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Grappling Report: Ross Nicholls defeats Gianni Grippo in Grapple Fest 3’s main event

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It’s safe to say, the United Kingdom has its first grappling star.

After a dominant spell on the domestic scene, RGA Gym Box’s Ross Nicholls has made 2018 his breakout year. Following a successful performance against 10th Planet black belt Nathan Orchard at Polaris and winning ADCC Europe, Nicholls scored the biggest scalp of his career on Saturday night when he defeated Gianni Grippo.

Grippo,a black belt under Marcelo Garcia, was himself on form in the build up to Grapple Fest 3 and was a heavy favourite against Nicholls. Grippo seemed to struggle with the rule set which favoured submission attempts over positional dominance and focused on trying to pass Nicholls’ guard. Nicholls manoeuvred himself into some impressive leg entanglements and constantly looked to lock in a heel hook.

All eyes will be on Ross Nicholls as ADCC 2019 fast approaches.

Check out the main card results from Grapple Fest 3 below:

Main Card

Ross Nicholls def. Gianni Grippo via unanimous decision
Matheusz Diniz def. Daniel Strauss via unanimous decision
Freddie Vosgrone def. Kameron Atakuru via inside heel hook
Tom Caughey def. Lloyd Cooper via unanimous decision
Eoghan O’Flanaghan def. Liam Corrigan via armbar
Kieran Davern def. Ellis Younger via inside heel hook
Matty Holmes def. Nik Forrer via unanimous decision
Jack Sear def. Martin Wong via split decision
Wing Chau Cheung def. Freddie Sykes via unanimous decision
Abbie O’Toole def. Sophie Keenan via armbar
Kev Corkhill def. Nathan Kay via split decision
Chris Paines def. George McManus via inside heel hook


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Heelhooks work.

Last gasp takedown

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