Yet another blow was delivered to the WNO Championships 185-pound division, just days before the tournament. Pedro Marinho – who was a replacement for an injured Andrew Wiltse – is out of competition himself… And will be replaced by the Daisy Fresh’s standout Jacob “The Hillbilly Hammer” Couch!
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Couch, a brown belt under Heath Pedigo at Pedigo Submission Fighting, already competed once at WNO; losing to Elder Cruz via decision. He’s a skilled Leg Lock grappler, but is well-versed in all other areas of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, too.
WNO: JONES, WILTSE, MACIEL, CRELINSTEN OUT
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that a 185-division athlete has been sidelined from this WNO tournament. Craig Jones was previously hamstrung and replaced by Oliver Taza. Similarly, the exciting and outspoken Andrew Wiltse has been sidelined with a meniscus tear; now, he is ultimately to be replaced by Couch.
The first of two athletes who’s sidelined in the 155 pound bracket is Kennedy Maciel, instead of whom Gabriel Sousa will step in. Sousa holds notable wins against Lucas Pinheiro, Josh Cisneros, and Ethan Crelinsten.
Crelinsten is out of the 155 pound bracket as well, however. He’s going to be replaced by Damien Anderson, who’s had great success in competition this year. First, he earned a fantastic submission win early on at WNO; after which he submitted Gabriel Sousa at the Emerald City Invitational.
Interested in learning more about who’s competing at WNO this month? Click here for the full 155 pound bracket, 185 pound bracket, heavyweight bracket, women’s heavyweight bracket, and the two title fights that will take place.