SCHAUMBURG, IL — Several athletes from the Chicagoland area stepped on the mat Saturday at Midwest Training Center to compete in another in-house micro tournament, presented by Wanderlust Grappling.

There were a total of five Gi divisions (3 male & 2 female) and four No-Gi divisions (2 male & 2 female)—all of which were set for beginners only.

The brackets and weight classes for this event were as follows:

  • Male:
    • Under 165lbs Gi
    • 165-185 Gi
    • Over 185lbs Gi
    • Under 165lbs NoGi
    • 165-185 NoGi
    • Over 185lbs No Gi
  • Females:
    • Under 155lbs Gi
    • Over 155lbs Gi
    • Under 155lbs Nogi
    • Over 155lbs Nogi
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Tony Velasco

As the tournament neared its end, a highly anticipated match between two very skilled grapplers—Vicente (Tony) Velasco (shown), BJJ Brown Belt & Owner/Operater of No Joke BJJ Affiliate Ground Flow Grappling, and Elmherst, Illinois’ Manny Vazquez. While both competitors are very knowledgeable in the sport, Vazquez brings a superior MMA record—having fought in several premier organizations such as XFO MMA and Bellator.

It was perhaps his long history in the fast-paced MMA environment that ultimately lead to Vasquez‘s victory by the d’arce choke submission.