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With the addition of four more matches, the prelim card for Polaris 18 is almost as stacked with talent as the main card will be later that night. Joshua Williams, brother and training partner of Polaris triple champ Ashley, will be competing in the gi just like his brother later on and he will be coming up against Chris Haueter black belt and Factory BJJ coach Adam Adshead in what will be a tough matchup. They're not alone either as Polaris veteran Ashley Amos will also be wearing his gi for the night as he takes on fellow Welshman Aled Rees, who will be making his Polaris debut. Bringing a fine sense of balance, the remaining two matches on the preliminary card will both be no gi. 10th Planet brown belt and coach Tom Cellamere will be taking on a fantastic wrestler in Oli Coles, who has represented Wales in the Commonwealth games in the past and is a multiple-time British national medalist. In the remaining match, Ashley Amos's young student Finn Carey will be looking to make a name for himself in his Polaris debut against Jamie Dicks; who was recently promoted to brown belt under Joshua Williams after...

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Both Stevie Ray and Craig Ewers have reached the highest levels of their respective sports and both men are able to use those skills to great effect when it comes to submission grappling. Ray is a UFC veteran who amassed eleven fights in the world's premier MMA organization before retiring from the sport in 2020. He walked away with an impressive 23-9 professional record that saw him submit eight fighters and win the Cage Warriors Lightweight championship throughout his decade of competing. He made his professional grappling debut at Polaris 11 and managed to submit fellow UFC fighter Paddy Pimblett with an inside heelhook, earning another callup for the coming event. At Polaris 18, Ray will take on another veteran of the promotion, Craig Ewers. Ewers is a top-tier Judoka who has competed for the promotion several times, most recently having defeated Liam Cann back at Polaris 12. He was a two-time Commonwealth champion back in 2004 and 2006, before going on to coach the Welsh Judo team for six years and then opening up his own Jiu-Jitsu academy. This match represents an interesting clash of styles as two men with markedly different combat sports backgrounds will meet in a...

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Polaris 18 will see triple champion Ashley Williams taking on his toughest challenge yet and Edwin Najmi putting his Welterweight title on the line against Jed Hue, but some of the most exciting moments of the night might be found earlier in the running order. A number of exciting competitors will be stepping on to the Polaris mats for the very first time, including a battle between two debutants as Wales' Ashley Bendle takes on Katie Bacik. Bendle hails from the same team as triple champ Williams and has trained alongside him for several years with her only recently making the transition to the highest levels of the sport. She had a fantastic showing at the ADCC European, Middle-Eastern, and African trials where she earned a silver medal and she will be an incredibly tough opponent for all-round combat sports enthusiast Bacik, who has competed in MMA, Muay Thai, and K-1 bouts alongside her grappling career. One of Bendle's teammates, Tom Barry, will also be making his Polaris debut after an impressive showing at the ADCC trials, although he didn't quite make it to the podium. He will be taking on Lloyd 'the Yorkshire gripper' Cooper who has remained a...

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Ashley Williams has won Polaris titles in three different weightclasses but will be facing what is likely his toughest challenge yet when he takes on Paolo Miyao in the gi in the main event match of Polaris 18. Williams has dominated all opponents who've challenged him on the Polaris mats and managed to achieve something fantastic earlier in 2021 when he won the ADCC European, Middle-Eastern, and African trials and booked his place at the world championships. It's a distinct change of pace to see him putting a gi back on for the first time in quite a while, but he's got no intention of easing himself into it as he takes on a multiple-time IBJJF world champion. Paulo Miyao is one half of the legendary Miyao brothers along with Joao, both of whom have secured their legacy as two of the greatest competitors ever. Paulo has won two IBJJF world championships during his career and six pan-am championships but has done his best work in the gi and may have the edge over Williams there. Moreover, both Miyao brothers are renowned for remarkable resilience, particularly when it comes to leg attacks, and Paulo Miyao has still never been submitted...

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Polaris 18 will feature at least four elite competitors battling it out in the gi as part of a stacked fight card. First up is a veteran of the Polaris mats, the Welshman Bryn Jenkins. He wasn't able to get the win last time he competed at Polaris Squads 2 and was submitted by Tommy Langaker before being forced to withdraw from the team event halfway through due to suffering an injury. Interestingly, his opponent was on the opposing team at that very same event, as Leon Larman was representing Team Europe at the time. Larman fared much better however as he managed to earn one of eight submission victories of the night with a bow and arrow choke against Tyrone Elliot. Now, the two will get the chance to make an impression on the crowd in what is sure to be one of the most exciting matches of the night. Additionally, the man who submitted Jenkins at Polaris Squads 2 will also be making his return, as Tommy Langaker takes on Igor Tanabe. Langaker is undefeated on the Polaris mats and is regarded as one of the most exciting and fast-paced competitors in the gi, while Tanabe is starting...

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Polaris fan-favorite Jed Hue will get exactly what he asked for in his post-match interview after emerging victorious against Brazilian Fight Factory's Kody Steele at Polaris 17. He won a tough match that went to decision to keep his undefeated Polaris record but as always, put on a fantastic show for the fans. In the interview, Hue decided to call out the current Polaris welterweight champion Edwin Najmi, a Romulo Barral black belt who also happens to be known for an exciting grappling style. Najmi will no doubt be a very tough opponent for Hue and stands as the biggest challenge of his career to date, but the pair's styles will almost certainly deliver one of the most exciting matches in Polaris history. Additionally, this match will take place on the upcoming Polaris 18 card on November 27th in Newport, Wales, in place of the originally scheduled Polaris Squads 4 where Team Europe were set to defend their gi title. Instead, Polaris Squads 4 will be postponed until 2022 and Team Europe will return then.

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After a short return to the traditional superfight format with Polaris 17, Squads is back! The fourth event of it's kind will take place in Newport, South Wales once again and will be contested in the gi for just the second time. The event will take place on November 27th at the ICC Arena and will also include a stacked preliminary card featuring some of the best up-and-coming talent from across the UK & Ireland. The main event will see the reigning Squads gi champions Team Europe defending their title against some of the best grapplers in the world across two sixty-minute halves of non-stop grappling action. During the half-time break, Polaris triple champion Ashley Williams will maintain his 100% appearance record for Squads events when he takes the stage to defend one of his titles. Coming in fresh off his stunning victory at the ADCC trials, Williams is in fine form after finishing four out of his five opponents and becoming just one of two fighters from the UK to qualify at the event. The full lineup for both Team Europe and the challenging team will be announced shortly.

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Another match has been added to the blockbuster main card of Polaris 17, and this one will feature one of the UK's finest competitors coming in fresh of a huge win at the ADCC European, Middle-Eastern, and African trials that has given him the opportunity of a lifetime at the eventual world championships in 2022. That man is Eoghan O'Flanagan, one of two trials winners to come from the UK alongside Polaris triple champion Ashley Williams. The New School BJJ representative has competed on the Polaris mats several times before and will be eager to get his revenge in a rematch at Polaris 17 against Tarik Hopstock. Hopstock is a dominant force coming out of Norway and one of the top competitors in Europe, most commonly known as the inventor of the Tarikoplata. A brown belt in BJJ under Eduardo 'Teta' Rios, Hopstock has also competed on the Polaris mats several times, including as part of the European Team that fell just short of victory in the first Polaris Squads event. Despite the fact that Hopstock emerged victorious the first time this pair met, the match really could go either way given how much both he and O'Flanagan have improved...

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The final two matches of the Polaris 17 prelims can now be announced, rounding out the six-fight list that will take place just prior to the main card. One of the most exciting and relentless grapplers in the UK will be making his return to the Polaris mats, Squads member and UK grand prix veteran Dominic Dillon. He will be taking on another experienced MMA fighter in Scott Pooley, and with over twenty professional fights between them this is sure to be a tough battle between two men with plenty of combat sports experience. Alongside this top-tier UK matchup is a battle between two equally exciting younger competitors. Shane Curtis is also a returning competitor from the UK grand prix and despite still being a brown belt in BJJ, he's able to put on fantastic matches with some of the top competitors in the country. Standing across from him will be Ben Hills, a black belt competing out of Next Generation MMA in Liverpool who has over a decade of competitive Jiu-Jitsu experience despite being just 28 years old.

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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...

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