Las Vegas Open: Elias, Black open class champions; Mendes makes 2nd appearance before Worlds

Gustavo Elias
Gustavo Elias

The Jiu-Jitsu community gathered once again this Saturday in the Sin City for the 2016 Las vegas International Open.

Hundreds of athletes put on a great show at the Las Vegas Sports Center for a full day devoted to the gentle art.

Gustavo Dias Elias and Sarah Black were the standouts in the adult black belt division after they won the open class.

Gustavo had a double gold campaign with his win in the ultraheavy division as well.

He beat Carlos Farias in his weight divsion and then defeated Jaime Canuto in the absolute final.

Sarah Black
Sarah Black

Sarah came back from a defeat to Tammi Musumeci in the lightweight division final to beat Leanna Dittrich in the open class.

Another highlight of the day was the presence of five-time black belt featherweight world champion Rafael Mendes.

He beat Samir Chantre in the final for the title in another pre-2016 Worlds appearance as he prepares to compete for his sixth world title.

In the teams’ competition, results were:

1 – Gracie Barra – 206

2 – CheckMat – 158

3 – Gracie Humaita – 141

Click here for the full results.

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