It was the open class black belt final that year .
Tererê had won the middleweight while putting his usual show. He had three matches and finished the first two opponents with chokes. In the final, he defeated Paulo Guillobel 12-2.
In the medium-heavy division, Jacaré had a similar performance. First, he stretched Pascoal de Castro’s arm and then choked Fabio Nascimento. In the final, he had a great fight against Braulio Estima. Better in the match, he caught Estima with a triangle.
When they finally got in front of each other, Jaca summarized how the fight was going to be: “It’s going to be a war.”
And it was. Jacaré started out at 100 miles per hour.
Tererê soon understood the meaning of war when Jacaré pulled the collar of his kimono and gave a violent jerk toward the ground. Tererê fell to his knees and froze for a few seconds. Jacaré worked fast to go to the back and opened a four-point lead.
The absolute world champion went on attacking. He didn’t get the finish but the win was secured.
In a good mood, Tererê didn’t care much for the defeat and said he was happy to have provided moments of high level Jiu-Jitsu: “That was the most fun for me. What matters is that the crowd liked. I will continue facing the big boys. One day it’s gonna be my turn.”
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