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.
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Kasai Pro 5 Champion! Very happy to come out victorious in this challenging event, I fight and train for moments like these. I want to thank @kasaigrappling for the invite and congratulate them on the excellent event they ran! I’m also very grateful for all the people that cheered for me and helped me prepare for this challenge. - - Campeão Kasai Pro 5! Muito feliz de vencer mais esse desafio, luto e treino para ter momentos como esse! Quero agradecer ao @kasaigrappling pelo convite e parabenizar pelo excelente evento. Sou muito grato também a todos que torceram e que me ajudaram a me preparar pra mais esse desafio. #kasai #bjj #jiujitsu @flograppling - - @atosjiujitsuhq @progressjj @redbowie18 @lucasbarbosajj @galvaobjj
Check out the full Kasai results below (h/t grapplinginsider.com):
– 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
– Kaynan Duarte def. Aaron Johnson by 6×1
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Kaynan Duarte with the back take and choke
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That’s one way to end a match