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THE BLACK BELT FINALS THRILLED THE LONDON CROWD AT ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM® JIU-JITSU WORLD TOUR DAY 1


Thamara Silva [Brazil] beat Samantha Cook [UK] via foot lock submission in the female adult brown / black belt 70kg finals
Paulo Miyao [Brazil] beat Isaac Doederlein [USA] in the male adult black belt 69kg finals  


London, United Kingdom, 9th March, 2019: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour fifth and final leg Day 1 began in London today at the Copper Box Arena, where some of the worlds best black belts’ entertained the local British fans with a display of the highest level of jiu-jitsu. In the much-anticipated match between Paulo Miyao and Isaac Doederlein in the Adult 69kg finals, Miyao won via 4-2 points decision after a tough fight and Brazil’s Thamara Silva took the Gold in the female adult 70kg against Samantha Cook.

The event began with the national anthem of United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom in the presence of H.E Samira Al Romaithi, UAEJJF board member and Mr. Tareq Al Bahri, Director of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®.

Over 2000 fans attended Day 1 at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, who at times, created an energetic atmosphere in the venue to cheer on the superstar black belts and also the brown and purple belts.

With a stacked line-up of some of the best black belts in the sport of jiu-jitsu featuring Mayssa Bastos, Thamara Silva, Samantha Cook, Gabrieli Pessanha, Hiago George, Joao Miyao, Paulo Miyao, Tiago bravo, Issac Doederlein, Lucas Barbosa, Adam Wardzinski, Ricardo Evangelista, Igor Silva and many more, the brackets produced some skillful and ‘human chess’ performances.

Commenting on his win at the 69kg male adult black belt category, Paulo Miyao said “I am obviously delighted with the Gold medal today, this rounds off a perfect season for me at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. I am now going to rest and recover for tomorrow’s King of Mats competition, which is a very tough competition to win.”



Paulo Miyao, who is one the best jiu-jitsu black belts in the world, has been made the favorite by media and fans to win the Abu Dhabi King of Mats® title tomorrow.

“I have seen that the media has mentioned me as being the favorite, and the fans expect me to win the Abu Dhabi King of Mats title easily, but I don’t see it that way. I don’t think it will be as easy as they think, because we do not have much time to rest between each match and the line-up is the best of the best.”

Commenting on her win at the 70kg female adult brown / black belt category, Brazil’s Thamara Silva, who has also won Gold in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi this season said “The 70kg category is one of the most skilled and toughest, so it’s great to win here in London. A city where jiu-jitsu is growing and I have to say, a lot of that credit goes to UAEJJF for their continued support and investment in the sport. I am looking forward to compete next at the Abu Dhabi World Pro in April.”

If you missed the event broadcast live, then it will be aired on delayed basis on the following TV networks in the coming weeks: London Live TV in UK, FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Sports in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, MNC Group, IndiHome and MyRepublik in Indonesia, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Azam Sports in Africa, EB-TV in Asia, J Sports and TV Asahi in Japan, SFR Sports in Europe, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports in MENA.

Day 2 continues tomorrow at the Copper Box Arena from 10am to 18:00pm UK standard time and the much awaited return of the fourth edition of Abu Dhabi King of Mats®will begin at 15:00pm to 17:30pm, to close the fourth season in style. The event will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports in MENA, FloGrappling worldwide stream, Combate in Brazil and Planet Sport in Slovenia and Croatia.


Male Black Belt Winners
56kg – Nobuhiro Sawada
62kg – Gabriel Sousa
69kg – Paulo Miyao
77kg – Max Lindblad
85kg – Lucas Barbosa
94kg – Kaynan Duarte
110kg – Ricardo Evangelista

Female Brown/Black Belt Winners
49kg – Mayssa Bastos
55kg – Anna Rodrigues
62kg – Ffion Eira Davies 
70kg – Thamara Silva
90kg – Gabrieli Pessanha 

Male Master 1 Winners
62kg – Douglas da Silva
69kg – Denilson Pimenta
77kg – Luciano Cristovam
85kg – Marcos Tinoco
94kg – Celso Campos
110kg – Igor Silva 

For Day 1 full results, please visit – https://events.uaejjf.org/en/event/122/results

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