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Joe Stevenson vs Kurt Pellegrino superfight headlines Grapplers Quest in N.J. on July 21

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MORRISTOWN, NJ (July 16, 2012) - Grapplers Quest® is proud to announce its official Superfight, featuring New Jersey native and veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Kurt Pellegrino versus Ultimate Fighter® Season 2 winner, Joe Stevenson, as well as $14,250 in cash and prizes for the 2012 U.S. National Championships, sponsored by Gaspari Nutrition®, on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena (located at 161 E. Hanover Avenue) in Morristown, New Jersey.

The July 21-22 event begins each day at 10:00 a.m. / ET. Discounted spectator tickets and Fighter Registration are available online at

All Advanced Division Champions (including Children, Teen, Men, Women, Executive and Masters Advanced Divisions) and All Absolute Divisions will be awarded custom made Championship Belts, in addition to the largest medallions in the sport of grappling, sponsored by Gaspari Nutrition, Zebra Mats and TapouT, plus a full color Champion Certificate.

Grapplers Quest's massive event growth, especially in the Youth Grappling, has expanded Children and Teen Divisions to include Beginner (less than 9 months training), Intermediate (9-18 months of training) and Advanced (18 months or more of training) skill levels to allow for fairer matches. In 2010, Grapplers Quest added age categories for Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to include Under 6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and Teens separately into two groups, as well 13-15 years and 16-17 years, plus any divisions that have two or more girls will branch out and become a Bonus division to allow female athletes extra matches as well.

The two-day tournament will feature all Adult (18+) No-Gi Submission Grappling and Wrestling divisions on Sat., (July 21), doors open at 8:00 a.m. / ET, followed Sunday (July 22) with the U.S. Nationals for All Children and Teens Divisions, plus All Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo Divisions.

The mega-Superfight on Sat., an exciting Submission-Only rematch from UFC® 74 between Pelligrino and Stevenson, starts at 1:00 p/m. / ET. All featured Superfights will now showcase new "Grapplers Quest Professional Rules," which include a 10-minute Submission Only Round, if necessary, followed by a five-minute overtime round using Grapplers Quest rules.

"This is the evolution of the sport of grappling and I'm honored to have two UFC veterans take the stage," Grapplers Quest owner Brian Cimins commented. "We just debuted this at UFC Fan Expo ® in Las Vegas and it yielded the most exciting superfights in grappling history. Grappling is now ready for the highest sports television.

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