Augusto Mendes, better known as Tanquinho, was the big name at the South American Jiu-Jitsu Open that took place this weekend at the Multiuso Arena in São José, Santa Catarina. The Soul Fighters black belt got the best of his weight division and the absolute, earning him a ticket to the European Open in Lisbon that kicks off the IBJJF season.
At lightweight, Tanquinho submitted Allan Andrade (Gracie Barra) with a choke and then went on to win hs semifinal match against Davi Ramos (Top Brother), who was disqualified during a kneebar. In the final he beat Mario Reis (Gracie Barra) by three advantages.
In the absolute Tanquinho had four matches, with a sequel of the lightweight final in the decider. Again facing Mario Reis, leading by three advantages, but Reis was disqualified for gripping the inside of the pant leg four times.
Among the standouts at the event was Bruno Frazatto (Atos), who won the featherweight division.
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