The fourth installment of the Claudio França-promoted American Cup shook up the city of San Jose, California this weekend with a number of slick black belts in action.
The big name from the event was Diego “Nosferatu” Herzog (Ralph Gracie SF), who won the absolute division by choking out Soul Fighters representative Rafael Formiga. Diego also took gold in his weight class.
There were, however, a number of other matches bringing excitement to Independence High School. At lightweight, Osvaldo Augusto “Queixinho” had a good run but lost in the final to Marcos Torregrosa. At middle, Carlos Diego Ferreira took gold after beating Rafael Formiga in the final.
Top spot on the winning team stand went to Claudio França, followed by Ralph Gracie and Gracie Humaitá.
Check out the photos from the event taken by photographer Daniel Carettoni: