Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa vs. Tex Johnson Announced for Fight to Win 174

We are now less than a week away from Fight to Win 174 in Atlanta, GA, and the promotion has announced a match-up between two of the best grapplers in the world, as Atos representative Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa will square off with Aaron “Tex” Johnson. Also, two-division Fight to Win champion Amanda “Tubby” Alequin will take on Raquel Canuto.

A multiple-time IBJJF no-gi world champion and ADCC medalist, Lucas Barbosa has already had a relatively active competition year. Already this year he holds notable wins over Yuri Simoes, Gabriel Almeida, and Oliver Taza.

Tex Johnson is a longtime veteran of both the IBJJF and submission-only competition scene. A three-time no-gi Pans champion, has struggled lately with respectable losses to Kaynan Duarte and Victor Hugo.

Amanda Alequin is a 2016 no-gi world champion, and she is no stranger to the Fight to Win stage. She is coming off a fun title win over Gabi McComb. Raquel Canuto is also a no-gi world champion, and she’ll look to use her heavy guard passing to shut down Alequin’s scramble-heavy game.

How to watch: Fight to Win 174 takes place on Friday, June 18, and will air live on FloGrappling (subscription required).

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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