For the second summer in a row, Grapplers Quest hosted a grappling tournament in conjunction with the UFC Fan Expo. The event spanned over two days. Headlining the event were several superfights between established grapplers and MMA fighters.
ProMMAnow.com caught up with Strikeforce lightweight Matt Ricehouse following his loss to Bobby “King” Green at “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman”. Ricehouse gave his thoughts on the decision, taking the bout on short notice and where he goes from here.
The inaugural 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo takes place today at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. The event will host six BJJ superfights featuring some of the world’s top grapplers including current UFC welterweight Nick Diaz vs. Braulio Estima.
This past weekend the UFC Fan Expo played host to a Grapplers Quest event. As always the promotion provided an opportunity for a multitude of grapplers to be seen by MMA and Grappling fans. Grapplers Quest also treated fans to four superfight matches containing star grapplers and fighters.
Daniel Valverde Defeated Vinny Magalhaes (0-0) 1-0 Advantage
Most of the grudge match between Vinny Magalhaes and Daniel Valverde took place in Magalhaes’ guard. Valverde was able to score an advantage by forcing Magalhaes to the turtle position to avoid allowing a pass. It proved to be the difference in the fight.
This weekend the UFC brings not only an expo for fans, but also a grappling tournament co-promoted by Grapplers Quest. The two companies have combined to bring out some top stars for the superfights, and fans lucky enough to be in Las Vegas will have the please of checking out some quality ground work.
Ulysses “Useless” Gomez vs. Rumina Sato
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt Ulysses Gomez began training in 2001. Now, Gomez is one of Marc Laimon’s top instructors and one of the hottest prospects in MMA’s budding flyweight or 125-pound division. In MMA, “Useless” sports a 3-1 record with his only loss coming against Muay Thai ace Rambaa Somdet. Over the course of his grappling career, he has won a variety of tournaments including, Grapplers Quest, Desert Quest, and NAGA. He is also the first ever American to win the FILA Pankration World Championships.