WNO announces last match-up for last show of the year.

FloGrappling announced it’s final match-up for WNO’s fifth show. The number one ranked featherweight, Geo Martinez will meet number one ranked lightweight, Kennedy Maciel at 150 lbs. The bout will be the co-main event for the card.

Martinez is a 10th Planet black belt and ADCC veteran. He recently won a decision over Paulo Miyao at WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus in October. Maciel is the son of black belt Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, and won silver at ADCC last year. He is coming off a fresh arm bar victory over Junny Ocasio at F2W 156 a couple of weeks ago.

In the main event, Kaynan Duarte will be taking on Rodolfo Vieira. Duarte, who is a black belt under Andre Galvao, won gold at ADCC, Pans, Abu Dhabi Pro, Kasai Pro and the Spyder Invitational last year. Although he lost to “Cyborg” this year via heel hook, he has had another great year and is expected to win Pans again this weekend. 

Vieira, who signed with the UFC last year, has won IBJJF Worlds multiple times as well as taking gold at ADCC and Pans. Fans can expect to see some high level butterfly guard action from Duarte and technical guard passing from Vieira.

All the matches will be 15 minutes under WNO’s No Gi rules. It will be the last event for WNO in 2020 and will take place on December 11th. Here is the full card.

Main event

Kaynan Duarte vs Rodolfo Vieira – Heavyweight (205 lbs and up)

Co-main event

Mayssa Bastos vs Grace Gundrum – Strawweight (115 lbs)

Under card

Roberto Jimenez vs Dante Leon – Middleweight (185 lbs)

Vagner Rocha vs Jon Blank – Middleweight (185 lbs)

Tye Ruotolo vs Kody Steele – Welterweight (170 lbs)

Josh Clopton

Josh Clopton is a UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu black belt. In 2005 he left his job in Tulsa, Okla. and moved to San Francisco to pursue fighting. While trying to break into the UFC, he worked on a commercial crab fishing boat to make ends meet. Josh earned his black belt under Jake Shields in 2016 and now helps train other fighters and has been the chief cornerman in over 20 UFC fights. He teaches at El Nino Training Center and also for companies such as Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. He is an avid reader, writer and outdoorsman.

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