Following his conquest of the weight and open weight divisions at the first leg of the São Paulo Circuito Aberto circuit, late last month, Gabriel Vella had the tough task of picking his next competition: the Gramado, Brazil tryouts for the World Pro or the Jiu-Jitsu Pan. As the cost of travel would be quite high, the Ryan Gracie black belt opted for the IBJJF Pan, to take place March 24 to 27 in Irvine, California, and for which sign-ups end today (sign up here). “I’m really focused on this year’s Pan and I’m confident I can defend my title from 2010,” remarked Vella, the current Pan-American champion of the ultraheavyweight division.
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