Grace Gundrum v Danielle Kelly has just been announced for the new Jiu-Jitsu Overtime event on July 19th as 10th Planet’s teenage prodigy gets a huge step up in competition. The special match was revealed on the new promotion’s Instagram, shortly after they announced the sixteen competitors in the tournament that takes centre stage in their first event. Both this superfight and the entire tournament will be contested under the EBI ruleset, which removes points and judge’s decisions from the equation by offering the competitors an overtime period in which to win, after the regulation time has elapsed.
Gundrum might only be a teenager but she’s already been competing on the very highest stages of the sport, having traveled to Japan to beat multiple-time World Champion Rikako Yuasa on Quintet Fight Night 3, and submitting Gabby Etzel via Guillotine at Kasai Pro 6. Kelly meanwhile, is a relatively fresh black belt who experienced something of a coming out party at Quintet Ultra when she put on a perfect display against top 5 ranked UFC fighter Cynthia Calvillo, winning via Ankle Lock in under twenty seconds.
It’s highly likely that this is just the first of several superfights that will be announced for the event in order to give ample time for the main tournament’s competitors to rest between rounds. Alongside Grace Gundrum v Danielle Kelly, the main tournament has already been revealed to feature elite grapplers like CJJ world Champion Tom Halpin, fellow CJJ competitors Jordan Holy and Gabriel Daffron, and Danaher Death Squad member Ethan Crelinsten.
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