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 one of the competitors he may end up facing at ADCC 2024.