Renato Canuto and Edwin Najmi due to battle at ‘KASAI Pro 4’

The High-Octane Duo will go head to head November 10th at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

September 25– New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Renato Canuto and Edwin Najmi will meet in a Superfight at ‘KASAI Pro 4’ on Saturday, November 10 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

“We are very excited for Renato, our two-belt champion, to return to the KASAI stage” said KASAI President Rolles Gracie. “He will face his biggest challenge yet in Edwin Najmi. Both of these superstars will bring an explosive athletic style to the KASAI stage. The only outcome we can predict is non-stop highlight reel action”.

Canuto is a second-generation black belt under his father, Valdir. Renato now trains at Checkmat BJJ. He currently holds two KASAI belts. He is the KASAI World Lightweight Champion and the KASAI World Welterweight Champion. Canuto is also the 2017 IBJJF World no-gi Champion and holds the distinct accolade of winning dual gi and no-gi IBJJF World Championships at Brown Belt in 2016.

Edwin Najmi is a BJJ Black Belt under Romulo Barral of the Gracie Barra Academy (Northridge branch). Having a fast-paced submission-oriented Jiu-Jitsu style, his fights produce a lot of crowd-pleasing action as he is known for vicious flying submissions. He climbed the ranks stacking wins in the sport’s most prestigious tournaments, including the IBJJF World Championships, Pan American Championships, and the European Open.

In addition to Canuto vs Najmi, ‘KASAI Pro 4’ will feature an eight-man no-gi tournament to crown KASAI’s Inagural World Featherweight Champion. Those confirmed for the tournament so far are Paulo Miyao and Gianni Grippo.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro 4’ are currently on sale via Ticketmaster. The event will also air live on FloGrappling. For all the latest information, visit


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