Renato Canuto Rounds Out ‘KASAI Pro’ Eight-Man World Lightweight Championship Tournament

 The 21-year-old Brazilian competes for gold against seven other elite grapplers on December 9.


November 18, 2017 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) has filled the final spot in its 155-lb World Lightweight Championship tournament at ‘KASAI Pro’ with the signing of highly-touted Jiu-Jitsu prospect Renato Canuto, announced earlier today.

A second-generation Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under his father, Valdir, Canuto represents Robert Drysdale and Rodrigo Cavaca’s Zenith JJ team when taking part in national and international events. As a competitor, Canuto holds the distinct accolade of winning dual gi and no-gi IBJJF World Championships at brown belt in 2016. Upon earning his black belt, the dynamic 21-year-old from São Paulo, Brazil, earned the IBJJF American Nationals Championship at lightweight earlier this year.

“Renato brings a special flair to KASAI’s World Lightweight Championship tournament,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “In just a short time, this kid had developed a unique style that is flush with submission attempts and aggressive movement for all to enjoy. He also has an impressive list of accomplishments.”

‘KASAI Pro’ is headlined by an openweight superfight pitting ADCC 88kg (194lbs) champion Gordon Ryan against 99kg (218lbs) champion Yuri Simões. Names confirmed for the event’s championship tournament include Garry Tonon, Mansher Khera, Gianni Grippo, Celso Vinicius, AJ Agazarm, ‘Junny’ Ocasio and Enrico Cocco. Ocasio won a 16-man qualifying tournament at The Elite Grappling
on October 21 to qualify for the event. The event will also showcase a second stand-alone superfight, as well as a dynamic undercard.

Tickets for ‘KASAI Pro’ are available online at To access the live stream of ‘KASAI Pro,’ users can sign up to Annual PRO subscribers gain access to live events across the entire FloSports network, available online, on Roku or Apple TV 4.

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