Submission Hunter Pro 60 Update: Jessa Khan Out, Juliana Lima In (UFC Fight Pass Schedule Included)

Submission Hunter Pro (SHP) is set for its 60th event on Oct. 25, 2020, and what a coming-out party this will be. Headlining the card is an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter going up against a young, talented and rising star. UFC fighter Roxanne Modafferi will face Danielle Kelly as the main event in an all-female card stacked with some of Jiu Jitsu’s rising stars and exciting grapplers. In late breaking news, former UFC fighter Juliana Lima is replacing Jessa Khan in the co-main event. One can only surmise that it’s because the latter was just recently promoted to black belt. Also, Danielle Alvarez is replacing Erin Herle.

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today was a very memorable day. i received my black belt in jiujitsu by professor gui! i am happy to say that i achieved one of my goals – becoming a black belt at 18 years old. and also becoming art of jiujitsu’s first female black belt and first black belt from the kids program. what a wonderful journey this has been! i started training jiujitsu when i was 8 years old, back in january 2010. i started training jiujitsu in hawaii. i knew from just trying the first class, that i would love this sport. in a way the sport chose me. at a young age, i did not feel that jiujitsu was a hobby. for me, it was a lifestyle. when i was a orange belt, i knew i wanted to do jiujitsu full time as a career. it was the only thing i liked and felt i was good at. i would not be here without the help and support from my family. they could have easily told me not to do jiujitsu as a career. seeing as there is not a lot of money and opportunities for females in the sport. instead, they gave me the tools that i needed to succeed. like, getting me extra training, buying me new gi’s, signing me up for every tournament, having me compete against boys, bigger opponents, and motivating me to give my best everyday. without them i would not be the person i am today nor the athlete. thank you mom and dad. i love you. i would like to thank all of my coaches and professors that have helped me along my journey. my first instructors shane agena, mike & chris onzuka at o2 martial arts in hawaii. my second instructor kevin watson at kevin watson bjj in new hampshire. my third instructor gustavo machado at gustavo machado bjj in virginia. lastly, gui and rafa mendes at art of jiujitsu. i have trained at many different gyms and learned many different styles of jiujitsu. each one of my instructors played a different game. i picked up something special from each one of them to help form the competitor and athlete i am now. all of my success is much mine as it is yours. thank you each and every one of you for supporting me along my journey. thank you for taking the time to send me messages and comments 🙂 now, it is time to build my legacy! ????

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Lima, for her part, just won gold at the recent Pan Ams in a division two weight classes above her normal one:

Two more things that make this event special is that, one, a portion of the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research through The Rose Houston. It is a non-profit organization with a mission to “reduce deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.” And two, the event will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

Here is the schedule for Submission Hunter Pro 60, courtesy of Garcia Promotions, Inc, updated as of Oct.12, 2020.

Jeff Liwag

Jeff Liwag is an educator of 20 years with specializations in Special Education and Instructional Technology. "Submission fighting" lessons in 1999 was his first exposure to grappling martial arts, eventually taking up Jiu-Jitsu classes in 2004 and 2005, only to start training regularly at Gracie Barra Texas in 2011, where he still trains to this day, earning every belt rank up to his current brown belt from Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes.

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