Fight to Win Pro 56 was a night of high-level submissions and exciting action as some of the most prominent names in the sport tore up the mat. Fight to Win Pro continues to put on some of the best events in competitive grappling and this night pushed that trend to higher expectations.
Eddie Cummings and Jacob Sandoval closed out the show as they battled in the black belt, no-gi 155-pound weight division. Sandoval took to the challenge of entering Cummings guard, who offered attack after attack from the position and butterfly guard. The end was near when Cummings hit a back transition and quickly secured a rear naked choke on Sandoval. Sandoval barely had the opportunity to fight the position as he was forced to tap out to the Danaher Death Squad standout.
In the co-main event, Talita Alencar added to her collection of Fight to Win Pro championship titles as she defeated Pati Fontes for the women’s no-gi flyweight title. This match featured two world champions and did not disappoint in any fashion. Alencar pulled out the victory via arm bar to claim the title.
Nicky Ryan also continued his growth as a young prodigy in the sport. He defeated 10th Planet competitor, Ricky Lule in the 140 pound, no-gi division. Lule landed a big slam, but Ryan recovered nicely, hitting a leg drag pass to back take which allowed him to win via rear naked choke.
David Fraser with the slick choke from the omoplata setup. Fight To Win Pro 56 is firing on all cylinders! pic.twitter.com/bRzOQtVdsX— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) December 2, 2017
According to event promoters, Fight to Win Pro featured a 71 percent finish rate, the highest of any event to date. Fighters were paid out a total of $24,583 in winning. The event will be available for replay via FloGrappling.com.
Fight to Win Pro 56 – Full Results
Black Belt Results
Eddie Cummings defeats Jacob Sandoval via RNC
Talita Alencar defeats Pati Fontes via Armbar
Nicky Ryan defeats Ricky Lule via RNC
Brian Mendez defeats Mike Cody via Kimura
Marvin Castelle defeats Brandon Walensky via Heel Hook
Kevin Casey defeats Shannone Callos via RNC
Gokor Greg Ambaryan defeats Marco Cruzatt via Split Decision
Andre Pontes defeats Ron Henderson via Decision
Diego Dias Ramalho defeats John Combs via Decision – Fight of the Night
Omar Sabha defeats Greg Hamilton via Scissor Choke – Submission of the Night
Kauan Barboza defeats Juan Bernardo via Bow and Arrow choke
Bruno Marchi defeats Adrian Vasquez via Armbar
Brown Belt Results
Joey Hauss defeats Morgan Smith via Decision
Steven Cabrera defeats PJ Montano via Split Decision
Joshua Valles defeats Wes Levine via Armbar
Jarred Mercado defeats Drew Sklov via Decision
Jeremiah Vance defeats Cooper Gibson via Kneebar
Vince Barbosa defeats Josh Smith Decision – Fight of the Night
Cole Franson defeats Mike Wilson via Darce
Connor Donaldson defeats Jake Warren via RNC
Byron Cragg defeats Johnny Ho via Split Decision
Purple Belt Results
Sam Hand defeats Antonio Sanchez via Triangle
Blake Troop defeats Tyson Blair via Decision
Brandon Lim defeats Carlos Florez via Heel Hook
Mike A Khatchikian defeats Thomas Kocer via Foot Lock
Alex Magala defeats Patrick Ventura via Knee Bar
David Augustine Fraser defeats Kevin Melendrez via Omaplata Choke – Submission of the Night
Jess Martinez defeats Carlos Guyton via Kimura – Fight of the Night
Alfonso Estrada defeats Bryan Fernandez via Choke