PRESS RELEASE: Polaris Comes to UFC Fight Pass

POLARIS® 5 HITS UFC FIGHT PASS®

British-based BJJ promotion to stream loaded card

Garry Tonon vs Dillon Danis

Jake Shields vs Dan Strauss

Brad Pickett vs Phil Harris

Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro vs Caol Uno

and more...

15 June 2017, United Kingdom

Polaris® 5 – the next stacked event from world-leading professional jiu jitsu promotion Polaris – will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® on Saturday August 19th at the Indigo at the 02 in London.

The main event features the hugely anticipated grudge match between grappling superstars Garry Tonon and Dillon Danis. The pair have been exchanging barbs on social media – and in person – ever since Tonon emerged victorious from their initial encounter. The grudge match finally happens at Polaris 5 on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Tonon, an IBJJF and EBI champion, said: “Many people wish bad things for their competition, and hate on their  acquisition of popularity and success. I on the other hand, am grateful for Dillon's recent rise to fame and fortune. For when I knock him off his pedestal, he has that much farther to fall, and the bounty of rewards and acclaim that I will reap from my victory will be that much greater.”

Danis is an outspoken member of two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor’s team.

In the co-main event, MMA legend Jake Shields travels to Britain to take on English super heavyweight jiu jitsu champion Dan Strauss.

The former UFC title contender said: “I'm super excited to be part of the first show in London It will be hard to beat the excitement of slapping AJ Agazarm but I'll do my best to put on an exciting show with the Raspberry Ape. There's nothing I enjoy more then going to someone else's home town and defeating them.”

And, in a featured attraction, recently retired UFC fan favourite Brad Pickett will make his Polaris debut by taking on Phil Harris, an MMA fighter who has successfully transitioned to Polaris.   

Pickett retired from MMA earlier this year after a memorable eight-year run in the UFC and WEC, where he defeated current MMA pound-for-pound No.1 Demetrious Johnson and earned a worldwide fanbase for all action style.

Pickett said: “I’m thrilled to be back competing. It’s very different to MMA but appeals to me because I am a competitive man by nature. Grappling is picking up pace as an exciting sport to watch in this country and Polaris is playing a big part in that.”

Also on the stacked main card, Polaris veteran AJ Agazarm returns to action to take on reigning European champion Lloyd Cooper in a gi match, and the Japan vs Brazil rivalry continues as grappling and MMA legends Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro and Caol Uno meet for the first time.

Additional matches featuring the best in British and world-class talent will be announced in the coming weeks. All 15-minute professional grappling matches will be contested under the Polaris rules, which are designed to encourage constant action.

Tickets are on sale now from the Indigo at the 02, details can be found here.

http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/polaris-5

About Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu

Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu (shortened to just 'Polaris') is a professional jiu jitsu show based in the United Kingdom and broadcast to the world. Jiu jitsu in this sense is a broad term that encompasses any grappling style. Fighters can win by submission or by dominating the other fighter throughout the match; there is no striking of any kind allowed. Polaris hosts matches both with the traditional jiu jitsu kimono and without it ('gi' and 'no gi').With its own innovative ruleset that promotes constant action, Polaris is pushing the boundaries of professional jiu jitsu as both a sport and a form of entertainment. Since its inception, Polaris has played host to jiu jitsu world champions, legendary MMA fighters from America, Japan and Brazil, and the best grapplers in the world.

For more information on Polaris, please visit www.polaris-pro.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PolarisProEvent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/polaris_professional

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/polaris.pro.jiujitsu/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PolarisProfessionalJiuJitsuInvitational

 

Contact:

info@polaris-pro.org

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PRESS RELEASE: POLARIS 5 MAIN EVENTS ANNOUNCED

PRESS RELEASE

16 May 2017, United Kingdom

World-leading professional jiu jitsu event Polaris has just announced the top end of the fight card for POLARIS 5, which takes place at the Indigo at the 02, in Greenwich, London, on Saturday August 19th.

Headlining the evening will be Dillon Danis, looking to avenge his only submission loss at black belt as he takes on Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon.

 

Jake Shields, a veteran MMA fighter emerging as a dominant force in the professional submission grappling circuit, pits his American Jiu Jitsu against Dan 'the Raspberry Ape' Strauss, one of the biggest characters in British jiu jitsu, and a national and European champion.

 

Polaris welcomes UFC legend Brad 'One Punch' Pickett to its stage as he takes on Polaris veteran and former UFC fighter Phil Harris.

 

These are all no-gi, 15-minute bouts to be contested under the Polaris rules, which encourage constant action over the duration of the bout.

http://www.polaris-pro.org/the-rules/

 

Tickets will be on sale from Friday May 19th at 11:00am (BST) from the Indigo at the 02, details can be found here.

http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/polaris-5

 

02 Priority customers in the UK will receive an invitation to buy tickets early on Wednesday May 17th.

 

More details will be released in coming weeks. The rest of the Polaris 5 Card will feature some of the best grapplers and jiu jitsu experts from Europe and the world. There will be a preliminary card before the main card. News on how to watch the broadcast of both the preliminary card and the main card will be released soon.

 

Further information about the headliners

Garry Tonon has competed numerous times on the Polaris stage, showcasing his incredible skillset and the unique style that has earned him titles in many other promotions including the IBJJF, EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational) and many more. In his last two matches, Garry fought Rousimar Palhares in an electrifying bout that ended as a draw. He then fought UFC veteran Gilbert Burns, who he defeated via heelhook. Garry is a member of the Danaher Death Squad, the team that trains under the tutelage of John Danaher at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.

 

Dillon Danis received his black belt from Marcelo Garcia. He is an IBJJF World Champion, and in his last Polaris appearance, submitted the much larger Jackson Sousa by heel hook. Danis is also known for being part of Conor Mcgregor's training team, working on the UFC Champion's grappling both in New York and at the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland.

 

Jake Shields is a veteran of many promotions including the UFC, where he was on a 16-fight win streak until he met Georges St Pierre. His style of American Jiu Jitsu is a hybrid of wrestling and BJJ. He recently beat Dillon Danis in a match at Submission Underground. Jake's close training partners include the Diaz Brothers, Nick and Nate Diaz, who are both also noted for their high level jiu jitsu skills.

 

Dan Strauss, better known as the Raspberry Ape, is a British BJJ black belt under Mauricio Gomes and Roger Gracie. A multiple time British and European champion, Dan has competed around the world including on EBI (Eddie Bravo Invitational).

 

Brad Pickett has been one of the UFC's most recognisable faces for years, having fought high profile matches with Urijah Faber, Demetrius Johnson, Renan Barao, and more. Recently retired from MMA, Brad now looks to test himself on the professional grappling circuit.

 

Phil Harris is a British MMA veteran and former UFC fighter who has competed successfully on Polaris, having defeated Spencer Hewitt by heel hook submission.

 

About Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu

Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu (shortened to just 'Polaris') is a professional jiu jitsu show based in the United Kingdom and broadcast to the world. Jiu jitsu in this sense is a broad term that encompasses any grappling style. Fighters can win by submission or by dominating the other fighter throughout the match; there is no striking of any kind allowed. Polaris hosts matches both with the traditional jiu jitsu kimono and without it ('gi' and 'no gi').With its own innovative ruleset that promotes constant action, Polaris is pushing the boundaries of professional jiu jitsu as both a sport and a form of entertainment. Since its inception, Polaris has played host to jiu jitsu world champions, legendary MMA fighters from America, Japan and Brazil, and the best grapplers in the world.

 

For more information on Polaris, please visit www.polaris-pro.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PolarisProEvent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/polaris_professional

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/polaris.pro.jiujitsu/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PolarisProfessionalJiuJitsuInvitational