It was three days of pure action on Abu Dhabi. For the second time, the biggest of the emirates hosts the World Pro Jiu Jitsu, a competition that paid thousands of dollars for the great names of the soft art. And the fights show had a lot of particularities this year.
Sheik Tahnoon, great supporter of the sport, had enough of the tradition and changed the Tribune for the real mat. Watching the fights closely, he was not frightened even when the rain fell in Abu Dhabi. It wasn’t a storm, it is true, but the drizzle that fell in the Arabian Desert was already too strange to those accustomed to almost 365 days per year of sunshine and hot weather.
The rain that fell was good to wash the soul of many people. The weight finals of the black-belts were marked by a revenge. In the dispute for the absolute, Gabriel Vella reached the semifinals with a victory over Ricardo Demente, but the black belt from Nova União hit back on the title of the heaviest, getting a sweep in the final moments of the fight and winning the US$8.000 check.
The same happened with the two female finales. Reissuing the end of the first selective for the South American tournament, Luanna Alzuguir achieved a different outcome over Bia Mosquita. Among the heaviest, Gabi Garcia equaled an old account against Luzia Fernandes, earning the title with a score of 8x2, ensuring the second gold for the Alliance on World Pro.
But the competition wasn’t only marked by revenges. There were surprises on the desert as well, if we still can call names as Cláudio Calasans ans Alexandre Ceconi that way. The fact is that Bráulio Estima and Rômulo Barral were the favorites on their respective weights. Running little by little, Calasans became the great name of the World, beating Bráulio on the weight and absolute finales. World champion, Barral fell before Ceconi, allowing him to pass his guard with 10 seconds left for the fight to end.
On the other categories, the favourites didn’t let any space left for surprises. On the lightest, the brothers Rafael and Guilherme Mendes dominated once again. The final prize was the finale between the brothers, which ended with a 4x2 score in favor of the two times champion Rafael, besides the surprisingly participation on the absolute feather, beating athletes with over 100kg. On this weight category, Gilbert Durinho, another Atos athlete, made a good championship and won the title over Cláudio Caloquinha.