Recently promoted, Lloyd Irvin’s talent De’ Alonzio Jackson conquered this Saturday his first black belt open class IBJJF gold medal.
In the final, he defeated world champion Lucas Lepri in a very strategical fight.
The first six minutes were entirely of standing game, with Lepri managing to open the score 2-0.
Soon after, DJ tied the score with a takedown and started working the guard pass.
Lepri defended well and Jackson was unable to get the pass.
When time ran out, the fight went to referees decision and the side refs gave a 2-1 win for the American.
In the black belt weight classes, Lepri was the lightweight champion, Jackson was the medium-heavyweigh champion, Wesley Davi was the featherweight champion, Daniel Ray O’Brien was the heavyweight champion. Guybson Sá (super-heavy) and Jonathan Warren Tooker (ultraheavy) got their medals without having to fight.
Team Lloyd Irvin also conquered the male open class adult divisions of the blue belt (Devon Delbrugge), purple belt (Timothy-Michael Spriggs) and brown belt (Keenan Cornelius).
In the team’s competition, a fierce battle between Atlanta rivals Alliance and Roberto Traven BJJ.
Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti’s team came out on top with 552 pts over 533 pts for Traven. Team Lloyd Irvin came third with 153.