As we move closer to our historic Absolute Grand Prix, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from press wishing to attend our weigh-ins and fight night. We expect many applications and unfortunately due to the limited amount of media spaces available, priority will be given to certain outlets. If you wish to be credentialed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and outline what coverage you have in mind as well as which outlet you represent. We will be unable to accept unaffiliated photographers as we try to limit having excess people on stage, which may impede the audience viewing experience. If you are a photographer for an outlet please include your outlet and contact details for the assigning editor to verify your assignment. Applications will remain open until Friday, March 27th.
On April 4th, Polaris returns to the International Convention Center in Newport, Wales with a stacked show. Unlike previous events, Polaris 13 will be focused around a one-night tournament featuring some of the biggest names in the world of submission grappling. The Absolute Grand Prix features some Polaris regulars as well as some promotional debutants, but without further ado, let's meet the athletes: Nick Rodriguez Fresh off his main event victory at Polaris 12, Nick Rodriguez is back and looking to build upon his 3-0 record at Polaris. Rodriguez is an ADCC silver medalist and holds wins over some of the sport's most impressive grapplers including Cyborg Abreu, Orlando Sanchez and Mahamed Aly. Nathan Orchard The lightest entrant to our tournament is Nathan Orchard. Orchard is a black belt under 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo and is the reigning Shugyo Invitational champion. Orchard holds wins over Craig Jones and the great Baret Yoshida. Mike Perez ADCC veteran Mike Perez has signed on to compete in our tournament. El Patron, a black belt under the legendary Andre Galvao, has a wealth of big-tournament experience and will be looking to continue his Polaris winning streak on April 4th. Adam Wardzinski...
Polaris is pleased to announce that tickets for its next event, Polaris 12, are on sale now. Using the sleek Eventbrite platform, you can buy your tickets to P12 here. It will be held at the brand new ICC just off the M4 as soon as you arrive in Wales / Newport. The first match announced is a cracker - Ash Williams vs Joao Miyao for the 135lbs Polaris title. More amazing matches to be announced soon.
The second ever Polaris Contenders will take place on September 14 at the Sports Wales National Centre, from 14:30. Polaris Contenders is designed to give athletes a clear route from “amateur” to “professional”, and a way to fight your way to a spot on Polaris Pro, which is broadcast on UFC Fight Pass. This competition is “no gi”, meaning shorts, rashguard, spats are permitted. No shoes/wrestling boots. No cups. This competition is open age (18+) and open belt, matches will be drawn at random. Final brackets will be released tomorrow on Thursday 12th September. All matches will be 10 minutes long as per our prelim card format and if no submission is achieved then a judges decision will be awarded. Rules can be found here - https://buff.ly/2AcwHD4 The event is due to open at 14:30 with weigh ins getting underway from around 14:45. There will be a +500gram allowance for the weight classes which are Lightweight 70.3Kg and Light Heavyweight 93Kg. Each weight class will have a maximum of 32 competitors split into two brackets of 16, single elimination style. Byes will be given at random if necessary. The winners of each bracket will face each other at Polaris 12, which...
Here is the full main card poster for Polaris 11 - August 31st - Manchester
We have announced three stunning matches for our upcoming card in Manchester. For the first time in Polaris history we have an all-female main event. Our current champion Ffion Davies looks for revenge against the extremely talented and dangerous world champion Talita Alencar. We have never seen these two in a boring fight, so expect non-stop action from start to finish. After a stellar debut on Polaris 10, the beast from the East Coast Nick Rodriguez is ready for his next challenge. Not everybody will say yes to a match with someone like Nick Rodriguez, but the British black belt Ben Dyson instantly agreed and is on a mission to stop the rise of Rodriguez in its tracks. Dyson is on a tear recently, having submitted his way to a place in ADCC, and with a number of submissions on Fight 2 Win under his belt. Rodriguez, a product of South Jersey BJJ and John Danaher, is not phased and plans on another dominant performance at Polaris 11. Olympic Judo Champion Satoshi Ishii returns to the Polaris stage, this time facing off against one of Europe's best in Roger Gracie black belt Arya Esfandmaz. To have an Olympic athlete...
Featherweight (65kg) title holder Nicky Ryan. Def. Phil Harris at Polaris 7 via armbarDef. Masakazu Imanari at Polaris 8 via rear-naked chokeDef. Urijah Faber at Polaris 10 via Judges Decision Lightweight (70kg) title holder Ash Williams. Def. Masakazu Imanari at Polaris 7 via judges decisionDef. Ethan Crelinsten at Polaris 10 via judges decision Welterweight (77kg) title holder Mansher Khera. Def. Lachlan Giles at Polaris 8 via judges decision Middleweight (84kg) title holder Craig Jones Def. Jake Shields at Polaris 6 via HeelhookDef. Matheus Lutes at Polaris 10 via judges decision Light Heavyweight (93kg) title holder Craig Jones Def. Keenan Cornelius at Polaris 8 via judges decision Women's Under 55KG champion Ffion Davies Def. Elvira Karppinen at Polaris 5 via judges decisionDef. Chelsea Leah at Polaris 6 via armbarDef. Gezary Matuda at Polaris 9 via arm triangle
We are pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for Polaris 11. It will take place at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday 31st August 2019. Manchester is proving to be a hive of British Jiu Jitsu, with many high level gyms in the immediate and surrounding areas. We look forward to bringing some of the best grapplers in the world to this area of England whilst showcasing the local talent on offer. Tickets can be bought here
If you missed the Polaris 10 preliminary stream, you can catch it right here. There were some absolutely epic matches and fast subs, as well as a signature throw from Jeff Lawson. Preliminary Card Kamil Wilk VS Catchweight (68 kg) NOGI Jeremy Skinner Igor Terreco VS Catchweight (63.5 kg) NOGI Phil Harris Andy Roberts VS Catchweight (80 kg) GI Jeff "Ippon" Lawson Craig Ewers VS Catchweight (76 kg) NOGI Luiz Finocchio Konstantinos Chioutakos VS Middleweight (83.9 kg) NOGI Pete Robson Enrique Villasenor VS Catchweight (63 kg) GI Trevor Birmingham Spencer Hewitt VS Catchweight (63 kg) NOGI Michael D'Aguiar
Did you know that you can now place bets on Polaris Pro Grappling, thanks to MyBookie? They have odds up already on all the main card matches. Go take a look, and if you think you know better, why not sign up for an account? Check out our previous videos where Josh Palmer breaks down the betting odds for each main card match. You can sign up and take a look at the betting lines here Watch our videos with Josh Palmer here: Unfortunately MyBookie is not currently available in the UK, but it's something we're working on. Polaris 10 is on Saturday 25th May at The Lighthouse in Poole, UK.