FURY Pro Grappling recently grabbed the attention of MMA fans with a star-studded lineup that saw many UFC notables hit the mats for some submission-only action. Although it’s far from uncommon for active fighters to dip their toes into grappling – be it for some extra cash or to sharpen skills – the FURY Pro Grappling 3 card had a little extra zest with the number of familiar names who competed . For the most part, it was smooth sailing. There was some action-packed matches, fun finishes and an open forum for the athletes to show off personality and individual sponsorships in a way that can’t be done under the UFC banner. The potential downside was clear, however, when in the main event Carla Esparza suffered a nasty cut around the eye that halted her bout with Danielle Kelly prematurely.

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