Final ‘SubStars at the Fillmore’ Card Confirmed

The SubStars at the Fillmore card for the 21st of February has had a flurry of last-minute changes to the line-up, click here for our full preview. This is also part of a stacked weekend of grappling with the Artista Invitational 2 and Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 11 also taking place.

Garry Tonon unfortunately had to pull out of his headline bout with Dustin Poirier following a nasty cut sustained in training. SubStars has also announced that Keenan Cornelius has also been pulled from the card following a knee injury. He is replaced by Fellipe Andrew who recently submitted Keenan at Europeans becoming the first man to submit the lapel wizard at black belt in the gi.

SubStars have also added an extra bout to the card, pitting fresh brown belt Nicky Ryan against Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante.

Main Card

Following the loss the headline match between Tonon and Poirier, Gordon Ryan vs Tex Johnson has been promoted to the main event of the card. Cyborg vs Lovato Jr is slated to deliver in the co-main. The five matches at the top of the card will be contested over 10 minutes in a sub-only format, with unlimited 2-minute golden score rounds to determine a winner in the event of a draw in regulation. They include:

Gordon ‘The King’ Ryan vs Aaron ‘Tex’ Johnson – NO GI MATCH

Roberto’ Cyborg’ Abreu vs Rafael Lovato Jr – NO GI MATCH

Patrick Gaudio vs Fellipe Andrew – GI MATCH

Maggie Grindatti vs Luiza Monteiro  – GI MATCH

Nick Rodriguez vs Roosevelt Sousa – NO GI MATCH


The remainder of the card will be a 6-minute sub-only regulation period, with three 2-minute golden score rounds to determine a winner in the event of a draw in regulation. They include:

Vagner Rocha vs Thiago Moises – NO GI MATCH

Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante vs Nicky Ryan – NO GI MATCH

Enrico Cocco vs Ethan Crelinsten – NO GI MATCH

Dan Martinez vs Roberto Jimenez – NO GI MATCH

Mauricio Gomez vs Josh Garcia – NO GI MATCH

Eduardo Roque vs Felipe Porto – GI MATCH

Andy Perez vs Alex Moran – NO GI MATCH

Jasmine Rocha vs Nathalia Santoro – NO GI MATCH  

Carlos Andrade vs Hector Acosta – NO GI MATCH

Julian Perez vs Jacob Brown – NO GI MATCH

So far there have been no reported changes to the celebrity sumo bouts – here’s hoping those matches stay intact!

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????Due to injury of an eyebrow cut to @garrytonon the main event with @dustinpoirier is off and the main event will now be @gordonlovesjiujitsu vs @tex_bjj ???? added to the card is @gesias vs @nickyryanbjj ????Due to knee injury @keenancornelius is being replaced by @fellipeandrew against @patrickgaudiobjj . FULL SubStars FIGHT CARD. This Friday, Feb 21st at The Fillmore @fillmoremb Tickets and PPV available at link in bio ????10 Minute Sub Only/Unlimited 2-Minute First To Score Overtime Rounds???? Main Event – @gordonlovesjiujitsu vs @tex_bjj Co-Main – @cyborgbjj vs @lovatojrbjj Gi – @patrickgaudiobjj vs @fellipeandrew Gi – @maggiegrindatti vs @luizamonteirobjj @nickyrod247 vs @rooseveltbjj CELEBRITY SUMO @celebritysumo- @anthony_rumble vs @razorblaydes265 vs Yamamoto vs Takeshi ????6 Minute Sub Only/Three 2-Minute First To Score Overtime Rounds???? @vagnerrocha_vrma vs @thiagomoisesmma @gesias vs @nickyryanbjj @enricococcobjj vs @ethancrelinsten @danmartinezjitsu vs @robertojimenezbjj @acaifiend vs @oohhhhjosh @eduardoroquee vs @felipeportobjj @lycanbjj vs @alex.moran.2.0 @jasminerocha_vrma vs @heyysonnyy vs @sir_carloz @julianjpperezofficial vs @jacobthebullbrown . Commentators: @thejasonchambers @spflanery . Charities: @mission22 @wedefyfoundation @fightfortheforgotten Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Curtis “Razor” Blaydes to donate to a charity of their choice . Sponsors: ????@adjustingexperts???? PPV and $1k to the winner of female matches and 6 months of free jiujitsu with Gi patch purchase @gamblersjiujitsuclub Fighter Management @fighterschoice Host/MC/Set @scottywonders Limited Release Rash Guard Collaboration with @heelhookersintl and @sub.stars (Available at Physical Therapy/Medic @dr.abbate Promotion with @ghi_eburneo ???? @yourvisalawyer . #substars #celebritysumo #mission22 #wedefyfoundation #fightfortheforgotten #adjustingexperts #gamblersjiujitsuclub #fighterschoice #scottywonders #heelhookersintl #drabbate #yourvisalawyer

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Joe Mills

Joe Mills is one of the writing staff here at Grappling Insider. Living in Auckland, New Zealand, Joe has been training out of Atos Auckland/City Kickboxing for about five years. Joe is a self-professed technique nerd and follows as much competitive grappling as he can get his eyes on. You can follow him on Instagram @obearded for cat pics and occasional training snaps.

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