Check out who is fighting in Texas to go to Abu Dhabi

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Rafael Lovato want s to come back to Emirates in 2012. Photo: GRACIEMAG.

Saturday is a day of World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (WPJJ) trials in San Antonio, Texas, the second  U.S. trials to AbuDhabi.

The event has a significant number of high level aces, as reported by our partner Mike Calimbas. The event chooses 13 fighters for the main tournament, held in the capital of the UAE, in April 2012. Saturday’s disputes occur at Coliseu Freeman, and before the fights, there will be na arbitration course by IBJJF.

Among the athletes of the leading academies in the U.S., experts like Rafael Lovato, Pablo Silva, Gustavo Dantas, Wellington Megaton, JJ Holmes, Ricardo Bastos, Samir Chantre, Joshua Lauber and others, are promises of hot dispute.

The girls, with great technique, will be represented by Mackenzie Dern, Michelle Tavares, Kristina Barlaan and Christina Thomas, brown belt by Relson Gracie.

Check out the entries in all categories of major graduations and wait for the results here in

 Black/Brown Belt

-143 pounds

Gustavo Dantas / Nova União

Gustavo Carpio / Marra Senki

Pablo Silva / Gracie Barra Tx “Draculino”

Milton Nascimento / Paragon BJJ

Mike Reyna / Champion Jiujitsu


Joshua Lauber / Relson Gracie JiuJistu

Wellington “Megaton” Dias / Gracie Humaitá

Bruno Amaral / Brazilian Top Team

Joe Scovel / Longman Jiu-jitsu

Maajid Abdullah AL-Kush / Jiu jitsu Academy of Health and Fitness

Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira / GFTeam

Darrin Lillian / Paragon Texas

Jason Soliz / TX 3 Coast MMA

Travis Tooke / Travis Tooke MMA

Travis Serna / Lovato Jiu Jitsu

Albert Hughes / Esportes Luta

Samir Chantre / Gracie Lutador



James Harbison / Team Lloyd Irvin

Alberto Juarez / Ricardo Barros BJJ


Rafael Lovato Jr. / Lovato Jiu-Jitsu

Jon Wagner / Nova União

Ricardo Bastos Cruz / Nova União

JJ Holmes / Aliança

Alexandre Santos / Gracie Barra


+ 202

Luis Rubalcava / Arsenal Jiu-Jitsu

Ricardo Barros / Ricardo Barros BJJ


Female – Purple to Black

– 140

Mackenzie Dern / Gracie Humaitá

Nathalia Azoff / Brazilian Top Team

Kristina Barlaan / Nova União

Ana Michelle Tavares Dantas / Gracie Humaitá

Tessa Simpson / Team Ronny Lis BJJ

Laurah Hallock / Paragon Texas

Ariadne Burkhart / João Crus BJJ

+ 140

Sijara Eubanks / Team Lloyd Irvin

Christina Thomas / Relson Gracie

Kelly Faszholz / Nova União



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