Kasai Pro 7 is coming to Dallas, Texas on February 1st, 2020 and is bringing a fantastic World Heavyweight Championship featuring the best Heavyweights in the sport right now. The event only recently found it’s last entrant and something of a dark horse to win the whole thing, Kyle Boehm.
The promotions first ever Heavyweight tournament will follow the same structure as the previous Kasai Pro Grappling Tournaments. This is where the eight competitors will be split into two groups of four and follow a round-robin format where they will fight every man in their group. The group’s standings will then determine the final matchup as the winner of both groups will meet. This also decides the third-place playoff as the second placed in each group will fight to claim the bronze medal.
The event could generate some interesting rematches including Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu V Nick Rodriguez. Seeing as Rodriguez won their last meeting at ADCC 2019 but Cyborg had a fantastic showing at No Gi Worlds last year, it’s difficult to say who would win under the Kasai Pro 7 banner. These two men stand as the favorites to take home gold at this event, but realistically any one of the competitors could win the whole thing without it being much of a shock.
Patrick Gaudio should be coming in on a high after winning gold at the IBJJF European Championships already in 2020. Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa could also see a rematch with Nick Rodriguez after beating him at the BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix, the same tournament that saw Kyle Boehm burst onto the scene and beating Hulk on the way to doing so.
Kasai Pro 7 Full Card
Heavyweight World Championship Tournament featuring:
Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa (Atos)
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Fight Sports)
Joao Gabriel Rocha (Double Five)
Nick Rodriguez (Renzo Gracie Academy)
Bruno Bastos (Team LEAD)
Patrick Gaudio (GF Team)
Vinny Magalhaes (Gracie Tijuca)
Kyle Boehm (10th Planet)
Superfights (10 Minute Time Limit):
Renato Canuto (Checkmat) V Dante Leon (GF Team) 170 lbs.
Pedro Rocha (Double Five) V Mike Perez (Atos) 180 lbs.
Raquel Canuto (Checkmat) V Gabi McComb (Gracie Humaita) 140 lbs.
Undercard (6 Minute Time Limit):
Rafael Formiga (Double 5) V Rafael Lang (Octagon MMA) 185 lbs.
Alex Martins (AMBJJ) V Michael Foster (Octagon MMA) 180 lbs.
Camron Couch (Mohler MMA) V Kody Steele (Checkmat) 180 lbs.
Igor Paiva (Soul Fighters) V Andrew Gomes (AMBJJ) 190 lbs.
Vinicius Agudo (Double 5) V Diego Santana (Gracie Gym) 170 lbs.
Erica Barnes (Genesis Jiu Jitsu) V Kecia McKenzie (Checkmat) 135 lbs.
Kevin Holland V Anthony Cronce (Tac Team) 185 lbs.
Samuel Nagai (Checkmat) V Damion Oranday (Oranday BJJ) 155 lbs.
Tony Trammell (Soul Fighters) V Mike Anderson (Shebaro BJJ) 200 lbs.
Michael Esquivel (MA/ARES) V Benjamin Annuziato (Team Lutter) 165 lbs.
Dulce Flores Jr. (Mohler MMA) V Sal Martinez (AMBJJ) 185 lbs.
Stephen Hall (Octagon MMA) V James Markle (Macaco Gold Team) 265 lbs.
Thomas Gentille (Rillion Gracie) V Vernon Lewis (Elite MMA) 265 lbs.
For tickets to the live event in Dallas, Texas on February 1st, click here.