In the two heavier divisions of the 2013 BJJ Pro League, held this Sunday, Dec. 8, in Long Beach, Keenan Cornelius and Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz came out as champions.
At the medium-heavy/heavyweight division, Keenan Cornelius first caught Diego Gamonal with an armlock after attacking the back and then faced old rival Jackson Sousa.
Jackson got to the final by defeating Roberto Alencar 4-3 on advantages in a close match.
The gold medal match was a tough one and Keenan used his usual game of berimbolo going for the back.
Jackson defended well and avoided any points from being scored by Keenan.
By the end of the match, Sousa tried to attack Cornelius’ foot and ended allowing Keenan to get on top and score the winning two points.
In the super-heavy/ultraheavy division, the glory belonged to veteran and two-time black belt absolute world champion, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz.
The experienced warrior first had a tough semifinal against Ricardo Evangelista, getting the win in the very end when the opponent got a penalty.
The other semifinal was between Gustavo Pires and Eduardo Telles and a sweep got Sirizinho the 2-0 win.
Pires was ahead in the scoreboard for the most part of the final, but Pe de Pano had one last trick in his guard.
By the end of the match, Cruz finally managed to get Pires’ arm where he wanted and the armlock came fast, not allowing any defense.
Here are some of the best images of the day: