The success of the London Open, the first IBJJF event ever held in England, can be gauged by the number of different member nations of the European Union represented on the podium.
Between Italians, Swedes, Poles, French (there was even a Rachel Poirot, sharing her last name with the famous detective), the biggest winner on the day was the giant Michael Wilson (GB Australia/Peter de Been), who overcame Pedro Bessa (Nine Nine) in the absolute black belt final. Alan Vitor (De La Riva) and Mathias Ribeiro rounded out the absolute podium.
Wilson, who is also the current ultraheavyweight champion of Brazil, thus has further motivation to put in a good showing at home, when the Melbourne Open comes around on November 19, in the city near his home town.
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