Kevin Casey Withdraws From Match Against Vinny Magalhaes, Metamoris Says Open Spot Can Be Filled By Anyone

Kevin Casey was set to grapple Vinny Magalhaes at Saturday’s Metamoris 5 event in Long Beach but has withdrawn due to injury.

“We have some unfortunate news, and some pretty positive news,” Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie announced on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The bad news is Kevin Casey is injured, he had to get emergency surgery on a blood clot over the weekend.”

Instead of immediately announcing his replacement, however, the organization has decided to employ a novel strategy.

“Normally, we would just replace Kevin with another person and make the announcement. But what we wanna do is invite the entire community of martial arts to engage,” Gracie said. “We’re basically created an open opportunity for any athlete to come in.

“You basically have to have a black belt in jiu-jitsu. If you don’t have a black belt in jiu-jitsu, but you’re like a really solid judo guy, or sambo, or something like that, and you have a black belt in that art, that works. But we’re open to anybody.

“If you can beat Vinny Magalhaes, we’re putting $10,000 on the line.”

If you’re interested in accepting the Magalhaes challenge and engage in a 20-minute grappling match at Metamoris 5, you can email with your information (age, weight, where you train), photo and why they should pick you to compete.

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