Polaris has long been the consensus top grappling promotion in the UK and the most exciting in Europe, but with the upcoming Polaris 21: Grapple Island event they will be setting foot outside of the UK for the very first time. It’s been quite a long time coming really, considering that Polaris has been staging events all around the UK for quite a few years and the promotion has always hosted the top talent from all around Europe and even further afield.
The promotion has champions from all around the world like Craig Jones, Edwin Najmi, and triple-champion Ashley Williams. Not just that though, they’ve also seen a wide variety of incredible grapplers set foot on the Polaris mats like Dean Lister, Masakazu Imanari, and Gilbert Burns, coupled with elite MMA fighters like Urijah Faber, Luke Rockhold, and Demian Maia. As far as talent goes, Polaris has long played host to the best that the grappling and MMA worlds have to offer and they even decided to shake things up in recent years by innovating their very own team-grappling format; Polaris Squads.
With four squads events in the books featuring teams from the UK, Europe, America, and Brazil; the promotion has now decided to switch between operating team-grappling events and more traditional superfight events. As a result, Polaris 21 will see a fight card of matches stacked with some top talent, some of which have already been announced. ADCC veterans Josh Hinger, Tom Halpin, and Ross Nicholls will all be competing against Owen Livesey, Alessio Sachetti, and Marcelo Fausto during the build-up to the main event. Then to cap off the night, ADCC silver medalist Ffion Davies will be taking on multiple-time IBJJF world champion Michelle Nicolini in an epic match between two of the best female grapplers to ever take part in the sport.
Polaris announced the news that Polaris 21: Grapple Island will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia in a post to their official Instagram account: