Black Belt Super Fight: Michael Russell v Andy Roberts

We are very excited to confirm our first black belt super fight for the 2011 Essex BJJ Open! Michael Russell and Andy Roberts will face each other in the -76kgs adult match-up. Michael Russell, currently distinguished as Britain's youngest British BJJ black belt, is the BJJ instructor at The MMA Clinic Romford and brings to the mat a wealth of competition experience. Andy Roberts, who heads an academy in Farnborough, was recently promoted to black belt by Roger Gracie and is fresh from his silver medal performance at the ADCC Pro Trials. We anticipate a great bout from these two fighters! For more about these two competitors, check out Meerkatsu's interviews with Michael and Andy. Competitors and spectators will also be treated to a bout between Eduardo Azevedo and Leopoldo Pires in the -76kgs masters division.

Looking forward to a great day's BJJ! Get registering; registration closes at 11:55PM on 24 April.

Portrait of Andy Roberts by James Oluoch-Olunya of Combat BJJ
Portrait of Michael Russell by Gussie