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Team Brazil is now complete as Isaque Bahiense and Marcelo Fausto join their teammates in representing their country at Polaris 20. Bahiense is one of the more experienced competitors to join Team Brazil, and he will be weighing in at under 95kg. He's a black belt under the legendary Fabio Gurgel and he owns several impressive wins over elite competitors like Davi Ramos, JT Torres and Lucas 'Hulk' Barbosa. Bahiense reached the highest point of his career in 2018 when he won an IBJJF world championship but was most recently seen emerging victorious at the ADCC South American trials. Fausto represents the opposite end of the scale as the young competitor has only been a black belt for a little over a year. He won several major IBJJF tournaments during his journey through the coloured belt divisions and is looking like one of the most promising young prospects from Brazil. He hasn't managed to compete much at black belt yet, but already owns a win over Polaris triple champion Ashley Williams from earlier this year.

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With Team USA already completed, Team Brazil is nearing it's conclusion too with two more athletes announced for the country at Polaris 20. Diogo Reis will be representing his home country at 75kg as the ADCC trials winner looks to make his Polaris debut. At just 20 years old, Reis is one of the most exciting young Brazilian competitors around right now and is part of a team of elite young grapplers training under Melqui Galvao at Dream Art. Reis has only been a black belt for a little under 18 months but has plenty of experience on big stages as a multiple-time IBJJF world champion at the lower belt levels. Joining the 95kg group is Kywan Gracie, a member of the world's most famous Jiu-Jitsu family and black belt under the legendary Roger Gracie. Kywan has been grappling for as long as he can remember and as the son of Marcelo Behring, has had plenty of elite-level instruction since the beginning. Both of these competitors will be eager to help Team Brazil take the title from Team USA on June 25th.

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Team USA has now been finalised for Polaris 20 as both the under 75kg and 95kg groups have gained one more member. Nick Ronan is the final 75kg member of Team USA and as a winner of Polaris Contenders, he has plenty of experience with the promotion. Ronan is a BJJ black belt under UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra and has been an impressive young talent, with plenty of room for improvement in the future at just 26 years old. The final 95kg member of Team USA is Hunter Colvin, who will be returning from three fantastic matches at the last Polaris Squads event. Colvin is a professional MMA fighter who is a veteran of the Combat Jiu Jitsu world championships and recently won a silver medal at the ADCC North American West Coast Trials. Both of these men will make fine additions to an already-impressive Team USA, as they attempt to defend their title against Team Brazil at Polaris 20.

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Both Team USA and Team Brazil have gained another athlete for the fourth Polaris Squads event as Nathan Orchard and Fabricio Andrey will now be representing their respective countries. Nathan Orchard will now be the fifth Tenth Planet member to join Team USA as he returns from a fantastic performance at the third Polaris Squads event. Orchard is a veteran of the Combat Jiu Jitsu world championships and holds a 2-0 professional MMA record, employing a brutally effective style of grappling that includes his signature submission; The Dead Orchard. He will no doubt be a welcome addition to Team USA as he looks to repeat his last performance and register at least one more submission win for his country. Joining Team Brazil is Fabricio Andrey, one of Melqui Galvao's young prodigies who has risen to the top of the sport incredibly quickly. He won the IBJJF world championships several times during his journey through the coloured belts before winning it at black belt on his first attempt in 2021. Andrey has wasted not just a gi competitor though as he also earned a bronze medal at this year's first South American ADCC trials before earning gold in the second edition...

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Team USA is now over half-full ahead of Polaris 20 as both Geo Martinez and Mason Fowler join the team of elite American competitors. Martinez is returning from the last Polaris Squads event where he impressed in four different matches, three ending in a draw and one he won by way of injury to his opponent Dan Strauss. Martinez is a three-time EBI Invitational winner and he is actually the fourth 10th Planet representative to join the team after Keith Krikorian, Jon 'Thor' Blank, and his older brother Richie 'Boogieman' Martinez. He will be joined by Polaris debutante Mason Fowler. Fowler is a student of Caio Terra and has quickly established himself as one of the top competitors of his generation after defeating Craig Jones twice in order to become Submission Underground absolute champion. Fowler is also a two-time ADCC trials winner, getting submitted by Jones in his first appearance at ADCC 2019 and no doubt eager to get back on the mats against his old foe in 2022.

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Team USA and Team Brazil now have their first athletes competing at under 75kg, with one representing each nation. Stepping in for Brazil is Fabricio Andrey, who will be joining his teammate Mica Galvao in the squad. Andrey is the reigning IBJJF world champion at 70kg and the 22 year-old has been dominating elite competition since he was promoted to black belt at the end of 2020. Andrey has already got off to a fantastic start this year as he managed to reach the podium on his first attempt at ADCC trials, only to do even better on his second attempt and winning gold. The USA will also be keeping the event as a close-knit affair as another Tenth Planet representative joins them at under 75kg, Keith Krikorian. He has also been a force to be reckoned with at ADCC trials over the years, as Krikorian narrowly missed out on a place at ADCC 2019 when he finished with a pair of silver medals from both North American trials. After another silver medal in the 2021 East Coast trials, Krikorian finally managed to clear the final hurdle earlier this year with a gold medal at the West Coast edition.

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The teams representing Brazil and USA at Polaris 20 are slowly growing, and both have now got one more athlete competing in the under 95kg section of their respective teams. First up is ADCC veteran Jon 'Thor' Blank who will be joining USA team captain and fellow Tenth Planet competitor Richie 'Boogieman' Martinez. Blank impressed at ADCC 2019 when he narrowly missed out on a podium position after losing to Craig Jones in the semi-final and being edged out on points by Josh Hinger in the battle for bronze. He has already flown the American flag on the Polaris mats once before, coming up against Dan Strauss twice at the third Polaris Squads event and drawing both times against him. Opposite Blank on Team Brazil is the young Mica Galvao, who will be making his Polaris debut at the event. The exciting eighteen year-old has been a phenomenon over the past few years and his rise to the top has been virtually unstoppable. He is no stranger to elite competition despite his age and already owns victories over the likes of Oliver Taza, Espen Mathiesen, and Dante Leon. His crowning achievement has come just recently as he managed to submit...

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The first competitor for Team Brazil has just been announced as they make their debut in the Polaris Squads format against the reigning no gi champions, Team USA. Weighing in at under 95kg, Igor Tanabe will be returning to the Polaris mats after he made a successful debut at Polaris 18. He took on Tommy Langaker in a tough matchup but managed to register an impressive finish by locking up a choke after taking his back. Tanabe has won several major IBJJF tournaments at the coloured belt levels throughout the years and his crowning achievement came in 2018 when he won both the gi and no gi world championship at purple belt. He was eventually promoted to black belt in May 2020 and has struggled to compete frequently at the highest level since then due to restrictions in place to combat the pandemic. He has managed to stay somewhat active locally though and has still won nineteen straight matches at black belt without a single loss. Tanabe might have less competitive experience at this level than some of his opponents, but he's been one to watch for quite some time and he'll be eager to make a statement at Polaris...

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Team USA will be returning to defend their no gi title against promotional newcomers Team Brazil at the fourth Polaris Squads event, and they will be led by the same man who led them to victory against the UK at the last squads event. The latest edition of Polaris Squads will take place on June 25th at Polaris 20 and Richie 'Boogieman' Martinez will be returning alongside seven other elite American competitors. He is one of Tenth Planet's top competitors alongside his brother Geo Martinez and he's a veteran of elite Jiu-Jitsu competition for a wide variety of different promotions. He has managed to register three draws during his time serving as captain for Team USA and he'll no doubt be eager to improve upon that record when he leads his fellow countrymen into battle against Team Brazil.

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The main event for Polaris 19 is finally in the books! It will feature two of the most exciting grapplers on the planet who's styles should make for a fast-paced and wild matchup. Roberto Jimenez is a black belt under his father, Raul, who lives and trains in the United States. The young star has already taken some impressive scalps since receiving his final belt promotion, most notably Keenan Cornelius. It isn't as though that's the only big name on Jimenez's resume though as he has also managed to submit Fellipe Andrew, Pedro Marinho, Nathan Orchard, and Kade Ruotolo in the past. While Jimenez technically has three draws and a win on the Polaris stage, they all came at Polaris Squads 3 and he was one of the most exciting members of the victorious Team USA. Jimenez will be coming up against Magid Hage IV, who is perhaps best known for having one of the best baseball bat chokes in the sport. As this will be a no gi match, it's incredibly unlikely he's able to utilize his most-feared weapon but Hage is still an elite grappler regardless. He's been working hard recently to qualify for ADCC 2022 and has...

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Polaris 19 is approaching fast and another two matches have been added to the preliminary card, along with one replacement due to an injury. Akhil Bist has been forced to withdraw from his match against Michael D'aguiar and as a result, Nathan Kay has been called up. Kay is a London Grapple brown belt who recently made his promotional debut in exciting fashion at Polaris 17. Elsewhere on the preliminary card, the welsh presence continues to grow as CF24's Ben Robson will be returning to the Polaris mats after a successful outing last time around. Robson will face off against fellow returning athlete, Luiz Finocchio. Finocchio is an undefeated MMA fighter who has competed for Cage Warriors in the past but has focused on his grappling career more in the last few years, last seen at Polaris 10. The second preliminary match added to Polaris 19 features the debut of an exciting young prospect in Gracie Barra purple belt Jeremy Pare. The 20 year-old recently earned a huge win when he defeated Shane Curtis, who also happens to be competing on the preliminary card of Polaris 19. Pare will be coming up against brown belt and head coach of Mata...

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Two more matches have been added to Polaris 19, and one match has been changed as the result of an injury. Josh Williams was forced to withdraw from his match against retired UFC fighter Phil Harris and he will now be replaced by someone who actually competed in the world's premier organization alongside Harris, Paddy Holohan. Holohan amassed a respectable 3-2 record in the promotion before abruptly retiring from MMA competition due to a rare blood disorder. He will be stepping up to the mats for the first time in years at Polaris 19 to take on the tough challenge that Harris will present. Another veteran MMA fighter will be competing on the preliminary card as 'Mr bag and tag' Nathan Jones takes on Polaris veteran Shane Curtis. Jones had over twenty fights on the UK MMA scene over the last few years before being signed to make his debut for Bellator back in 2021. Although Jones is an experienced competitor, they don't come much tougher than his opponent. Curtis has had several exciting performances on the Polaris mats and will be eager to add a big name to his resume. Finally, ADCC European trials 88kg champion Eoghan O'Flanagan will...

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Two more matches have been added to the preliminary card for Polaris 19, with both of them featuring exciting Welsh talent facing off against talented Paraestra UK athletes. First up is BJJ black belt Tom Tovey who trains under Ashley Williams at Draig, and he will be coming up against one of his oldest foes Claudio Brudny. Brudny hails from Bournemouth and is a highly-competitive BJJ brown belt who competes out of Ippon Gym in the local area. Elsewhere, Shane Price will be returning to the Polaris stage after his debut against Fred Greenall back at Polaris 12. Price was due to compete at the last event against Owen Livesey but ended up being replaced by Max Bickerton. He will be competing against one of Paraestra Poole's coaches and top competitors Peter Robson, who also has experience on these mats after defeating Konstantinos Chioutakos at Polaris 10.

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Polaris 19 is coming round fast and now three more matches have been added to the full fight card, all located on the prelim portion of the night. First up is a battle between two MMA fighters, Paul Redmond and Thomas Magnitis. Redmond has been a professional competitor for over a decade and has competed for the UFC, KSW, and most recently Bellator. Over the course of that time he's racked up an impressive 15-8 record with several of his wins coming by way of leglock. Magnitis on the other hand is much earlier his career and is still an amateur MMA fighter at present, but is one of Carlson Gracie London's toughest representatives. Another Carlson Gracie standout will be competing at the event, as BJJ brown belt Akhil Bist makes an appearance. Bist is a frequent competitor on the local scene who already owns some wins over some of the brightest young talent in the UK. He will be taking on skilled leglock specialist and Polaris veteran Michael D'Aguiar, who also happens to be a professional MMA fighter in his own right. Finally, one of D'aguiar's teammates Phil Harris is also competing on the event. Harris is another MMA...

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Ashley Williams is a triple champion on the Polaris mats and currently holds the Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Lightweight titles. With that many belts around his waist, he's very got plenty of challengers looking to take at least one away from him. At Polaris 19, he returns in order to take on Jack Sear, a BJJ brown belt who trains among some of the best grapplers in the UK and already holds two victories on the Polaris mats after being given an opportunity as part of the New Blood program. Sear has been impressive in every performance so far, and has earned a title-shot against Williams the hard way. It remains to be seen if Sear has what it takes to take the belt from him, but he'll certainly present a tough challenge to Williams from start to finish.

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Two more exciting matches have been added to the Polaris 19 fight card, alongside the women's openweight title match between Kendall Reusing and Amanda Leve. The first to be added is a number one contender match between Frederic Vosgrone and Owen Livesey. Vosgrone is the winner of the Polaris UK Grand Prix and remains unbeaten on the Polaris mats, while his opponent Livesey has only had one match back at Polaris 18 where he won a judge's decision against Max Bickerton. Livesey is an veteran Judoka who won a gold medal at the 2014 commonwealth games and showed his phenomenal standing grappling talent in his last outing. Ashley Bendle also won a judge's decision in her promotional debut at Polaris 18, and she too will be returning to compete against Margot Ciccarelli. Bendle trains alongside Polaris triple-champion Ashley Williams and is a talented grappler, but Ciccarelli is a tough challenge for anyone as a bronze medalist in the 2021 IBJJF world championships.