Johnny “Buck Nasty” Buck won the 8-Man ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Combat Jiu-Jitsu tournament this past Saturday at the 5th ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO event and became the 2020 BMF Tournament champion in the process.
The North Carolina native and Bellator veteran finished his first two opponents in route to the finals where he defeated IBJJF World Champion Sean Patton of Legion Jiu-Jitsu/Checkmat Nashville in what was arguably the most exciting combat jiu-jitsu match ever to take place in Tennessee.
Buck's path to the championship saw him take out Triad Martial Arts' Clay Malone early in the opening round via TKO, Jeremiah Bowman of Upper Cumberland MMA in the semi-finals (by armbar), and Sean Patton of Legion Jiu-Jitsu/Checkmat Nashville in the finals via quickest escape time from back control in overtime.
On Saturday, July 11th, The Historic Palace Theatre of Crossville, TN will host ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 5 with an event headlined by two of Tennessee's most highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts as Cory Robison of Phoenix MMA and Fitness takes on Steven Haag of Victory Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a Black Belt NoGi Grappling bout in our main event.
'Smooth' Steven Haag will be headlining his second ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO event after main-eventing our inaugural event in January of 2019. That night he picked up a victory over 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu standout Michael Bartlett. He will be looking to make it 2-0 on the ENDO Athletics stage on July 11th.
ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 4 took place on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 in Crossville, TN at the Historic Palace Theatre.
Our 4th Pro jiu-jitsu event proved to be our most talent rich event to date and we also were able to crown our very first ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Champion as Chance Gilbride of Agoge Combatives became the new ENDO Atheltics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Combat Jiu-Jitsu Featherweight Champion after winning the 8-Man Featherweight bracket. We also had a 16-Man Blue Belt Open Championship bracket that ended in a draw as well as 20 plus Jiu-Jitsu and NoGi superfights.
Michael Ballard is a long time professional mixed martial artist competing out of Remedy BJJ Academy in Pensacola, FL. He is a multiple-time Combat Jiu-Jitsu veteran and is the reigning Shogun FC Lightweight Combat Jiu-Jitsu champion and is a multiple-time ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO veteran.
In 2018, he was one-half of the very first Combat Jiu-Jitsu bout to take place in the state of Tennessee and will look to make history again on February 29th as he competes in Tennessee's first Combat Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix at ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 4 for the Featherweight ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Championship.
Recently we were able to catch up with him to get his thoughts on his opening round opponent as well as the Grand Prix as a whole:
The first edition of the ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Grand Prix tournaments is set to launch on February 29th during the ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 4 event in Crossville, TN at the Historic Palace Theatre as 8 Featherweight athletes will be vying for the inaugural ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 145-pound Combat Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
We will be looking at making history as this will be the very first combat jiu-jitsu tournament or bracket event to ever take place in the state of Tennessee.
ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 3 took place on Saturday, December 28th, 2019 in Crossville, TN at the Historic Palace Theatre.
We had one of our most exciting nights of grappling matches yet with the event being headlined by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts Ted Chittenden of Mad Science Judo and Jiu-Jitsu and Mark Acord of Integrity BJJ.
We are pleased to confirm that Ted Chittenden of Mad Science Judo and Jiu-Jitsu will face off against Mark Acord of Integrity BJJ at ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 3 in the first first Black Belt Heavyweight gi match to take place on the ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO stage.
Ted Chittenden is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Pedro Sauer and is the founder and head instructor of Mad Science Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in Oak Ridge, TN. He also holds the rank of Black Belt in Judo. ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 3 will be Ted's debut on the ENDO stage.
Brandon Sagraves is an amateur mixed martial artist training and competing out of Wisconsin. On November 2nd he will be stepping into the cage for the 14th time in his career and will be taking on Cody Linne at PURE FC 15 in Milwaukee, WI at the Miller High Life Theatre. ENDO Athletics will be sponsoring Sagraves for the fight and recently was able to catch up with him before his upcoming mma bout:
EA: How were you introduced to martial arts?
Sagraves: I started martial arts back in grade school I was picked on and bullied as a kid for my size so I started teaching myself Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and any other form of grappling that interested me and taught other kids in my area to be able to learn and grow.
Michael Ballard to step in against Cody Jordan at Endo Athletics Fight Night 1 in Combat Jiu-Jitsu Championship Bout
Following the removal of Francisco Vazquez from the Endo Athletics Fight Night 1 Combat Jiu-Jitsu title bout against Cody Jordan, long time mma and combat jiu-jitsu veteran Michael Ballard has stepped in to meet Jordan to determine the inaugural Endo Athletics Fight Night Combat Jiu-Jitsu Featherweight Champion on August 24th.
Ballard has nearly 20 mixed martial arts fights under his belt and his match-up with Jordan will mark nearly a dozen combat jiu-jitsu bouts as well for the long time veteran.
Francisco Vazquez to face Cody Jordan at Endo Athletics Fight Night 1 for Combat Jiu-Jitsu Featherweight Championship
Francisco Vazquez, the Endo Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 2 co-main event winner, is set to face fellow jiu-jitsu Purple Belt Cody Jordan in a combat jiu-jitsu match in Knoxville, TN on August 24th for the inaugural Endo Athletics Fight Night Combat Jiu-Jitsu Featherweight Championship at Endo Athletics Fight Night 1. The match-up was confirmed this past week with both Vazquez and Jordan confirming on social media.
Combat jiu-jitsu is a form of grappling that allows palm strikes when on the ground. It has been revolutionized with the Eddie Bravo Invitational events and has made its way to the Tennessee competition circuit over the past few years.