Michael Perez and Felipe Mota Complete ‘KASAI Pro 2’ World Middleweight Championship Lineup
Eight-man round-robin tournament at 185lbs finalized for April 14 in Brooklyn, New York
March 21, 2018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) reveals the final two contenders for ‘KASAI Pro 2’s’ World Middleweight Championship tournament with the confirmed signings of Michael Perez and Felipe Mota.
Perez, 25, is a two-time ADCC trials winner and a two-time IBJJF world no-gi champion at purple and brown belt. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvão who represents the Atos JJ Academy, Perez also carries the distinction of a rare competitive win over ADCC and EBI champion Gordon Ryan, back at the ADCC North American Trials in 2015.
Mota, 38, is a seven-time Rio de Janeiro state champion and winner of the 2007 Rio International Open with notable wins over the likes of Lucas Lepri and Lucas Leite, Igor Silva and Gabriel Lucas. A second-degree black belt under Octávio Couto and Vinicius Campelo, he is now head coach of the Roger Gracie Academy affiliate in Stavanger, Norway. Mota is widely credited with legitimizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Scandinavia, having registered the grappling-based martial art with the Norwegian sports federation in 2010.
“Both men bring something special to this middleweight championship tournament said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. Mikey is a dynamic rising talent with much to prove, while Felipe’s contributions to our sport go far beyond the mat.”
Perez and Mota join six other elite grapplers confirmed for KASAI’s World Middleweight Championship tournament, including Craig Jones, DJ Jackson, Richie ‘Boogeyman’ Martinez, Matheus Diniz, Dante Leon and Nick Calvanese, the latter of whom won KASAI’s middleweight qualifier on March 3.
‘KASAI Pro 2’ promises to be one of the most exciting professional Jiu-Jitsu events of 2018. Its main card features an epic clash between Eddie Cummings and KASAI World Lightweight Champion Renato Canuto, a must-see grudge match between Geo Martinez and Nicky Ryan, as well as Marcos Galvão’s return to competitive Jiu-Jitsu against AJ Agazarm.
‘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 well-renowned names from the worlds of 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.
Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships
Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships