Central Hall, Southampton Saint Mary Street Southampton SO14 1NF
Team USA vs Team UK and Ireland on August 7th.
Two teams of eight went head to head in some of the most exciting grappling contests we’ve ever seen on our mats in 2020. In no-gi, Team UK and Ireland bested Team Europe, but in the gi, Team Europe reigned supreme.
Returning to the Polaris mats after a victory over team Europe in the first no gi squads event, Team UK and Ireland will be going head to head against Team USA.
With just a matter of weeks left until the return of Polaris Squads, there have been several changes to the lineups for both Team UK and Ireland, and Team USA. The only change to Team UK and Ireland has come in the under 75kg section where Polaris triple champion Ashley Williams has unfortunately ad to withdraw, but he has now been replaced by another British Polaris veteran in Jed Hue. The same weight bracket in Team USA has had both Edwin Najmi and one the youngest representative on either team, Kade Ruotolo withdraw.
They first replacement there is one of the most exciting grapplers in the States and the younger brother of another Team USA representative, 10th Planet’s Geo Martinez. Joining him will be Adam Benayoun, one of Ryan Hall’s most successful black belts who will no doubt be eager to put on a great show as he gears up for the upcoming ADCC trials. The 95kg section of Team USA has also had two competitors forced to withdraw from the event as both William Tackett and Team Captain JT Torres will no longer be attending. Instead, Roberto Jimenez has stepped up and he will now be the representative for the next generation of elite Jiu-Jitsu talent in America, while ATOS black belt and IBJJF no gi Pan-Ams medalist Mike Perez will also be joining in.
The full line-up for both teams is now as follows:
Team UK and Ireland
Under 75kgJed Hue, Ross Nicholls, Tom Halpin, Darragh O Connail (Captain)
Under 95kgBradley Hill, Dan Strauss, Kieran Davern, Ben Dyson
Under 75kg Geo Martinez (Co-Captain)PJ Barch, Nick Ronan , Adam Benayoun
Under 95kg Roberto Jimenez, Mike Perez, Richie Martinez (Co-Captain)Jon Blank
As is becoming tradition with Polaris Squads, there will be a headline Superfight at Polaris Squads 3 that will take place during the half-time break of the event.
This time around we will get to see the return of the Polaris UK Grand Prix champion, Freddie Vosgrone, and in keeping with the Team UK & Ireland v Team USA theme of the event, he will be taking on the BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix champion, 10th Planet’s Kyle Boehm.
* subject to change
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