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Monday, March 31, 2014

No Holds Barred: DJ Jackson on April 6 ADCC New York Nationals 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with grappler DJ "The Kimura Kid" Jackson.

He will be grappling in the superfight at the ADCC New York Nationals 2014, which will take place Sunday, April 6, at Queens College in the Fitzgerald Gymnasium (South Gym), at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11367.

His opponent will be Garry Tonon of Brunswick BJJ, in a match held under ADCC rules.

There are also many divisions at this event, which will be open to all ages and skill levels, including no-gi grappling under ADCC rules, followed by a BJJ gi tournament. There will be both professional and amateur divisions, and men's and women's as well.

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We spoke with DJ Jackson by phone Thursday.

"You can expect a super-exciting match," he said.

He and Garry Tonon have met on the mat before, although not under ADCC rules.

"All three matches were real tight, none of them decided by more than four points, I think, and the one I won the most by. And I won all three of them." he said.

"But thanks to the ADCC rules, since there's no advantage or anything like that, you have to win more decisively. So I'm excited," he added, "to fight him under those rules."

We also discussed his transition from college wrestling to grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, his fighting in amateur MMA, why the ADCC rules are the "best" ruleset for grappling and more spectator-friendly than other sets of grappling rules, how he got the nickname "Kimura Kid", and more.

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