This weekend on Saturday, December 3rd, one of the biggest professional submission grappling stages in Europe is back – GrappleFest will be returning to Fusion Nightclub in Liverpool, England for its 14th edition.
As usual, the fight cards are absolutely stacked, with a whopping total of 31 superfights, with three of those being incredibly exciting title matches: U65kg title: Nadine Tavares (Fightzone) V Julia Maele (Oxy Gym), U70kg title: Rosa Walsh (Pedigo Submission Fighting) V Gabi Schuck (ZR Team), U90kg title: Jacob Couch (Pedigo Submission Fighting) V Eoghan O’Flanagan (New School BJJ).
O’Flanagan V Couch
ADCC 2022 standout and leg lock master Eoghan O’Flanagan will be defending his under 90kgs title against Pedigo Submission Fighting’s Jacob Couch. O’Flanagan won the title back at Grapplefest 12 when he submitted Jon ‘Thor’ Blank with a triangle choke. However, keeping his title won’t be no easy feat. Couch recently went head to head with the best No-Gi grappler in the business, Gordon Ryan, back in March and although he lost the match, he has been on a fierce win streak since, winning his four most recent fights, and submitting his last opponent Bruno Matias via guillotine choke at Who’s Number One. Couch is also well-versed in the leg lock game, being an all rounder, just like O’Flanagan. This will make for an incredibly exciting title match for sure.
Grapplefest adds in two new belts in the women’s cateogries
Grapplefest has always provided a platform for female atheltes in the sport, and their latest addition to help provide that platform is they have created two new belts in the women’s categories – under 65kgs and under 70kgs divisions. Fighting for the U70kgs title is Couch’s teammate, brown belt, and submission grappling standout Rosa Walsh Vs Gabi Schuck. Schuck is a black belt and veteran competitor who can frequently be seen standing on the podium, but will she take the win against Grapplefest veteran Walsh? Competing for the under 65kg title are two black belts, ADCC European trials winner Julia Maele, who will be challenging Grapplefest veteran (3-0) Nadine Tavares.
The full Grapplefest 14 live event, including all three title-fights, will be available to watch live on December 3rd on FITE TV at 4pm (BST), PPV. Click here for the link.
Eoghan O’flanagan (New School BJJ) v Jacob Couch (PSF) u90kgs title
Rosa Walsh (PSF) v Gabi Schuck (ZR Team) u70kgs title
Bradley Hill (Royal JJ) v David Garmo (Assembly JJ) u90kgs
Nadine Tavares (Fightzone) v Julia Maele (Oxy Gym) u65kgs title
Chris Wojcik (Serafin BJJ) v Bartek Lukaszewicz (Piranha Gdynia) u80kgs
Sam McNally (Essential JJ) v Kev Corkhill (Precison CA) u70kgs
Sean Stewart (Lycans MA) v Ciaran Brohan (T-45) u70kgs
Paul Lukowski (Notts MMA) v Chris Coltrane (SBG) u100kgs
Paul Webb (Next Gen) v Mark MacQueen (MNJJ) open weight
Shane Curtis (Notts MMA) v Ville Heikkonen (Sigma JJ) u85kgs
Will Kaye (Lakes BJJ) v Petri Moilanen (Sigma JJ) u77kgs
Tommy Yip (ZR Team) v Sam Teague (Checkmat) u65kgs
Brandon Wilson (Assembly JJ) v Rafał Farjaszewski ( Academia Gorila) u80kgs
Nia Blackman (Fightzone) v Livia Rhodes (Gracie Swindon) u75kgs
Jordan Desborough (SBG) v Alex Moura (Notts MMA) u80kgs
George McManus (GB) v Jamie Tungate (Craig Ewers) u90kgs
William Timoney (Rilion Gracie) v Mark Hibbard (RR BJJ) u100kgs
Tom Burroughs (HAMMA) v Kieran O’brien (Kaizen) u70kgs
Neil McGwynne (ECJJA) v Araujo Cutabiala (MNJJ) u80kgs
Graham Mealand (Next Gen) v Reiss Jones (Immortal MMA) u100kgs
Luke Johnson (Next Gen) v Jack Armstrong (SBG) u80kgs
Jaimie Middleton (Jax MMA) v Laila Ohlhoff (Fenriz gym) u65kgs
Marc Clarke (War Wolf BJJ) v Alex Vernon (Peak JJ) u80kgs
Jack Dolan (SBG) v Matt Fitz-James (Mark Phung BJJ) u90kgs
Mark Wynne (Trident BJJ) v Sam Barker (SmoothFlo) u70kgs
Marco Bryden (Rio Grappling Club) v Josh Taylor (Mark Phung BJJ) u90kgs
Amy Derwanz (AVT) v Sonya Retezan (Kasai BJJ) u60kgs
Jo Foy (Elite JJ) v Alfie Binyon (Scott Ramsay BJJ) u85kgs
Mya Collins (Grow JJ) v Lucy Wynne (RGA) u62kgs
Max Ashton (Stealth) v Chris Jelf (Team Torres) u70kgs
Eddie Kaye (Lakes BJJ) v Andrej Tasev (Grow JJ) u77kgs