The illustrious Eddie Bravo Invitational returns on April 24th, but this time it is different. Instead of EBI 6 airing solely on pay-per-view, the promotion has also signed a streaming deal with UFC Fight Pass in and is set to feature one of the greatest openweight submission-only tournaments ever. In the weeks leading up to the event, Bloody Elbow will be giving you the low down on the strengths and background of each competitor. Let's kick off this edition with the relatively unknown Fabian Bolaños.
Team: Corpo São
In a tournament littered with some of the biggest names in the sport, Fabian Bolanos is an unknown quantity. While Bolanos' name isn't well known, his skills are absolutely elite. Bolanos burst onto the scene with an impressive tournament-winning performance at the EBI qualifier event, where he showed a pretty diverse skill set. Bolanos comes from a solid lineage, having studied under Roger Coelho, who is a master of the intricacies of the guard game.
Bolanos is talented, but his lack of experience at the biggest stage is worrying for me. Bolanos is on the more difficult side of the bracket and I feel that should he get through his difficult first match, he will inevitably be submitted by one of the more experienced opponents in the field. Bolanos has the potential to be a good grappler in the future, but right now he is not up to scratch with the rest of the field.
First round opponent: Marcello Bergo
Marcello Bergo is just a little bit too strong and experienced for Bolanos in my opinion. I expect Bergo to win this one within regulation time.
The Eddie Bravo Invitational 6 goes down at the Orpheum Theatre, in Los Angeles, CA on April 24 and will be available on pay-per-view on Dish and InDemand, as well as being live on UFC Fight Pass.