Grappling Report: The Complete Polaris Squads 3 Teams Are Finally Here!
We are just over two months away from the next installment of the latest team grappling revolution, Polaris Squads 3. This time there is a slight change in the teams themselves as Team UK & Ireland will return, but this time around. facing Team United States. Just a month ago, the promotion announced the two team captains who will lead their team to the mats as Darragh O’Connaill and JT Torres respectively.
The announcements have multiplied since then, and now the two eight-man teams have been revealed in full.. With elite 10th Planet reps Richie ‘Boogieman’ Martinez, PJ Barch and Jon ‘Thor’ Blank alongside prodigies like William Tackett and Kade Ruotolo, Team USA is the favorite. It won’t be easy though because Triple Polaris Champion Ashley Williams and world fighting champion Jiu Jitsu Tom Halpin are among those seeking to stop them.
Kayla Harrison on her way to another PFL million dollar check
It took only three years for Kayla Harrison to go from her second Olympic gold in judo to being the winner of the 2019 PFL season.. Now, with a lot more fights under her belt than when she debuted for promotion, she was already a big favorite to defend her title this year. This week at PFL 3, she proved exactly why fans expect so high of her and seem eager to please them.
She put her perfect 8-0 record on the line against Mariana Morais in the first round of the season and took just over a minute to crush the 27-fight veteran. This victory placed her at the top of the promotion standings alongside Larissa Pacheco, so she is already in first position to qualify for the final of the tournament. From there, it seems increasingly unlikely that any one of the 145-pound women PFL has to offer could stand in his way.
The full results of the event are available here.
Several elite prodigies are preparing to compete in Who’s Number One
The next WNO event is starting to take shape with just under three weeks before it takes place and it looks like the promotion is eager to put young stars front and center. The youngest of Brazilian Fight Factory’s most successful brothers, Andrew Tackett, will assume Belt Dream Art Brown Mica Galvao in a battle between two phenomenal grapplers who aren’t even old enough to celebrate with a beer after their fight.
Jessa Khan, AOJ’s first teenage black belt Will also take on a huge challenge in the form of Pati Fontes, while teammate Johnatha Alves will make his no gi black belt debut against Oliver Taza, a member of Danaher Death Squad. The main event sees Puerto Rico resident Gordon Ryan take on Luis Panza soon after Mikey Musumeci and Vagner Rocha take on Lucas Pinheiro and Josh Hinger respectively.
Gordon Ryan makes an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience
It was only a matter of time before it happened, but Gordon Ryan finally made an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. This made perfect sense considering the fact that his trainer John Danaher has made several appearances on the world’s most popular podcast, and he and Joe Rogan himself have always sang the praises of the main thing they both agree is the best grappler without gi around.
The podcast itself lasted just under three hours and the couple touched on a number of topics, including the now infamous row between Ryan and ATOS founder Andre Galvao behind the scenes at WNO. The majority of the episode was devoted to discussing various facets of Jiu-Jitsu and related fields, although they also discussed Ryan’s recent signing to ONE FC. where he played down rumors of a potential transition to MMA.