Polaris 23 took place on March 11th, 2023 and the women’s under 66kg grand prix delivered exciting results in every single match. This was easily one of the most stacked women’s tournaments that there has ever been, with both of the reigning ADCC world champions competing at the event. Amy Campo was on one side of the bracket and she stormed into the final by submitting both Julia Maele and Brianna Ste-Marie with rear-naked chokes. Although Ffion Davies was the favourite to make it to the final on the other side of the bracket, she was stopped in the second round by Elisabeth Clay. Clay submitted Joanna Dineva with a reverse triangle choke in the first round and took less than three minutes to take out Davies with a toehold. The final was a close one but in the end Clay managed to beat Campo by a single point, defeating both ADCC champions in one night.
The event also featured a number of superfights on the preliminary card leading up to the tournament, and then finished with another fantastic match between Chris Weidman and Owen Livesey. Both men put everything they had into winning and despite being much more well-known for his MMA career, Weidman was more than capable of hanging with a top submission grappler in his own sport. Livesey worked his takedowns to perfection though and managed to win a unanimous decision in the main event. To add the cherry on top, the promotion also announced during the broadcast that their next event will feature the return of Ryan Hall as he challenges Ashley Williams for the lightweight title.
Polaris 23 Full Results
Women’s Under 66kg Grand Prix
Ffion Davies defeats Giovanna Jara via Decision – Points (4-1)
Elisabeth Clay defeats Joanna Dineva via Submission – Reverse Triangle Choke (8:57)
Amy Campo defeats Julia Maele via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (5:45)
Brianna Ste-Marie defeats Maggie Grindatti via Submission – Armbar (5:29)
Elisabeth Clay defeats Ffion Davies via Submission – Toehold (2:59)
Amy Campo defeats Brianna Ste-Marie via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (9:52)
Elisabeth Clay defeats Amy Campo via Decision – Points (1-0)
Ellis Younger defeats Ben Ellis via Decision – Unanimous
Liam Cann defeats Chris White via Decision – Unanimous
Shane Curtis defeats Craig McIntosh via Decision – Unanimous
Melissa Hill defeats Julia Scardone via Submission – Armbar (4:25)
Cal Ellenor defeats Alex Thompson via Submission – Kneebar (6:09)
Sam Quinn defeats Josh Cherrington via Decision – Unanimous
Miguel Alvarez defeats Danny Ball via Submission – Heel Hook (5:02)
Rosie Clarke defeats Amy Derwanz via Decision – Unanimous
Seany Stewart defeats Jamie Faulding via Decision – Unanimous
Paul Lukowski defeats Ian Jones via Decision – Unanimous
Stephen Ellis defeats Edward Phillipson via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (3:02)
Jake Goldthorpe defeats Adam Peart via Submission – Rear-naked Choke (8:02)
The full Polaris 23 event replay, including all of the above results, is available to watch on UFC Fight Pass.