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 since then.