Pat Downey to Compete in Third Coast Grappling Middleweight Grand Prix

Controversial amateur wrestler Pat Downey is once again diving into the deep end of submission grappling. On June 19, Downey will compete in the Third Coast Grappling Middleweight Grand Prix alongside some of the best no-gi jiu-jitsu competitors on the planet. The promotion announced Downey’s participation in the tournament on Tuesday via Instagram.

Although Downey is still very new to submission grappling, this is not his first foray into the sport. In February 2020, Downey met Gordon Ryan first in a wrestling match (which Downey won), and then in a submission grappling match (which Ryan won). He remained out of submission grappling until May 2021, when he defeated Rasheed Perez via decision at Subversiv 5.

Pat Downey was a 2015 national junior college champion in wrestling. During his college years, he attended both the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University for wrestling, but was removed from both teams for rules violations. After college, Downey continued his competitive career in freestyle wrestling, winning medals in 2019 at the Pan American games and the US Open.

At Third Coast Grappling, Downey will face some of the stiffest competition jiu-jitsu has to offer. Below is the current announced line-up for the middleweight grand prix.

How to watch: Third Coast Grappling takes place on June 19, 2021, and will air live on Fite TV pay-per-view.

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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