Dillon Danis was the big winner at the Pan No-Gi, held last Saturday at the Nat Holman Gym (CCNY), in New York. Dillon beat the medium heavyweight field and then the open as he closed out the final with his Alliance teammate Jon Satava.
At medium heavyweight, Dillon subbed Gottrell W King Jr. (Gracie Barra) via leg lock and then beat Murilo Santana (Barbosa JJ) 2-0 with a takedown. In the absolute division, he first subbed Todd Mueckenheim via guillotine, which he used again vs. Aaron Johnson in a semifinal before meeting Satava, who had won the middleweight title.
Checkmat’s Karen Antunes stood out amongst the women. She beat the field at lightweight and then absolute, finishing Alison Tremblay (BTT) with a choke from the back. “This was a title I did not have, and I’m very happy to have gotten it. All the hard work was worth it. I’m feeling fulfilled,” said Karen to Graciemag.com.
One triumph worth pointing out was that of Ricardo “Cachorrão” at master-2 heavyweight. The black-belt under Renzo Gracie defeated Radji Bryson-Barrett for the gold.
“I went many years without competing in IBJJF tourneys,” said Ricardo. “I moved to the U.S. in 1997, and my first worlds here was in 2007. When the championship came here, I was already fighting at Pride and the UFC, so I did not get the chance to fight in those events. Then, when I stopped fighting in the UFC in 2011, I already had it in my head that I was gonna grab my first opportunity to fight in the IBJJF. I fought at the Pan No-Gi in 2012 and the No-Gi Worlds in 2013. I took a break and came back this year. To me it’s very good. It’s inspiring, keeps me in shape and is fun.”
In the overall teams’ competition, Alliance got first at adult men’s and masters’. Team Lloyd Irvin’s women came out on top. At juvenile, Art of Jiu-Jitsu was victorious.
Click here for the complete results, and see teams’ results below.
Adult Male Division
1st: Alliance (119)
2nd: Unity Jiu-Jitsu (62)
3rd: CheckMat (24)
Adult Female Division
1st: Team Lloyd Irvin (32)
2nd: CheckMat (21)
3rd: Alliance (20)
1st: Alliance (130)
2nd: Gracie Elite Team America (65)
3rd: Gracie Barra (50)
1st: Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy (36)
2nd: Gracie Elite Team America (30)
3rd: CheckMat (18)