Champions.co followed Chad George for the four weeks leading up to his debut at the Eddie Bravo Invitational 7 this weekend. George is a retired professional MMA fighter who was transitioning from the cage to the jiu jitsu mats.
George made his debut just two months after receiving his black belt making being chosen for the 16 man bracket a victory in itself. EBI is known for bringing the top athletes in the sport to compete in a submission only tournament for an eventual title in their respective weight classes.
Below I will outline the tournament, and reveal how George did.
George was the second fight in round one. He faced first degree black belt, Geoff Villareal who stepped in to replace George's original opponent who had to cancel last minute. Villareal was making his fifth appearance at EBI.
Regulation began with Villareal getting George in a choke, but patience persisted for George and he was able to escape and ended the 10 minute round without a submission. The pair would now enter overtime where they would each get three chances to escape from back control or spider web. Whoever had the quickest escape time combined would win the round.
George was able to escape the positions faster and advanced to the quarterfinals where he faced the reigning champion, Eddie Cummings.
Cummings is a formidable opponent and got George with a heel hook to end the fight. George was eliminated, Cummings went on to fight two more opponents to defend his title as featherweight champion.
Eddie Cummings def. Sergio Hernandez via Rear-Naked Choke at 4:20
Chad George def. Geoff Real via Quickest Escape in Overtime
Mike Davila def. Joao Marinho via Heel Hook at 4:51
Baret Yoshida def. Alex Ecklin via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:20
Bill Cooper def. Ian Sanders via Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
Denny Prokopos def. Jose Gutierrez via Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
Rafael Domingos def. Ashley Williams via Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
Geo Martinez def. Mikey Main via Heel Hook at 9:00
Eddie Cummings def. Chad George via Heel Hook at :20
Mike Davila def. Baret Yoshida via Armbar in Overtime
Bill Cooper def. Jose Gutierrez* via Heel Hook at 3:32
Geo Martinez def. Rafael Domingos via Triangle Choke at 9:03
Eddie Cummings def. Mike Davila via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:41
Bill Cooper def. Geo Martinez via Armbar in Overtime
Eddie Cummings def. Bill Cooper via Heel Hook at 1:45
Cora Sek def. Zoey Chiles via Armbar in Overtime
Danielle Garcia def. Jasmine Johnson via Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
Grace Gundrum def. Janelle Tkaczuk via Armbar at 6:58
(Images by Amy Kaplan)