The current lightweight champion of the world in Gi Jiu-Jitsu, Leandro Lo has just shown that beating him without the gi is an even trickier task.
After a festival of sweeps, passes and mounts at lightweight, beating Kim Terra by 19 to 0 in the final, Leandro Lo tore into the absolute division this Saturday at the Brazilian No-Gi Nationals at Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Tennis Club.
First, he outpaced Rafael Costa, proving that his guard is indeed indecipherable. IN the semifinal he caught up with former training partner Filipe Meirelles, who let Leandro go through.
At the other end of the bracket, the only other weight group winner in the absolute showed just why he’d won the superheavyweight division. Mauro Celso of team Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte, first went past courageous light featherweight Leandro Luiz of CheckMat, before going on to beat Moisés Flores and then Manoel Fernandes.
The final started out with caution from both sides, with Leandro waiting for his opponent to attack and get caught in one of his traps, each more exciting than the last. So Mauro didn’t want to hear about being stuck between Lo’s legs, and leapt for a kneebar that brought the crowd to its feet. Although in pain, Leandro managed to unravel the submission hold after a few seconds.
Leandro then started racking up the points by sweeping and then passing guard and taking the back. Once it was all over: 12 to 2 for Brazil’s new absolute king of No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu.
Talita has a romp in the female division
Talita Treta didn’t encounter much resistance in the female division. The Ryan Gracie team black belt didn’t have any opponents in the heavyweight division, so she showed up fresh for the absolute. Her first match was an easy WO win. The final she won handily against the featherweight Elizângela Meireles, who also won her weight group without having to fight. Talita pressured her way past guard in style, finishing up with an armbar.
In the brown belt division, heavyweight champion Jackson Snatos steered clear of Paulo Miyao’s berimbolo in the semfinal, took down Rodrigo Aquiles in the final, and shed his fair share of joyful tears for winning two golds on the day.
In the purple belt absolute, the one of stunned everyone was Lucas Daniel “Hulk” of Marcio Rodrigues team, passing João Miyao’s guard in the final and winning by 3 to 0.
For the complete results, check out the CBJJ website here.