This Friday night, Garry Tonon continue ins his attempt at being the most active competitor in the Submission grappling scene.
Tonon takes on Justin Rader for the welterweight No-Gi title at Fight To Win Pro 28. In his last outing at Fight To Win Pro, Tonon beat AJ Agazarm in what was a last-minute match up following injuries to both Tonon’s and Agazarm’s scheduled opponents. Even rare for Tonon, it was held in a Gi! This time around, Tonon is back in his comfort zone and will be looking to add the Fight to Win Pro belt to his three EBi belts and numerous other titles he’s racked up so far in his career.
In Justin Rader, Tonon faces one of his toughest opponents to date. Rader is a Rafael Lovato Jr black belt and a seasoned and accomplished black belt in his own right, having won the World No-Gi championships on multiple occasions as a brown and black belt and medalling in the ADCC. Rader’s game is based around getting the takedown and dominating from the top position. Rader could be Tonon’s biggest challenge since he squared off against Rousimar Palhares at Polaris 3 and Radar’s skill set should make this a closely contested match up.
The co-main event sees Radar’s team mate, Jared Dopp face off against Eliot Kelly, who’s returning to Fight To Win Pro after beating Kyle Kingsbury back in January.
Dopp has been impressing fans since he was a purple belt after placing 4th in the ADCC tournament in 2013, beating seasoned black belts along the way. Dopp went on to win a silver medal at the ADCC in 2015 and despite only training BJJ as a hobby whilst working full time, he manages to stay competitive with the very best in the world.
Kelly is a veteran of Fight to Win Pro and is starting to build a name for himself as a super tough competitor and ‘one to watch’ on the submission grappling scene. His IBJFF credentials speak for themselves and Kelly has faced the very best that his division has to offer and has had great success thus far in his career. However, Dopp has shown that he’s amongst the very best grapplers on the planet and is only getting better with age, so Kelly will need to be at his very best to secure the win here.
Fight To Win Pro 27 Full Card:
Welterweight No-Gi title: Garry Tonon (Ocean County BJJ) vs. Justin Rader (Lovato BJJ)
215lbs Black Belt No-Gi: Jared Dopp (Lovato BJJ) vs. Eliot Kelley (Yemaso BJJ)
190lbs Black Belt Gi: Piet Wilhelm (Triton Fight Center) vs. Chris Hoddy (NTMMA)
185lbs Black Belt No-Gi: Jesse Sunderman (Lovato BJJ) vs. Seth Norman (Zenith BJJ)
215lbs Black Belt Gi: Sandro Sampaio (Carlson Gracie BJJ) vs. Patrick Miller (Zenith BJJ)
175lbs Black Belt No-Gi: Travis Serna (Lovato BJJ) vs. Ken Jackson (American Elite MMA)
175lbs Black Belt Gi: Shiloh Roberts (Lovato BJJ) vs. Mark VIves (New Breed Chicago)
190lbs Black Belt No-Gi: Livingston Mckenzie (The Forge) vs. Todd Ryan (Ryan BJJ)
Middleweight Brown Belt No-Gi title: Isiah Wright (Easton BJJ) vs Daniel Roberts (918 HTC)
200lbs Brown Belt Gi: Kevin Williams (American Elite MMA) vs. Chad Leonhardt (Cobra BJJ)
200lbs Brown Belt No-Gi: Cortez Coleman (Conquer BJJ) vs. Andrew Todhunter (Clinch MMA)
170lbs Brown Belt Gi: William Pierce (Oklahoma Wrestling Academy) vs. Matthew Vernon (Primate BJJ)
195lbs Brown Belt Gi: Rusty Greathouse (Ryan BJJ) vs. Jeremiah Talley (The Kompound)
160lbs Brown Belt No-Gi: Santos Vargas (Academy of Martial Arts) vs. Jams Partridge (Triton Fight Center)
135lbs Brown Belt Gi: Cody Pannell (Oklahoma Combatives) vs. Vinny Saenz (Lovato BJJ)
145lbs Brown Belt No-Gi: Tyler Shinn (Oklahoma Wrestling Academy) vs. Troy Russell (Zenith BJJ)
155lbs Brown Belt Gi: Paul Ambriz (The Forge) vs. Chris Hutchison (Triton Fight Center)
Heavyweight Purple Belt No-Gi: Brittney Elkin (The Kompound) vs. Teara Lewis (Elite Combat Systems)
150lbs Purple Belt Gi: Julia Shumate Avila (Zenith BJJ) vs. Jordan Patrick (Triton Fight Center)
160lbs Purple Belt Gi: Michael Smith (American Elite MMA) vs. Zachariah Kelley (Defiant Martial Arts)
150lbs Purple Belt No-Gi: Randy Ray (Zenith BJJ) vs. Glenn Pearce (The Forge)
165lbs Purple Belt Gi: Jeff French (Oklahoma Wrestling Academy) vs. John Paul Taylor (The Forge)
155lbs Purple Belt No-Gi: Tavares Collins (Academy of Martial Arts) vs. Shaun Bley (Zenith BJJ)
170lbs Purple Belt Gi: Matthew Wilson (American Elite MMA) vs. Mark Jones (The Forge)
155lbs Purple Belt Gi:Miles Mcgrew (Zenith BJJ) vs. Andy Nguyen (Primeate BJJ)
190lbs Purple Belt Gi: Griffin Henderson (Zenith BJJ) vs. JJ Young (Lovato BJJ)
145lbs Blue Belt Gi: Tucker Keith (Zenith BJJ) vs. Grayson Henley (Insight BJJ)
135lbs Teen Blue Belt No-Gi: Kayli Barrett (Prodigy BJJ) vs. Jaya Haggerty (Trials MMA)
130lbs Green Belt No-Gi: Grayson Dekanich (Zenith BJJ) vs. Zach Gehl (Infight)
135lbs Orange Belt No-Gi: Tysen Norman (Zenith BJJ) vs. Blaice Prescott (PRBJJ)
81lbs Yellow Belt Gi: Gage Neal (The Forge) vs. Brandon Brown (National Martial Arts)
95lbs yellow Belt No-Gi: Alexa Benton (Lovato BJJ) vs. Luci Blub (Catalyst BJJ)