Last weekend was the city of San Antonio, Texas’s turn to host tryouts for the Abu Dhabi WPJJC. Over a hundred competitors turned up for the tournament in hopes of winning all-expenses-paid trips to the April main event in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
As the action unfolded at Bill Greehey Arena Gymnasium, the brown/black belt contest turned out to be a hard-fought one indeed, with the standouts being Nova União’s brothers Bruno and Ricardo Bastos, who closed out the open-weight and over-92 kg divisions. Ricardo took the all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi.
In the under-92 kg division, Nova União brown belt Kauê Damasceno took gold after beating hard-nosed black belt Rodrigo Pinheiro in the final.
In the female contest, Gracie Barra’s Tammy Grieco won the over-63 kg division and Mackenzie Dern of Gracie Humaitá won the under-63 kg division.
Check out who all won each of the different categories:
Over-74 kg absolute – Bruno Bastos (Nova União) closed out with Ricardo Bastos (Nova União)
Under-74 kg absolute – Vitor Henrique (GFTeam) defeated Marcos Tinoco (DDR)
Under-65kg – Gabriel Martins (Gracie Barra) defeated Cleber Luciano (Cooper MMA)
Under-74kg – Vitor Henrique (GFTeam) defeated Francisco Iturralde (Alliance)
Under-83kg – Lucas Freitas (Gracie Barra) defeated Marcus Antelante (Soul Fighters)
Under-92kg – Kaue Damasceno (Nova União) defeated Rodrigo Pinheiro (Rodrigo Pinheiro)
Over-92KG – Ricardo Bastos (Nova União) closed out with Bruno Bastos (Nova União)
Over-74 kg absolute – Jared Dopp (Lovato JJ) defeated Ryne Sandhagen (Alvarez BJJ)
Under-74 kg absolute – Emmanuel Martinez (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) closed out with Michael Liera (Atos Jiu-Jitsu)
Under-65kg – Antonio Casarez (Paragon Jiu-Jitsu) defeated James Chancey (Harlingen Jiu-Jitsu)
Under-74kg – Michael Liera (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) defeated Frank Marshall (Renzo Gracie)
Under-83kg – Rehan Muttalib (Alliance) defeated Evan Gideon (GFTeam)
Under-92kg – Daniel Goss (GFTeam) defeated Nick Schrock (Gracie Humaita)
Over-92kg – Jared Dopp ( Lovato JJ) defeated Raynald Ray (Rodrigo Pinheiro)
Under-74 kg absolute – Angelo Barden (Atos JJ) defeated Eunsoo Kim (BJJ Revolution)
Over-74kg absolute – Jimmy Lugo (Paragon) defeated Christopher Roberson (Paul Thomas JJ)
Under-65kg – Jose Aguilar (Elite MMA) defeated Tyler Shinn ( Demian Maia JJ)
Under-74kg – Angelo Barden (Atos JJ) defeated Michael Esquivel (Paragon JJ)
Under-83kg – Dennis Sisson (Solis Martial Arts) defeated Brandon Ruiz (Leonardo Xavier BJJ)
Under-92kg – Chad Hollan (Gracie Barra) defeated Eddie Perez (Nova União)
+92Kg – Christopher Roberson (Paul Thomas JJ) defeated Jamil Fakhoury (Gracie Barra)
Under-63kg – Gabriela Muller (Alliance) defeated Laura Heiman (Paragon JJ)
Over-63kg – Audrey Drew (Guy Mezger’s Combat) defeated Petya Petkova (Bruno Bastos BJJ)
Absolute – Audrey Drew (Guy Mezger’s Combat) defeated Mandi Johson (Sparta Pit)
Under-63kg – Mackenzie Dern (Gracie Humaita) defeated Fabiana Borges (Gracie Barra)
Over-63kg – Tammy Griego (Gracie Barra) defeated Pilar Roper (Peak Performance BJJ)