Attendees of the UFC’s upcoming Fan Expo will be treated to a special display of high-level grappling over the UFC 129 weekend, as the organization has announced a four-man tournament will be held at the event in addition to a match-up between two submission specialists.
While most of the involved names are likely unknown to the masses there will be at least one participant whose face is fairly famous both in standard and swollen form – Diego Sanchez. However, interestingly enough, Sanchez has never actually tapped an opponent out in the Octagon with Jiu-Jitsu despite having a number of submission wins to his credit prior to joining the UFC.
“The UFC Fan Expo will feature some great matches between some of the best grapplers in the world,” explained Dana White. “I’m really excited to see Sanchez compete and try to win the tournament. He’s always really tough on the ground and he has a ton of heart.”
The original Ultimate Fighter winner will face respected Canadian grappler Andrew McInnes on one side of the tournament bracket with Ryan Hall taking on BJJ blackbelt Jorge Britto. Hall defeated former UFC fighter Hermes Franca in a similar contest last August at the UFC 118 Fan Expo while Britto has trained with some of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artists in the sport’s history including Helio Gracie and Royler Gracie.
The first round of the affair will take place on Friday (4/29) with the final occurring on Saturday afternoon before fans head to the arena and join the 55,000+ expected at the show being headlined by Georges St. Pierre’s title defense against Jake Shields.
Saturday will also feature the head of Montreal’s branch of Brazilian Top Team, Fabio Holanda, against multi-time Grappler’s Quest champion Nolan Dutch in a test of technique to cap off the exhibition.
Fans interested in being part of the group at the Direct Energy Centre can check the UFC’s website for information on tickets.