The 2019 Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship is in the books. The first big CBJJ event to pay out cash prizes, the Nationals, held in Barueri, welcomed over 7,000 fighters, making it the biggest competition ever held by the federation.
This Sunday, the adult black-belts stepped on the mats to see who deserved to be champion. Nicholas Meregali and Bia Mesquita walked away with double gold and some extra money in their pockets. To Nicholas, the victorious evening started with him coming from behind to beat Fellipe Andrew and finish with the lapel in the super-heavyweight final. Later, in the absolute, Nicholas fought in the final against Rudson Mateus, the medium heavy champion, in a duel that started well for Rudson but was flipped by Nicholas, and after a sequence of penalties (crossing and lack of combativeness), Rudson wound up disqualified.
Bia Mesquita first won the middleweight title by defeating Renata Marinho. Then, in the open division, she met Sabatha Lais, who had eliminated strong contestants on her way to the final. Bia made full use of her strong game as she pulled, swept, transitioned to the back and choked with a bow-and-arrow. Double gold for the Gracie Humaitá star.
Also noteworthy: Carina Santi, of G13 BJJ, took the women’s super-heavy gold, and siblings Cleber Clandestino and Bia Basílio, representing Almeida JJ, beat the roosterweight and lightweight divisions, respectively.
Find the complete results below.
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Cléber Clandestino def. Rodnei Barbosa 4-2, points
Hiago George def. Alex Sodré 4-1, advantages
Isaac Doederlein submitted João Paulo Gonçalves, choke from the back
Ygor Rodrigues def. Matheus Guilherme 2-0, points
Otávio Sousa def. Cláudio Calasans, DQ
Rudson Mateus submitted José Henrique, armlock
Vinicius Trator and Dimitrius Souza closed it out for Alliance
Nicholas Meregali submitted Fellipe Andrew, choke from the back
Duzão Lopes submitted Felipe Augusto, choke from the mount
Nicholas Meregali def. Rudson Mateus, DQ
Dyna Sena def. Mayssa Bastos, decision
Ffion Davis submitted Aninha Schmitt, choke from the back
Bia Basílio submitted Luciene Silva, foot lock
Bia Mesquita submitted Renata Marinho, armlock
Rafaela Bertolot def. Sábatha Laís 4-0, points
Fernanda Mazzelli def. Cláudia do Val, decision
Carina Santi submitted Izadora Cristina, kata-gatame
Jessica Flowers and Joaquina Neta closed it out for Gracie Barra
Bia Mesquita submitted Sábatha Laís, bow-and-arrow choke