Jon Calestine is slated to face off against Jordan Holy at the next Sapateiro event on March 20th, in what will serve as the headline match. This will no doubt be a match that generates fireworks as both men are known as elite leglockers and the rules in play will ensure that a victor is declared without the need for judges, as the two grapplers will compete with no time limit on their submission-only match. Along with this main event matchup, the event will also feature an openweight tournament with a $1,000 prize available for the eventual winner.
Jordan Holy is an incredibly experienced grappler and came within a hair’s breadth of becoming the Combat Jiu-Jitsu Lightweight World Champion late last year, reaching the semi-finals before coming up short against the eventual winner, Kade Ruotolo. More recently than this, Holy also featured on the last event put on by Texas-based promotion, Third Coast Grappling, where he defeated Ruben Rivera on points. Jon Calestine on the other hand, has not been a frequent competitor over the last year or so.
The last time that Calestine was seen competing was at Kasai Pro 6 where he reached the third-place playoff but unfortunately lost to Richard Alarcon in the end. Despite bursting onto the competitive scene by storming to victory at EBI 15 and defeating Geo Martinez in the final, he wasn’t able to make it to ADCC 2019 after attempting to qualify at both editions of the North American Trials events. This match represents a good opportunity for both men to claim a victory over a fellow experienced competitor and use it to earn even greater opportunities ahead of ADCC 2022.
Sapateiro: Battle for the Axe 2 will take place on Saturday, March 20 and the full event including the Jon Calestine v Jordan Holy superfight will be streamed live via PPV.