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Fight to Win Pro 61 kicks off busy February for competitive grappling

Joao Assis, Antonio Braga Neto, AJ Agazarm, and others are set to compete on Saturday’s Fight to Win Pro 61 card.

Joao Assis looks to remain undefeated at Fight to Win Pro
Mike Calimbas

If you’re a fan of competitive grappling then you should be glued to your computer screen for many hours this month; majority of which is due to stacked Fight to Win Pro events. The first of which is scheduled for this Saturday with Fight to Win Pro 61 hailing from Garden Grove, California. With big names and three title fights, this is an event that fans should not miss.

The main event of the evening features a contest between two men that have won multiple titles between them. Joao Assis is set to face off against Antonio Braga Neto. This is a compelling bout with two solid veterans in the sport.

Assis boasts a resume that includes a 2013 ADCC championship and multiple other titles across organizations such as the IBJJF, Grapplers Quest, and others. His record includes wins over Tom DeBlass, Jeff Monson, Marcel Goncalves, Eliot Kelly, and Dean Lister. He’s competed at multiple Fight to Win Pro events and has yet to be defeated under their banner.

While Neto has not been as active as Assis in recent years, he comes with a wealth of grappling experience across such events as ADCC, Mundials, Copa Podio, and others. The Roberto Correa black belt has defeated some of the top athletes in the sport, including the likes of Andre Galvao, Joao Rocha, Bruno Bastos, and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. This bout between Neto and Assis is a rematch of their 2011 ADCC matchup where Neto was defeated via foot lock.

Three Fight to Win Pro titles are on the line. Thomas Cronin and Mark Vives are competing for the 185 pound, Masters black belt title. Cleber Luciano and Baret Yoshida will face off for the black belt Masters lightweight title. Brittney Elkin and Tara White will also do battle for the women’s brown belt no gi welterweight title.

Another F2W favorite in is scheduled for the co-main event against Chai Sirisute.

Fight to Win Pro 61 will be available for viewing through the FloGrappling.com platform. Replays will also air after the event.