The first edition of the IBJJ Pro League is in the books.
An old plea from gentle-art competitors came true this Saturday, December 8.
For the first time ever, the IBJJF held an event that awarded cash prizes to the champions ($5,000) and second-place finishers ($1,000).
Caio Terra, Leandro Lo Nascimento, Rômulo Barral and Roberto Alencar were the winners of the four weight classes.
In the under-64kg division, Terra had to win two matches to clain the $5,000 bounty as his.
First he tapped out Daniel Beleza with a footlock and then outscored Laercio Fernandes 3-1 on advantages after a tie on points.
In the under-76kg class, Leandro Lo had but one match separating him from the loot.
He benefitted from Osvaldo Moizinho and Samir Chantre’s making way for him to go straight through to the final.
For the $5,000, Lo faced his rival from way back, Lucas Lepri, and managed to win 3-2 on advantages.
In the under-88.3kg group, the final say a showdown betwee superstars Andre Galvão and Rômulo Barral.
Barral beat Raul Castillo 21-0 and then tapped out teammate Otavio Sousa with an armlock to get there.
Galvão’s way to the final included outpointing Diego Herzog (7-0) and subbing Rafael Barbosa (choke from the back).
In the final, the two squared off for real, exchanging sweeps and takedowns, to ultimately draw.
Two out of three refs gave the victory to Barral.
In the over-88.3 kg weight class, Roberto Alencar had it easy in the final because Bruno Bastos suffered an injury and was unable to fight.
Prior to that, Tussa defeated teammate Gustavo Pires 3-0 on advantages and Gustavo Elias 2-0.
Here you have an amazing gallery of photos of the best of what went on in the Long Beach Pyramid.