Shane Hill-Taylor and Yuta Shimada will now be meeting in a fantastic superfight that has been booked to headline the very first Place of Peace Invitational on May 21st, 2023. Both men are great competitors in their own rights who have achieved big things in the sport, with both of them being ADCC world championship veterans as well. Despite them both competing at the highest levels of professional grappling 2016, they’ve never met on the mats before as they’ve generally competed in slightly different weightclasses.
Hill-Taylor has almost always stuck to 70kg while Shimada has managed to make it to 64kg for the majority of his career. They did both enter the 66kg division of ADCC but they were two years apart when they made it to the big stage, with Hill-Taylor competing in 2019 and Shimada competing in 2017. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when they finally do meet on the mats, as they should be relatively evenly matched and it’s likely going to be hard-fought victory for whoever walks away the winner.
The rest of the event will feature a women’s absolute tournament that has attracted some of the best grapplers around to compete. Any of the women attending the event are capable of walking away with the title, although the two most likely winners are probably Trinity Pun and Peyton Letcher. All in all, the event is shaping up to be an exciting night of high-level grappling for both the fans in attendance and those that end up watching at home. It’s a fantastic debut event for the promotion and it’s certainly a sign of good things to come from Place of Peace.
The news that Shane Hill-Taylor and Yuta Shimada were booked to compete in a superfight at the very first Place of Peace Invitational was announced in a post to the promotion’s official Instagram account.