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.
Endo Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO has announced that Breck Still will meet Michael Bartlett in what is guaranteed to be a very exciting main event at Endo Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 2 on June 15th at the Historic Palace Theatre in Crossville, TN.
Breck Still is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under multiple time world Champion Samuel Braga and is the head instructor at Leviathan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Cleveland, TN. Still is a long time IBJJF veteran and has competed in just about every pro style jiu-jitsu event that has been hosted in the southeast. June 15th he will be making his Endo Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO debut.
Endo Athletics will finally be making it's long awaited debut in the world of professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotions with the inaugural Endo Athleitcs Jiu-Jitsu PRO event that will be held at the Historic Palace Theater in Crossville, TN on January 12th, 2019.
Endo Athletics has already held several smaller grappling events with the Endo Athletics Invitationals, but they hail in comparison as to what the Endo Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO events will be that will be taking place throughout 2019.
News has broke today that Endo Athletics sponsored athlete Bubba 'The Menace' McDaniel will be stepping in to replace King Mo against Liam McGear at Bellator 185 on October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Bubba is coming off of two first round stoppage wins since returning to mma action last year, picking up w's over Andre Kavanaugh (7-11) and Juan Torres (6-9). Both of the fights were first round victories for 'The Menace.' He will be entering the Bellator cage riding a three fight winning streak.