Article by T.P. Grant
About a month ago the Ultimate Absolutes NYC II took place. This event represents another push in the submission grappling community to create a professional circuit for grapplers by offering cash prizes for the competitors. Similar to the ADCCs, the Ultimate Absolutes is no gi grappling only, allows all submissions and features only elite grapplers.
Unlike the ADCCs, there are no weight-classes at the Absolutes, as it is an open competition for anyone under 155 pounds. Moving forward they would like it to become a true open weight competition. Sixteen grapplers competed for a $10,000 first place cash prize with $1,000 bonuses for submission victories. Taking place in the Hotel Pennsylvania, the Absolutes delivered some high paced action with a start studded lineup.
The full list of competitors is available at the event's official website, but one competitor is a name very familiar to MMA fans in Wilson Reis. A BJJ world champion as a brown belt, Reis turned his focus to MMA. Since then Reis has competed in four iterations of the Bellator Featherweight Tournament, reaching the semi-final rounds three times. All of Reis' Bellator losses came against tournament champions: Patricio Freire, Joe Soto and Eduardo Dantas.
Following the Dantas loss Reis has moved back to Brazil fighting in local shows waiting for another opportunity in a large MMA promotion. Weis' grappling is excellent and he is featured in several Judo Chops here on Bloody Elbow.
His first round opponent was Denny Prokopos, the first man to be awarded a black belt in Jiu Jitsu by the ever controversial Eddie Bravo. Prokopos runs the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu school in San Francisco, and is known for his aggressive guard work and excellent guillotine choke. Prokopos won the first IBJJF brown belt no gi world championship in 2007 and placed third as a black belt in 2009.
The promoters for Ultimate Absolute have released official video of the match which can be found after the jump as well as a highlight of the event.