Ex-MMA fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Rick Hawn also scheduled for the card.
Fight to Win Pro continues to work to change the landscape of competitive grappling. This weekend the organization puts on what may be the biggest main event in the promotion’s history as an ADCC champion faces off against an Olympic medalist in Judo. Travis Stevens and Yuri Simoes will meet in a fight that’s sure to capture the attention of all those interested in the grappling arts.
The battle between Simoes and Stevens features two of the most decorated athletes to stand on the Fight to Win Pro mats.
On one side is Simoes, the 2015 ADCC champion. The Ricardo Vieira black belt has a long history of success in the sport and is widely considered one of the best heavyweights in the game today. He is a multiple-time champion with a resume that includes wins at many major events such as the IBJJF World and No-Gi events, Pan American championships, European championships and the World Cup. He’s recently faced and defeated the likes of Garry Tonon, Augusto Mendes, Dean Lister and Keenan Cornelius. This is a staunch test for Simoes as he prepares to attempt to become a two-time ADCC champion in September.
Stevens is a long-standing name in the world of Judo. He’s currently ranked number 18 in the world in the 81 kilograms weight class. Last summer, Stevens became the third American male Judo player to win an Olympic silver medal. Steven’s grappling experience doesn’t end there as he’s a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie to go along with his Judo black belt.
Stevens and Simoes aren’t the only two big names on this card. Former UFC heavyweight title challenger, Gabriel Gonzaga is set to face off against Shaun Durfee. In addition, former Bellator lightweight title challenger and another American Judoka in Rick Hawn, will battle Anniss El Hallahay.
Fight to Win Pro 44 is scheduled to begin at 6pm on Saturday, August 12. Streaming is available through FloGrappling.com.