Before the long-awaited arrival of cash prizes at the Worlds and Brazilian Nationals, the IBJJF/CBJJ already featured the BJJ Pro series of events, where capitals of Brazil and the world welcome fighters of different ranks in search for gold, as well as money.
Last weekend, in Barueri, the CBJJ held another edition of the São Paulo BJJ Pro, and great fighters came from all over to vie for the cash that came with absolute gold. Male black-belts also had the chance to add to their bank accounts across all weight divisions.
Split into four divisions (feather, middle, heavy and ultra-heavy), the men’s black belt had some well-known names grace the top of the podium. At feather, Cleber Clandestino (Almeida JJ) beat Leandro Lima (Cicero Costha) for gold. At middleweight, Wellington Alemão (Brotherhood) defeated Alexandre Jesus (Atos) in the final. At heavyweight, Fellipe Andrew (Zenith) proved he had earned his condition of favorite by beating Fernando Reis (Alliance). And at ultra-heavy, Duzão Lopes (Guigo JJ) and Igor “Tigrão” (Brotherhood) closed it out without a fight.
In the women’s black belt, with one athlete signed up per division, all fights were conscribed to the absolute. After winning their semifinal matches, Bia Basílio (Almeida JJ) and Carina Santi (G13BJJ) decided to share the top of the podium.