Polaris Pro Grappling

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Polaris Pro Grappling
AbbreviationPolaris
Formation2015
TypePrivate
PurposeTournament Competition
HeadquartersBournemouth, UK
Websitepolarisprograppling.com

Polaris Pro Grappling is Europe's longest running large-scale professional grappling event.[1] As of November 2018 Polaris has organized 7 events featuring both Gi and Nogi matches all of which have been held in the UK. Polaris has attracted some of the biggest names from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts including Keenan Cornelius, Michelle Nicolini, Brad Pickett, Rousimar Palhares, Dean Lister, Masakazu Imanari, Ikuhisa Minowa, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Fernando Terere, Caol Uno, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields and former UFC Lightweight Champion and WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. Former UFC Welterweight competitor. Dan Hardy and UFC referee Marc Goddard are listed as event judges.[1]

Polaris have received positive feedback in the Jiu-Jitsu press for the high quality of their events and the talent they have been able to attract to compete.[2] They have also been praised for their treatment of the athletes competing as well as the diversity of styles and match ups they have been able to put together.[3]

Polaris main bouts are 15 minutes in duration with preliminary bouts lasting 10 minutes. Matches are not points based with competitors able to win either via submission or judges decision.[4]

Current Polaris Title Holders[edit]

Division Champion
Ladies Under 55 KG (121) Wales Ffion Davies
Featherweight (145) United States Nicky Ryan
Lightweight (155) Wales Ashley Williams
Welterweight (170) United States Mansher Khera
Middleweight (185) Australia Craig Jones
Light Heavyweight (205) Australia Craig Jones

Results Polaris 1 - January 10th 2015 - Cardiff - UK[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Absolute United States Keenan Cornelius def. United States Dean Lister Submission (reverse triangle)
77kg United States Garry Tonon def. Poland Marcin Held Submission (heel hook)
90kg Brazil Pablo Popovitch draw. Brazil Eduardo Rios
82kg Brazil Eduardo Telles draw. United States Mike Fowler
79kg United States AJ Agazarm def. United Kingdom Oliver Geddes Submission (triangle choke)
68kg Brazil Michelle Nicolini def. Brazil Angelica Galvao Submission (toe hold)
90kg Australia Kit Dale draw. Brazil Victor Silverio
90kg Republic of Ireland Darragh O'Conaill draw. Brazil Max Campos

[5]

Results Polaris 2 - September 12th 2015 - Cardiff - UK[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
68kg United States Garry Tonon def. Japan Masakazu Imanari Submission (heel hook)
55kg Brazil Gezary Matuda def. Brazil Michelle Nicolini Submission (armbar)
90kg United States AJ Agazarm draw. United Kingdom Daniel Strauss
70kg United States Eddie Cummings def. United States Reilly Bodycomb Inside Heelhook
68kg United States Gianni Grippo def. United Kingdom Tom Barlow Submission (heel hook)
75kg Brazil Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro def. Japan Nakamura Daisuke Submission (choke)
70kg Brazil Robson Moura draw. United States Baret Yoshida
82kg Italy Luca Anacoreta def. Brazil Pedro Bessa Submission (triangle choke)

[6]

Results Polaris 3 - April 2nd 2016 - Poole - UK[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
83kg United StatesGarry Tonon draw. Brazil Rousimar Palhares
80.5kg United States AJ Agazarm draw. United States Jake Shields
70kg United States Eddie Cummings draw. Brazil Augusto Mendes
68kg Brazil Bruno Frazatto draw. United States Gianni Grippo
53.5kg Brazil Gezary Matuda draw. France Laurence Fouillat
81kg United States Jonathon Satava draw. Republic of Ireland Darragh O'Conaill
68kg United States Geo Martinez draw. Brazil Luiz Tosta
64kg Brazil Joao Miyao draw. Japan Yukinori Sasa

[7]

Polaris 4 - October 29th 2016 - Poole - UK[edit]

Results[edit]

Polaris 4
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 82 kg Brazil Fernando Terere def. Brazil Vitor Ribeiro Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 GI
Catchweight 77 kg United States Garry Tonon def. Brazil Gilbert Burns Submission (Heel Hook) 1 9:26 NO-GI
Catchweight 80 kg United States AJ Agazarm def. Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (Triangle Choke) 1 5:11 NO-GI
Catchweight 90 kg United States Dilon Danis def. Brazil Jackson Sousa Submission (Heel Hook) 1 8:32 NO-GI
Catchweight 68 kg United States Nathan Orchard def. Japan Masakazu Imanari Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 5:51 NO-GI
Catchweight 84 kg Brazil Charles Negromonte def. Brazil Eduardo Rios Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 NO-GI
Ladies Absolute Lithuania Dominyka Obelenyte def. England Yasmine Wilson Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 GI
Absolute England Tom Breese def. England Ben Dyson Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 NO-GI

[8]

Polaris 5 - August 19th 2017 - London - UK[edit]

Results[edit]

Polaris 5
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 78 kg United States Garry Tonon def. United States Dillon Danis Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 NO-GI
Catchweight 90 kg United States Jake Shields def. England Daniel Strauss Decision (Majority) 1 15:00 NO-GI
Catchweight 66 kg England Phil Harris def. England Brad Pickett Decision (Split) 1 15:00 NO-GI
Catchweight 72.7 kg Brazil Vitor Ribeiro def. Japan Caol Uno Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 7:26 NO-GI
Catchweight 78 kg United States AJ Agazarm def. England Lloyd Cooper Submission (Bow & Arrow Choke) 1 6:00 GI
Catchweight 76 kg Canada Oliver Taza def. England Ross Nicholls Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 NO-GI
Catchweight 64 kg England Samantha Cook def. England Vanessa English Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 GI
Catchweight 83 kg England Bradley Hill def. Finland Tommi Pulkkanen Decision (Split) 1 15:00 NO-GI

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Polaris 6 - February 17th 2018 - London - UK[edit]

Results[edit]

Polaris 6
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight 83.9 kg Australia Craig Jones def. United States Jake Shields Submission (Heel Hook) 1 1:04 For inaugural the Polaris Middleweight Championship
Catchweight 80 kg United States Benson Henderson def. United States AJ Agazarm Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Ladies Under 55 kg Brazil Gezary Matuda def. Italy Serena Gabrielli Submission (Ankle Lock) 1 2:43
Welterweight 77.1 kg Poland Marcin Held def. England Chris Fishgold Submission (Armbar) 1 1:38
Catchweight 72 kg Brazil Marco Cahna def. England Ash Grimshaw Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Ladies Under 55 kg Wales Ffion Davies def. United States Chelsea Leah Submission (Armbar) 1 5:45

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Polaris 7 - July 14th 2018 - London - UK[edit]

Results[edit]

Polaris 7
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 85 kg Brazil Gilbert Burns def. Brazil Gregor Gracie Injury (Shoulder) 1 13:12
Welterweight 77.1 kg Canada Oliver Taza def. Australia Lachlan Giles Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Featherweight 65.8 kg United States Nicky Ryan def. England Phil Harris Submission (Armbar) 1 6:48
Featherweight 65.8 kg Wales Ashley Williams def. Japan Masakazu Imanari Decision (Split) 1 15:00
Welterweight 77.1 kg England Ross Nicholls def. United States Nathan Orchard Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Ladies Over 55 kg Finland Venla Luukkonen def. England Samantha Cook Decision (Split) 1 15:00

[11]

Polaris 8[edit]

Polaris 8
Information
PromotionPolaris Pro Grappling
DateDecember 9, 2018
VenueIce Arena Wales
CityWales Cardiff, Wales

Polaris 8 was a grappling event held by Polaris Pro Grappling on December 9, 2018 at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales.

Background[edit]

The event was the third the Polaris has hosted at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales and the first since Polaris 2.

This event featured three world title fights. The card was headlined by the current Polaris middleweight Champion Craig Jones and the former IBJJF champion Keenan Cornelius in a match to crown the inaugural Polaris Light Heavyweight Champion. It was a rematch from their fight at ADCC 2017, which Cornelius had won.

Results[edit]

Polaris 8
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight 93 kg Australia Craig Jones def. United States Keenan Cornelius Decision (Split) 1 15:00 For the inaugural Polaris Light Heavyweight Championship
Welterweight 77.1 kg Brazil Vagner Rocha def. United States Benson Henderson Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 14:30
Welterweight 77.1 kg United States Mansher Khera def. Australia Lachlan Giles Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the inaugural Polaris Welterweight Championship
Absolute England Dan Strauss def. Japan Satoshi Ishii Decision (Split) 1 15:00
Featherweight 65.8 kg United States Nicky Ryan def. Japan Masakazu Imanari Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 13:11 For the inaugural Polaris Featherweight Championship
Catchweight 80 kg Finland Santeri Lilius def. Brazil Pedro Bessa Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00

[12]

Polaris 9[edit]

Polaris 9
Information
PromotionPolaris Pro Grappling
DateMarch 15, 2019
VenueIndigo at The O2
CityEngland London, England

Polaris 9 was a grappling event held by Polaris Pro Grappling on March 15, 2019 at the Indigo at The O2 in London, England.

Background[edit]

The event was the fourth the Polaris has hosted at the Indigo at The O2 in London, England. The card was headlined by a catchweight superfight between the multiple-time MMA champion Jake Shields and the Bellator MMA top contender and grappling champion Rafael Lovato Jr.[13][14]

In the co-featured slot, for inaugural the Polaris Ladies Under 55KG Championship a bout between IBJJF(2018) champion Ffion Davies and IBJJF(2013/2014/2016) champion Gezary Matuda took place.[15]

Bonus awards

The following fighters were awarded bonuses:

  • Performance of the Night: Ffion Davies
  • Submission of the Night: Ethan Crelinsten

Results[edit]

Polaris 9
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight 90.7 kg United States Rafael Lovato Jr. def. United States Jake Shields Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Ladies Under 55 kg England Ffion Davies def. Brazil Gezary Matuda Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 1 2:26 For the inaugural Polaris Ladies Under 55 KG Championship
Welterweight 77.1 kg Brazil Vagner Rocha def. England Ross Nicholls Decision (Split) 1 15:00
Lightweight 70.3 kg Canada Ethan Crelinsten def. Republic of Ireland Thomas Halpin Submission (Armbar) 1 8:48
Middleweight 83.9 kg United States Mike Perez def. Republic of Ireland Darragh O'Conaill Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Middleweight 83.9 kg Brazil Eduardo Rios def. Finland Santeri Lilius Decision (Split) 1 15:00

[16]

Polaris 10[edit]

Polaris 10
Information
PromotionPolaris Pro Grappling
DateMay 25, 2019
VenueLighthouse
CityEngland Poole, England

Polaris 10 will be a grappling event held by Polaris Pro Grappling on May 25, 2019 at the Lighthouse in Poole, England.

Background[edit]

Brad Pickett was scheduled to face Caol Uno at Polaris 10, but Pickett was forced off the card on march 12 with a injury. Leigh Remedios has stepped in on short notice to face Uno.

Fight Card[edit]

Polaris 10
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight 65.8 kg United States Nicky Ryan (c) def. United States Urijah Faber Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the Polaris Featherweight Championship
Middleweight 83.9 kg Australia Craig Jones (c) def. Brazil Matheus Lutes Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the Polaris Middleweight Championship
Lightweight 70.3 kg Wales Ashley Williams def. Canada Ethan Crelinsten Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the inaugural Polaris Lightweight Championship
Lightweight 70.3 kg Japan Caol Uno def. England Leigh Remedios Submission (Keylock) 1 5:10
Middleweight 83.9 kg United States Richie Martinez def. Slovenia Miha Perhavec Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 0:53
Catchweight 105 kg United States Nick Rodriguez def. Wales Ashley Amos Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 7:30


Polaris 11[edit]

Polaris 11
Information
PromotionPolaris Pro Grappling
DateAugust 31, 2019
VenueBridgewater Hall
CityEngland Manchester, England

Polaris 11 was a grappling event held by Polaris Pro Grappling on August 31, 2019 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, England.

Background[edit]

Vagner Rocha has had to pull out of his title fight against Mansher Khera. However, Edwin Najmi stepping up on short notice to face Khera.

Marc Diakiese has had to pull out of his match with Chris Fishgold, however, Marc's training partner and grappling instructor, Liam Cann will be stepping in on short notice to test himself against the powerful UFC grappler.

Unfortunately due to a last minute training injury, Satoshi Ishii is unable to compete and so the match with Arya Esfandmaz will have to be postponed.

Results[edit]

Polaris 11
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
Ladies Under 55 kg Wales Ffion Davies (c) def. Brazil Talita Alencar Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the Polaris Ladies Under 55 KG Championship
Welterweight 77.1 kg United States Edwin Najmi def. United States Mansher Khera (c) Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00 For the Polaris Welterweight Championship
Welterweight 77.1 kg England Paddy Pimblett vs. Scotland Stevie Ray Submission (Heelhook) 1 7:42
Middleweight 83.9 kg Norway Tommy Langaker def. Brazil Marcos Tinoco Decision (Split) 1 15:00
Catchweight 103 kg United States Nick Rodriguez def. England Ben Dyson Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00
Catchweight 74 kg England Liam Cann def. England Chris Fishgold Decision (Unanimous) 1 15:00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Polaris About Us". Polaris Pro Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  2. ^ "Polaris Pro Breakdown: A Night of Dream Matchups". flograppling.com. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ "Polaris Pro 3: The Battle for Professional Jiu-Jitsu". Inverted Gear. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  4. ^ "Polaris Pro Grappling Rules". Polaris Pro Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  5. ^ "Polaris 1". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  6. ^ "Polaris 2". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ "Polaris 3". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  8. ^ "Polaris 4". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  9. ^ "Polaris 5". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  10. ^ "Polaris 6". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  11. ^ "Polaris 7". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  12. ^ "Polaris 8". Polaris Grappling. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  13. ^ "Jake Shields To Face Rafael Lovato Jr. At Polaris 9". jiujitsutimes.com.
  14. ^ "Polaris 9: Jake Shields versus Rafael Lovato Jr set for main event". fansided.com.
  15. ^ "Ffion Davies vs. Gezary Matuda set for Polaris title fight". bloodyelbow.com.
  16. ^ "Polaris 9 Results". bjjheroes.com.

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