Otávio Sousa and Rômulo Barral dominate Spring Open

Otávio in action / Photo: John Cooper

Competing for attention with the ballyhooed supermatch card at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo this Saturday in California, the inaugural Spring Open, a tournament promoted by the IBJJF, brought its own fair share of excitement. And after having secured top spot at weight and open weight at the NY Open last April, Otávio Sousa repeated the feat on the mats in Long Beach, California.

Sousa swept the middleweight division alongside his Gracie Barra teammate Claudio Mattos, then doing the same in the open class in tandem with his buddy Rômulo Barral. Barral put on a show all his own in the medium heavyweight division, where he took his spot at the highest perch on the podium.

Barral at Spring Open / Photo: John Cooper

Further standouts from the event were Milton Carlos at light featherweight, Samir Chantre at featherweight, Zack Maxwell at lightweight, Gustavo Pires at heavyweight and Gustavo Elias at ultraheavyweight.

Check out the complete results here.

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