Following on from our previous blog, here’s a quick round up of the major results from this weekends Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, see who clinched victory and walked away with the coveted cash prizes!
Black belt Male Champions
- u56 kg - Jose Lima BRA
- u62kg - Hiago George - BRA
- u69kg - Paulo Miyao -BRA
- u77kg - Jaime Canuto - BRA
- u85kg - Isaque Bahiense- BRA
- u94kg - Jackson Sousa - BRA
- u110kg - Thiago Sa - BRA
As you can see, each male black belt division was won by a Brazilian, with notable performances coming from Isaque Bahiense submitting Charles Negromonte in the final via a quick and vicious toe hold, while Jaime Canuto had dominating run to gold. Jackson Souza’s final with veteran Paulo Pinto was an intense affair, which even included a couple of headbutts, but in the end it was decided by just 2 points. European standout performers include NS Brotherhood's Gerard Labinski, who Thiago Sa to a referee’s decision in a close back and forth match which could have gone either way in the -110kg class.
Brown/Black belt Female Champions
- u49kg - Serena Gabrielli - ITA
- u55kg - Amal Amjahid - BEL
- u62kg - Charlotte Von baumgarten - GER
- u70kg - Ana Carolina Srour - BRA
- u90kg - Arizona Brodie - GBR
Fighters Market’s one to watch brown belt Amal Amjahid and black belt Ana Carolina Srour both put on strong performances, Amal was in good form beating rival, and current black belt European champion Amanda Monteiro of GFteam in the semi-finals, this was a rematch of their final at the 2017 Worlds at brown belt, with Amal taking the victory today. The female divisions throughout the belts saw a lot of Europeans take the top spot, breaking the trend of Brazilians dominating, this was very clear in the brown/black divisions.
Best of the rest
As seen by the above results, the competition had large Brazilian presence. Many world champions/medalists made their way to London to battle to become champ with lucrative cash prizes on offer. This was no different in the coloured belt divisions. However, the Europeans still had a strong presence on the podiums, in the u94kg brown belt Male division, Brits Sean Coates and River Dillon took bronze and silver respectively, with the division being won by Brazilian Pedro Elias. Both guys had strong performances dominating previous matches before being beaten by Pedro.
At Purple Belt, each division’s top step was occupied by a Brazilian apart from u85. The finals were contested by the Belgian Maarten Bauwens and Bilal Benhammed of France. Maartens explosive pace and intensity was on display all day, however, Bilal was able to neutralise him with his tricky guard using the lapels and the 50/50 to his advantage and came away with a narrow 2-0 victory. Kingz Europe sponsored athlete Mabast Hussein put an impressive performance in the u77kg division which was one of the busiest divisions of the day, narrowly losing to the current world champion Victor Nithael of Clube Feijao who was mightily impressive submitting most his opponents. Other standouts included Elina Moestam of Prana Jiu Jitsu who submitted 2 out of her 3 opponents on her run to gold in the u55kg division and Carolina Prill who handily won her 3 matches on her way to gold in the 62kg division.
At blue belt, Fighters Market’s one to watch Ferrah Loutfi of GF Team France put on a show, taking gold in the u85 division, with some impressive passing and flying triangles. Other notable blue belt performances were in the u94kg, Vinicius Liberati who won his 4 matches by either a double-digit points margin or submission with no competitors scoring a point on him.
All in all, the UAEJJF had a successful weekend, providing a world class venue in the Copper Box Arena, one of Olympic standard. Along with this the UAEJJF displayed a high level in production and professionalism, and we can’t wait till they bring the Grand Slam back in 2019!