With a number of IBJJF titles on his CV, Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jonatas Novaes has an MMA fight scheduled for the June 16 SF Shofight 20 event. The fight will be held in Springfield, Missouri, and the Rodrigo Comprido student will take on speedy former UFC fighter Drew Fickett.
“He’s got a lot of experience. I know it’ll be tough, but I have faith in God, I’m leaving there with the win,” said the Brazilian who now counts nine wins on his MMA record. Now his American opponent is 59-fights old, and has won 42 of them.
In the final days of his preparations for the bout, Jonatas sent a message exclusively to GRACIEMAG.com readers with a useful position for MMA and No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu. In the video he teaches you to defend from half-guard and finish or sweep. Do you have as much faith in your half-guard for MMA as Jonatas does? Watch the video and comment with our other Jiu-Jitsu-lover readers.
Besides Novaes, the event will also feature a number of ex-UFC aces, like Marcus Aurélio and Kendall Grove, who will be taking on Lyle Beebohm and Terry Martin, respectively. Now stalwart judo stylist Karo Parisyan takes on John Gunderson in the evening’s main event.
SF Shofight 20
Springfield, Missouri, EUA
June 16, 2012
John Gunderson vs Karo Parisyan
Kendall Grove vs Terry Martin
Drew Fickett vs Jonatas Novaes
Chris McDaniel vs Charles Bennett
Aaron Rosa vs Mike Wessel
Allen Gibson vs Dustin Phillips
Roli Delgado vs Chris Gruetzemacher
Lucas Overcast vs Matt Lucas
Karen Darabedyan vs Josh McDonald
Marcus Aurelius vs Lyle Beerbohm
Sam Alvey vs Shonie Carter
Jacob Ritchie vs Robert Sabaruddin
Chris Barnes vs Jesse Zeugin
Jason Ignacek vs Ara Meridian