Grappling promotion Metamoris has announced its main event for its sixth show which takes place on 9th May, with their Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett putting his belt on the line against ADCC absolute winner Roberto Abreu.
Barnett who won the title with 12 seconds left in his match against Dean Lister puts his gold on the line against Abreau, who in his first Metamoris appearance fought to a draw against UFC fighter Brendan Schaub.
The co-main event sees Chael Sonnen make his Metamoris return against former UFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral. The pair met in the octagon at UFC 55 with Sobral winning via triangle choke, something which Sonnen will be keen to avoid when they meet in this grappling match.
Elsewhere on the Metamoris 6 card another UFC fighter will compete with Joe Lauzon taking on Dillon Danis.
At the bottom of the card Jeff Monson will compete, however, his opponent is currently unknown and he will have to wait for Metamoris to crown the winner of the Road to Metamoris tournament to determine his opponent.
The official card for Metamoris 6 is;
Josh Barnett Vs Roberto Abreu
Chael Sonnen Vs Renato Sobral
Joe Lauzon Vs Dillon Danis
Alexandre Ribeiro Vs Keenan Cornelius
Roberto Satoshi Vs Clark Gracie
Jeff Monson Vs RTM Winner
I absolutely love what Metamoris is doing for grappling and am hooked with every show they put on. For me irrespective as to whether or not there are any UFC fighters or more well known MMA fighters on the card I would tune in every time, but great business sense in bringing in names to attract the common fans.
The one thing that is disappointing to hear for this event though is that it’s a private event which means that the general public won’t be able to attend. It’s kind of a backwards step and doesn’t seem a good one on behalf of the promotion especially given what they have done to grow the competition to the size it is.
Overall though I’m delighted that Metamoris is staying relevant and active in the scene and without a clear competitor are the go too promotion for the big names in the grappling scene.