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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.

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Polaris 19 is coming around fast and the very first match has just been announced. Kendall Reusing managed to submit Venla Luukkonen with a beautiful armbar back at Polaris 17 in order to win the inaugural women's Openweight title and she will now be making her first defense at the next event. Amanda Leve will be the woman to challenge Reusing and as an ADCC veteran, Leve has more than enough experience to take the match to her. Leve recently proved that she can easily overcome a significant weight disadvantage when she managed to outwork Gabi Garcia at the WNO Championships and earn the victory by judge's decision after taking her back and working hard to try and finish her. Polaris 19 will take place on March 26th, 2022, and will feature a number of exciting matches along with this women's Openweight title match between Reusing and Leve.

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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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