Rockaway, NJ (Monday August 8, 2016)— FightBookMMA’s correspondent Maggie McMaster attended the second event of Show the Art FINISHERS 2 Submission Only Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. The event took place in Rockaway, NJ and was streamed live on their YouTube channel.
Below you will find video highlights from Samuel Rivera Films and Show the Art. Photographs are also available by Giulliana Fonseca – Photography and Sarah Ginder Photography. Show your support and give Finishers Sub-Only a like on their Facebook page by clicking here. Samuel Rivera Films Facebook page by clicking here, Giuliani Fonseca Photography here and for Sarah Ginder Photography here.
Zach Maslany was working real hard and having a great time reffing the top-notch Finishers/Show the Art Submission Only Tournament with Eddie Bravo Invitational official rules. The event was hosted on the home turf of Mike and Andy Main at their beautiful facility at Pure MMA at Rockaway, NJ. The mats were packed and the energy was incredible where I got to witness some of the best grapplers from the East Coast throw down. Some of the best up and comers in the game vied for position with two 16 man brackets at 135 and 155. They were eager to roll win or lose and were giving it everything they had in this sub only event to test their skills against tough grapplers dedicated to putting on outstanding performances. The two brackets were stacked! The winners’ hard fought victories were made all the more incredible as they made it through super tough divisions.
The high level Jiu jitsu did not disappoint! There were two 16 man brackets at 135 lbs and 155 lbs and both were action-packed. It was a $100 entry with the winner taking all the money. There were equal parts exciting submissions and nail-biting overtimes. The 135 lb final came down to Ethan Crelinsten out of Tristar/Renzo Gracie against Frank Rosenthal out of Renzo Gracie. After a back-and-forth battle The 135 lb final came down to Ethan Crelinsten out of Tristar/Renzo Gracie against Frank Rosenthal out of Renzo Gracie. After a back-and-forth battle Ethan was able to secure a submission in overtime for the victory. Ethan was able to secure a submission in overtime for the victory.
The 155 lb final featured Pat Sabatini out of Renzo Gracie Philly vs PJ Barch from 10th Planet San Diego. Both guys had tough matches to get to the final, with PJ having to beat EBI veteran Mikey Main as well as EBI veteran and returning Finisher’s champ Mike Davila. After a closely contested 15 minutes the match went into overtime. During the overtime rounds each competitor had a fully straightened arm bar that looked like guaranteed victory, but they each managed to escape! The crowd was erupting in excitement and writhing in phantom elbow pain at the same time. I would be shocked if both guys were not feeling it the next day.
By the time it came down to the bottom of the third overtime, PJ had built up a 2 min 57 sec lead on escape time; meaning that he only had to escape in less than 2:57 to win. It seemed like a reasonable to task to complete as almost three minutes is a long time to keep control, but Pat Sabatini was tough and professional with his back control. He had the body triangle cinched down and kept the seat belt control every time it looked like PJ was about to escape. As the 20 second warning was announced PJ looked exhausted and it appeared that Pat was going to ride it out and get the victory, but PJ dug deep and had other plans! With only 10 seconds left PJ was able to open the body triangle and twist free of the back control, to secure the victory. The crowd roared in excitement while PJ’s teammates stormed the mats. The $200 “Breakout Performance” award at the Finisher’s Sub Only Tournament was earned by Frank Adam.
Have a look at some of the highlights in the video below of the 135 pound Bantamweight Division produced by Samuel Rivera Films:
Below you will find footage from their second event courtesy of Show the Art YouTube Channel.
Show the Art FINISHERS 2 Submission Only Jiu-Jitsu Tournament Highlight reel:
Show the Art FINISHERS 2 Submission Only Jiu-Jitsu Tournament — Streamed Live on Jul 30, 2016:
By: Maggie McMaster
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