Manuel Ribamar and Pedro Marinho Added to Third Coast Grappling Grand Prix

Third Coast Grappling’s April 3 eight-man grand prix continues to add the best grapplers in the world. Joining an already stacked field of competitors will be no-gi world champions Manuel Ribamar and Pedro Marinho.

The announcements were made via Third Coast’s Instagram page.

Ribamar was a 2019 IBJJF black belt no-gi world champion and was the 2020 European Open champion. He’s been an active submission-only competitor lately, competing at Fight to Win 154 where he lost to Jon Blank, and most recently at Fight to Win 164 where he earned a decision win over Dante Leon.

Marinho is one of the best new black belt competitors in the world. He was the 2019 IBJJF no-gi world champion as a brown belt, defeating Roberto Jimenez in the finals. Marinho is a Third Coast veteran with wins over the likes of Johnny Tama and fellow grand prix competitor William Tackett. He is set to rematch Tackett on March 13 at Fight to Win 166.

The April 3 event will have $20,000 in prize money on the line, with the tournament winner earning $15,000 and the runner-up $5,000. The event will air on Fite TV pay-per-view.

Here’s the current list of grand prix competitors:

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