The 2020/2021 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam tour is underway after the first event took place in Miami. There was a number of great performances throughout the weight-classes and several returning champions took to the mats against impressive, young talent. Below is the full results for the adult men’s black belt divisions and the women’s mixed black and brown belt divisions:
Adult Male Black Belt Divisions
Light-Featherweight (56kg) – Francisco Jonas Andrade had to fight Estevan Martinez twice as the only men in the bracket but won both matches on points, 7-0 and 1-0 to take home gold.
1st – Francisco Jonas Andrade (Brazil)
2nd – Estevan Martinez (USA)
Featherweight (62kg) – Lucas Pinheiro first came up against Connor Welle, winning comfortably by Triangle Choke. He wenton to beat Bebeto Oliveira 1-0 and moved into the final against Suraj Budhram. A 6-0 victory gave Pinheiro the gold medal.
1st – Lucas Pinheiro
2nd – Suraj Budhram
3rd – Carlos Alberto Silva
Lightweight (69kg) – Kennedy Maciel has been on a tear lately after becoming F2W Champion. In his first two matches here, he beat João Mendes 2-1 and then caught Rodrigo Cardoso with an Armbar. In the final match, Maciel repeated himself by submitting Thiago Macedo with an Armbar too.
1st – Kennedy Maciel
2nd – Thiago Macedo
3rd – João Mendes
Welterweight (77kg) – Michael Liera Jr had four tough matches to claim gold. First he put up an impressive score against Jose Luna, winning 9-1. Then he tied 4-4 with Marcio Andre but made it through by virtue of scoring the last point. Another close match against Johnny Tama resulted in a paper-thin 1-0 victory to see him into the final, before another 1-0 victory against Johnatha Alves got him gold.
1st – Michael Liera Jr
2nd – Johnatha Alves
3rd – Marcio Andre
Middleweight (85kg) – Guthierry Barbosa fought his way past Carlos Souza first before outscoring Andre Gois 2-1 to make it to the final. An incredibly close match with Ronaldo Junior was decided by a single point, with Barbosa claiming first place.
1st – Guthierry Barbosa
2nd – Ronaldo Junior
3rd – Gabriel Almeida
Light-Heavyweight (94kg) – Rafael Lima started by beating Fellipe Trovo 2-1 and then outworked Aaron “Tex” Johnson to a 3-0 victory in the semifinals. The final match against Fellipe Silva was a close one, with Rafael barely losing out to his opponent.
1st – Fellipe Silva
2nd – Rafael Lima
3rd – Fellipe Trovo
Super-Heavyweight (120kg) – Max Gimenis had two matches with the son of Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Klidson and managed to win both. The first saw him build up a nice 3-0 lead before the second match, where he finished him with an Omoplata.
1st – Max Gimenis
2nd – Klidson Abreu
Adult Female Brown/Black Belt Divisions
Roosterweight (49kg) – Mayssa Bastos put up an incredible lead on the scoreboards with a 25-0 win over Sarah Takushi to book her place in the final. In a nail-biting final with Jessa Khan, she was nearly caught with a Triangle Choke early on. After taking some time to escape the danger, Bastos rallied to build up some points and win 6-4 in the end.
1st – Mayssa Bastos
2nd – Jessa Khan
3rd – Sarah Takushi
Light-Featherweight (55kg) – After her first match, Thamires Aquino met Alexa Yanes in the semi-final to win 3-1. In the final match against Eliana Carauni, the pair had plenty of back-and-forth action. In the end it was Aquino who won gold with an 8-5 lead.
1st – Thamires Aquino
2nd – Eliana Carauni
3rd – Alexa Yanes
Lightweight (62kg) –Nicole Sullivan had a close opening match against Alexandria Enriques, winning 4-3 to book her place in the final. She came up against fellow ATOS representative Woods Heather in the final, another close match that she went on to win 3-2.
1st – Nicole Sullivan
2nd – Woods Heather
3rd – Alexandria Enriques
Middleweight (70kg) – Rafaela Guedes took out Gloria Armas in her first match before beating Melissa Cueto 1-0 in the semifinals. The final saw another ATOS v ATOS match as Guedes built a comfortable 8-2 lead to claim gold.
1st – Rafaela Guedes
2nd – Emilly Silva
3rd – Melissa Cueto
Heavyweight (95kg) – Talita Nogueira blew through Kylie Baker in the first match with a 5-0 victory on points to face Maria Malyjasiak in the final. Another victory on points saw her claim gold, although Malyjasiak gave her a closer match in her 5-2 win.
1st – Talita Nogueira
2nd – Maria Malyjasiak
3rd – Kylie Baker
After the success of the opening event in Miami, the next stage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour takes place on October 25th in Moscow, Russia. Tthe registration period is already open for the next in a series of high-quality competitions, click here to sign up now.