The BJJ Professional Cup kicked off this Saturday in Biella, Italy’s Lauretana Forum gymnasium, and plenty more action is in store for Sunday.
The big name to arise from the first day was Poland’s Marcin Held, a Gracie Barra Poland brown belt who also fights professionally in MMA, fighting at the American Bellator event. The fighter won the lightweight and light absolute categories after facing hard-nosed Englishman and Roger Gracie student Oliver Geddes in both finals, thus taking the cash prize.
Another Gracie Barra brown belt met with similar success. Gareth Neale won both the medium heavyweight and heavy absolute divisions, overcoming Marcello Daflon (Carlson Gracie) in the decider.
The standouts at purple belt were Ilke Bulut (Icon), winner of the light absolute, and Genin Julien (Fight Club), who won the heavy absolute.
André Perez (Batata JJ) was the big winner of the absolute blue.
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