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Grappling report: Kaynan Duarte wins star-studded Kasai 5 GP

Kasai 5 put on a stacked show last weekend Kaynan Duarte looked phenomenal

Kasai are putting on some of the most stacked cards in professional submission grappling. Kasai 5’s heavyweight grand prix comprised of the who’s who of the pro grappling circuit, with stars such as Craig Jones, Tex Johnson and Felipe Pena appearing.

While many may have fancied Felipe Pena’s chances, the ADCC absolute champion didn’t make it to the podium. Kaynan Duarte was the star of the show with 3 dominant points victories and a submission finish of Craig Jones. In the finals, Duarte managed to defeat Tex Johnson, who was a major player in the biggest upset of the night.

In the round robin match ups, Johnson managed to catch Felipe Pena in a leglock, which is something that Gordon Ryan was even unable to do in his previous matchups with Pena. After finishing runner-up, Johnson announced on Instagram that he would be attending rehab for alcohol addiction.

Check out the full Kasai results below (h/t

Super fights:

– Marcos Tinoco def. Rômulo Barral by 4×1

– Mayssa Bastos def. Fiona Watson by RNC

– Dante Leon def. Edwin Najmi by RNC

Group 1 Matches

R1 Felipe Pena def. Valdir Araújo by 2×1

R1 Aaron Johnson def. Jackson Sousa by inside heel hook

R2 Aaron Johnson drew Valdir Araújo 1×1

R2 Felipe Pena def. Jackson Sousa by 3×0

R3 Jackson Sousa def. Valdir Araújo by 5×1

R3 Aaron Johnson def. Felipe Pena by inside heel hook

Group 2 Matches

R1 Craig Jones drew Pedro Marinho 0x0

R1 Kaynan Duarte def. Jon Blank by 9×0

R2 Kaynan Duarte def. Pedro Marinho by 11×0

R2 Craig Jones def. Jon Blank by RNC

R3 Jon Blank def. Pedro Marinho by armlock

R3 Kaynan Duarte def. Craig Jones by short choke

3rd Place Match

Felipe Pena was injured from his 3rd match with Aaron Johnson and could not return to the mat. Jackson took his place.

– Craig Jones def. Jackson Sousa by straight ankle lock

Final Match

– Kaynan Duarte def. Aaron Johnson by 6×1


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