Kyle Boehm has made a post on Instagram last Sunday, in which he accused members of the New Wave Jiu-Jitsu team of participating in “fake”/fixed matches.
He made the post shortly before the EBI 20 tournament took place. He competed in the same tournament, losing in the final match to Nick Rodriguez.
According to Boehm, if Giancarlo Bodoni and Luke Griffith – both New Wave Jiu-Jitsu team members and EBI 20 competitors – both reached the semifinals, they would have had a “fake match”. Bodoni won his first match but had to withdraw from competition, due to a rib injury. Griffith, on the other hand, lost to Rodriguez in the semifinals.
Boehm also claimed that he witnessed former Danaher Death Squad (DDS) members Eddie Cummings and Garry Tonon plan a fake match at EBI 3 (which took place back in 2015. He also said that Tonon and Gordon Ryan had a fixed match in the quarterfinals of the absolute division at the 2019 ADCC World Championships.
Here’s the text from the since deleted post:
To whom it may concern, two of the athletes in Today’s EBI absolute tournament are planning on doing a fake match. These athletes are Luke Griffith and Giancarlo Bodoni who are coached by John Danaher.
If they both make it to the semifinals the match will be faked.
This same team has done this multiple times including in this tournament at EBI 3. I hope that something can be done to prevent this because they will be stealing money from the other athletes.
Josh Hinger was robbed of a potential win and a lot of money at EBI 3 by the fake match mentioned above. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida was robbed of a lot of money and a win in the absolute at ADCC by the fake match shown in the video above.
It’s absurd that this is allowed to continue in a sport on the cusp of mainstream professionalism which is being held back by these types of unscrupulous tactics.