Who's Number One - June 18 2021 - A Stacked Undercard You Must Not Miss!
This weekend, there will be some crazy grappling matches on Who's Number One in Austin, Texas.
On Saturday June 18th the latest big event from Flo Grappling will feature Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo and Jordan Burroughs vs Martinez, as well as over ten other high profile bouts between some of the best fighters in the sport.
In addition to the main event, there will be a three match undercard, including two of the strawweight division's hottest prospects vying for a spot at the top of the stack in one of WNO's hottest weight classes. After losing a decision to Jessa Khan last weekend, Silver Fox's Danielle Kelly is 0-1 on the WNO mats. Kelly survived every attack Khan threw at her, and she showed off her wrestling skills early on in the match. She is currently ranked no.6 in the 115-lb weight class and will be defending her position against no.7-ranked Jessie Crane.
In April, Ares BJJ's Crane made her World No-Gi debut, winning by submission against Lauren Sears. Her recent performance at the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships led to nearly 40 unanswered points in two matches as a brown belt in one of the best strawweight divisions in the country.
With her patient and pressure-oriented style, she is likely to stifle Kelly's progress in order to force her to submit.
Crane is the betting favorite in this match, but the margins are thin. She is -166 compared with Kelly's +136.
Philip Rowe will take on no.10-ranked welterweight Kody Steele in the second prelim match. Despite being 1-2 on the WNO mats, Steele always brings explosive, fan-friendly jiu-jitsu. In his standing "wrestle-jitsu" bouts, Steele has shown his skills in preparation for MMA. In the early stages of the match, there might be a shoot-out for the top spot and a showdown between two explosive athletes.
Steele is the heavy favorite at -550 in this match. Although Rowe, the underdog +375, is favored to win, he has a great chance to showcase his grappling talent against the Checkmat representative.
Haisam Rida, of Assembly Jiu-Jitsu, will face Miha Perhavec in the final prelim match. In the original schedule, Rida was scheduled to face Keenan Cornelius, who is the head coach of Legion AJJ. With Keenan injured, Perhavec is taking Keenan's place. WNO debutant Rida defeated another Legion fighter, Sloan Clymer, in a close decision in April.
The upcoming opponent of Rida, Perhavec, is a talented judo player who has found ways to use his throw in no-gi competition.
They both take risks, so they might leave themselves open to submission in order to capture one of their own. Perhavec, a newly-promoted black belt, is the underdog, as Rida is -400.
Starting at 7 p.m., FloGrappling will stream live all three undercard matches on Facebook and YouTube. ET. The main card begins at 8 p.m ET, only of FloGrappling.
The main card is going to feature matches from Mikey Musumeci, Andrew Wiltse, our very own Mica Galvao vs Oliver Taza, Kade Ruotolo, Rafaela Guedes, Erin Harpe and plenty more. Details to follow.