American Cup 2012: Diego Herzog wins absolute gold in California

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5th American Cup promoted by Claudio Franca California Photo by John Cooper

Photo: John Cooper.

Day two from the 5th American Cup in San Jose, CA started out with the white belt competitors. And what they lacked in experience in Jiu-Jitsu they made up for with heart and determination. These fighters came to represent themselves and their academies and put on quite a show for the nearly packed house.

Next up was the main event – the black belts. Diego Herzog from Ralph Gracie took the gold in the adult black belt open class final against Marcus Atecante from Soul Fighters, informs our John Cooper.

Also of note, Samir Chantre from Gracie Fighter won gold in the adult black belt feather weight final while Osvaldo Augusto, also from Gracie Fighter, took gold in the adult black belt light weight final.

Manuel Diaz takes purple belt open gold medal

To close out the day were the purple belts. Manuel Diaz from Gracie Fighter won the adult purple belt open class final with a victory over Ryan Jensen from Gracie Barra.

Tom Tupper from Coalition 95 won gold in the Senior II purple belt division. Also of note, Jose Fernandez from Sandro Batata won gold in the adult purple belt light feather weight division with his victory over Jonathan Gaxiola from Coalition 95.

Here are the team trophy results. Stay tuned for the American Cup pictures by John Cooper, this Monday, in

Adult Team

1st – Gracie Fighter, 66 pts.

2nd – Ralph Gracie, 55 pts.

3rd – Coaltion 95, 54 pts.

Juvenile Team

1st – Yemaso BJJ, 18 pts.

2nd – Coalition 95, 16 pts.

3rd – Merced MMA, 9 pts.

Female Team

1st – Gracie Humaita

2nd – Ribeiro JJ

3nd – Coalition 95

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There are 9 comments for this article
  1. Tapnnap1983 at 1:32 am

    Sean Roberts from Ralph Gracie took gold wig all submissions in brown belt middleweight. it was a really stacked division

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