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HIGH ROLLERZ 10 RECAP

HIGH ROLLERZ 10 RECAP

We have officially closed out 2021 with a banger – High Rollerz 10 features a 16-man 160 lb. black belt bracket along with two championship main events! This card is completely stacked with many well-known mma fighters and high-level jiu jitsu competitors battling it out for the ultimate prize package: a gold medal, a golden bong, a $1000 gift card to our exclusive Las Vegas dispensary Jardín and the grand prize of $10,000 cash! This event is live streaming on YouTube and premiering afterward on Pluto TV – a free cable television network.

Fans can enjoy UFC legend and BJJ black belt Yves Edwards breaking down the action alongside our house commentator, the very fun and funny Renato Laranja. We are thrilled to have pro-wrestling super star and cannabis proponent Rob Van Dam in the building enjoying the show while also supporting the event with an athlete representing his brand RVD CBD!

1: Kieran Kichuk vs Rafael Domingos

This action-packed event starts off with Kieran Kichuk representing Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts and fighting for Team Baum Life vs Rafael Domingos representing Ronanjitsu Martial Arts and fighting for Team Originals San Diego. Kieran immediately starts the match from the bottom and as soon as Rafael tries to pass Kieran gets Rafael in a fully locked arm bar. These competitors have the crowd at the edge of their seats and right as we thought Rafael was done he manages to pull an amazing escape. Both athletes stay very technical and the match ends with Kieran winning by referee’s decision after 3 even rounds of overtime.

2: Javier Garcia vs Jay Enoch

Match 2 sees Javier Garcia representing Combat Submission Wrestling and fighting for Team Dr. Dabber vs Jay Enoch representing Gracie Brandon + Fusion Xcel and fighting for Team Khalifa Kush. Jay starts the match by attacking Javier’s legs but Javier stays constantly defending the attacks and putting the pressure back on Jay. Jay looks extremely comfortable on his back and most of this match ends up a scramble but eventually Javier manages to take Jay’s back and finishes with a rear naked choke.

3: Noad Lahat vs Charles Rosa

Match 3 sees UFC fighter Noad Lahat representing Victory MMA and fighting for Team Cali Kosher vs UFC fighter Charles Rosa representing American Combat Gym and fighting for Team Rock Nutrients. Noad unfortunately has withdrawn due to injury. As a result Charles automatically advances to the next round.

4: Gabriel Gaudio vs Cris Lencioni

Match 4 sees Gabriel Gaudio representing GF Orange Team and fighting for Team RVD CBD vs Cris ‘Sunshine’ Lencioni representing Sunshine Athletics and fighting for team Disco Dabs. The match begins with Gabriel starting on the bottom – it looks like he was trying to set up a sweep but Cris has him smashed against the cage who is definitely using the cage to his advantage while on top. Gabriel has no choice but to pull guard. Gabriel does a really good job not letting Cris pass, which frustrates Cris. They get back to their feet and Gabriel goes for the half guard position from bottom but Cris manages to isolate Gabriel’s arm and get him in a kimura lock. Cris manages to advance to full mount position while having Gabriel fully locked in the submission with no way of escape. Just when we were expecting a tap, in a weird turn of events Cris is bitten in the ribs by Gabriel who responds negatively to the pressure being put on him. Gabriel is disqualified and Cris wins the match and advances to the next round.

5: Bill Cooper vs William Wolk

Match 5 sees jiu jitsu legend Bill ‘The Grill’ Cooper representing Paragon BJJ and fighting for Team Jardín Dispensary vs William Wolk representing Martinez BJJ and fighting for Team Green Life Productions. Most of this match takes place on the feet. Both athletes tie up with each other looking for the takedown and other openings. Bill attempts a kimura and comes close but William keeps the pressure on Bill and is able to escape the submission attempt and pass him. William eventually takes Bill’s back, get both hooks in, flattens him out and finishes with a rear naked choke.

6: Raymond Cardenas vs Jordan Wirth

Match 6 sees Raymond Cardenas representing Active Jiu Jitsu and fighting for Team Cookies vs Jordan Wirth representing 10th Planet Las Vegas and fighting for Team Jars. Jordan walks into this match with the crowd definitely on his side – he is a frequent High Rollerz competitor and a local. Both athletes waste no time once the match starts. Raymond starts off by putting the pressure on Jordan and begins to attack but eventually falls into Jordan’s rubber guard. Jordan transitions to a triangle position then almost immediately transitions to a omoplata. Raymond has no choice but to forward roll into a scramble and is able to get back to his feet. Raymond attempts a jumping triangle which lands him back in Jordan’s rubber guard. Jordan begins to repeat the same exact transitions from rubber guard to triangle to omoplata. Raymond rolls forward for a second time but this time around Jordan was expecting the roll and catches his legs then moves to secure the finish with an inside heel hook.

7: Georgi Karakhanyan vs Albert Morales

Match 7 sees Bellator fighter and High Rollerz 1 competitor Georgi Karakhanyan representing OG Training Center and fighting for Team Minds Eye Psi vs UFC veteran Albert Morales representing Carlson Gracie and fighting for Team Vibes Rolling Papers. Both athletes being experienced MMA fighters makes this match exciting and interesting. The match begins with both athletes getting to work, both cautiously working to not give up position but also going for the sub when possible. After 6 minutes of back and forth competition the match moves to overtime. After the first two overtime rounds are not decisive the match moves to a third and final sudden death round. Georgi manages to land a nice double leg takedown on Albert that immediately wins him the match and advances him to the next round.

8: Keith Krikorian vs Dane Leak

Match 8 sees Keith Krikorian representing 10th Planet San Diego and fighting for Team Originals San Diego vs Dane Leak representing Clinch Martial Arts and fighting for Team Good Things Coming. These two athletes really come out here to make a statement and are both very technical and exciting to watch. Dane manages to sweep Keith twice but Keith immediately responds by attacking Dane’s legs while he falls. Keith is not able to finish any leg submissions on Dane because of solid leg defense and the match goes to overtime where Keith is able to to seal the deal with a rear naked choke and advance to the next round.

9: Kieran Kichuk vs Javier Garcia

Match 9 sees Kieran Kichuk representing Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts and fighting for Team Baum Life vs Javier Garcia representing Combat Submission Wrestling and fighting for Team Dr. Dabber. This match starts and ends quickly with Kieran catching Javier in a tricky triangle, locking it in for the tap and winning by submission.

10: Charles Rosa vs Cris Lencioni

Match 10 sees Charles Rosa representing American Combat Gym and fighting for Team Rock Nutrients vs Cris ‘Sunshine’ Lencioni representing Sunshine Athletics and fighting for Team Disco Dabs. Both athletes go about this match very patiently and technically with Charles spending most of it in Cris’s guard. When the match advances to the 3rd and final sudden death overtime round  Cris starts the round by motioning to give Charles a handshake but then immediately goes for the takedown which wins him the match. Some people thought the handshake to takedown was a dirty move, but it was completely legal, and Cris wins and advances to the next round.

11: William Wolk vs Jordan Wirth

Match 11 sees William Wolk representing Martinez BJJ and fighting for Team Green Life Productions vs Jordan Wirth representing 10th Planet Las Vegas and fighting for Team Jars. Jordan starts this match from the bottom with William on top trying to pass. William is able to get Jordan in a head and shoulder position and remains there, putting pressure on him. Once free Jordan is able to secure a tight buggy choke but William remains calm and escapes with the remainder of the match playing out on the feet. Jordan secures a rear naked choke in the second overtime round, winning him the match.

12: Georgi Karakhanyan vs Keith Krikorian

Match 12 sees Georgi Karakhanyan representing OG Training Center and fighting for Team Mind’s Eye Psi vs Keith Krikorian representing 10th Planet San Diego and fighting for Team Originals San Diego. Keith begins the match from the bottom, slowly working to bring Georgi to the ground. Once he succeeds Keith is able to take Georgi’s back and slip in a rear naked choke that wins him this match.

13: SEMIFINAL – Kieran Kichuk vs Cris Lencioni

Match 13 is our first semifinal match and sees Kieran Kichuk representing Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts and fighting for Team Baum Life vs Cris ‘Sunshine’ Lencioni representing Sunshine Athletics and fighting for Team Disco Dabs. Kieran immediately starts this match by attacking Cris’ legs. Cris tries to spin out and away from the attack but Kieran secures a deep inside heel hook that forces Cris to tap. Kieran wins by submission and advances to the next round.

13: SEMIFINAL – Jordan Wirth vs Keith Krikorian

Match 14 is our second semifinal match and sees Jordan Wirth representing 10th Planet Las Vegas and fighting for Team Jars vs Keith Krikorian representing 10th Planet San Diego and fighting for Team Originals San Diego. This match starts with a scramble that lands both competitors in a 50/50 leg position. Both competitors attack but Keith manages to get to Jordan’s heel first and wins the match by heel hook submission.

13: FINAL – Kieran Kichuk vs Keith Krikorian

Match 15 is the final match of the tournament and sees Kieran Kichuk representing Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts and fighting for Team Baum Life vs Keith Krikorian representing 10th Planet San Diego and fighting for Team Originals San Diego. Both athletes start very aggressively and put some crazy leg entanglements on display. You can tell they are both very familiar with leg attacks but Keith manages to slip in an inside heel hook to finish Kieran and wins the match and the tournament!

FINAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

FINAL: Keith Krikorian on Team Originals San Diego takes 1st place winning $10,000 cash, a $1000 gift card to Jardin Dispensary, a golden bong and a gold medal. Kieran Kichuk on Team Baum Life takes 2nd place and receives a silver medal along with an ounce of top-shelf flower from Originals San Diego. Jordan Wirth bows out from bronze match due to injury and his planned opponent Cris Lencioni takes 3rd place as a result, winning a bronze medal and a half ounce of top-shelf flower from Originals San Diego.

Co-Main Event – Absolute Brown Belt Championship
16: Elijah Carlton (C) vs Brady Wicklund

Our Co-Main Event sees standing brown belt champion Elijah Carlton representing 10th Planet Atlanta and fighting for Team Jardín Dispensary vs Brady Wicklund representing Dave Terrel Jiu Jitsu and fighting for Team Game Up Nutrition in an oringinally planned untimed match. This match mainly sees Brady working to bring the fight to the feet while Elijah attempts to bring Brady to the ground. Both athletes are being extremely careful throughout and due to them being too careful a decision is made 25 minutes in to end the match at 30 minutes. This match goes to overtime after the 30 minutes expire and Elijah eventually secures the win and defends his belt against Brady with a triangle choke.

Main Event – Absolute Black Belt Championship
17: Kevin Crane (C) vs Brennan Ward

Our Main Event sees our standing 2x absolute black belt champion ‘Remember The Name’ Kevin Crane representing Morumbi Academy and fighting for Team Game Up Nutrition vs Bellator brawler and all-American wrestler Brennan Ward representing Whaling City Wrestle Jitsu and fighting for Team Tyson 2.0. Both of these athletes are very entertaining and exciting. Kevin and Brennan first collide when Brennan attacks with a fast super duck that ends up wit him in Kevin’s guard. A few fun scrambles take place before Kevin gets Brennan in his rubber guard and from there transitions to an omoplata. Brennan responds by rolling forward out of desperation which leads to a scramble but Kevin quickly reacts and is able to secure a guillotine and defend his belt for the 3rd time!

High Rollerz always aims to provide the most entertaining and competitive shows possible. We will be kicking off 2022 with High Rollerz 11: Big vs Mighty. This event is meant to display the art of jiu jitsu at its finest and illustrate how skill and technique is more important than height and weight.

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CREDITS

Director: ‘Mighty Matt’ Staudt
Producer: ‘Icey Mike’ Imber
Co-Producer: Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye
Host: ‘Big Lonn’ Howard
Commentators: Renato Laranja & Yves Edwards
Special Guest: Jake Shields
Referee: Darren Branch
Head of Production: Edwardo Vasquez
Lighting: Philip Franzone & Dylan Frank
Sound: Sal Rotolo
DJ: DJ Freeze
Photography: Paul Adams
Event recap made by: Greg Nelson
Art: Jud Lively, Michael Carroll, Kevin Edwards
Crew: Jair Romero & Joaquin Rivera
Security: Elite Security Specialists, LLC

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