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IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Day 1, Cyborg & Hugo Make Absolute Finals, Newcomer Petcho With The Big Upset

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DECEMBER 15, 2019, Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, California set the scene for the first day of the adult black belt division, widely regarded as the pro-division of the sport. The event has gathered the interest of the world’s biggest stars in the past, particularly over the past 4 years, though that enthusiasm has somewhat died down when assessing the list of champs missing from the brackets this year: No Josh Hinger, no Gordon Ryan or Keenan Cornelius, Yuri Simões (injured), Lucas Lepri, Paulo Miyao, Kennedy Maciel, Gianni Grippo, Hugo Marques, Kaynan Duarte, etc. Basically ALL of the current IBJJF black belt world nogi champions have vacated their titles as none came down to defend them.

Nonetheless, and maybe due to the absence of the big names, others had the opportunity to shine. That was very much the case of Jeferson Guaresi, Gabriel Almeida and Marcos Martins (AKA Petcho) who looked tremendous in their opening rounds of their respective weight classes, defeating some very big names of the sport and cementing their claims to the nogi crown. Martins’ success is particularly well-received since this is the first time the São Paulo based grappler is competing in the USA, as his visa had been denied for the past 5 years. Marcos Petcho beat Ronaldo Junior of the Atos Academy on points in a very solid performance.

Equally impressive was Gracie Barra’s Kendall Reusing in the open weight class. Reusing beat two huge names of the sport in her rise to the absolute final, namely Julia Boscher and Gabi McComb, two very tough matches for the promising athlete, who will face Jessica Flowers tomorrow – a possible close out for team GB. Below are the current standings for today’s medal race.

MALE ROOSTER WEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Kristian Woodmansee vs Marko Tapani
Thalison Soares vs David Zennario
– Taniel de Jesus vs Rodnei Barbosa
Nobushiro Sawada (BYE)

MALE LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

João Miyao vs Red Alarcon
– Tony Oliveira vs Suraj Budhram
Junny Ocasio vs Lucas Pinheiro
Hiago George vs Jonas Andrade

MALE FEATHERWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Strong performances in the elimination rounds, particularly by Thiago Abud, who beat one of the division’s favorites (Thiago Macedo) by advantages. Irishman Thomas Alpin looked superb with his leg entanglements in his first match beating the tough Emilio Hernandez by kneebar.

Cole Franson vs Silvio Duran
– Alejandro Lecoq vs Gabriel Sousa
Alex Sodré vs Tom Halpin
– Thiago Abud vs Gabriel Marangoni

MALE LIGHTWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Many had their eyes on the newest Australian grappling sensation Lachlan Warne, who did do extremely well in the first elimination round by beating his opponent with a beautiful tarikoplata. In his second match, Warne would be stopped by one of the division’s toughest athletes, Mr. Fabio Caloi by armbar. Nathan Chueng had one of the upsets of the day by beating Rodrigo Freitas and Johnny Tama looked as exciting and dynamic as he’s ever looked.

Natan Chueng vs Johnny Tama
– Lucas Araújo vs Fabio Caloi
– Pedro Veras vs Athos Miranda
– Frederico Alves vs Ygor Rodrigues

MALE MIDDLEWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

A Lot of talent here, and a lot of fun matches. One of the comebacks of the year, however, completely stole the show. We are referencing the Scandinavian grappling veteran’s Sebastian Brosche victory in R1, he who turned the tables against Marco Aurelio after being 8 points behind, winning his match by 10×8. What a performance!

Jeferson Guaresi vs Jonathan Satava
Jaime Canuto vs Sebastian Brosche
– Pedro Oliveira vs Dante Leon
Felipe Cesar vs Diego Ramalho

MALE MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

This division had the most up and coming talent and proved to have some of the most exciting matches of the year. Servio Tulio vs Sergio Rios is a candidate for match of the year, and then there were the outstanding debuts of Mathias Luna, Rafael Paganini, Marcos Petcho and Jonnatas Gracie at the NoGi Worlds. A fantastic weight class to follow this year.

Gabriel Almeida vs Marcos “Petcho” Martins
– Kenji Sette vs Rafael Paganini
Manuel Ribamar vs Jonnatas Gracie
Mathias Luna vs Servio Tulio

MALE HEAVYWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Jackson Sousa vs Max Bickerton
Roberto “Tussa” vs Devhonte Johnson
Fellipe Trovo vs Murilo Santana
– Todd Mueckenheim vs Adam Wardzinski

MALE SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Big upset yesterday with the German athlete Freddy Vosgrone taking our the former world champ Arnaldo Maidana by 9 points in the opening round. Fantastic performance. Expect some very interesting matches later on today.

Perttu Tepponen vs Marcelo Gomide
– Eliot Kelly vs Helton Jose
– Freddy Vosgrone vs “Tex” Johnson
Vinicius Ferreira vs Roberto Torralbas

MALE ULTRA-HEAVYWEIGHT DIV ¼ FINALS

Vinny Magalhaes vs James Puopolo
Roberto Abreu (BYE)
– Fernando Ribas (BYE)
Victor Hugo vs Vinicius Barros

MALE ABSOLUTE FINALS

Solid division with plenty of solid performances, one that stood out was newcomer Marcelo Gomide, who looked very dominant up until his semi finals match against Victor Hugo. A match he was winning up until the very last seconds when he was reversed. Cyborg looked very solid yesterday also, submitting Jackson Sousa with a tight one-handed guillotine and Fernando Ribas by armbar before meeting Devhonte Johnson in the semis, beating the Unity representative by decision.

Victor Hugo vs Roberto Abreu

FEMALE ROOSTER WEIGHT FINALS

– Amber Freitas vs Mayssa Bastos

FEMALE LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT FINALS

– Amanda Monteiro vs Patricia Machado

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHT FINALS

– Talita Alencar vs Heather Raftery

FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHT FINALS

– Nathalie Ribeiro vs Jena Bishop

FEMALE MIDDLEWEIGHT FINALS

– Raquel Canuto vs Jaqueline Amorim

FEMALE MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT FINALS

– Vedha Toscano vs Julia Boscher

FEMALE HEAVYWEIGHT FINALS

– Talita Nogueira vs Elizabeth Catherine

FEMALE SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT FINALS

– Jessica Flowers vs Kendall Reusing

FEMALE ABSOLUTE FINALS

– Jessica Flowers vs Kendall Reusing

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