Over the last few years, the competitive Jiu Jitsu community has seen a strong upswing in professional Jiu Jitsu events. These events give high-level grapplers a chance to perform under the bright lights, similar to other combat sport athletes. Colorado Jiu Jitsu Club is one of the newest organizations to host professional events after putting together several successful tournaments.
Colorado Jiu Jitsu Club
Saturday, September 7th Colorado Jiu Jitsu Club held its inaugural Professional Jiu Jitsu event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado. There are several things that set this event apart.
Jiu Jitsu in a Cage
Matches for the Colorado Jiu Jitsu Club event took place inside a cage rather than an open mat. Though many gi competitors were tentative to work up against the fence, many no-gi competitors were more than happy for the prop. Several matches included experienced professional MMA competitors.
Level Up Tournament (Belt Promotion)
The event also included a belt promotion competition. Prior to entering, the competitor’s coaches agreed that winning this part of the event would allow their grappler to promote from blue belt to purple. The tournament consisted of four competitors and two alternates, all high-level blue belts.
Level Up Tournament Results
Dillon Dewberry def Mitch Seybold via first round Arm Bar
Kirk Branckmann def T.J. Hughes via first round Arm Bar
Tyler Ruona def Brenden Brown via Ankle Lock
Third Place Match
T.j. Hughes def Mitch Seybold in overtime for 3rd place
Dillon Dewberry def Kirk Branckmann via North-South Collar Choke to earn his purple belt
Danny Gonzalez def Derek Nye via referee decision after overtime
Daniel Calvert def Hector Alvarado via Arm Bar in overtime
Clayton Wimer def Brian Lopez via Rear Naked Choke
Walker Madden def Carlos Rubio via Rear Naked Choke
Caleb Crump def Michael Martinez via Rear Naked Choke
Main Card Results
Michael McCann def Alfredo Corona via kneebar
Courtney King def Barb Cueller via Darce Choke
Tyler Hampton def Robert Lamorie via Arm Bar
Josh Copeland def Daniel Gallemore via Rear Naked Choke in Overtime
Sharon Jacobson def Megan Winick via Americana
Vance Barksdale def Joe Miles via Collar Choke
Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori is a professional female fighter based in Denver, Colorado. Fissori has been working as a professional journalist for well over a decade in a number of industries as a general reporter and legal analyst. Along with a mean left hook, she also has a law degree. Fissori trains out of Elevation Fight Team and has competed for top-level promotions such as Bellator MMA and PANCRASE MMA in bantam and featherweight divisions.