No Gi started the World Pro off with the Jiu-Jitsu championships coming next week. The No Gi competition, not originally included in the Pro, was recently added and offered competition to the ADCC grappling tournament that had been THE long standing No Gi competition to fight in. Now the World Pro and ADCC trials go side by side sometimes around the world and the competitors need to choose which to attend.
This time with the ADCC finals in September, and in the UK. Compeitors can easily swing going to each if they manage the trials well. The World Pro's first days was set with excitement. Rodolfo Vieira moved to the finals in the Absolute and his division. Rodolfo will not have it easy as he faces Rafael Mendes of ATOS. This match up will be a stregnth vs technique battle as Rodolfo weighing in at about 200lbs has over 55lbs on Mendes at 145lbs.
Read More, Final Match-ups, Comments from Mendes Brother and LLoyd Irvin...
[einset][/einset]Raf has just a hard battle against his brother Gui in the Under 65 KG division finals on Saturday, where bother vs brother for the gold.
Via Facebook Pages here are comments from Mendes and LLoyd Irvin posts....
Mendes Bros page:
Lloyd Irvin Page:
Team Lloyd Irvin Putting In Work in ABU DHABI- DJ Jackson is in the finals of his division and the Open division! Jimmy is in the finals of the Black Belt division! JT submits his first guy RNC, then beats Gilbert Burns 5-0(take down + guard pass) in 2nd match but gets injured and has to pull out taking 3rd. Pere gets DQ, waiting on Kenny's results
Now a look at the Finals:
ABSOLUTE: Rodolfo Vieira x Rafael Mendes
U65KG: Rafael Mendes x Guilherme Mendes
U74KG: Davi Ramos x Rodrigo Caporal
U83KG: Vinicius Corrales x James Harbison
U92KG: Rodolfo Vieira x Rafael Lovato
Over 92kG: Xande Ribeiro x Jose Junior