THE BLACK AND BROWN BELTS TOOK OVER DAY 2 OF ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM® JIU-JITSU WORLD TOUR RIO DE JANEIRO
Alexandre Ribeiro lost to Patrick Gaudio on points in the black belt 94kg semi-finals
Adam Wardzinski lost to Guilherme Santos in the black belt 94kg quarter-finals
Rio De Janeiro – Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Rio De Janeiro second day saw some exceptional energetic fights among the Brown and Black belt categories. The surprising news out of yesterday’s fights were the unexpected loss of Alexandre Ribeiro and Adam Wardzinski in the black belt 94kg division.
The Carioca Arena at the Rio Olympic Park was rocking with over 6500 energetic fans in attendance, who at times, created a palpable atmosphere in the venue to cheer on the superstar black belts.
Though Alexandre Ribeiro lost in a very tight decision at the 94kg black belt semi-finals where the scores were tied 0-0 with 2-2 advantage and 1-1 penalty, but the referee deemed Patrick Gaudio as the rightful winner due to his grit and attacking style of performance during the fight. It was really an exciting fight, where Ribeiro tried to go for the arm bar finish aggressively but was unable keep it locked in. Gaudio rallied in the final couple of minutes to walk away with a famous win over the legendary Ribeiro.
Commenting on his narrow points loss, Alexandre Ribeiro said “I don’t agree with the referee’s decision, I think I won this fight, don’t get me wrong, Patrick performed really well, he defended perfectly, especially my arm bar attempt. But I was the more aggressive fighter and I should’ve won. Jiu-Jitsu is all about respect, so I congratulate Patrick on his win.”
“As Always, whenever I compete at the Grand Slams, it’s really an amazing event from the production to the quality of the fights. You can see the progress the tour has made from its first season and now, it’s great to see the success and be a part of that success.”
Adam Wardzinski, lost via decision at the 94kg black belt quarter-finals with a score of 0-6 advantage against Guilherme Santos in another entertaining fight, which brought the crowd to its feet for six straight minutes.
Commenting on his loss, Adam Wardzinski said, “I am a bit disappointed to not win, I was going for the gold, perhaps a showdown with Xande (Alexandre Ribeiro) but unfortunately he also lost. This shows that there are no easy fights when you are at the Grand Slam, especially in Brazil. Its back again on the mats for me to train harder and I will see you all in Abu Dhabi in January”
The Day 3 of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Rio De Janeiro continues today, 12th November from 10am to 7pm Brazil time, at the Carioca Arena, with the Male Black belt finals and Female Brown/Black belt finals.
The event will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports TV in UAE & MENA from 4pm UAE time, Combate in Brazil from 3pm Brazil time and worldwide live stream on FloGrappling.
Male Adult Brown Belt Winners
56kg: Carlos Silva
62kg: Joao Gabriel De Sousa
69kg: Murilo Amaral
85kg: Marcos Martins
94kg: Fellipe Silva
110kg: Kaynan Duarte
Male Master 1 Brown Belt Winners
62kg: Mariano Neto
69kg: Pedro Leandro
77kg: Vitor Henriques
85kg: Altamir Junior
94kg: Eduardo Flores
110kg: Bruno Multedo
For Day 2 full results, please visit – https://events.uaejjf.org/event/10/results
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