Lebanon has taken participated in this year’s Abu Dhabi World’s Professional BJJ championship with an unprecedented amount of athletes compared to the previous years. A purple belt, three blue belts and several white belts from different weight categories took part in the 7th installment of WPJJC in the Capital of JiuJitsu.
Among these players was Ali Hemadeh, the lethal doctor as some might call him, when it comes to his BJJ skills. Last year Ali was able to win the gold medal in the Masters 3 division of WPJCC. But this time, Ali wanted to step his game up and compete in Masters 2 with the younger lads.
It is worth noting that the differences between two divisions are the age and level of competitiveness. This was quite a challenge for Ali, regarding the much bigger amount of players participating in Masters 2 with 43 participants.
In his first fight, Ali successfully submitted his Colombian opponent via reverse arm bar. In the second fight, he was paired against a physically powerful Iranian, yet was also able to get a submission finish via choke. In the quarter finals, Ali easily grinded his way with a 5-0 score, moving on to the semi finals where the fight went back and forth until he earned the decision with one advantage with 7 points on each side of the mat.
Fighting for the Gold, Ali faced his Russian opponent Abdulgamid Dadaev, who managed to slip in a tight guillotine choke in the middle of the fight, forcing Ali Hemadeh to tap. Once again, Ali brought silverware back home after two successful stints at the European championship in Berlin last year where he earned gold and the world championship where he also earned gold, marking this tournament the third international event in which he reaches the podium.
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