The last and final day of the 9th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, April 22nd, 2017, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, saw the conclusion of this fascinating journey of world renowned Jiu-Jitsu competition, where all competed for world titles and prize funds of up to AED 3 million.
With over 7000 Jiu-Jitsu athletes from over 100 nationalities who competed over two weeks, today saw the top of the top take home the winning positions. Held at the IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City, this special event also included for the first time the new category of para-Jiu-Jitsu in a major event. Today held the finals of the brown and black categories along with the epic Battle of Legends, outstanding performances that rocked the audience’s experience.
Not only is the UAE taking over the global spot for the ‘home of Jiu-Jitsu’, but it’s nationals proudly showcased their professional advancement in the sport. Representing the UAE were captain Faisal al Ketbi, Talib Al Kirbi, Ahmed al Maazmi and Yahya Mansour, who achieved one gold medal (Mansour), and three silver medals (Al Ketbi, Al Kirbi, and Al Maazmi), placing the UAE second in the over all final results of the ADWPJJ championship.
Saturday’s results were as follows: Brazil came first with 27 medals (14 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze). United States came second with 10 medals (3 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze). UAE came third with four medals (1 gold, 3 silvers). Australia came fourth with one medal (bronze). Japan came fifth with one medal (bronze). United Kingdom came sixth with one medal (silver).
The final results for the professional championship are as follows: Brazil came first with a total of 184 (68 gold, 53 silver, 63 bronze). UAE came second with 32 medals (15 gold, 16 silver, 1 bronze). United States came third with 29 models (10 gold, 11 silver, 8 bronze). Russia came fourth with 20 medals (6 gold, 4 silver, 10 bronze). United Kingdom came fifth with 12 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze). Australia came sixth with 8 medals (2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze).
The Battle of the Legends that also took place saw some of the enormous names from the Jiu-Jitsu world compete against each other, worthy of the title category. In the highlight match, Wellington ‘Megaton’ Dias went against Helio Moreira, saw the win go to Moreira who had this to say about his last fight:
“It was a very tough day for me because after 22 years I fought again. I could not have enough time to train, I trained for three weeks for this fight, but the mat is my land,” Moreira said after his fight. I was about to give up but my coach motivated me that I could sweep [Diaz]. I have the best opponent in the world, he’s my idol.This competition in Abu Dhabi is amazing. I don’t want to fight again in my life, but I decided to be retired one more time here.”
Other famous bouts of the Battle of Legends included the Brazilian Vitor Robiero who dominated against the American Keneth Florian for the win. Another match Brazil verse the U.S was Alexandre Freitas who won against Baret Yoshida. Yet another famous Brazilian national Felipe Pena took the gold from Adam Wardzinski from Poland, as did the Brazilian Nathiely Karoline Melo de Jesus against Talita Nogueira. And last but not least Jose Junior from you guessed it, Brazil, won against Ireland’s Christopher Bowe.
Final Day Results Of The Abu Dhabi WPJJC 2017:
Bronze medal matches
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 69KG Bronze
Isaac Doederlein (USA) def Talison Costa (BRA) via submission (choke from the back)
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 55KG Bronze
Thamires Aquino (BRA) def Amal Amjahid (BEL) via points 0-0 (2-1 adv)
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 85KG Bronze
Marcos Costa (BRA) def William Dias (AUS) via points 4-4 (1-0 adv)
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 62KG Bronze
Jess Fraser (AUS) def Laurence Cousin Fouillat (FRA) via points 0-0 (2-0 adv)
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 70KG Bronze
Priscilla Cerqueira (BRA) vs Fiorella Coto (CRI) via submission (armlock)
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 110KG Bronze
Erberth Santos (BRA) def Manuel Pontes (POR) via points 0-0 (1-1 adv, 1-2 penalties)
– Marcio Cruz def Gabriel Napao via points 2-0
– Amaury Bitetti def Roberto Traven via points 0-0 (2-1 adv)
– Vitor Ribeiro vs Kenny Florian via submission (clock choke)
– Alexandre Freitas def Baret Yoshida via points 2-0
– Helio Moreira def Wellington Dias 2-0
Adult Black Belt Finals
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 56KG
Rodnei Junior (BRA) def Todokoro Masaaki (JAP) via choke
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 55KG
Talita Alencar (BRA) def Vanessa English (GBR) via toehold
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 69KG
Gianni Grippo (USA) def Tiago Bravo (BRA) via points 8-0
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 62KG
Beatriz Mesquita (BRA) def Tammi Musumeci (USA) via submission (choke from the back)
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 77KG
Gabriel Arges (BRA) def Edwin Najmi (USA) via points 2-0
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 70KG
Ana Carolina Vieira (BRA) def Amanda Benavides (USA) via points 0-0 (4-1 adv)
FEMALE / ADULT / BROWN BLACK / 90KG
Nathiely de Jesus (BRA) def Talita Nogueira (BRA) via points 4-2
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 94KG
Felipe Pena (BRA) def Adam Wardzinski (POL) via submission (choke from the back)
MALE / ADULT / BLACK / 110KG
Jose Junior (BRA) def Christopher Bowe (IRE) via points 2-0