Another fantastic match has been added to the main card of Polaris 17, and this will be the second to feature a championship belt on the line. However, nobody will be defending a belt they've already earned as this will mark the very first time that the Women's Openweight Championship will be up for grabs. The match in question sees California native Kendall Reusing facing off with Finland's own Venla Luukkonen, both of whom have established themselves as among the very best competitors on the planet at the heavier weightclasses. Reusing in particular has had a huge amount of success on the competition circuit, closing out the finals of the IBJJF world championship in both her weight and the absolute division with her teammate Jessica Flowers in her very first year as a black belt in 2019. Having spent time training with the USA national wrestling team, Reusing has phenomenal standing grappling and is a force to be reckoned with from top position. Most recently, she came home with a gold medal at the IBJJF pan-ams earlier this year. Luukkonen will not be an easy match for Reusing however as she has a significant edge in experience, having competed at...
The Polaris 17 undercard is growing quickly as three more matches between talented up-and-coming grapplers have been added. First up is a match between two exciting women making their Polaris debut, Nia Blackman and Abbie O'Toole. Blackman is a BJJ blue belt fighting out of Checkmat who recently won the IBJJF European Open at her belt level, while O'Toole is a Roger Gracie Academy purple belt who previously took UFC competitor Molly McCann to a decision, narrowly losing in the judge's eyes. Later on in the evening Nathan Kay, brown belt under Ross Nicholls at London Grapple, will be facing off against Max Corteggiano, a black belt travelling all the way from Paris to compete on the Polaris stage. The final new prelim added to Polaris 17 will see one of the toughest competitors on the UK scene make his return, Elements Martial Arts instructor and black belt Yousuf Nabi. He will be meeting Daniel Pacan, a recently-promoted black belt under the legendary competitor Jeff 'Ippon' Lawson who will no doubt be eager to impress on his first Polaris appearance.
The main card for Polaris 17 has almost finished taking shape as the fourth match has been announced. Returning from his breakout performance at Polaris Squads 3 is Jed Hue, who will be welcoming Brazilian Fight Factory's Kody Steele to the UK for the very first time in what promises to be an action-packed match. As a Combat Jiu-Jitsu world champion with several victories over elite grapplers, Steele represents a huge opportunity for Hue to make a name for himself with a strong performance. Alongside the main card, the first preliminary match has also been announced and it features two men who came out on the winning side of their respective preliminary matches on the undercard of Polaris Squads 3. Both Ollie Bates and Jack Sear were given the opportunity to compete at the last event as a result of the New Bloods program and they're both colored belts training under Polaris veterans. Bates is a purple belt under 'the Yorkshire Gripper' Lloyd Cooper, whereas Sear is a brown belt training at London Grapple with head coach Ross Nicholls, and both men will be looking to impress the crowd with a finish.
The Polaris 17 main card is starting to take shape after the initial announcement that the main event will feature the Australian phenom Craig Jones defending his Middleweight title. Now he will be joined by another elite grappler who has spent a lot of time training under John Danaher, recently-promoted black belt Robert Degle. He will be facing off against former Polaris Squads Europe representative Kamil Wilk in a battle between two elite leglockers who are both able to switch focus and attack the upper-body without a moment's hesitation. This should lead to an incredibly exciting match that really could go either way as both men will be hunting for the finish at a relentless pace. In the second match announced for the main card, another Polaris Squads Europe team-member Mateusz Szecinski will be returning to the UK to compete. He will be coming up against East Coast Jiu-Jitsu competitor Ellis Younger who will also be making his second appearance on the Polaris stage after being called up on short-notice to represent Team UK & Ireland at Polaris Squads 3.