Australian grappler Lachlan Giles was the stand-out performer in the Kinektic 1 Submission Grappling event with his team, BJJ Fanatics’, dominating the inaugural event.
Co-founded by UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, the event took place in Anaheim, California on Friday night (Saturday AEST) and was streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Giles, the head coach of Absolute MMA in St Kilda, swept through all five opponents and in his opening bout, avenged a recent loss to Mansher Khera before going on to submit the likes of Chris Lytle, Joe Riggs and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, who outweighed the Aussie by nearly 30kg and put up the biggest challenge before being submitted within minutes.
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Very happy that I was able to take part in @kinekticgrappling in team @bjj.fanatics. The team did amazing taking 1st place, with only 3 of the 5 fighters having to compete. I managed to win 5 in a row by submission taking out a whole team. Some things I have been working on clicked and I’m looking forward to @adcc2019. @craigjonesbjj @nickyrod247 @gordonlovesjiujitsu @edwinnajmi
Fellow Australian and team captain Craig Jones as well as team-member Edwin Najmi, would not even compete, as Nick Rodriguez and Gordon Ryan finished out the contest in the final. Rodriguez, a team Renzo Gracie member, submitted Jorge Rodrigues before drawing with Ronny Markes. Under the team rules, both fighters were eliminated and that’s when Gordon Ryan stepped up to submit three opponents to give his team the expected the victory.
BJJ Fanatics VS Lights Out
BJJ Fanatics 5-0
SUG VS LionHeart
SUG advances 2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss
BJJ Fanatics VS SUG
BJJ Fanatics wins it 4 wins, 1 draw.