The Polaris Middleweight Grand Prix is fast approaching and the first two competitors have just joined the battle for the Middleweight world title at Polaris 22.
The first man to join the Middleweight grand prix is Owen Livesey, fresh off making his ADCC debut at the 2022 edition of the ADCC world championships. Livesey was one of the official alternates for the 99kg division thanks to his fantastic performances at the ADCC trials, and he also holds an undefeated record on the Polaris mats. He was called up to compete on short notice and although he lost to the eventual gold medallist, the decorated Judoka will be an incredibly tough opponent for anyone who stands across him in the Grand Prix.
Alongside Livesey, another ADCC veteran will be competing at the Polaris Middleweight Grand Prix. Oliver Taza has competed at the ADCC world championships on three separate occasions since 2017, having won the European trials twice and being invited once. Like Livesey, Taza is also undefeated on the Polaris mats and holds a 2-0 record with wins over Ross Nicholls and Lachlan Giles. As they race to the top of the mountain to claim the Middleweight title, at least one of these men will have to lose their perfect Polaris record.