Polaris 27
Another incredible superfight has been added to the lineup for Polaris 27 and this one will feature two top UK MMA fighters with a ton of UFC experience between them. Nathaniel Wood still competes in the UFC in fact, and he's been a constant presence in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions for more than the last five years. He holds a 20-6 professional MMA record and is a former Cage Warriors bantamweight world champion, with experience in the cage dating all the way back to 2012. He was originally supposed to face off with Aljamain Sterling back at Polaris 25 but had to withdraw from the match, so now he's back to test himself against a different competitor. His opponent will be Mason Jones, one of the top Welsh MMA fighters of his generation and a former Cage Warriors double champion. Jones won both the lightweight and welterweight titles in 2020 before being called up to the UFC. After a four-fight stint for the promotion he returned to Cage Warriors in 2023 and has gone on an absolute tear since then. Finishing all three of his fights, Jones has improved his professional MMA record to 14-2 (1) over the last...

Polaris 27
There's been a change to the lineup for Polaris 27 as the vacant featherweight title will now have a different man competing for it. Owen Jones is still able to make the date and will be competing for the belt, but he will now be facing a different opponent. Gabriel Sousa has had to withdraw from the match and one of the top 10th Planet competitors on the planet will be taking his place. Keith Krikorian is an ADCC veteran who has beaten several of the biggest names in the sport over the years, along with winning a Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in the past as well. This will be just as much of an important test for Jones as his match with Sousa would have been, as both men represent a level of competition that Jones hasn't been able to face before. Since his phenomenal ADCC Trials performance that saw him earn an invite to ADCC 2024, Jones has earned the right to challenge some of the best around. A win here not only gives Jones his first major title but also shows that he might be able to cause some huge upsets when he takes to the mats...

Polaris 27
Polaris 27 is scheduled for March 23rd, 2024 and although the welterweight grand prix is still in the process being announced, the preliminary card has also started taking shape too. Ten matches have been added to the preliminary card, and each one features some of the best grapplers from around Europe. UFC veteran Phil Harris will be returning to the Polaris mats to face Cage Warriors contender Kris Edwards, while Shane Price will also be coming back to the promotion against Christian Ozbek. Ryan Williams and Gavin Stewart have also been booked to face one another in what is sure to be an exciting match between two fast-paced grapplers. Thomas James will be looking to repeat the performance from his Polaris debut recently, as he takes on Manu Perez. Alex Aston and Josh Ellis are another pair of MMA veterans who will be clashing with one another, while entertaining competitors Harri Evans and Yalcin Sucu will no doubt be putting on a show. Two grapplers with a ton of experience behind them will also be meeting on the preliminary card, with Gavin Thomas and Stuart Duffy both eager to get the win on the biggest stage in Europe. The final...

Polaris 27
Although the main attraction at Polaris 27 is the welterweight grand prix, there will also be a pair of title-fights on the card as well. The men's featherweight title-fight has already been announced, and now Ffion Davies will be putting her under 55kg title on the line as well. Davies has been the champion since Polaris 7 in 2019, when she won the vacant belt by submitting Gezary Matuda. She made her first title-defense at Polaris 11 when she beat Talita Alencar by decision and she has since established herself as one of the best female competitors on the planet. She is currently the reigning ADCC under 60kg world champion, the reigning IBJJF lightweight world champion in both the gi and no gi, and the reigning IBJJF no gi absolute world champion too. She will have a tough challenge ahead of her at Polaris 27 though, as she will be facing one of Canada's top competitors Brianna Ste-Marie. Not only did Ste-Marie win the IBJJF no gi world championship at lightweight in 2022 when Davies was not competing in the division, but she also stood opposite her in the final of ADCC 2022. Davies won that match 10-0 on points...

Polaris 27
Polaris 27 will take place on March 23rd, 2024 and the featherweight title will be on the line in the main event. Although Ashley Williams was the reigning champion he's unable to defend it due to other commitments and has vacated it instead. Owen Jones will be the first challenger for the vacant title, and he's coming in off the back of an incredible performance at ADCC Trials where he won the 66kg division. Although he was only recently promoted to brown belt, he's already proven that he is capable of beating elite black belt competitors. That's exactly what he'll need to do too, as the other challenger for the vacant title is Gabriel Sousa. Not only has Sousa been one of the best featherweight grapplers on the planet for a while, but he's also the silver medalist at 66kg from ADCC 2022. He will be quite possibly the biggest challenge of Jones' career to date, but it's also a huge opportunity for him to prove that he belongs with the best in his weight class. For Sousa, this represents a chance to confirm his status at the top of the division and an early opportunity to test himself against...

Polaris 27
Another two competitors have joined the welterweight grand prix lineup for Polaris 27 and after Jozef Chen and Jed Hue, that means that the lineup is now halfway to being complete. Both the third and fourth men in the bracket are actually gi competitors primarily, but they are both tough opponents no matter the ruleset. First up is top Australian competitor Levi Jones-Leary, who has won several major IBJJF tournaments over the course of his career so far. He has already beaten some of the biggest names in the sport like Oliver Taza, Gianni Grippo, and Lucas Lepri, so he stands a good chance of winning this tournament too. The fourth entrant is one of the best competitors in Europe, Espen Mathiesen. It'll be interesting to see if Mathiesen is able to get his patented berimbolo game to work well in no gi competition, but he's already used it to great effect in the gi. He's won the IBJJF European Open and has plenty of experience on the Polaris mats, with four matches under his belt already. Each one of them was an impressive outing, and he hasn't been beaten at Polaris yet.

The lineup for the welterweight grand prix at Polaris 27 has just started to take shape as the first two competitors can be announced. Jozef Chen is the first person to join the lineup and after an incredible performance at the ADCC European Trials in 2023 he has set himself up to become one of the top contenders in this tournament. Chen had to get through one of the hardest ADCC Trials runs in history and managed to take out several elite competitors to book his place at ADCC 2024. He's already proven he belongs among the best in the welterweight division and Polaris 27 is the ideal time for him to make a big statement by repeating that feat. The second competitor entering the welterweight grand prix is one of the most popular figures in Polaris history, Jed Hue. Not only has Hue been a frequent competitor at Polaris but he's also established himself as one of the top UK grapplers. He made it all the way to the final of the middleweight grand prix back at Polaris 22 so moving down in weight might be just the advantage he needs to clear that final hurdle and take home...

Polaris 27
Polaris 27 will take place in Newport, Wales on March 23rd, 2024 and it will feature a welterweight grand prix with 8 of the best grapplers in the world from that weight class. With a grand prize of $20,000 available for the winner, the men who get invited to compete will undoubtedly be fighting tooth and nail to win the tournament. Out of the field of competitors, 7 of them will be invited based on their accomplishments in the sport and performances on the Polaris mats. The final spot will then go to the winner of a Polaris contenders tournament that will take place on February 24th, 2024 at Great Britain Top Team HQ in London, England. Although all competitors will have to weigh in at under 77kg for Polaris 27, those competing in the contenders tournament will be allowed to weigh as much as 80kg on the day. This will also serve as a great build-up for Polaris 27, as it will give fans of preview of one of the dark horses to take home the grand prize.

Polaris 27
With just a few days left before Polaris 26 kicks off, the preliminary card has now been finalised with the last five matches confirmed. First up is a BJJ blue belt Franck Takoudjou who comes all the way from Cameroon, courtesy of the Francis Ngannou Foundation. He's one of the top prospects competing in the UK right now and he will be facing one of his biggest challenges yet in Gracie Barra Top Team's Archer Colaco. Takoudjou's coach and the founder of the BJJ program at the Francis Ngannou Foundation, Sam Crook, will also be competing at Polaris 26. Crook faces Mike Parry in an exciting rematch between two veteran black belt competitors. UFC veteran Phil Harris is returning to the Polaris mats too, and he'll be facing off against another experienced competitor in Mark Phung. Harris isn't the only man with Polaris experience competing on the preliminary card either, as Justin Moore returns to face Mathew Fitz-James. That match is sure to deliver plenty of action too, as both men are known for their exciting styles. The final preliminary card match is between two veterans of the women's MMA scene in the UK, as Kerry Isom and Jade Barker...

Polaris 27
The full main card lineup for Polaris 26 has been finalised, with the last match rounding out the event and adding even more excitement. The final main card match will see Polaris Contenders winner Marcin Maciulewicz returning after a valiant effort at the Polaris Absolute Grand Prix. He looked incredible at the Polaris Contenders tournament but had the bad luck of drawing reigning ADCC world champion Giancarlo Bodoni in the opening round of the grand prix. Although Maciulewicz was submitted, that match was a huge step up in competition and he still remains one of the top grapplers in Europe. Maciulewicz will be facing Max Bickerton, the head coach of one of the top no gi grappling gyms in the UK. Although Bickerton is busy bringing on the next generation of talent at Grapple Collective, he's also a Polaris veteran who is coming off a slick submission win in his last appearance. It's a great matchup between two top talents where both men will be eager to find the finish and make a huge impression on the biggest show in Europe.

Polaris 27
With Polaris 26 fast approaching, the preliminary card has just started to fill out with the first four matches taking shape. The first one features a pair of Polaris veterans, Dominic Dillon and Claudio Brudny, facing each other in what will almost certainly be an exciting match where both men will be hunting for the finish. They aren't the only men with Polaris experience on the preliminary card either, as Nathan Johnstone is a fan favorite who always guarantees excitement. he will be making his return to the Polaris mats in a tough matchup against top European competitor Luiz Finocchio. Along with experienced veterans, there are some top UK prospects who will also be competing at Polaris 26. Jack Hassard has a number of big wins on the regional grappling circuit and he'll get his first shot on a major promotion against Abraham Dannan, a tough grappler under the wing of Owen Livesey. Nia Blackman has emerged as one of the top female talents in the UK over the last few years, and Amanda Pamela Nicole will be making the journey over from Ireland to challenge her.

Polaris 27
Polaris 26 is fast approaching and another two matches have been added to the lineup, featuring three men who have won ADCC Trials in the past. Owen Jones catapulted himself to the top of the sport earlier this year when he managed to upset several big names at the ADCC European Trials and win the 66kg division. An exciting young competitor who has only just started his career at the highest level, he will be facing Polaris Contenders winner Bart Dubbeldam. Although he has a little more experience against elite competitors, Dubbeldam is also a relatively fresh talent who is known for his exciting style. The second match added to Polaris 26 is a battle between two men who have already competed at the ADCC world championship. Oliver Taza won the ADCC European Trials in 2017 and 2021 while Tommy Langaker won in the same continent in 2022, with both of them competing at 77kg. Taza is a New Wave Jiu-Jitsu representative with several gold medals from major IBJJF no gi events and podium placements at multiple other Trials events. Langaker has medalled at multiple major IBJJF gi events, including the IBJJF World Championship, and is a Polaris fan-favorite.

Polaris 27
Polaris openweight champion Kendall Reusing will be making her return to professional grappling competition at Polaris 26 on 4th November, 2023. Reusing has not competed for over a year, as she suffered a knee injury during her semi-final match at ADCC 2022. Prior to that Reusing was an IBJJF No Gi World Champion and No Gi Pan Champion, and she won her place at the ADCC World Championship by winning the North American Trials. She has been the inaugural women's openweight champion since Polaris 17 in 2021 and has already successfully defended her title against Amanda Leve at Polaris 19. Reusing isn't taking an easy match in her return to competition as she will be defending her title against Leticia Cardozo. While she has been a top prospect during her rise through the colored belt ranks, Cardozo was only recently promoted to black belt. She has already established herself as a top competitor though, as she won the super-heavyweight division of the IBJJF No Gi World Championship in 2022. Reusing will be looking to reaffirm her place at the top of the division upon her return, while Cardozo has the opportunity to add a huge name to her resume.

Polaris 27
Polaris 26 is scheduled for 4th November, 2023 at Southampton Central Hall and one of our champions will be making his return to the mats. Craig Jones is the reigning Polaris light-heavyweight champion and was previously the middleweight champion before he vacated the title to move up in weight permanently. Jones is often referred to as the second-best grappler in the world and he's definitely earned that title over the years. He reached the podium at ADCC 2019 and ADCC 2022, earning silver medals in the under 88kg and under 99kg divisions respectively. His opponent is a UFC veteran who is known for his fantastic grappling ability. Gerald Meerschaert has had over 50 professional MMA fights and has been signed to the UFC since 2016, fighting the best middleweights on the planet since then. Meerschaert has a 35-17 MMA record with an astonishing 27 submission wins to his name, and he currently holds the record for most submission wins in the UFC middleweight division. He will be a fresh opponent and a tough challenge for Jones as he makes his return to the United Kingdom and the Polaris mats.

Polaris 27
Polaris 25 is just a matter of days away but the lineup has undergone a few minor changes at the last minute. One of the early favorites, Eoghan O'Flanagan, has been forced to withdraw from the absolute grand prix taking place at the event. He is being replaced by Jason Rau, one of the best leglockers and most well-respected instructors on the planet. Rau joins an incredibly tough tournament, with ADCC world champions Kaynan Duarte and Giancarlo Bodoni standing out as the most difficult opposition he might face on the night. Elsewhere, Nathaniel Wood has also withdrawn from the card. He was scheduled to take on former UFC bantamweight world champion Aljamain Sterling in the main event superfight and he's now been replaced by another UK MMA veteran, Mike Grundy. While Nathaniel has had more success in his MMA career, Grundy has a much higher level of grappling experience. He's a former wrestler for Team GB and a Judo Commonwealth games medalist who will undoubtedly be eager to make a statement by beating Sterling.

Polaris 27
Polaris 25 is scheduled for September 30th, 2023 and although the main attraction is the absolute grand prix, the superfight also features two big names. Aljamain Sterling is the former UFC bantamweight world champion and one of the best MMA fighters on the planet, primarily using his grappling to succeed at the highest level. He was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American at the beginning of his combat sports career and he's been able to develop his fantastic wrestling to include an impressive submission-threat as well. He's racked up several submission wins throughout his MMA career, including some notable ones over Cory Sandhagen and Cody Stamann. Sterling is travelling to the UK in order to take on one of the most popular MMA fighters in the country, Nathaniel Wood. Not only does Wood also compete in the bantamweight division of the UFC, but he also won a Cage Warriors title in the division before he signed with the world's biggest MMA promotion. Wood also has several submission wins in the UFC bantamweight division, but he's recently moved up to featherweight and won his first 3 fights there too.