The female black belts at the 2014 World Championship completed their matches on Sunday, June 3. The finals came with some calm moments and some completely insane moments.
The roosterweight final came between Marcela Lawton of New England United BJJ and Shiho Yaginuma of Nexusense. Both came out of a round robin as there were three in the division. Marcela pulled guard and as Shiho attempted to pass, there were no advantages or points made. The referee decision went to Shiho Yaginuma.
The light-featherweight division came down to Gezary Bandeira of American Top Team and new black belt Ariadne de Oliveira Mestre Wilson. The match was one of the most aggressive of the day as both females were dynamic and as competitors are submission-oriented. Ariadne earned two points for a takedown and Gezary worked her spider guard. Gezary swept and passed and then was able to get another two points for knee-on-belly ending the match at 7-2 in Gezary’s favor making her the world champion.
The featherweight category ended with Michelle Nicolini of Checkmat and new black belt Tammi Musumeci of Atos. As Tammi worked the berimbolo position, she neared the backtake but Michelle recovered two times and attempted to attack Tammi’s feet and knees in the meantime. On the third attempt, Michelle recovered again but Tammi went for the omoplata. Michelle defended, sat back as Tammi swept and Michelle was able to go to her guard and attacked the arm of Tammi with a spider guard hook on the far side. Michelle pulled the far arm of Tammi who remained in a seated position and defended the armbar instead, leaving her left arm extended over her back which then dislocated the shoulder and elbow. Michelle let go and Tammi continued fighting in the match and Michelle swept, went into mount and as Tammi reversed back into Michelle’s guard, the time ran out. Michelle won 13-6 in points and the crowd stood in a standing ovation for Tammi’s heart and perseverance.
The lightweight division came down to Luiza Monteiro of Cicero Costha and Beatriz Mesquita of Gracie Humaita. Bia earned a sweep to earn her two points and the match mostly stayed in this position. Near the end of the match Luiza was able to earn a sweep however Bia bounced back and Luiza only earned the advantage. Time ran out and Bia earned another world title with a 2-0 point lead.
The middleweight final was between Vanessa Oliveira of GFTeam and new black belt Janni Larsson of Checkmat. They both pulled guard and Vanessa came up for an advantage and the majority of the match stayed in this position. Janni was able to threaten a sweep and try for a footlock to earn the 2-0 advantage lead that gave her the first world title of her career.
The middleweight category was between veteran Hannette Staack of Brazil-021 and Ana Laura Cordeiro of Gracie Barra who was out of competition for years due to a serious back injury. Hannette jumped guard and Ana Laura pushed to half guard. Hannette waited patiently and was able sweep but Ana Laura reacted quickly and recovered to her feet. She then pulled and swept adn went back into top half to work the pass. Hannette swept and went into Ana Laura’s closed guard but was unable to earn the points or advantages for the win. Ana Laura remained undefeated in her career winning with a 2-2 point and 2-1 advantage lead.
The heavyweight final was between Fernanda Mazzelli of Striker JJ and Andresa Correa of Alliance. Andresa pulled guard and was able to sweep to earn two. While she attempted a pass Fernanda Mazzelli recovered but Andresa pushed to half earning another advantage. At the end, Fernanda was able to sweep but it wasn’t enough and the final score was 2-2 points, 5-2 advantages with 2-0 penalty giving Andresa the world title.
The super-heavyweight final was between Andrea McComb Pereira of Gracie Humaita and Venla Luukkonen of Hilti BJJ Jykaskyla. Venla took Andrea down, passed her guard and mounted. She was able to secure the armbar for the world title.
The open weight division was between two gold medalists, Beatriz Mesquita and Michelle Nicolini. The two pulled at the same time and stayed in double guard position for enough time to earn two penalties each. Michelle came up to get an advantage and Bia swept Michelle for two points. Michelle attempted a quick triangle and went straight for the arm but Bia recovered and worked a pass until the end of the match as Michelle worked constant sweep attempts. In the last thirty seconds Bia passed Michelle’s guard and almost took her back as time ended. The final score was 5-0 points, 3-2 advantages and 2-2 penalties. Bia earned her double gold.
See the full results here: http://static.ibjjfdb.com/Campeonato/000272/en-US/Results.pdf
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