Las Vegas Open: Otávio, Mackenzie, Keenan win big on The Strip

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Otávio Sousa, Las vegas Open, absolute, Gracie Barra, champion

Otávio Sousa was the big winner in Vegas

Otávio Sousa is the big winner of the 2013 Las Vegas Spring International Open.

The competitor from Gracie Barra won both the middleweight and the open class.

In the final of the absolute, he defeated Yuri Simões, 2-0, with a sweep in the end.

“I am competing in the Opens to be in rhythm at the 2013 Worlds, when I want to defend my middleweight title,” he said.

About the gold medal match with Yuri, Otávio said, “He is such a tough competitor and on top of that I was hungry all day because I didn’t eat in the morning because of the weight limit for the middleweight.”

Before the final, Otávio finished Renan Borges (choke) and Osvaldo Moizinho (armbar) with two attacks from the closed guard.

He commented on his effectiveness on that position: “I was so happy that the moves worked just like I showed in the GRACIEMAG webinar, last week.”

In the female absolute, the champion was Mackenzie Dern, who beat Renata Pimentel with a toehold in the only fight of the division.

“It was only one fight, but I’m thrilled to be the champion,” said Mackenzie with a smile.

The other adult black belt champions were:

Rooster: Fabio Passos (alone in the bracket)
Featherweight: Samir Chantre closed out with Osvaldo Moizinho (Moizinho takes gold).
Light: Rodrigo Lamonier closed out with Philipe Della Monica (Lamonier champion)
Middleweight: Otávio Sousa closed out with Lucas Rocha. Otávio finished Nathan Mendelsohn (armbar) and Lucas outscored Marcus Antelante 4-0. Otávio takes the gold.
Medium-Heavy: Marcelo “Lapela” Mafra defeated Diogo Araujo 2-1 on advantages.
Superheavy: Yuri Simões beat Nino Schembri 4-0.
Ultraheavy: Gustavo Pires beat Carlos Farias 3-2

Light-feather: Sofia Amarante (alone in the bracket)
Feather: Mackenzie Dern (alone in the bracket)
Light: Renata Pimentel defeated Thayssa Silva 1-0 on advantages.

In the brown belt division, complete domination by Keenan Cornelius.

In five fights, he conquered the medium-heavy division and the open class.

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