On a Saturday when the biggest winner was Jiu-Jitsu fans, the finalists of the black belt absolute division have come through the works.
On one side of the bracket, young ultraheavyweight Marcus Bochecha went past Rodolfo Vieira (8-7, with decisive takedown), Bernardo Faria (choke from back mount) and went through to the final to represent CheckMat at twilight on Sunday.
The other open weight finalist is another first-timer. Alliance superheavyweight Leonardo Nogueira beat Xande Ribeiro in the quarterfinals (sweep) and Antônio Cara de Sapato (9-2 from sweep, pass and mount against takedown) and others in making it through.
Bochecha and Léo Nogueira were the two superheavyweight finalists at last year’s Worlds, when Nogueira won by judges’ decision after drawing 2-2 on the scoreboard.
This year, the two faced off at the Abu Dhabis tryouts in Gramado, which Bochecha won by 11 to 2, of which you can refresh your memory below.