Rafael Lovato Jr and Sijara Eubanks were the big names of the WPJJ Trials held in San Antonio, Texas, this weekend.
Directed by GMA member Luiz Sergio “Marrinha” Correa, the event gathered a good number of top fighters to decide who would travel with expenses paid to Abu Dhabi in April 2012, for the main event.
The leader of Lovato BJJ won his weight class and the absolute with a solid performance that contained some great submissions.
Lloyd Irvin’s pupil also did great. Still a purple belt, Eubanks cruised by the purple/brown/black belt woemen’s division to win her weight category and the absolute.
At the open class final, Sijara tapped out also upcoming star Mackenzie Dern, with a wristlock.
Here are the list of absolute winners that got the ticket to the UAE;
MENS WHITE – Pete O’Neal – Marra Senki/Ohana Jiu Jitsu
MENS BLUE (-163) – Tariq Radi – Tony Passos BJJ
MENS BLUE (+163) – Raynald Ray – Gracie Humiata/Rodrigo Pinheiro Jiu Jitsu
MENS PURPLE – Manuel Diaz – Sandro Batata BJJ
MENS BROWN/BLACK – Rafael Lovato Jr. – Lovato Jiu Jitsu
FEMALE WHITE/BLUE – Danielle Alvarez – Alvarez BJJ
FEMALE PURPLE/BROWN/BLACK – Sijara Eubanks – Team Lloyd Irvin (watch below, with video, infos and pictures by Mike Calimbas – txmma.com)