Polaris will now return to the UK after the trip to Sardinia with Polaris 22, and the event will feature a Middleweight Grand Prix as the main attraction. Polaris 22 will take place on November 5th and it will feature some of the best grapplers available in the Middleweight division all battling it out for a $20,000 grand prize and the Polaris Middleweight world title. The title has been held by Craig Jones since it was first created but he will now be vacating it as a result of moving up in weight to compete in the 99kg division at the 2022 ADCC World Championships.
Jones won the Middleweight title at Polaris 6 when he submitted Jake Shields and has since defended it twice by defeating Matheus Lutes by decision at Polaris 10 and Davi Ramos by decision at Polaris 17. While Jones will be vacating one title, he does still hold the Polaris Light-Heavyweight world championship that he won by defeating Keenan Cornelius at Polaris 8. With the division now wide open for a new champion to claim a hold over, Polaris has decided to hold a grand prix in order to determine who the best in the Middleweight division actually is.
Although no names have been confirmed as yet, there are sure to be plenty of elite grapplers that will be invited to compete in the Middleweight grand prix. Alongside whoever that will be, there will also be something of a wild-card entry into the tournament as well. Polaris will be holding yet another edition of their contenders tournament and this time a place in the Middleweight grand prix will be available for the winner of what always ends up being an incredibly tough field of competition.
The full Polaris 22: Middleweight Grand Prix event will be available to watch live on November 5th on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.