Midwest Finishers 17 is scheduled for November 11th, 2023 and the promotion has managed to book a fantastic lineup across two different tournaments at the same event. Eight women will be competing in a stacked absolute tournament, while sixteen men will battling it out to crown a champion in the light-heavyweight division. As always for Midwest Finishers events, each of the tournaments will be contested under EBI rules and there will also be a number of superfights spread throughout the card as well.
The women’s tournament might be half the size of the men’s, but there’s going to be just as much action once they hit the mats. The early favorite to win the absolute tournament is undoubtedly Peyton Letcher, and it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise either. She’s not only used to winning smaller tournaments like this on a pretty regular basis, but she also won ADCC Trials back in 2021. Letcher will be tough for anyone to beat, but she also has some good matches ahead of her in the bracket as well. Her opening round match is against Hannah Brewer-Jensen and although that won’t be easy, Letcher should be able to get through any challenge that the tournament can throw her way.
The men’s light-heavyweight tournament is a far more unpredictable, but the favorite here is almost certainly Andre Porfirio. Not only has he already had a big win at a Midwest Finishers event, but he’s also registered some big wins in the past against elite competitors like Pedro Marinho and Giancarlo Bodoni. Porfirio stormed to victory at Midwest Finishers 12 in a very tough bracket filled with exciting competitors, and he should be able to do the same here. He’ll have to win four matches on the same night though, and there’s plenty of opponents capable of causing an upset in the bracket.
The full lineup for both the men’s light-heavyweight tournament and women’s absolute tournament at Midwest Finishers 17 was announced in a recent post to the promotion’s official Instagram account: