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Long Beach Open crowns Dantas, Inojosa, Ayala, Brunovskis at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Dantas vs. Paschoal. Photo: Erin Herle
Dantas vs. Paschoal. Photo: Erin Herle

A main feature of the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo on Sunday, Oct. 19 was the 2014 IBJJF Long Beach International Open. While many of the top black belts entered the Pro League on the same day or had their own superfights on the previous night, the Long Beach Open called upon some top names as well.

Overall, the team points were earned as follows:

1 – Brazilian Top Team – 277
2 – Jean Jacques Machado BJJ – 169
3 – Atos Jiu-Jitsu – 149

In the featherweight division, the final came down to BJJ mental coach Gustavo Dantas and Caio Terra Association’s Vitor Paschoal. At the beginning of the match Gustavo attempted a pull as they two went out of bounds and as they reset to the center, Gustavo pulled again and pushed to pace attempting a quick overhead sweep that earned an advantage. They reset standing and as Vitor attempted a pull, Gustavo shot in at the same time to earn two points. From there, Vitor played his guard and worked to get to the back. Gustavo held his balance and defended his back well while Vitor fought to earn his sweep or backtake. Eventually Gustavo got out of the position and stayed in Vitor’s guard. The referee awarded Vitor two points near the end of the match as Gustavo was given warning and penalty for stalling. Gustavo won the match by two advantages.

Lightweight category was won by new Atos black belt Andris Brunovskis. The final was between the new guy and the long-time favorite, Wellington Megaton Dias. Andris pulled guard right away, closed it and worked for an omoplata. After securing the omoplata, Megaton defended well but ultimately tapped to a choke from the crucifix.

4_GB72_StampSiteThe medium-heavyweight category was only a final between Romulo Azevedo and Ricardo Wagner de Oliveira. The match was a close one, only decided by advantages. Ricardo pulled guard and attempted foot attacks but Romulo defended well. He came up for a sweep but Romulo defended, even countering with pass attempts as well. Ricardo locked on a kneebar but it wasn’t enough to submit Romulo. The final score was 6-2 advantages for Romulo.

Two Americans met in the final of the heavyweight category, Morris Ayala and Jason Ackerman. The match began in Jason’s favor as he stood up and earned a sweep and the two points lead. But Morris swept back and his pressure proved to work well. Morris pushed to top half and was able to pass repeatedly via knee slice and he attempted armbars but wasn’t able to submit Jason who defended well. Morris made his way to mount a couple times which racked up the points. By the end of the match as time expired, Morris had outscored Jason 24-2 for the gold.

Here are the results of the black belt adult open class:

Eduardo Alves de Inojosa defeated Romulo Azevedo by injury when a takedown hurt Romulo’s arm.
Vitor Paschoal defeated Jimmy Tat by choke from the back.
Eliot Kelly defeated Nicollas Welker by 2-2 points, 4-2 advantages.
Eduardo defeats Vitor with a kimura.
Carlos Eduardo Faria defeats Eliot with a choke from side control.
Eduardo defeats Carlos by 19-0 points.

Check out the full gallery of the tournament:

See full results here: http://static.ibjjfdb.com/Campeonato/000310/en-US/Results.pdf

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