2013 Euro Open: Keenan, Miyao step up to the challenge in Lisbon

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Keenan gets the tap on Miyao

Keenan gets the tap on Miyao

It was like some kind of fate.

When Michelle Nicolini hurt her foot at the end of her match against Nyjah Easton, the 2013 Euro Open was without a absolute black belt final, male or female, once Bernardo Faria and Leonardo Nogueira had already announced that they would not fight each other.

Anyways, the finals of the black belt weight categories provided the crowd that filled up the Casal Vistoso gymnnasium with a good enough amount of thrills.

Cobrinha and Tanquinho waged a full blown war in the featherweight, with a 2-0 win for Cobrinha.

Fernando Tererê was welcomed back to his natural habitat and that’s why the DQ in the final against Claudio Calasans Jr did not realy matter after all.

Alexander Trans did the same thing twice, in the semifinal against Leo Nogueira, and in the final, against Rodrigo Cavaca.

He managed to turn the result arround in the last 30s, with two guard passes.

Romulo Barral never gave Rodrigo Fajardo a rest and ended with a choke from the mount for his first Euro Open gold.

Bernardo Faria played safe against Lucio Lagarto to manage the 2-0 lead that earned him the gold and the decision to concede the absolute gold to friend and teammate Leo Nogueira.

Michael Langhi, known for his almost perfect guard decided to play on top and passed Vinicius Marinho’s guard for the gold.

Among the ladies, Mackenzie Dern won her first gold medal as a black belt after tapping Nyjah Easton. Nicolini’s injury left her out of the final match.

Luanna Alzuguir was proud of having tapped out all her opponents for the double gold campaign.

Even after all those thrills, Sunday needed closing and that is what brown belts João Miyao and Keenan Cornelius provided.

The brown belt male absolute final was nerve wrecking.

Both fighters exchanged attacks to each others’ feet.

At the very end, Keenan decided to not let the refs call the winner.

In a move that almost cost him a ruptured knee, he sank an ezequiel choke and put Miyao to sleep.

The crowd went bananas and the 2013 Euro Open got the closing it deserved!

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