WPJJC 2012: Rodolfo, Galvão shine at the end of Jiu-Jitsu marathon

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Rodolfo, Galvão (center) will clash for the absolute WPJJC crown

Rodolfo, Galvão (center) will clash for the absolute WPJJC crown. Photo: GRACIEMAG.com.

Rodolfo Vieira will get a chance to defend his title of WPJJC black belt absolute champion.

The place in the final was secured with a submission from the mount on Bernardo Faria

Thus ended the semifinal, Rodolfo exploded in a scream: “That title is mine!”

To keep the gold he will have to overcome an opponent of respect.

Andre Galvao defeated Xande Ribeiro in the other semifinal by two advantages to zero.

Asked how he will stop Rodolfo, Galvão went philosophical: “I trust in my God.”

Asked whether he had ever faced the rival, he recalled: “I fought him in a no-gi competition a few years ago, and I won (ADCC 2009 Trials in Brazil). But he was not what he is today,” he acknowledged.

The final definition of the absolute black belt was the final leg of a  Jiu-Jitsu marathon athletes and spectators had to endure at the second day of competitions for the WPJJC 2012.

It started at 10:00AM Friday and the last fight ended after the first 30 minutes of Saturday, Abu Dhabi time.

Who stood firm was awarded with great battles, both in male and female divisions.

Among girls, the absolute final will meet a favorite Gabrielle Garcia and brave Beatriz Mesquita, in a repeat of IBJJF’s 2011 Worlds final.

Gabi beat Michelle Nicolini and Bia defeated Luanna Alzuguir, by referee decision.

Before the open, all weights were fought until the final and promise great duels on Saturday.

Also noteworthy is always great Xande Ribeiro, who escaped a choke by Ricardo Evangelista and went back to finish him with the same move, granting the audience with the best moment of the day.

Satoshi Roberto had two thrilling fights in the-76kg, defeating David Ramos and JT Torres.

You can find all results and finals set on our GRACIEMAG Facebook page.

More BJJ this Saturday

All finals take place this Saturday starting noon, local time.

You can track the results on the Twitter account @graciemag and also on Facebook, at GRACIEMAG.

Check out a unique gallery of photos from the second 2012 WPJJC competition day.

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Photos: Ivan Trindade

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