QUINTET, the grappling promotion launched by Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett premieres this evening, and we are excited to see how the unique format unfolds.
Quintet is a TEAM grappling event and features four teams, with each team comprised of five grapplers. The four teams are split into two sides of a draw, and the winners of each side compete in the final. Though there are several intricacies to the rule set, the basic premise is that the winner of the first match goes on to fight opponents from the other team until they lose or there is a draw. When this happens, the next person on the team takes their place and the competition continues. Essentially, one person, COULD defeat a whole team.
For an extensive look at their rules, click here.
In a nutshell, however, the bouts are 8 minutes long with a sub-only ruleset. If the opponent is over 20kg heavier, the bout is only 4 minutes long. Heel hooks, jumping guard, pile driving and scissor takedowns are NOT allowed.
The four teams to feature on tonight’s event are:
The semi-finals see Team Polaris take on Team Sambo, while Team Haleo take on Team Judo.
From a strictly biased Aussie point of view, with Craig Jones having been announced as the starter for Team Polaris, can he do the unthinkable and take out the whole Sambo team? Anything is possible, but he will have to contend with a couple of things that COULD make things more difficult for him - no heel hooks and, more importantly, he will have to keep his rash guard on. That’s right, the rules require grapplers to wear a rash guard! Good luck Craig!
QUINTET streams live on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30pm AEST, 11 April 2018.