Sakuraba’s Quintet Hits Las Vegas on October 5

Las Vegas, Nevada – The most exciting grappling event of 2018 hits Las Vegas on Friday, October 5, as Kazushi Sakuraba’s QUINTET® promotion makes its U.S. debut.

The stacked QUINTET 3 card will feature Sakuraba himself in action, along with fellow UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and elite grappling champions, including three-time EBI winner Geo Martinez and reigning Polaris middleweight king Craig Jones.

The entire event will be streamed live and then made available via video-on-demand only on UFC FIGHT PASS®. Click here for the trailer.

“I’m very excited to announce QUINTET will now make its way to Las Vegas,” Sakuraba said. “Japanese fans and FIGHT PASS viewers already know how thrilling our five-on-five, winner stays on team grappling event is, and now the fight capital of the world is cordially invited to witness an event unlike anything seen before in the United States.”

QUINTET’s unique format sees teams of five face-off in single matches until all the members of one team have either been submitted or eliminated from the match by means of a time-limit draw (where both competitors are eliminated). Four teams will compete at the event, with the two winning semi-final squads then meeting in a finale match to decide the QUINTET 3 champions.

David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice-President of International and Content, said: “We’re excited Quintet is bringing such a stacked event to UFC FIGHT PASS on what already is going to be an historic week for fight fans.”

The four teams are already taking shape:

Team Sakuraba-
Kazushi Sakuraba (UFC Hall of Famer, PRIDE FC legend)
Josh Barnett (former UFC heavyweight champion
Marcos Souza (Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champion)
Roberto Souza (Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champion)
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“We will be ready for battle and give the fans great entertainment,” Sakuraba said.

Team Alpha Male-
Urijah Faber (UFC Hall of Famer)
Dustin Akbari (BJJ black belt, Team Alpha Male coach)
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“I’m super excited to bring Team Alpha Male to this event,” Faber said. “Combat sports have always been a game of human chess and outthinking your opponent. QUINTET takes that to a whole other level, adding more tools and more complexity. We can’t wait!”

Team Polaris (QUINTET 1 Champions)-
Craig Jones (Polaris middleweight champion)
Gregor Gracie (World champion, 2004/2005; ADCC third-place 2009)
Marcin Held (former UFC fighter; BJJ black belt)
Dan Strauss (British and European champion; BJJ black belt)
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Ben Tong, Polaris co-owner, said: “Team Polaris is looking forward to defending the title we won at the inaugural QUINTET. The other three teams are very strong, but we are very confident we have the talent and the tactics to win again.”

Team 10th Planet (QUINTET 2 Champions)-
Geo Martinez (Three-time EBI champion)
Richie Martinez (EBI 1 runner-up, Gracie Worlds runner-up; IBJJF Worlds runner-up)
PJ Barch (BJJ black belt; Division 1 wrestler)
Adam Sachnoff (BJJ Black belt)
Amir Allam (BJJ Black Belt)

“The rules of QUINTET are the same rules my guys train every day at 10th Planet,” 10th Planet head coach Eddie Bravo said. “We were made for this. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it; we are coming back with the same team that won QUINTET 2.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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