Third Coast Grappling 6 marked a new adventure for one of the newest promotions in America as they branched out on their own and started to host events as pay-per-views rather than as part of FloGrappling. All-in-all the event should be considered a success from a fan perspective, it delivered a night of elite grappling action and although there weren’t many submissions, it isn’t all that unusual when top-tier competitors meet that neither will be able to find the finish. It’s a fine price to pay considering that the eight men competing in the absolute tournament are all among the best grapplers available.
There were a few fights ended via Technical Fall, a rule borrowed from wrestling for Third Coast Grappling matches whereby a big enough points-lead results in the match being called off and a winner declared. Although this goes against one of the basic concepts of Jiu-Jitsu, where everyone has a chance to win by submission no matter how bad the match is going, it does serve the purpose of moving the card along without seeing a long and drawn-out domination.
The highlight of the night was Kaynan Duarte’s flawless run to take home the grand prize of $15,000 and although he didn’t submit any of his opponents, defeating Aaron “Tex” Johnson, Mason Fowler, and Victor Hugo all on the same night is a huge achievement in itself. John Combs worked his back-attacking game to perfection in his superfight to end up finishing Andy Cordova with a Rear-Naked Choke while Lucas Valente scored the only other submission in the regulation period when he locked up a Straight Footlock against Justin Renick.
Third Coast Grappling 6 Full Results
Grand Prix Opening Round
Victor Hugo defeats William Tackett via Decision – Golden Score
Nicky Rodriguez defeats Pedro Marinho via Decision – Referee Decision
Kaynan Duarte defeats Aaron “Tex” Johnson via Decision – Golden Score
Mason Fowler defeats Manuel Ribamar via Submission – In Overtime
Jay Rodriguez defeats Moises Hernandez via Decision – Referee Decision
Jessi Crane defeats Priscilla Eckhardt via Decision – Technical Fall
Savion Maranon defeats Youseff Gebril via Decision – Technical Fall
Cristian Guzman defeats Erik Wright via Decision – Golden Score
Niles Peebles defeats Josh Walker via Decision – Referee Decision
John Combs defeats Andy Cordova via Submission – Rear-Naked Choke
Lucas Valente defeats Justin Renick via Submission – Straight Footlock
Grand Prix Semifinals
Victor Hugo defeats Nicky Rodriguez via Decision – Referee Decision
Kaynan Duarte defeats Mason Fowler via Decision – Referee Decision
Main Event Superfight
Mona Bailey defeats Trinity Pun via Decision – Referee Decision
Grand Prix Final
Kaynan Duarte defeats Victor Hugo via Decision – Referee Decision
The full Third Coast Grappling 6 even was streamed live on April 3rd on FITE TV, click here to find out more.