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Fight To Win 13 Chicago – Pro BJJ Event

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Fight To Win 13 Chicago

Some of Chicago’s best coaches and competitors will hit the mats this Saturday for Fight To Win 13 Chicago, a professional BJJ event at the Southland Center in Lynwood. You can purchase tickets at CageTix.com, or watch the event live on FloGrappling.com.

Former Shooto fighter and current F2W featherweight champion Baret “The Finisher” Yoshida will defend his title in the main event against Mike Reyna, who captured gold at the Chicago Open last April.

Local MMA fans will notice some familiar names, with former XFO champion and recent XFO Legends inductee Mike Marrello taking on Simon Park in the co-main event. Marrello is excited to make the transition from fighting MMA to competing professionally in BJJ. “This is the beginning of a new journey for me. I plan on competing at the Worlds,” Marrello told Chicago’s MMA.

Corey Kuropas, Steve Kinnison, Dan Hart, and Kyle Perkins are a few of the other competitors on the card that have fought MMA locally. Plus, Said Hatim, Tommy Woodruff, Mark Vives, and Mike Cimmarusti are just a few of the coaches and cornermen that will compete.

Cimmarusti, head coach and owner at Illinois Grappling Club, is hoping for a solid fan turnout to see some of the best BJJ players in the region.

“This event is great exposure for some of the top Midwest BJJ athletes. I hope people support these events as I truly see these types of shows as the future of sport BJJ. I have a match against a very tough opponent in Daniel Vianna. He is someone I have trained with in the past and I look forward to getting the chance to test my BJJ against him. I know one thing for sure — it will be a fun match with two guys going for the sub,” Cimmarusti said.

Artie Grubba, two-time judo state champion, will take on 10th Planet’s John Mejia. He jumped at the chance to compete in the event. “I think it’s great that an event like this is coming to the area. The Chicago area has a great deal of BJJ talent so it should be a great experience both for the competitors and the fans.”

Here is the full card for Fight To Win 13 Chicago:

MAIN EVENT: FEATHERWEIGHT BLACK BELT TITLE FIGHT

BARET YOSHIDA (BARET SUBMISSIONS) VS MIKE REYNA (REYNA BJJ)

CO-MAIN EVENT: 230LBS BLACK BELT BJJ

MIKE MARRELLO (TEAM CURRAN) VS SIMON PARK (F2D COMBAT BASE)

165LBS BLACK BELT BJJ

ANDRE MANECO LEITE (SOUL FIGHTERS) VS BRICK WELCH (GRACIE BARRA)

185LBS BLACK BELT NOGI

CHRIS HARTWIG (TEAM CURRAN) VS STEVE PATTERSON (BRASA)

175LBS BLACK BELT BJJ

MARK VIVES (NEW BREED) VS JOEL BLANTON (CLINGERMAN)

200LBS BLACK BELT BJJ

TOMMY WOODRUFF (TEAM CURRAN) VS JEFF SERAFIN (SERAFIN BJJ)

155LBS BLACK BELT NOGI

ALEKSANDER RAJACIC (RALPH GRACIE) VS SAID HATIM (MISSION MMA)

185LBS BLACK BELT GI

MIKE CIMMARUSTI (ILLINOIS GRAPPLING CLUB) VS DANIEL VIANNA (CARLSON GRACIE)

165lbs BLACK BELT GI

STEVE KINNISON (INFINITO BJJ) VS BRANDON BATCHELOR (SERAFIN BJJ)

185LBS BROWN BELT GI

MATT LEIGHTON (NEW BREED) VS KAELUM KALISTA (GFT)

185LBS BROWN BELT NOGI

JOSH PASSINI (10TH PLANET) VS JAMES O’ SHEA (MISSION MMA)

200LBS BROWN BELT GI

MICHAEL HAGL (UFLACKER BJJ) VS DAN HART (ALPHA BJJ)

185LBS BROWN BELT GI

ASHUR DARMO (BONSAI) VS DAN BOROVIC (360 BJJ)

190LBS BROWN BELT BJJ

ANTOINE EVANS (CARLSON GRACIE) VS CHRIS REYES (RIO JIU JITSU)

160LBS BROWN BELT BJJ

ERIC BOLEAGA (BMA) VS BLAKE KLASSMAN (SERAFIN BJJ)

130LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

TAYLOR BIAGI (NEW BREED) VS DANIA AJ (RANDORI BJJ)

HEAVYWEIGHT PURPLE BELT NOGI

JOHN MEJIA (10TH PLANET) VS ARTIE GRUBBA (STRAIGHT BLAST MMA)

155LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

CAIO OLIVEIRA (SOUL FIGHTERS) VS AARON BROOKS (CARLSON GRACIE)

160LBS PURPLE BELT NOGI

KYLE PERKINS (TEAM CURRAN) VS COREY KUROPAS (JAY PAGES BJJ)

175LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

BRIAN RADTKE (LCCT) VS ALEX YABLONG (EASTON BJJ)

195LBS PURPLE BELT NOGI

MATT PAUL (10TH PLANET) VS JOE DEBIAS (ALLIANCE JIU JITSU)

165LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

GREYSON CHRISTIAN (BRASA) VS NICK SPACEK (UFLACKER)

HEAVYWEIGHT PURPLE BELT NOGI

CHRISTOPHER HUBBART (JASON FOX BJJ) VS ERIC HUEBNER (WAR ROOM)

135LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

CRISTINA AYANA (SOUL FIGHTERS) VS NIKKI SULLIVAN (NICE GUYS)

165LBS PURPLE BELT BJJ

ERIC FORSCHLER (P3 MARTIAL ARTS) VS JEFF YUMUL (RIO JIU JITSU)

145LBS TEEN ORANGE GI

BRIAN BOLEAGA (BMA) VS ALEX SALAS (CARLSON GRACIE)

90LBS KIDS NOGI

KAI CALCUTT (BONSAI) VS PAULY WESTOFF (CARLSON GRACIE)

For more information on Fight To Win 13 Chicago, visit the F2W website.

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Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005. He is the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, Red Eye, WLS-AM, Guyism, Guyspeed & more. He chose this photo because it makes him look "writer-y."

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