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Vegas: Gianni Grippo adds another open weight title to resume, Mackenzie Dern shines

Gianni Grippo wins another IBJJF absolute. Photo: Erin Herle
Gianni Grippo wins another IBJJF absolute. Photo: Erin Herle

The 2014 IBJJF Vegas Summer Open on Aug. 9 held many black belts in its divisions. The male open weight, however, had four.

Here is how the matches unfolded:

Ultra-heavyweight Ranieri Paiva defeated middleweight Nathan Mendelsohn by one advantage.

Featherweight Gianni Grippo defeated ultra-heavyweight Carlos Eduardo Faria by referee decision.

Gianni defeated Ranieri by 6-5. Ranieri took Gianni down then Gaini went for the berimbolo but came up on top into mount for the 6 points. Ranieri was able to secure a pass but Gianni recovered and went to 50/50 guard. Ranieri was not able to pass the guard or submit and the gold went to Gianni.

For the females, there were two: Charlene Coats of Coalition 95 and Mackenzie Dern of Gracie Humaita. They were in separate divisions and did not fight until the open class.

In the absolute, Charlene pulled guard. Mackenzie pushed to half guard, passed and mounted. Charlene turned and Mackenzie secured the back and the choke winning her gold for the day.

Here is a gallery of the divisions:

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