2019 ADWPJJC: black belt finals set after full day of thrilling matches in Abu Dhabi
The black belt finals for the adult male black belt division and the adult female brown/black belt division are set. Day 6 of the 2019 ADWPJJC, this Thursday, April 25, treated Jiu-Jitsu fans both on the stands and watching at home to the highest level of competition. Here's how each gold medal match was defined on the mats of the Mubadala Arena.
MALE BLACK BELT
Hiago George vs. Carlos Alberto Oliveira
Each finalist fought three times to secure their spot in the gold medal match. Hiago George finished Massaki Todokoro with an armbar, then finished Andrea Verdemare and closed his campaign with another submission on Nobuhiro Sawada. Bebeto Oliveira first outscored Todokoro 4-0, then beat Sawada 8-0 and finally finished Verdemare.
Gabriel Sousa vs. João Miyao
Both finalists fought three times to secure the chance of competing for the gold medal. João Miyao first caught Alex Alduncin with an omoplata, then beat Mohd Ali Hayat via DQ and finally finished Virgílio Carvalho. Gabriel Sousa debuted with a 29-0 win over Alduncin, then finished Carvalho and Ali Hayat.
Paulo Miyao vs. Isaac Doederlein
The finalists made their way to the gold medal match after beating three opponents each. Paulo Miyao first beat Mehdi Allaoui 9-0, then outscored Jan Basso 11-0 to finally finish Jorge Nakamura with a triangle. Isaac Doederlein had a tough first match against Lucas Galbusera, winning via referees decision. Then, he finished Aleksander Jablonski and caught Yijad Moussa with an armbar.
Tommy Langaker vs. Oliver Lovell
The most populated bracket had thrills for all. Oliver Lovell had no time to rest as his first match was against standout Levi Jones-Leary, finished with a knee bar. Then Lovell beat Darragh O' Connaill 2-0 on advantages and finally beat Bradley Hill 1-0 on advantages in the semifinals. Tommy Langaker debuted with a referee decision win over Christian Dellevag to meet Diego Ramalho in the quarterfinals and win with a 4-0 lead. The semifinal was against Guilherme Rocha and a narrow 3-2 lead on advantages put Langaker in the gold medal match.
Faisal Al Ketbi vs. Rudson Mateus
The UAE's Faisal Al Ketbi fought twice to reach the finals. He first beat American Devhonte Johnson by referees decision following a 0-0 tie. The semifinal put Faisal against DJ Jackson and a 2-1 lead on advantages made him a finalist. Rudson Mateus secured the right to compete for the gold medal with an armbar finish over David Willis to meet William Dias in the semifinal and win via referees decision after a 0-0 tie on points.
Kaynan Duarte vs. Adam Wardzinski
Kaynan Duarte became a finalist after three matches. He first beat Anton Minenko 2-0 to meet Nicolas Penzer and win by submission. The semifinal was against no other that Erberth Santos and Kaynan won with a sweep to build a 2-0 lead. Adam Wardzinski first beat Rida Haisam via referees decision and then caught Basel Fanous with a choke from the mount in the semifinal.
João Gabriel Rocha vs. Yahia Al Hammadi
In three matches, João Gabriel Rocha made his way to the final. He first caught Keunwoo Kim with a toe hold. Then he outscored Khasan Varando 4-0 to meet Ricardo Evangelista in the semifinal. A 2-0 lead on advantages put João in the final. The UAE's Yahia Al Hammadi fought twice to secure a spot in the final. He first beat Walter dos Santos vis referees decision and then beat Paulo Brasil in the semifinal also via referees decision.
FEMALE BROWN/BLACK BELT
Mayssa Bastos vs. Thamires Aquino
Mayssa Caldas made her way to the final with an undefeated campaign in three matches. She caught Thamires Aquino and Elina Moestan with chokes from the back and then met with Serena Gabrieli in the semifinals to win with another choke from the back. Thamires made it to the semifinals after beating Elina Moestan 1-0. She finished Margarita Ochoa for a spot in the gold medal match.
Amal Amjahid vs. Bianca Basílio
Both finalists had a full agenda to reach the gold medal match. Amal finished Katjusa Horman, beat Anna Rodrigues 1-0 on advantages and finished Rose El Sharouni. Bianca Basílio finished Rose and Katjusa and beat Anna Rodrigues 3-0 to make it to the final.
Beatriz Mesquita vs. Ffion Davis
Bia debuted with an armbar finish on Julia Maele followed by a choke from the back on Larissa Paes in the semifinal. Ffion Davis also fought two times to make it to the gold medal match. She caught Nicole Sullivan with an armbar and then finished Kira Sung with a bow and arrow choke.
Thamara Silva vs. Alessandra Moss
Three matches for each finalist. Thamara first beat Yara Kakish by referees decision and then outscored Alessandra Moss 4-0. In the semifinal, Thamara beat Samantha Cook 4-2 on advantages. Moss debuted with a loss to Thamara, but then beat Yara Kakish 2-1 on advantages and met up with Vedha Toscano in the semifinal to win by one penalty.
Gabrieli Pessanha vs. Claire-France Thevenon
Gabi fought twice to reach the final. She first beat Shantelle Thompson 4-0 and then waged war against Nathiely de Jesus in the semifinal, making through to the final with a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages. Claire fought only once to beat Marta Szarecka 3-2 on advantages and make it to the gold medal match.
The 2019 ADWPJJC returns this Friday, April 26, with the black belt finals as its grand finale starting at 3PM (Abu Dhabi time). Click here for more info and the complete results after six days. Follow the complete coverage on Instagram at @uaejjf and @ajptour.