Preview: Polaris 9

Polaris 9 goes down Friday, March 15th and promises to be a fantastic event. The Invitational will showcase legends and high-level grapplers such as Rafael Lovato Junior, Jake Shields, Vagner Rocha, Ffion Davies, and the list goes on.

On the main card, and surely highly anticipated, will be Rafael Lovato Junior v. Jake Shields. Whoever wins may have a shot at Craig Jones’ current Light Heavyweight Championship. This match will put two former MMA fighters against each other; Lovato Junior is undefeated in his MMA career, and both are extremely accomplished grapplers. They will meet at a catchweight 200 lbs.  

Also on the main card, Ffion Davies, the up and coming Welsh phenom, will take on Brazilian champ Gezary Matuda. Will youth win, or will Matuda’s experience prove too much to overcome?  

Vagner Rocha v. Ross Nicholls will pit two exciting grapplers with clashing styles against each other.

The matches will be aired live and exclusive on UFC Fight Pass. For more info and full preview episodes, check out Polaris Pro Grappling.

Full card below:

Main Card

Jake Shields vs Rafael Lovato JR

Ffion Davies vs Gezary Matuda

Ross Nicholls vs Vagner Rocha

Tom Halpin vs Ethan Crelinsten

Darragh O’Connaill vs Mike Perez

Santeri Lilius vs Eduardo Teta Rios

Preliminary Card

Tommy Langaker vs Sebastian Brosche

Eoghan O’Flanagan vs Tarik Hopstock

Ed Ingamells vs Ash Amos

Fred Vosgrone vs Halldor Logi Valsson

Jamie Hughes vs Arya Esfandmaz

Nobuhiro Sawada vs Pedro Dias

Marcus Phelan vs Chris Newman

Jack Tyley vs Tom Caughey

Rachel Dows

Rachel is a 20-something year old writer and martial arts enthusiast. She works at a desk job all day to afford to be able to spend the majority of her free time at the gym, where she is a blue belt in BJJ. She also sometimes goes outside to run, hike, and enjoy living in small town USA.