Murasaki Out, Alves In vs Levi Jones-Leary at IBJJF FloGrappling Grand Prix
Three-time IBJJF Pans Champion Johnatha Alves will replace Andy Murasaki at the upcoming IBJJF FloGrappling Grand Prix in a super fight against 2019 IBJJF Pans and European Champion Levi Jones-Leary.
Murasaki withdrew from the match citing an injury. Alves, one of Art Of Jiu-Jitsu’s most accomplished black belt competitors, stepped in to replace him against Jones-Leary, maintaining the theme of setter versus setter.
IBJJF FloGrappling Grand Prix 2022
Unity’s Jones-Leary has had the most success in his career playing off his back, using his heavy berimbolo style to defeat world champions like Lucas Lepri, Matheus Gabriel and Renato Canuto. In recent years he has introduced unorthodox shoulder locks such as the baratoplata and tarikoplata, adding a dangerous submission component to his attacking guard stance.
Alves proved to be well balanced, but adopted the AOJ style of calculated and accurate passing. He was not submitted to competition as a black belt and was on a 31-game winning streak in gi competition prior to his recent loss to Tye Ruotolo at the World Championships. Jones-Leary has been hot and cold since his breakout year in 2019 but will be looking to capitalize on a huge rebounding opportunity against one of the best lightweights in the world in Alves.
See the full lineup for both brackets and superfights at the IBJJF FloGrappling GP here.