Bia Mesquita, UFC Fighter Gillian Robertson to Compete in Medusa Combat Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Medusa, a new female-only jiu-jitsu promotion, will hold its inaugural event on Saturday, October 2. The event will feature a pair of 8-woman brackets — one contested 135-pounds under combat jiu-jitsu rules, and one at 115-pounds under EBI rules. Appearing on the card are a number of notable competitors, including ADCC champion Bia Mesquita and current UFC fighter Gillian Robertson.

Mesquita is the most accomplished grappler in the combat jiu-jitsu bracket. In addition to her 2017 ADCC world championship, she is a seven-time IBJJF world champion.

In terms of MMA success, no competitor in the combat jiu-jitsu bracket is more experienced and accomplished than Gillian Robertson. A black belt under Din Thomas, Robertson holds a 6-4 UFC record, and owns six career submission victories. Robertson is no stranger to grappling competition, as she has appeared in the Submission Underground cage five times.

Both Mesquita and Robertsion will face stiff competition by way of CJJ flyweight champion and accomplished brown belt competitor Brianna Ste-Marie.

The event also features an eight-woman EBI-rules grand prix. Notable competitors include 16-year old phenom Trinity Pun, current UFC flyweight Vanessa Demopoulos, and ADCC Trials silver medalist Fatima Kline.

How to watch: The Medusa Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, October 2, and will air live on UFC Fightpass (subscription required).

Ben Coate

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