Tonight, #1-ranked Fight 2 Win athlete Isaque Bahiense will light up the main event of F2W 105 with #3-ranked Vitor Oliveira. The event, which will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is just the latest stop for Bahiense, who this year alone has competed in the UAE (for King of the Mats II, where he was the runner-up to Gabriel Arges), Portugal (for Euros, which he won), and Brazil (for a BJJ Stars: Black Belt Edition superfight, which he also won). But although he’s been all over the world, he says that the United States is his favorite place to compete. “I’ve had great achievements and moments here,” he says. “Jiu-jitsu here is growing a lot — almost all the Brazilians come to teach, and with that, the level of the Americans is improving!”
Bahiense is a familiar face at many events such as Worlds (where he’s medalled multiple times since he was promoted to purple belt, winning gold as a black belt last year) and the UAEJJF Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro (which he won in both 2017 and 2018), but his endeavors on the F2W stage will be his first. He’s eager, however, to walk into new territory.
“I always follow F2W and I like the format of the rules. I’m happy to be part of this great show. Vitor is a good athlete — we’re going to have a great show [tonight]!”
Bahiense says that the difficult times in his jiu-jitsu career have been “necessary for all his success,” and against an opponent like Oliveira, he’ll certainly need all the wisdom and strength his challenges have given him over the years. Oliveira is a three-time Master World champion, and his experience on the F2W stage has established him as a formidable opponent for Bahiense. In fact, he remains undefeated in his efforts for the promotion, defeating AJ Agazarm, Keith Miner, and Bill Cooper prior to being matched up with Bahiense.
Regardless of the outcome at F2W 105, Bahiense will be hitting the ground running — next week, he’ll be competing at Pans, and as he looks even further into the future, he hopes to compete on even more F2W stages. But first, we’ll have to see who comes out ahead in Tulsa.
Fight 2 Win 105 will stream live from Tulsa tonight on FloGrappling.