With the San Diego Trials wrapping up this past weekend and the Japan trials on deck, then Brazil and the UK (Bahrain was cancelled) we get closer to the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship in the U.A.E. this coming April. Don't have your ticket, hop a flight and get yourself overseas to check out the action.
ATOS swept 3 of the 5 black belt weight divisions, with Guilherme Mendes delivering a win in the (-) 143lbs divsion, Andre Galvao (-) 183 lbs pulling a win as well.
This year the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship, traditioally a Jiu-Jitsu/gi based event - added a No-Gi division. 390 Gi Competitors and 167 No-gi competitors fighting for the over $80K in cash and prizes at the trials. The entire series of tournaments across the world are billed as over $1 Million in cash and prizes. See Results following.
Absolute Finals: Cláudio Calasans defeats Bráulio Estima, by Advantages
Cláudio Calasans had beat Bráulio Estima in the 83 KG final and with it came the $8K in victory money. With the Absolute Championship on the line and $20K for the winner both competitors were vigilant with Calasans over Bráulio to win the title.
65kg: - Rafael Mendes defeats Guilherme Mendes, brother beats his brother 4 points to 2. Both brothers got tot he finals through submitting their challengers quickly in the semi's. Refael had 2 fights to Guilherme's 3 in the path to the finals.
74kg: - Gilbert Durinho defeats Claudio Caloquinha, by Shoulder Sweep for the $8K money.
83kg: - Cláudio Calasans defeats Bráulio Estima: Estima ahead on point is swept in the last 10 seconds and loses by Penalties
92kg: - Alexandro Ceconi defeats Rômulo Barral (Former and defending Champ), 3 pts to 2, by Guard Pass with 10 seconds remainng
92kg+: - Ricardo Demente defeats Gabriel Vella, by Sweep in the final minute of contest