Fight 2 Win 2018 Awards Are Here! – BJJ Fanatics

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Last week, the popular grappling promotion, Fight 2 Win announced their 2018 awards.  Fight 2 Win is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and proclaims that is is the “original live BJJ event of its kind, hosting live events across the United States that focus on highlighting top local grapplers and creating an experience closer to a Las Vegas boxing match than a traditional BJJ tournament.”  F

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Fight 2 Win History

Fight 2 Win was started by CEO Seth Daniels in 2015.  In that year, they held 4 shows in Colorado and Texas, where he had already been hosting BJJ tournaments and MMA events for the previous 8 years.   In May, 2016, they ventured out of their “home” states of Colorado and Texas and held their first Fight 2 Win show in San Diego. Since 2015, there have been 96 Fight 2 Win events, with the next one (Fight 2 Win 97) being held in Sacramento, CA on January 11, 2019 with Dustin Akbari (Team Alpha Male) vs. Michael Liera Jr (Atos) headlining the event.   Just in 2018, Fight 2 Win held 39 shows, over 27 cities and 17 states. They paid a total of $1,070,184 to their athletes (in commissions)- marking the second year they have surpassed the seven-figure mark.

2018 Award Winners:

BLACK BELT GI

Adult Male Black Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: JT Torres

Adult Female Black Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Tracey Goodell

Masters Male Black Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Rafael Formiga Barbosa

Black Belt Gi Fight of the Year: Matt Leighton vs. Dante Leon F2W84

Black Belt Gi Submission of the Year: Sergio Hernandez Kimura F2W75  

BLACK BELT NOGI

Adult Male Black Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Rafael Lovato Jr.

Adult Female Black Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Ana Carolina Vieira

Masters Male Black Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Ron Keslar

Black Belt NOGi Fight of the Year: Michael Padilla defeats Wilson Reis F2W81  

Black Belt NOGi Submission of the Year: Geovanny Martinez Gogoplata  

BROWN BELT GI

Adult Male Brown Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Felipe Rocha

Adult Female Brown Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Maggie Grindatti

Brown Belt Gi Fight of the Year: Eric Schlosser defeats Kalif Nascimento F2W68

Brown Belt Gi Submission of the Year: Nikki Sullivan Wristlock/Armbar/Triangle F2W94

BROWN BELT NOGI

Male Brown Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Alan Sanchez

Female Brown Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Maggie Grindatti

Brown Belt NOGi Fight of the Year: Mason Fowler vs. Luke Pollard F2W96

Brown Belt NOGi Submission of the Year: Alan Sanchez Heel Hook F2W94

PURPLE BELT GI

Male Purple Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Jake Hartner

Female Purple Belt Gi Fighter of the Year: Karla Shellhammer

Purple Belt Gi Fight of the Year: Deborah Lopez defeats Julia Balmante F2W85

Purple Belt Gi Submission of the Year: Josh Cisneros Teepee Choke F2W96

PURPLE BELT NOGI

Male Purple Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Emil Fischer

Female Purple Belt NOGi Fighter of the Year: Mo Black

Purple Belt NOGi Fight of the Year: Dillon Hinojosa vs. Keaton Standridge

Purple Belt NOGi Submission of the Year: Joseph Mckay Twister F2W60

Kids/Teens NOGI

Kids/Teens Male NOGi Fighter of the Year: Bryce Smith

Kids/Teens Female NOGi Fighter of the Year: Jasmine Rocha

Kids/Teens NOGi Fight of the Year: Pauly Westhoff vs. Bryce Smith F2W93 (Watch)

Kids/Teens NOGi Submission of the Year: Cade Roque Flying Kimura Alexander Mccain F2W93

Kids/Teens Gi

Kids/Teens Male Gi Fighter of the Year: Tylor Storey

Kids/Teens Female Gi Fighter of the Year: Zandra Fountila

Kids/Teens Gi Fight of the Year: Zandra Foutila defeats Rachel Sedillos 94 (Watch)

Kids/Teens Gi Submission of the Year: Peter Kang Ezekiel Choke 91 (Watch Below)

JT Torres: Fight 2 Win Black Belt Gi Fighter of the Year

JT Torres was awarded the Black Belt Gi Fighter of the year.  JT is an ADCC Champion (2017) as well as an IBJJF No Gi World Champion (2013) and an IBJJF World’s Gi Silver Medalist (2014) and Bronze Medalist (2011).  In 2018, he captured the welterweight gi title by defeating 6-0, and three time submission of the night winner Dylan Royce of Precision Jiu Jitsu in fight 2 Win 90 on October 19th in Philadelphia, PA.  Previous to his Fight 2 Win title win, he also defeated former UFC and WEC Lightweight Champion (and current Bellator MMA fighter) Benson Henderson with a bow and arrow choke at the Fight 2 Win Pro 59 in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 19, 2018.

JT Torres Biography:

JT Torres was born on September 2, 1989 in New York.  As a child, he took Karate lessons- achieving a black belt.  He was also part of his high school basketball team before he decided to sign up for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons at his old Karate school.  JT took to the sport right away, and was awarded his blue belt in only 6 months.

He then moved academies and trained under Louis Vintaloro at Performance BJJ in New Jersey, where he received his purple and brown belts in less than 3 years.  He then moved to the Lloyd Irvin academy in Maryland, where he received his black belt in 2009 (becoming one of the youngest American’s to earn a blackbelt at the age of 19).   However, after a series of scandals in 2013 (which did not include JT), he decided to relocate to Andre Galvao’s Atos Academy in San Diego, California. While training at Atos, JT experienced his most successful BJJ tournament victories including the Black Belt No GI World Championships, ADCC Championships, and Pan Am Gi and No Gi Championships.  In 2017, JT moved back to the New York area, and opened his successful Essential Jiu Jitsu Academy in Hartsdale, New York, located in Westchester County- 23 miles north of Manhattan.

JT Torres Black Belt BJJ Achievements:

ADCC Champion (2017)

IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2015)

IBJJF European Champion (2015)

IBJJF No-Gi World Champion (2013)

IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Champion (2010)

IBJJF New York Open Champion (2010)

IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2010)

IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2014)

IBJJF No-Gi World Championship 2nd Place (2009/2012)

CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2010)

IBJJF European Open Championship 2nd Place (2012)

IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2009 black, 2007 purple, )

IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2011)

IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016, 2009 brown, 2006 blue)

IBJJF No-Gi World Championship 3rd Place (2010)

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