EUG 2 Preview: Micael Galvao, Jonatha Alves, Tainan Dalpra, Others to Compete for 10K

Evolve Ur Game Promotions (EUG) is set to return with its second event on Saturday, June 12, featuring an eight-man gi jiu-jitsu tournament with $10,000 on the line. The tournament is stacked with world champions, elite competitors, and some of the most promising young talents in all of jiu-jitsu. The card also features a number of intriguing super fights. Check out the full event line-up below, as well as a preview of the EUG 170-pound tournament.

Just like the first EUG event, the tournament uses a point-based ruleset. The tournament winner will walk away with a shiny championship belt and $10,000 in cash. Atos black belt Andy Murasaki won the first EUG tournament in April.

The first-round match-ups were selected by random draw. Here is the current line-up and first-round matches:

Jonatha Alves vs. Michael Liera, Jr.: Top Art of Jiu-Jitsu competitor Jonatha Alves will put the gi on again after dropping a close decision to Oliver Taza at the last Who’s Number One. Atos black belt Michael Liera Jr. is a European Open champion and a veteran competitor, but he’ll have his hands full against Alves, who has shown very few holes in his game, particularly in the gi. Look for Alves to implement the trademark AOJ berimbolo game to rack up points against Liera. Alves has beaten Liera on points the last three times the pair met.

Jonnatas Gracie vs. Mathias Luna: Atos black belt Jonnatas Gracie is large for this tournament and is quietly one of the most dangerous competitors in the world. He holds a 2020 submission win over Luna and is coming off a decision win over Luna’s twin brother, Matheus. Gracie should be able to implement his tricky guard and sweeping game to keep Luna on the back foot for much of this match, perhaps securing another submission win over Luna. Gracie should be considered a dark horse, if not a favorite, to win the tournament.

Tainan Dalpra vs. Rafael dos Anjos: Art of Jiu-Jitsu black belt Tainan Dalpra is a new black belt but already one of the sport’s most promising talents. He’ll be taking on Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles black belt Rafael dos Anjos. Dos Anjos is a bit of an unknown, but Dalpra’s colored belt accomplishments are incredibly impressive, and he is thus far undefeated as a black belt. This could be a wild match, but Dalpra is likely to walk away with the victory.

Micael Galvao vs. Damien Nitkin: Filling in for Paulo Costa, Damien Nitkin will have his hands full against the uber-talented and uber-hyped brown belt Micael Galvao. After cruising through the 2021 no-gi Pans and impressing against Andrew Tackett at Who’s Number One, Galvao will put on the gi as he continues to make a real splash on the North American competition scene. Galvao appears to be very much the real deal, and will likely be a favorite to win the entire tournament.

How to watch: EUG 2 takes place on Saturday, June 12, and will air live on FloGrappling (subscription required).

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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