A great shot of Rafael Mendes finishing an armbar by amazing bjj photographer Mike Calimbas. Check out his website for more great action shots.
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 Results surprised me a bit, but for the most part I wasn’t too far off on my predictions.
In the rooster division I said Bruno Malfacine and Caio Terra would meet up in the finals, and they sure as hell did. They both had an impressive run at the 2013 Pan Ams and Bruno served up two nasty arm bars that I personally saw. One of them on Takahito Yoshioka came so fast, that Yoshioka didn’t have enough time to tap before getting hurt. Felipe Costa made it to the semi finals against Bruno Malfacine, but Bruno was just better that day. In the finals, Caio Terra won the 2013 Pan Ams with a very well thought out attack. On a side note: did anyone catch the toe hold Bruno Malfacine had on Caio? Is Caio an invertebrate? Geez!
Check out the rooster Pan Ams 2013 results for the adult black belt rooster finals below:
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 Light Featherweight resulted exactly as I thought it would.Graciemag with a great shot of the 50/50 back and forth battle.
Laercio Fernandes met up with Gui Mendes in the finals and it was a lot closer than I thought it would be. Personally, I think Gui Mendes won more because of his tournament savvy than for his skill. That is not to say that he isn’t a great practitioner, but I am simply pointing out that his understanding of timing, points, and advantages was clearly more advanced than Laercio Fernandes. He won in the final moments of the match right as soon as he knew it was time to turn it on. Laercio did a good job of defending the berimbolo, but it was the 50/50 see saw battle that did him in.
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 Featherweight results surprised me a bit.
On the right side of the bracket I called for Queixinho to upset Rafael Mendes and be in the finals, but Mario Reis ended up moving foward instead. Rafael dominated Reis and moved on to the finals. Cobrinha and Tanquinho met up in the finals and Cobrinha got the best of him. The finals was very exciting with Cobrinha defending the berimbolo succesfully but succumbing to a sweep out of the 50/50. Nearing the end of the fight Cobrinha got a sweep of his own to tie the score up. It went to a referee decision; it was unanimous vote for Rafael Mendes.
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 Lightweight results were like deja vu.
Lucas Lepri and Micheal Langhi closed out the division Alliance style. I feel… like… we’ve seen this before. Unfortunately for my predictions, Langhi took out JT Torres by submission. That was unfortunate. I wonder if the TLI transition had something to do with this. Torres looked a little bit slower against Mendelsohn than he looked at NoGi worlds last year. Just a thought.
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 middleweight results were the biggest surprise of the tournament.
Leo Lo was beat in a huge upset by GF Team Vitor Oliveira. I am still, to this point, shocked that this happened. I was sure Leo Lo would tear through the competition. I was wrong, but that wasn’t the only surprise here. Clark Gracie managed to get through the whole roster of middleweights and made it to the finals. But that’s not all *cue the corny commercial rhetoric* there was much MUCH more! But, seriously, he faced Marcelo Mafra in the finals and pulled off one of the nastiest submissions I have ever seen in competition. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you. Suffice to say, I’ll be trying this in training this week, lol. Check out this submission that put Mafra to sleep. *EDIT* Match updated with the official video with commentary.
The IBJJF Pan Ams 2013 middle heavyweight results were not as I predicted, but not really a surprise either.
Andre Galvao closed out the division with teammate Gustavo Campos after Gustavo upset the favorite Romulo Barral. Gustavo was able to pass Romulo’s guard TWICE in the match and pinned him in side control pretty successfully for longer periods of time than I thought possible. Romulo had been killing it in competition up to this point, but Sunday was just not his day.
Watch footage of Guto passing Romulo’s guard and take notes!
In the heavyweight Pan Ams 2013 results, which I can careless about (sorry big fellas), I was wrong in my predictions.
Being wrong usually bugs me, but since I don’t follow this division, I will be okay. Gracie Barra won it’s first and only black belt Gold medal with Roberto Alencar besting Nivaldo Lima. Yay.
In the super heavyweight Pan Ams 2013 results, Leo Nogueria won.
In the ultra heavyweight Pan Ams 2013 results I redeemed myself…
Or, rather, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida redeemed me by proving my prediction right. Of course, he won. Come on.
Finally, in the 2013 Pan Ams Adult Black Belt Absolute we were treated…
With no Xande or Rodolfo Viera that left it wide open for someone to get a crack at the current absolute black belt world champion Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida. This was a fun match to watch; both Galvao and Buchecha brought their best game to the table with hostile offensive attacks. At one point, Galvao attempted a flying triangle. But, why read about it when you can see it:
Keenan Cornelius vs Paulo Miyao Brown Belt Adult Absolute
Ben Henderson vs Pedro Alcantara Brown Belt Adult Middleweight
Head on over to Gracie Mag for more media including an interview with Buchecha after he became the absolute Panamerican Champion.
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