DECEMBER 03, 2021, FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL, held the 9th edition of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour’s (AJP) Queen Of Mats and King Of Mats events, a style of tournament that has traditionally featured the champions of each of the federation’s Grand Slam tours.
Last night we saw a smaller than usual event, featuring both the male heavyweights (up to 120 kg) and female lightweights (up to 62 kg). The tournament was an excellent apetizer for those waiting for the IBJJF World Championships (next week) as it was the last time we got to see some of the championship’s seeded players compete before the big show. Follow the results below.
The tournament was dominated by one of Fight Sport’s rising stars, Roosevelt Sousa. Sadly, we won’t see Roosevelt compete in the USA this year due to visa complications – a terrible blow for the young talent who would undoubtedly be one of the favorites. Roosevelt played on the offense throughout the KOM event, constantly looking for the finish, an attitude that paid off with another gold medal in the AJP circuit.
On the opposite side of the bracket, GFT’s Wallace Costa continues to impress the grappling world. Although still a relativelly fresh black belt, Costa showed great skill and composure on the mats, particularly for such a large individual. Expect him to turn a few heads his way at the Mundial tournament.
* Labinski injured his knee against Sousa and did not return to the mat for Henrique. Victory via “Without Opponent”.
Although stacked with talent, the Queen Of Mats did miss out on a few of the top ranked lightweights of the AJP. Names such as Anna Rodrigues, Mayssa Bastos, Julia Alves, to name a few who are currently doing their Mundial camps in the United States. With these names out of the brackets, we saw quite a few weight discrepancies between the athletes which ended up producing a handful of very uneven bouts. That said, many of our sport’s top players did show up, particularly the formidable Bia Mesquita (Gracie Humaitá / Dream Art), Bianca Basílio (Almeida JJ / Atos), and Nathalie Ribeiro (Checkmat).
Mesquita and Ribeiro appeared particularly inspired last night in the pursuit for the submission. An attitude for which both have been celebrated throughout their careers. Last night, after terrific performances during the group stages, the two lightweights went “toe-to-toe” in a very balanced match. Both athletes had a chance to play their “A-game”, the guard, but no one got a clear advantage over the other.