Grapplefest 17 results and video highlights: William Tackett, Ashley Bendle claim gold

View the full main card results from Grapplefest 17, headlined by a title match between William Tackett and Eoghan O’Flanagan.

On Saturday, November 18, Grapplefest returned to action in Liverpool with Grapplefest 17, headlined by a pair of title matches and otherwise featuring a number of elite competitors.

In the main event, William Tackett put on a high-paced show of elite guard passing against defending Grapplefest 90kg champion and fellow ADCC veteran Eoghan O’Flanagan to take home a hard-fought judges’ decision and the Grapplefest title. The 22-year-old black belt came into the contest following a third-place finish at the ADCC East Coast Trials and, before that, scored a Submission of the Year contender over Bradley Hill at Grapplefest 16.

Before that, Draig standout Ashley Bendle shined in an action-packed, 15-minute match against Mara Kelly, earning the decision victory and the vacant Grapplefest 55kg title.

And in other notable action, The B-Team’s Kieran Kichuk scored a decision win over elite British competitor Ellis Younger, and MMA veteran Stevie Ray landed a heel hook finish on Shane Curtis.

Grapplefest 17 main card results and highlights

  • William Tackett def. Eoghan O’Flanagan via decision (Grapplefest 90kg title)
  • Ashley Bendle def. Mara Kelly via decision (Grapplefest 55kg title)
  • Kieran Kichuk def. Ellis Younger via decision 
  • Max Bickerton def. Jack Grant via decision (Grapplefest 90kg British title)
  • Shane Fishman def. Ben Bennett via submission (armbar)

  • Nora Schultz def. Simone Caffrey via submission (rear-naked choke)

  • Josh Gibbs def. Oskar Svels via submission (arm triangle)

  • Stevie Ray def. Shane Curtis via submission (heel hook)
  • Paul Lukowski def. Thomas Bracher via decision
  • Taylor Ellis Hishaw def. Amy Derwanz via decision
  • Saul Rogers def. Lewis Matthews via submission (arm triangle)
  • Brad Boyden def. Bradley Wills via submission (toe hold)
  • Danny Hughes def. Bartek Lukaszewicz via decision

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