Vagner Rocha replaces injured Edwin Najmi at ‘KASAI Pro 4’

‘KASAI Pro 3’ tournament runner up seeks redemption on November 10th at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

October 22, 2018– New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Vagner Rocha will replace an injured Edwin Najmi to face two-time KASAI World Champion Renato Canuto in a superfight at ‘KASAI Pro 4’ on Saturday, November 10 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

“We are very excited to have Vagner back at KASAI” said KASAI CEO Rich Byrne. “This match will settle the score between Rocha and Canuto. Get ready for some fireworks.”

Rocha is a Combat Jiu-Jitsu lightweight champion and a three-time ADCC trials winner. A Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Pablo Popovich, Rocha now runs his academy – Vagner Rocha Martial Arts – and is also a world-class mixed martial artist, having competed for the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator.

In addition to Rocha vs. Canuto, ‘KASAI Pro 4’ will feature 2 other superfights. A fast-paced PJ Barch steps up against Matheus Lutes, and KASAI World Middleweight Champion Matheus Diniz will do battle with the ‘King’ Gordon Ryan. ‘KASAI Pro 4’ will also feature an eight-man no-gi World Featherweight Championship Tournament at 145lbs (65.77kg). The tournament competitors include Augusto Mendes, Ethan Crelinsten, Geo Martinez, Gianni Grippo, Paulo Miyao, John Calestine, Ashley Williams, and Bruno Frazatto.

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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