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Euros 2022 Report, Yatan Bueno Makes Himself Known Abroad And Important BB Debuts Marked Day 1

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FEBRUARY 19, 2022, ROME – ITALY. The long wait for the post-covid19 European Jiu-Jitsu Championship is finally over. The tournament ran continuously under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) umbrella from 2004 to 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal, but the pandemic managed to put a stop to that glorious run, forcing the organization to halt the prestigious event in 2021. Due to the many restrictions to public events still haunting most European countries, the IBJJF has opted to remove the event from Portugal in 2022, shifting it to Rome (where the European No-Gi tournament had traditionally taken place), a move that may prove to be permanent.

Severely lacking in numbers of athletes and in the big names that are traditionally drawn to the event in droves, the 2022 version of the European Open does appear to have lost a bit of its oomph. Nevertheless, big names did make the trip to Rome and a fair few black belt duels took place this Saturday at the PalaPellicone venue, in the Lazio borough.

FEMALE ROOSTERWEIGHT STARS MEET AT LIGHT FEATHER

One of the clashes we were most looking forward to watching this weekend was that of Mayssa Bastos – the queen of the female roosterweight division – and one of the rising stars of this class, Miss Duda Tozoni (Maria Eduarda).

Duda has been making waves in Brazil with wins over Mariana Rolszt and Brenda Larissa. Interestingly, despite both being mostly known for their runs as rooster weights, Mayssa and Duda opted to compete in the light-featherweight weight class.

In a very small division of 4 athletes, Bastos and Tozoni met in the first round (semi-final) with the match being less competitive than previously anticipated. Mayssa opted to challenge Duda’s dangerous guard from the top, passing the Santa Catarina native and achieving back control as well as the finish. Flawless performance once again by Mayssa Bastos who is in the final.

YATAN BUENO FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH ON INTERNATIONAL SOIL

We have been talking about Dream Art Yatan Bueno for some time and for good reason. Although lesser known to the wider Western audience, Bueno has been a prolific athlete on the South American circuit, always showing a very fun, aggressive game, particularly for a large ultra-heavyweight, when he competes. Today he proved his worth against the European crowd. Hopefully the first of many international runs.

In the open-weight class, Bueno was dominant, submitting his first opponent and moving on to show his tremendous guard passing power against solid names of the sport such as Sean Coates and Adam Wardinski.

Despite the (slight) upset of Bueno defeating Wardzinski (9×0), the tournament has ran with little to no upsets. Stay tuned for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals of the adult men’s black belt divisions as well as the female black belt division finals.

BLACK BELT DEBUTS GALORE

The European Open is featuring plenty of important black belt debuts. The first of the day was a former colored belt Euros champ, ZR Team UK’s Taylor Pearman. Competing as a medium-heavyweight, Pearman beat Alvaro Fernandes decisively in the first round but lost to the experienced Alliance talent, Matheus Spirandeli on points in the second.

Ultra-heavyweight Renan Cruz was another important debut. Challenging in the open weight class, Cruz beat Ioannis Proios with a beautiful submission, before being stopped in his tracks by Fellipe Andrew (a very competitive match at that). Although out of the absolute, Cruz is still in the race in his own weight class.

Guilherme Bacha of Checkmat also made his debut this Saturday against the talented Tacio Carneiro, taking home a dominant win over a seasoned grappler. He will be returning tomorrow for the quarter-finals of the ulta-heavyweight. Also on the menu for tomorrow will be the debut of Tarik Hopstok. One of the most exciting prospects from Europe.

SUNDAY EUROPEAN OPEN MATCHES

MALE ROOSTER WEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
Jonas Andrade x Jhonif Rocha
– Marko Oikarainen x Welerson Gonçalves
Thalison Soares x Lucas Feitosa
Yuri Hendrex (advances to SF by WO)

MALE LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Ronald Alves x Paulo Miyao
– Silvio Olinto x Huthayfah Penney
– Igor Terreco x Jonathan Allouche
Hiago George x Marcos Olinto

MALE FEATHERWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Matheus Onda x Wilhiam Mateus
Marcus Phelan x Isaac Doederlein
Diego Sodré x Romão Carvalho
– Sam McNally x Eduardo Roque

MALE LIGHTWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Dinu Bucalet x Marcelo Fausto
Igor Feliz x Alexandre Molinaro
Espen Mathiesen x Lucas Protasio
Max Lindblad x Marcio Andre

MALE MIDDLEWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Oscar Gugala x Tommy Langaker
– Fabio Pititto (advances to SF by WO)
– Pedro Matias x Tainan Dalpra
– Tarik Hopstock x Evyatar Paperni

MALE MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Szilard Sule x Shane Fishman
– Sean Coates x Karol Kania
– Jamie Paxman x Matheus Spirandeli
– Luca Anacoreta x Bruno Lima

MALE HEAVYWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Neocicero Barbosa x Dominique Bell
Hygor Brito x Jakub Zajkowski
– Reda Mebtouche x Felipe Pinheiro
Adam Wardzinski x Simon Immerstrand

MALE SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
Fellipe Andrew x Julian Stonjek
Perttu Tepponen x Eric Bergmann
Erich Munis x Ezekiel Nogueira
– Renan Cruz x Vinicius “Trator” Ferreira

MALE ULTRA-HEAVYWEIGHT

Quarter-Finals:
– Felipe Mauricio x Andzej Iwat
– Almog Britsch x Guilherme Bacha
– Guilherme Jardim x Rafael Lovato
Yatan Bueno x Matheus Felipe

MALE ABSOLUTE

Final:
– Yatan Bueno x Fellipe Andrew

FEMALE ROOSTER WEIGHT

Final:
– Kaori Hernandez x Thais Felipe

FEMALE LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT

Final:
– Rose El Sharouni x Mayssa Bastos

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHT

Final:
– Gabriela Andrelevicius x Anna Rodrigues

FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHT

Final:
– Janaina Maia x Nathalie Ribeiro

FEMALE MIDDLEWEIGHT

Final:
– Erin Johnson x Thalyta Silva

FEMALE MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT

Final:
– Magdalena Loska x Maggie Grindatti

FEMALE SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT

Final:
– Gabrieli Pessanha x Claire-France Thevenon

FEMALE ABSOLUTE

Final:
– Thalyta Silva x Gabrieli Pessanha

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