The open class for adult female purple belts went underway late Friday night as the last division to begin with eleven participants. On two mats, it narrowed down quickly leaving the males in their dust as the female finals were completed before the male semi’s.
From light feather to heavyweight, the division was stacked with gold medalists of the day, IBJJF city champions, Abu Dhabi bound ticket holders and previous world champions.
Sarah Black is a take-down extraordinaire who was able to defeat champion of the light feather division as well as the sole member of the heavyweight division right after. This middle weight’s reign ended when she met Monique Elias of Alliance in the semi-finals where she wasn’t able to gain enough points. She placed third alongside Meagan Green who placed third in the medium-heavy division earlier in the day. Meagan was able to defeat Laurah Hallock of Texas by a DQ in which a sweep/scramble left Laurah in a knee reap position. Meagan’s run ended when she met Dominyka Obelenyte and was caught by a triangle armbar.
Dominyka Obelenyte of Marcelo Garcia was able to fend off her first opponent by points in a tough match against medium heavy champion, Alexis Du Fresne. The match was a close one but Dominyka’s pressure on top was enough to secure a pass at the end and gain her the win. By the time she was at the final, her opponent was a familiar one.
The final of the purple belt adult female open weight ended with a match that that was a rematch from the final of the middle weight division. Monique Elias and Dominkya Obelenyte are both of team Alliance but decided to fight instead of close-out because they do not train with each other; Monique is under Mario Reis in Porto Alegre, BR and Dominkya trains under Marcelo Garcia in New York. Monique took the gold in the middle weight against Dominyka by a close match but the open weight gold went to Dominyka for her consistent pressure to pass. The match began with a double guard pull when Dominyka came up to pass where she gained an advantage. The match from there was all guard technical guard by Monique and pressure on top by Dominyka. In the final minute Monique successfully gained an advantage of her own as she swept Dominyka but could not keep her down. The decision was up to the ref, and he felt that Dominyka had been more active and therefore the golds were split among the Alliance ladies evenly.
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Pictures by Erin Here.