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 4 on February 29th will showcase some of the best Combat Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the state of Tennessee and surrounding areas as we have 8 of the most talented featherweight athletes entering into the Grand Prix to determine the first ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Combat Jiu-Jitsu Champion.
Chance Gilbride vs Michael Valladares
One of the most accomplished Combat Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the state of Tenneessee, Agoge BJJ's Chance Gilbride enters the Featherweight tournament as one of the favorites to win the entire thing. With an undefeated record in ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO competition and an undefeated record in Combat Jiu-Jitsu, he will be welcoming the debuting Michael Valladares to the ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO stage for the first time. Valladares is an MMA veteran, but will be competing in Combat Jiu-Jitsu for the very first time in his career. Valladares will carry a tall task with Gilbride, but posseses all of the skills and experience to make this a very exciting first round match-up to the tournament and a very tough opponent for Gilbride to face in the opening round of the tournament. These two athletes are both known for bringing it and this match-up could very well be the most exciting first round match-up of the tournament.
Michael Ballard vs Chris Pemberton
Fighting out of Pensacola, FL Ballard will be making his second ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO appearance and will be competing in Combat Jiu-Jitsu for the second time under the ENDO Atheltics banner. Ballard will be looking to bounce back after a few recent losses in Combat Jiu-Jitsu, most recently in the co-main event at ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 2 to Francisco Vazquez in June. Ballard is the reigning Shogun FC Lightweight CJJ Champion, and will be looking to enter into the Featherweight tournament to pick up his second Combat Jiu-Jitsu title. He draws a tough task in the opening round with a very game Chris Pemberton. Pemberton is a long time ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO veteran, but is coming off of a few losses the same as Ballard and will be looking to make a big statement with a victory over Ballard in the first round of the Featherweight tournament. When two athletes are coming off of losses and are looking for some redemption with a win, you usually are guaranteed fireworks, and this match-up should be no different.
Chris McKinney vs Ryan Moore
Making the jump into ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO competition for the very first time, Chris McKinney will be entering into the Featherweight tournament with the hopes of making a statement. He is professional fighter and the highest ranked BJJ practitioner in the entire tournament, holding the rank of Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but will also be making his debut in Combat Jiu-Jitsu competition entering into the Grand Prix. He draws the less experienced, but very tough Ryan Moore in the opening round of the bracket. Moore is a kickboxing and combat jiu-jitsu veteran and a long time ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO competitor. Coming off of a combat jiu-jitsu victory in December, Moore will look to ride that momentum going into his first round match-up against McKinney.
Cody Jordan vs Tony Walker
A product of Lucas Lepri Knoxville, Jordan will be bringing his 1-0 Combat Jiu-Jitsu record into the Featherweight tournament against the debuting Tony Walker. Both athletes are making their ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO debuts, with Walker making his Combat Jiu-Jitsu debut. Jordan had his first Combat Jiu-Jitsu bout over the summer, picking up a victory over Michael Ballard at Showcase MMA. While Jordan doesnt have much Combat Jiu-Jitsu experience, he does have a ton of experience in the local grappling and BJJ competition circuits having a very successful 2019 in the way of victories in BJJ and Grappling. He will be looking to bring that experience and momentum onto the stage against Walker. This may be the most evenly matched bout in the entire tournament, so expect both athletes to really come with their A-game in this first round match-up between these two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belts.
ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 4 will take place on Saturday, February 29th in Crossville, TN at the Historic Palace Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.endoathletics.com.