The 2012 No Gi Worlds (submission grappling without the gi uniform that is a staple of Brazilian jiu jitsu) are taking place in the Walter Pyramid aka the Long Beach Pyramid right now.
The tournament is stuffed to the gills with superlative submission grapplers - men and women in their blue, purple, brown and black belt divisions - and takes both Saturday and Sunday to complete. Today, the coverage focuses primarily on the black belt openweight divisions, while tomorrow (Sunday), the coverage moves to a full day blogathon.
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Black Belt Openweight Division: (starts at roughly 6:10 pm ET)
Kleber Oliveira vs Alex Aristides
Aristides pulls guard after some stand-up stalemating and action quickly moves to the half guard. Kleber trying to smash pass through. Butterfly/open for Aristides now with some hand fighting and neck collaring going on. Kleber keeping pressure on. The pass happens after some switching between half and butterfly. Kleber has side control very firmly. Aristides being cautious and Kleber working the upper arms some. Quarter mount for Kleber. Arisitdes being somewhat passive at this time. Full mount for Kleber and he's controlling the head well. Working an ezekiel choke, but no lucky. Trying to walk a trapped arm up for the head/arm triangle when time runs out. Kleber should and does get his hand raised. Kleber Oliveira advances.
Murilo Santana vs Alberto Oliveira
Murilo Santana advances.
Andreas Olsen vs Vitor Oliveira
Oliveira is able to get Olsen down and passes his guard fairly easily, and mounts. When Olsen tries to push out of mount Oliveira locks on an armbar. Vitor Oliveira advances.
John Toth vs Paulo Jardim
Jardim vs. Toth: The Brazilian pulls guard to butterfly. Not much happening, but the Brazilian is clearly better at grip fighting from that position. They return to the feet where they collar tie up and start grip fighting. Brazilian tries for a single twice and gets front headlocked on the second time. Driven out of bounds. They reset in the middle. Arm drag-off is short but exciting. They collar tie up again. Jardim hopping back and forth and gets a rear body lock on the kneeling Toth. Jardim working a back take/armbar, but gets shrugged off. Toth shoots for a single, gets it! Wrenches Jardim down and they are in the butterfly guard. Jardim working to his left. Toth shoving him down and staying tight. Jardim sits up and tries to shuffle in under the hips. No luck. Slowing down the pace. Toth tries an acrobatic hop across, but no luck. They return to the feet. Collar tie up. Jardim coming forwards, but not engaging much. Tries for a single leg, misses badly, gets headlocked, Toth spins to the back while Jardim spins to the butterfly guard. They reset to the middle. Grip fighting from butterfly and then back to the feet. Match over. Toth wins.
Levy Silva vs Clark Gracie
Clark looking to pull guard and there is a double guard pull, both fighters pause to take stock of situation. They are in 50/50 guard, Clark dives for a footlock and ends up in half guard, bu is able to sweep to top, and is now trying to knee slide out of half guard. Gracie is able to turn a low underhook from Silva into a d'race choke and ends the match. Clark Gracie advances.
Erza Lennon vs Marcelo Motta
Erza Lennon advances.
Antonio Peinado vs Victor Bonfim
Peinado has pulled guard and Bonfim is attempting to pass is guard, but very little is happening. The match was stopped due to a cut on Peinado's knee, after some medical attention is restarted. Peinado is working hard to set up an omoplata and Bonfim is defending well. Bonfim has stood in the guard and tried for a toe hold but was unable to lock it in and escapes away to standing. Bonfim dives back into the guard, almost passes but Pinado recovers guard. Peinado attempts another omoplata but Bonfim pulls out easily. Bonfimd drops back for a foot lock, it is poorly time an Peinado is able to get on top and get sweep points right as time expires to win. Antonio Peinado advances.
Eduardo Telles vs Bruno Antunes
Coming in part way there are no points, but Telles us up on advantages. Telles pulls guard and Antunes is driving into him, trying to knee slide through half guard. Telles sits up into a single leg, and then trips Antunes, who pops right back up. Time expires as the continue to fight in that single leg position. They are tied on advantages now, so refs decision is coming. Eduardo Telles advances.
Gustavo Dias vs Nic Nicolaiesen
Coming part way through also, Nic is on the bottom working from half guard. Nic pulls an arm drag and tries to take back but Dias escapes to standing. Nic shoots in for takedown but Dias sprawls. After a short medical break they restart and Nic pulls guard. They spend the rest of the match battling from guard and Dias passes with ten seconds left in match. Gustavo Diaz advances.
James Puopolo vs DJ Jackson
James pulls guard and DJ immediately goes for double unders. James working half guard on his right sideon the constantly driving forwards DJ. Jackson constantly attacking to his left side, making James defend on his right side. James trying for arm drags now and then when it goes back up to half butterfly. DJ backs out and comes back in, while James goes inverted. Back out and in and to the half guard on the right side. DJ trying to shake loose. James trying for a kimura on the left arm of DJ, but no luck. Back to closed guard. DJ driving forwards still. James trying to bump up to his own left, but DJ shoves him back down. Referee resets to the middle of the mats. James goes for a right arm drag, but gets stuffed down. James working the high guard to open guard switching. DJ gets past the guard, but James turtles. Advantage to DJ. Dj getting the better of the scramble and may have another advantage. Not sure on that one as it's my call, but James is down right now. Reset to middle in half guard. James working open guard and DJ backs out, hops around and then drives forwards into half guard again. James rolls to open guard but DJ again goes to the left. Half guard on the right side for James. DJ trying to flatten him out and gets a turtled up James. Should be one advantage for DJ again. DJ stands up and James scoots forwards. James shoved into half guard and turtles up again. Shoulder roll back to open guard. James working a kimura, goes invert and DJ tries to shuck the legs to the other side and pass that way. Open guard. DJ backing out now and then, only to drive back into the guard. Closed guard for James. DJ waiting for a chance to hop over to the left and pass there. No luck. Back to open guard and they reset in the middle. More of the same James turtling up, halfguard stuff and so on. Jeez. James trying, but DJ shutting him down and constantly going left to the half guard and not getting much beyond advantages. More of same. DJ trying to pass other way. Looks like DJ gets another advantage for the turtle. 15 seconds left, DJ should be up comfortably on advantages if not points. DJ Jackson advances.
Maxmilian Freitas vs Diego Herzog
Diego Herzog advances
Leandro Lo, João Assis, Roberto Alencar, Alexandre Ribeiro, Bernardo Faria (Bye)
Xande Ribeiro vs Vitor Oliviera
Head to head standing looking for the right grips and ties. Reset to the middle. Xande tries for an ankle pick but is really off. Back to standing. Vitor tries for an arm drag to single, but Xande runs away. Tie-up. Xande clearly bigger. Vitor tries changing levels and grabbing a leg. No dice. Xande does the same and gets the leg and takedown. Halfguard for a moment and Vitor pops back up to the feet. Tie up in the middle. Xande kinda pushing Vitor Henrique around a bit by dint of his sheer size. Vitor working an inside leg trip and nearly gets it, but Xande gets out. Xande goes for a low single and gets fought off nicely. Xande sits guard. VH tries to fly over for a back take and after a scramble, it's back to open guard. Xande sitting and VH trying to get his grips. Xande pulls half guard and VH tries to spin around it. Xande ties up in the half guard. VH unable to do much, but isn't letting Xande work either. VH switches sides and nearly gets a pass, but not close enough for an advantage. Xande scrambles nicely and they reset in the middle in the same half guard to Xande's left. Vitor switches sides and should get an advantage for clearing the legs. Xande spins and works an armbar. VH is defending by grabbing with the other arm but Xande keeps extending it! VH slips free and Xande spins back to guard super quick. Reset in the middle. Xande pulls left half guard again. More guard work. VH seems more content to sit down in the closed guard of Xande now. Xande tries coming up to the right, but gets put back down. Battle for posture. Xande tries a triangle, but it's defended very well and VH stands. Starts trying to pass to the right. Xande in the half guard. VH backs out and comes back in. Xande keeps guard and they reset to the middle. more scrambling from VH to pass the guard. more defending from Xande. Xande trying a situp single. VH grabs a guillotine, Xande rolls free and after a scramble, Xande has top of guard. VH is on his back. Time elapses. Xande wins 4 points to none. Xande Ribeiro advances.
Kleber Oliveira vs Murilo Santana
Kleber tries for a takedown, gets an advantage, but not the full TD. Scramble out of bounds. Reset in middle. Kleber pushing the head of Murilo. Santana tries for a single, but is really far off. Kleber latches a two on one, but can't turn it into anything. Oh! Nice single on the farside leg from the 2 on 1, but Santana hops back up super quick. Kleber should get an advantage for that and does. Two advantages for Kleber. Murilo lets him have the two on one again. Kleber again goes for the single and gets it. Santana working the guard. Kleber using his upper body to pressure the legs into ineffectiveness. They reset to the middle. Santana trying to come up to his right and work a kimura on the left arm. Kleber cinching the arms tight around Murilo. Santana trying to pop that left arm free without success. Kleber gets ahold of Murilo's left arm and is trying to stuff it behind the back. Nope. Neither guy doing much. Santana working a rubber guard of sorts, but Kleber's posture is really strong. Switches to a possible guillotine, but no luck. Kleber slips free and is trying mightily to get upright. Santana keeps posture down and switches to going up to his right again. Murilo trying to work something on Kleber's neck, but it doesn't seem to be working. reset to the middle as they edged outwards. 30 seconds left Kleber sits, murilo butt scoots inwards, but keeps getting shoved off. Kleber fighting Murilo off well. Looks like time will elapse with Kleber getting the 2 point win. Kleber Oliveira advances
Clark Gracie vs Erza Lennon
Clark is trying to pull guard and is trying to get get Lennon to engage, and identically hits Lennon in the nose. After a short break to get the nose tended to, Lennon goes into Gracie's guard. Gracie shoots an omoplata and Lennon is trying to stand out of it. but the ref stopped match because of Lennon's nose starting to bleed again. Clark is not happy. Lennon restarts and is out of omplata, Gracie shoots in for takedown from sitting but Lennon is able to escape. Both are standing, Gracie tries for a takedown bu Lennon reverses it right into mount. Gracie desperately tries to escape, but Lennon bases down and traps him. Lennon working for a front choke it appears and Gracie is defending. Clark tries to buck Lennon over, but Lennon is able to smash his hips down an stop the roll. Clark tries again and is able to create a scramble back to guard and then moves right for a knee bar and then moves the back in a great transition. Lennon working to keep the second hook out to avoid points, and is able to survive to get the win. Eraz Lennon advances.
Roberto "Tussa" Alencar vs DJ Jackson
DJ gets an advantage off a single leg scramble and seems to be really working that right leg single. Lots of collar ties up for both guys. Tussa larger than DJ, so he's trying to come up and over, DJ trying to go under and grab the right leg single. Collar tying up continuing and Tussa forcing DJ back again and again due to size differential. DJ gets a takedown! Tussa working closed guard and on DJ's left arm. DJ stuffing it. Tussa trying a sweep that's designed to attack the leg and doesn't quite get it, but he does get DJ to stand up and out. Tussa pulls guard on DJ and DJ treis to pass to his left. Tussa seems comfortable with him in the half guard DJ scrambling around and Tussa trying for all kinds of grips, without much success. DJ keeps motoring around to his left inexorably and Tussa isn't giving up the pass either. Back to the feet. DJ gets another takedown. Tussa had one advantage. So it's now 4-0 DJ, with 2-1 advantages. Tussa gets a body lock and is looking to attack something, but not getting much. Open guard. DJ always tries to go left and Tussa pulls him into the guard. Back to the feet and Tussa looks tired. Tries for a bad low single, again. Nowhere near close. Reset to the middle. DJ kinda running away a bit to preserve the lead and fend off the takedowns. Time ends and DJ Jackson beats Tussa Alencar. DJ Jackson advances.
Antonio Batista Peinado vs. Marcelo Motta
Motta sits guard and tries a single leg pull. Peinado stuffs it and is working from an odd half guard. Spins around to top of turtle. Working the turtle pressure now. Referee's butt is blocking the camera. Batista basically has the wrestling par terre position for a couple minutes now. Motta finally turns to guard and shoots in for a single leg and sweep! But it started from the turtle so it's only an advantage one advantage each. standup for both. Batista and Motta end up on the ground in a way that I can't really describe because it's not a takedown or a guard pull. It's just kind of a scramble. Batista working a brabo/gable grip/front headlock. Batista wants a better situation from Motta's half guard and so steps out of it. Motta grabs the single leg and spins to deep half. Batista shoves the legs down and tries to sit back. Dangerous situation here for him regarding possible sweeps. Motta trying to climb up Peinado's body with his legs and spin under. Batista collapsing in on him and stuffing it. Cool position. Faria seems to have worked his way free and they both stand. Fifteen seconds left, Batista kinda backing away, Motta not doing much either. And time elapses with Peinado getting the win. Batista advances.
Gustavo Dias vs João Assis
Assis gets a takedown super quick. Working from guard. Assis is kinda locked up tight by the other guy. Works up a bit and stands up. Other guy tries to underhook a leg in the guard. Assis comes back down. Grip fighting from both guys at a slow pace. Assis trying to stand, but isn't getting the stable grips he needs to do so. Sloooooow match. Assis works slowly to half guard and starts working pressure based pass. He's got head and underhook, passes free of the legs and his opponent turtles up, Assis gets one leg in and a seatbelt control with his hands. No back take points yet due to the rules, but Assis is firmly in control here. Assis to knee on bellyish, working a kimura, opponent chases the arm and gets free! Assis in bottom of guard now. Opponent working a knee up the middle and pass to his left. Assis sits up and starts working deep half. Assis gets a sweep. Opponent is smiling and grabs an underhook himself. Assis stuffs it. Assis stands after some time and then drops back to one knee as his hands get gripped. Opponent climbs up for a triangle. Doesn't look right and Assis pulls free, goes for a guard pass and opponent valiantly tries to turtle. Back take threatened with one hook in.and seatbelt. Assis gets the second hook in. Joao Assis advances.
Leandro Lo vs Herzog
Leandro Lo vs. Herzog: Lo pulls guard and starts working a ridiculous invert guard. This is insane! Herzog gets put upside down, but stays off the ground due to his arm strength. Lo gets an advantage as they go out of bounds. Standing circling. Herzo shoots in and Lo sprawls then pulls guard. Back to the middle. Herzog in top of guard. Lo working a half butterfly, RDLR guard. Herzog trying to knee slice through. Lo bumping him subtly off. Herzog tries to shuck aside the legs but Lo keeps calm and reposes the guard. Now working DLR. Herzog pushing down on the inside leg. Lo goes for RDLR and tries to spin to top guard, gets a rear body lock and a back take attempt! Herzog shoves him off and dumps him to the ground. Should be an advantage for Lo here. Again with the half butterfly guard. Lok stands up with a leg in his control but can't get a takedown. Reset in the middle. Lo pulls guard and Herzog circles around standing. Lo had 3 advantages. Herzog dives in and starts trying to work a pass. Lo is keeping his guard strong with foot grips and switching butterfly hooks. X guard now of sorts for Lo. He tries to come up, but doesn't have the leg secure. Herzog trying to work double unders. RDLR. Herzog drops back for an ankle lock and Lo seems content to let him pull on the leg for a while. Lo pops free and gets a rear body lock. Herzog dives to ground and Lo has to let go. One advantage to Herzog. One advantage to Lo. Lo is working the half butterfly guard again. Lo and Herzog trading positions, it's 4 advantages to Lo and 2 for Herzog. More super dexterous guard work from Lo and he flips over Herzog, but cannot take advantage of it.
Xande Ribeiro vs Kleber Oliveira
KO has Xande down and almost mounts, but is now back in Xande's guard. KO spins around in half guard and is now working on a knee bar, switching to toe hold but Xande seems ok. KO kicks away and ends up on top in half guard again. KO backs away and is working on Xande's open guard, trying to dart past it and Xande its up into single leg but KO slips away. KO on top in half guard again and Xande trying to sit up into half guard. KO pulls a crazy spinning scramble move to avoid the takedown and is back in the open guard of Xande. KO now looking to knee slide through and Xande against sits up and tries for single leg. Again KO stops and Xande is sitting while KO kneels. Xande tries to shoot his hips up for a triangle, but KO slips away and into half guard. KO dropping back for an ankle lock, big mistake as Xande is able to get on top into half guard. Xande moves into mount where Xande waits out the last few seconds. Xande advances.
Bernardo Faria advances
Leandro Lo vs. Herzog: Lo pulls guard and starts working a ridiculous invert guard. This is insane! Herzog gets put upside down, but stays off the ground due to his arm strength. Lo gets an advantage as they go out of bounds. Standing circling. Herzo shoots in and Lo sprawls then pulls guard. Back to the middle. Herzog in top of guard. Lo working a half butterfly, RDLR guard. Herzog trying to knee slice through. Lo bumping him subtly off. Herzog tries to shuck aside the legs but Lo keeps calm and reposes the guard. Now working DLR. Herzog pushing down on the inside leg. Lo goes for RDLR and tries to spin to top guard, gets a rear body lock and a back take attempt! Herzog shoves him off and dumps him to the ground. Should be an advantage for Lo here. Again with the half butterfly guard. Lo stands up with a leg in his control but can't get a takedown. Reset in the middle. Lo pulls guard and Herzog circles around standing. Lo had 3 advantages. Herzog dives in and starts trying to work a pass. Lo is keeping his guard strong with foot grips and switching butterfly hooks. X guard now of sorts for Lo. He tries to come up, but doesn't have the leg secure. Herzog trying to work double unders. Abandons that. Lo working RDLR. Herzog drops back for an ankle lock and Lo seems content to let him pull on the leg for a while. Lo pops free and gets a rear body lock. Herzog dives to ground and Lo has to let go. One advantage to Herzog. One advantage to Lo. Lo and Herzog trading positions, it's 4 advantages to Lo and 2 for Herzog. More super dexterous guard work from Lo and he flips over Herzog, but cannot take advantage of it. Leandro Lo wins.
Joao Assis vs. Batista Peinado:
Assis gets top position in guard. I looked away for a moment so I'm not sure if it was a takedown or a guard pull. Points say a guard pull. After some work, Batista has swept Assis and in return, Assis has deep half on Peinado. Assis sweeps for 2 and they reset to the middle. Batista getting his bloody knee looked at again. Assis in top of guard. Peinado seems to be able to control Assis's hands really well here. Faria works a sweep, but Assis takes the opportunity to go for a footlock. They scramble up to the feet and Assis gets an advantage for a takedown out of bounds. Reset in the middle. Batista is not happy right now. Score is tied. Batistaa pulls guard. Holy beep. Batista works a sweep out of nowhere as Assis goes for a toehold. It's somewhat tortured grappling, but Peinado gets up top and is working past the guard of Assis now. Side control for Peinado. He looks up to his coaches and Assis looks pained. Reset in the middle due to them being on the edge of things. Peinado maybe working a north/south choke, yep. Assis looks like he's definitely in pain now. Peinado walking around and getting down tight for the choke. Assis still resisting! He taps! Wow! Biiiiig statement win for Batista here. Batistaa advances.
Xande vs. Bernardo Faria
Standing in the middle, kind of motionless. Xande is a counter-gripper, so he hates moving in first. Faria seems to be the same as well. Other guy shoots in for a single and then pulls guard. Xande on top and looking to crawl his right arm up to control the head and arm. Other guy appears to be going for a deep half, but cannot get under Xande well. Xande gets head control and appears to be trying to cradle Faria. Xande scrambles into a mount, but gets bucked into quarter mount. Xande appears to be crushing Faria with pressure. Faria bucks out and scrambles to half guard. Xande passes again to side control and tries to work into knee on belly. Faria pulls back to half guard and open guard. Xande gets to half again and starts shoulder crushing pressure. Faria looks ridiculously uncomfortable. Bernardo bucks free again and a scramble sees Xande running away before sprawling as Faria dives for a takedown. Back to half guard for Xande on top and Faria on the bottom. Xande tries a kimura, but it's too much space and Faria gets up. After some moving around, Faria pulls guard and Xande moves to half. Xande trying to post up and attack a kimura. Faria has his arm buried in and lets go of the legs entirely. Xande spins for a farside armbar and actually gets great position. 30 seconds left and Xande trying to extend the arm and do a wristlock maybe. Faria resisting superbly, but it's still dangerous. Faria spins out and up to guard. Wow. Xande wins.
Leandro Lo vs. DJ Jackson
Lo tries to pull guard. Doesn't have contact with DJ so takes a warning. Does it correctly this time. Working DLR on DJ's right leg. Underhooks that leg and goes to open guard. DJ pushing hard on the hips. Lo trying a sweep, doesn't get it. DJ maneuvers over to his preferred left side. DJ having trouble with Lo's guard so he backs out and circles in for a better position. Lo keeping the open guard going and pushing DJ away. Lo is resisting the pass to the left mightily and gets upright as DJ backs out. DJ circles around to the left once more and Lo starts sinning to attack on DJ"s right side. Lo gets under DJ and has a shot at sweeping him. DJ sitting back and staying balanced. Lo works to X-guard and stands. DJ hops out of bounds to take a penalty point and the referee initially gives 2 points to Lo, but changes his mind and gives an advantage instead. Lo falls to guard without contact and takes a penalty so DJ has an advantage. One advantage each. Wow. DJ goes back into Lo's guard and Lo spins to attack DJ's right side. Lo has an underhook of DJ's right leg and works an omoplata, which is quickly shrugged free. They reset in the middle. Lo attacking the right side once more and DJ brings his passing attempts to that side. Lo spins upside down to try and get under DJ, but is stuffed mostly. Lo threatening a back take! Rear body lock! DJ shrugs free and Lo falls to the ground. DJ back in the guard trying to pass. Lo has an advantage from that back take attempt. DJ working the left pass once more. Lo using his hands to push DJ off there while actively scrambling around to prevent the pass. About 2 minutes left to go. DJ backs out and then goes back in trying to get that left pass from the half guard. Lo staying calm and looks at the clock. Referee stops the match briefly as he notices blood or something on DJ's lip. Looks like both competitors are getting their lips worked on. Back. DJ goes double unders and Lo resists the guard pass. Wow. This is incredible work from Lo and DJ. Reset to the middle. DJ starts as if he'll try to pass right then backs out and starts going left again. Lo resisting. Lo's open guard work is stymieing DJ who is working the double unders. DJ comes close to slamming Lo, but it isn't illegal or a pass. Lo still resisting as time runs out! Leandro Lo advances.
Leandro Lo vs. Peinado:
Lo on the top, Peinado working butterfly and Lo being super scrambly. Lo being cautious now and batting with his right hand as Batista fights off the grip. It's really boring right now. After a little scrambling, they reset in the middle. More of the same. Lo trying to work a right side over hook and a left side ankle grip simultaneously. Peinado butt scooting away. They reset in the middle. Peinado gets in RDLR, but backs out and they edge out again. Reset in the middle. More of same, another reset. This is dreadfully boring and it's pretty much both their faults. Lo for not varying and Peinado for doing essentially nothing but back away. Lo finally in a bit more and trying to throw Peinado's legs aside. Peinado resists and works to butterfly, while on his back. Lo trying to float over Peinado's butterfly without luck and works back to his feet. Lo working a leg drag and Peinado butt scoots back to beat it, but out of bounds. They reset to the middle and Lo gets an advantage and Peinado a penalty point. Lo back to the batting in with the right hand and scoop the left hand too. Peinado batting away. 3 and a half minutes left to go. More of this nonsense. Peinado could just shoot in for a single all match but hasn't. Peinado is getting more active now. He's butt scooting forwards and trying to sweep Lo overhead. Lo jumps out of danger and out of an omoplata. 1 minute and 30 seconds. Lo comes in and Peinado is gripping for a sweep. Lo resisting and staying balanced. Lo trying to get past, but Peinado scoots back and retains guard. Lo flipping around like a deranged monkey, but not getting past. 40 seconds. Peinado scoots slowly in and Lo stands. Lo comes in once more and Peinado gets a couple grips. Lo staying balanced. Peinado trying a half butterfly sweep. Lo balances carefully and falls free, but still on top. Leandro Lo wins.
The final of the open class will be Xande Ribeiro vs. Leandro Lo.
Women's - Due to techical difficulties with T.P., it was not possible to live blog these matches.