renzo Gracie Academy), no-gi at 145lbs

Undercard Bouts

Silvio Duran (Vitor Shaolin’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) vs. Edu Gonçalves (A-Force Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), gi at 145lbs

Ryan Quinn (Renzo Gracie Academy) vs. Jon Blank (10th Planet Jiu Jitsu), no-gi at 185lbs

Frank Rosenthal (Renzo Gracie Academy) vs. Ashley Williams (Chris Rees Academy), no-gi at 145lbs

Nick Ronan (Renzo Gracie Academy/Serra BJJ Academy) vs. Alex Miller (Hamptons Jiu Jitsu), no-gi at 175lbs

Joao Pereira (Igor Gracie Jiiu-Jitsu Academy) vs. Thiago Brito (G13 BJJ), gi at 150lbs

Grace Gundrum (10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Bethlehem) vs. Izabella Frezzo (Notorious Mixed Martial Arts), no-gi at 105lbs

‘KASAI Pro 3’s’ main card features an eight-man, no-gi tournament at 170lbs (77.1kg) to crown KASAI’s first World Welterweight Champion. Names already confirmed for the tournament include KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto, Marcin Held, Vagner Rocha, PJ Barch, and ‘KASAI Pro 3’ Qualifier winner Matheus Lutes. The event will also showcase a superfight between leg-lock submission specialists Craig Jones and Rousimar Palhares.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 3’ are on sale via Ticketmaster. The event will also air live on FloGrappling. For all the latest information, 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 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 www.kasaigrappling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Contact Information:

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


Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships