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2015 WPJJC: Buchecha reaches unprecedented third open class title; Mackenzie has dream-like run for gold

Marcus Buchecha vs. Alex Trans at the 2015 WPJJC open class final
Marcus Buchecha vs. Alex Trans at the 2015 WPJJC open class final

The 2015 WPJJC is in the books.

Once again, Marcus Buchecha ruled over the male black belt division with two gold medals.

After winning the +95kg last Thursday, Buchecha had a solid run in the open class to reach his third final in three years.

His record is still flawless as he scored two advantages against one by Alexander Trans to win his third open class belt since 2013.

“It was better than I ever expected. Every match I have with Trans in tougher as he gets better all the time,” said Buchecha, now $30,000 richer.

Mackenzie Dern vs. Vanessa Oliveira at the 2015 WPJJC open class final
Mackenzie Dern vs. Vanessa Oliveira at the 2015 WPJJC open class final

In the female brown/black belt open class, 118lb-dinamo Mackenzie Dern was the name of the day.

After shocking the world by handing Gabi Garcia her first defeat since she became a black belt in 2010, Mackenzie went on to dominate the final against Vanessa Oliveira.

A sweep and a back take was enough for the 6-0 score that granted the belt and the big check of $10,000.

“It’s like a dream. I enter the open class to have fun but I also train very hard and I know I can defeat any opponent,” commented Mackenzie.

Go to our Instagram page and check all the results of the day.

Later on, check back here for a exclusive photo gallery.

 

 

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