It was a cold March in 2000 in Staten Island, New York. I arrived at 630am at the Grapplers Quest venue to find a sleeping Dan “Punkass” Caldwell in his car. It was the only way he could afford to sponsor the $1,000 prize. In October of 2000, Grapplers Quest hosted the first Pro Absolute ever. Who paid the cash prize? TapouT.

They were the original sponsor of grappling and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you Skrape, Punkass and Mask for believing in yourselves and US all!

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