Felipe Pena’s season has been almost perfect in the second semester. After becoming champion of almost everything he fought in, including the ADCC Worlds, he has now closed out the year in style.
Already a champion in the gi in the Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu-Jitsu (ACBJJ), last Saturday Preguiça fought in Moscow, Russia for his second belt under the organization. This time he took part in the no-gi GP in the under-95kg division. By the end he had achieved three finishes.
First up was Gutemberg Pereira, whom Preguiça finished with a calf slicer so nice it earned him submission of the night. “I practiced this submission a lot,” Preguiça said later, “and I knew I would manage to apply it in one of the fights.”
Preguiça’s following challenge was Atos’s Lucas Hulk. “I had never fought him,” Preguiça said. “I managed to finish him via guillotine in round 2.”
The final match of the tournament pitted Preguiça against Russia’s own Abdurakhman Bilarov, who had made it so far by submitting Erberth Santos and Jackson Sousa. “But I caught him in a guillotine as well,” said Preguiça.
In the end, on top of the belt and the bonus for submission of the night, the Gracie Barra BH black-belt could boast of not having allowed a single point. A fitting conclusion to a brilliant year.