Cássio Francis’s leg lock on Antonio Braga Neto at the Rio Open
Written by: Graciemag newsroom
Cássio has his hand raised after his semifinal win.
Held last weekend, the IBJJF’s Rio Fall Open had the stands shaking at Tijuca Tennis Club.
In one ultra-heavyweight semifinal, for example, Cássio Francis (Gracie Barra) faced two-time world champion and UFC fighter Antônio Braga Neto (Babalu’s Iron Gym). Cássio wasted no time before pulling guard, and Braga worked on top with pressure to try to pass. With some fine technique, Braga Neto managed to pose problems to Cássio, who found himself on all fours with Braga Neto behind him trying to choke or place the hooks to score the four points.
But with a sneaky move, Cássio left the disadvantageous position and spun under Braga, unexpectedly attacking the unattended leg. The leg lock was sunk with precision, and victory went to Cássio.
Later Cássio lost the final to Antonio Assef (GFTeam). In the open division, Victor Bonfim and Marcus Junior closed it out for GFTeam.
Below, check out Cássio’s complete semifinal match.
1 – Lucas dos Santos Pinheiro – Atos JJ USA
2 – Douglas Rufino da Silva – Cantagalo Team
3 – Ighor Luis Alvim Horta – Brazilian Top Team
3 – Luiz Eduardo Cabral da Costa – Academia Pitbull
1 – Rene Alves de Lima – PSLPB Cicero Costha
2 – Eduardo de Souza Campos – Nova União
3 – Lucas Axel Galbusera – Nova União
3 – Michael Gomes de Souza – GF Team
1 – Cesar Casamajó Cardoso – Caveirinha Jiu-Jitsu Family
2 – Eduardo Jantzen Simões Lopes Baptista Vieira – CheckMat
3 – Djalma Santana C. Júnior – PSLPB Cicero Costha
3 – Leonilson Marques Ferreira Junior – GF Team
1 – Eric Lopez Medeiros de Souza – Constrictor Team
2 – Nilton Barbosa de Oliveira Junior – GF Team
3 – Ruan Quintanilha da Silva – Natal e Rico Jiu-Jitsu