Final Two Names Complete KASAI Pro 2 World Middleweight Championship Lineup
KASAI revealed the final two contenders for its upcoming World Middleweight Championship tournament with the confirmed signings of Michael Perez and Felipe Mota.
The tournament is being held as part of KASAI Pro 2, which takes place April 14 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Perez, 25, is a two-time ADCC trials winner and a two-time IBJJF world no-gi champion at purple and brown belt. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Andre Galvão who represents the Atos JJ Academy, Perez also carries the distinction of a rare competitive win over ADCC and EBI champion Gordon Ryan, back at the ADCC North American Trials in 2015.
Mota, 38, is a seven-time Rio de Janeiro state champion and winner of the 2007 Rio International Open with notable wins over the likes of Lucas Lepri and Lucas Leite, Igor Silva, and Gabriel Lucas. A second-degree black belt under Octavio Couto and Vinicius Campelo, Mota is now head coach of the Roger Gracie Academy affiliate in Stavanger, Norway.
“Both men bring something special to this middleweight championship tournament,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI president. “Mikey is a dynamic rising talent with much to prove, while Felipe’s contributions to our sport go far beyond the mat.”