Fight to Win Pro continues to bring some of the biggest grappling matches in the industry on a weekly basis and this weekend was par for the course. This time the organization took to Brooklyn, New York for Fight to Win Pro 51 that featured a last minute switch in the main event. The original main event featured JT Torres against Benson Henderson, but injury halted that bout. Instead, the fans got an exciting matchup between Gianni Grippo and Justin Rader.
Rader was defending his lightweight no-gi championship against Grippo who has been on a tear throughout 2017. Grippo was effective off of his back, hitting a great sweep that put him into position on top. Rader remained composed in the situation, getting back to his feet. Back on the mat, both men would continue to attack each other’s feet time and time again. The action was so close that the judges would award the bout to Grippo via a split decision.
With this victory Grippo is a two-division champion for Fight to Win Pro. This goes along with his victories in FIVE Super League, UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro and the Pan-American No-Gi championship this year.
Two ADCC veterans met in the co-main event as Jake Shields and Murilo Santana battled in a highly-anticipated bout. While there wasn’t much in the department of exciting action, this was still a tactical battle by two of the best competitors in the sport today. Shields spent most of the match on top, working to pass Santana’s guard. Even though he was unable to do so, Shields did enough in the eyes of the judges to get a split decision victory in their match.
Fight to Win Pro 51 is available for replay viewing on FloGrappling.com, and a few short clips can be seen below.
First submission of the night at Fight To Win Pro 51! Watch LIVE pic.twitter.com/ORshFffDP3— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) October 20, 2017
Slick use of the omoplata to earn the sweep! pic.twitter.com/dhFP0smV2X— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) October 20, 2017
Fight to Win Pro 51 Full Results
Black Belt Results
Gianni Grippo defeated Justin Rader via Split Decision
Jake Shields defeated Murilo Santana via Split Decision
Marcos Tinoco defeated Thomas Keenan via Split Decision
Mansher Singh Khera defeated Dom Hoskins via Heel Hook
Lincoln Pereira defeated Joe Oppedisano via Decision
Van Allen Flores defeated Marvin Lee via Decision
Vianca Jager defeated Fiona Watson via Decision
Tex Johnson defeated Khyl Farrison via Kneebar
Alex Ecklin defeated Jimmy Santiago via Toe Hold
Rob Gutierrez defeated Joe Thompson via Arm Lock
Radji Bryson-Barrett defeated Luis Martinez via Decision
Alex Oliveira defeated Tomasz Pitrowski via Decision
Brown Belt Results
Devhonte Johnson defeated Jacob Prussman via Key Lock
Felipe Rocha defeated Chinnonye Okafor via Decision
C Ryan Quinn defeated Matteo Martinez via Decision
Nicholas Tamandua Salles defeated Dennis Pressey Jr via choke
Mike Davila defeated Frank Rosenthal via Decision
Rehan Muttalib defeated Nick Norman via Triangle Armbar
Omar Kadi defeated RC St Germain via RNC
Purple Belt Results
Matheus Francisco defeated Alex Nemeth via Decision
Antoine Delannoy defeated Bryant Johnson via Heel Hook
Andrew Franco defeated Sean Yadimarco via Decision
Damien Anderson defeated Andrew Solano via Decision
Margot C. Ciccarelli-Tang defeated Natalie Bryjova via Decision
Marcelo Aguilar defeated Bobby Issapour via Straight Ankle Lock
Christopher Kerbis defeated Tim McNamara via Armbar
Ben Bagbek defeated Hunter Simoes via Decision