January 8, 2018
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Top MMA fighters and submission grapplers of the Tri-State area collide for New York’s Premier Submission Only event, as Sidney Outlaw and Chris Wade meet in the main event of RISE Invitational 3, 7:30 pm on Saturday January 13th at The Space in Westbury, NY, presented by Louis Neglia Promotions and Matt Culley/New York Fighting. The event will be available on UFC Fight Pass starting on January 24th, 2018.
Outlaw, a Philadelphia native, is a former two-division Ring of Combat champion and a veteran of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, as well as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Dante Rivera, and a seasoned competitor in no-gi grappling. Long Island’s Wade is currently a competitor in the UFC’s Lightweight division with four submission victories in his pro MMA career, and trains out of Long Island MMA, where he builds on a collegiate wrestling base and hones his skills under Gregg DePasquale and others.
In the co-featured super fights, Bellator veteran and Vitor Shaolin BJJ black belt Sergio “Da Savage” Da Silva takes on UFC veteran and All-American wrestler Alp Ozkilic, RISE Welterweight tournament champion, Matt Serra Balck belt, and John Danaher “Death Squad” member Jason Rau takes on Pedro Sauer BJJ black belt David Porter, and UFC Bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili takes on fellow MMA veteran Nekruz Mirkhojaev.
The event also features an 8-man Featherweight (145lbs) tournament to crown a new RISE champion at the weight class. Each match will be conducted under EBI rules, with a $1,000 grand prize to the winner. Participants will include some of the highest level grappling talent around, including: JM Holland (10th Planet Bethlehem), Frank Adam Rosenthal (Renzo Gracie Academy), Nick Manela (Gracie Barra Princeton), Julien Banner (Bruno Tostes BJJ), Rob Degle (Long Island MMA), Sean Larkin (Commack MMA), Vincent Moro (Renzo Gracie Middletown), and Mike Davila (Marcelo Garcia).
In other tournament action, RISE will bring a 4-woman 125lbs EBI rules tournament to crown the first RISE female champion. Participants include: Lauren Braccia (LAW/Serra), Amanda Kramy (Gracie Barra Princeton), Danielle Kelly (Renzo Gracie Academy), and Destiny Quinones (Kai Martial Arts).
In other action, RISE veteran and Vitor Shaolin BJJ black belt Alex Ecklin will return to take on MMA veteran and Ricardo Almeida BJJ black belt Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella in a 6-minute superfight. The event will feature a full undercard featuring top local talent as well.
Tickets are available at the door, or by visiting https://NewYorkFighting.com/RISE
Location: 250 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
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