Thirty-two competitors entered the fourth edition of the Absolute Grappling Championship, but only one person was crowned champion.
Held at the Western Fair District’s Agriplex on Sunday (Feb. 24), as part of the Sports and Recreation Show, London residents and athletes outside of the Forest City came out to compete in the event split into to brackets of a no-gi division and a gi class.
What makes the event unique is the fact there is no weight class — think of the early Ultimate Fighter Championship days with less violence and a lot of technique.
“They’ll have everything,” said Alex Gasson, owner of Pecker’s Promotions, the group putting on the Absolute Grappling Championship, about what it takes to win the event. “They’ll have the element of surprise, the heart, the strength, the courage and it’s competition day and sometimes your awesome one-day and sometimes your not, so we’ll see who’s awesome today.”
The single elimination tourney brought out different fighting disciplines like wrestling and Brazilian iu jitsu with the smallest competitor weighing in at 121-pounds and the largest at 420-pounds.
Size doesn’t matter though, when someone has you in an armbar.
The first round matches start with grapplers in similar weight categories and then the best weed themselves out from there.