After a full day of intense action the finals for all the black belt weights are set. No shortage of action at any weight class. Caio Terra moved on to finals with a masterful day, with Featherweight is set up for a classic Rafa Mendes vs Cobrinha rematch.
At Lightweight Zak Maxwell seemed to be unstoppable until he ran into relatively unknown Brazilia Leandro Lo, who is a technical beast. Leandro dominated Maxwell and then Phillipe Della Monica to reach the finals against Lucas Lepri. At middleweight Kron Gracie rematched with Vitor Estima, who used footlocks to hold off the son of Rickson and reach the finals against Claduio Calasans.
Yuri Silva's amazing run at his competition as a black has carried him all the way to the finals of heavyweight to face teammate Lucas Leite, and likely they will agree on a winner off the mats.
The preliminary blog results are here and there was surely some excellent action there. The finals are starting now!
Live results after the jump...
Roosterweight Final: Caio Terra vs Rafael Barata
And we are off, Barata shoots in for a single and Caio slips away. Barata is very high energy right now, faking takedowns, while Caio is very relaxed. Barata jumps guard and gets half guard looking for a sweep. Caio going for an armbar from half, Barata escapes and switches to 50/50. Caio up an advantage.
Action slowing down in the 50/50 guard, both fighters taking stock and looking for an edge. Barata gets a grip and is coming around on Caio's side, Caio puts him down on the back and they are still in a 50/50 stalemate. Caio driving forward to keep Barata on his back. Caio trapping Barata's foot and going for a calf slicer, but Barata does't look concerned. Caio stands now as Barata starts working for a footlock, trying to spin for a kneebar. Caio drops for a toe hold, but Barata doesn't look concerned.
Now Barata is trying to work to the back from 50/50, Caio defending. Barata spins back to classic open guard and is looking for an X-guard sweep. Caio stands up and moves away, ref pauses action to fix belts. They restart with Barata sitting and Caio leands into half guard, Barata tries to sweep and Caio locks in a kneebar to win!
Caio Terra defeats Rafael Barata via Kneebar.
no post match speech from Caio this year.
Light-Featherweight Final: Bruno Malfacine vs Gulherme Mendes
Malfacines sits as Mendes gets his grips and the two press their forehands together. Malfacine attempts a butterfly sweep and Mendes defends deftly. Both fighters on their knees, pressing foreheads looking for an advantage. Malfacine comes up in a quick single leg and gets Mendes down into guard.
After a ref time out Mendes is back in the closed guard. Malfacines in a low crouch, Mendes controlling a leg looking to sweep. Malfacines stands, Mendes comes with him and reaches for a leg and Malfacines quickly drops back down to his knees. Mendes tries to work Sean Williams guard as Malfacines stays low in his guard. Mendes pulling Malfacines' lapel across his back to give him more control. Closed guard battle going on right now as Malfacines is unable to open the guard.
Mendes is getting the lapel up higher, he may be looking for a choke as he breaks down Malfacines posture even more. Mendes is using the lapel now to go for a Brabo choke inside the guard, Malfacines defending while trying to save energy as their is still plenty of time. Mendes switching to an omoplata. Malfacines stands, but Mendes comes with him and underhooks a leg, Malfacines drops back down to avoid sweep.
Mendes touching up his grips and then going back to work on the omoplata, Malfacines is stuck right now but still able to fight off the submission. Mendes is preventing escapes but the omoplata is getting looser, and Malfacines is out. Sweep attempt by Mendes and the two roll across the mat, but Malfacines ends up on top, no sweep for Mendes. Time is running out, ref time out.
Closed guard restart, Mendes on bottom. Malfacines is up by 2 points, Mendes looking for a sweep. Mendes has two advantages, so a sweep wins it for him. Malfacines is locking down in the guard, looking to stall out. Malfacines wins.
Bruno Malfacines defeats Gulherme Mendes via points (2-0)
Featherweight Final: Rafael Mendes vs Cobrinha
And now for a rivalry match, these two have met many times. Historically Cobrinha has the advantage but Mendes has gotten the better of Cobrinha of late.
Rafa pulls guard, as is his game. He moves right to De La Riva guard looking for a sweep, Cobrinha controlling Rafa's leg with a gi grip. Rafa puts a foot in the hip and is looking to hook the near leg of Cobrinha for a sweep. Rafa transitioning to the 50/50 guard and looking to sweep. Score is still even at 0 and the ref is checking Rafa's grips.
Rafa gets a sweep on Cobrinha for two points, gets around the guard quickly and puts on an armbar! Cobrinha spins attempting to escape and refusing to tap, but Rafa cranks and Cobrinha taps.
Rafael Mendes defeats Cobrinha via Armbar.
Lightweight Final: Lucas Lepri vs Leandro Lo
Leandro pulls guard and gets a quick sweep, from open guard. Leandro in a strong half guard, starting a knee slide pass. Lepri sits back to guard, shoots for double, Leandro rolls Lepri over him and both are back to standing. Leandro pulls guard again.
Leandro is up 2-0 because of the sweep and is playing the same open guard from which he got the sweep. It appears to be the classic foot in the hip guard with the other foot in the biceps. Leandro has a good grip on the cuff of one arn and on the near leg. Leandro switching to X-guard and is elevating but Lepri won't go over. Leandro switches back to foot in the hip.
Lepri picking up effort to pass, but Leandro is frustrating him. Lepri is being very deliberate, only down 2-0 he has plenty of time to try to figure out Leandro's guard game. Leandro trying more elevator sweeps, but Lepri's base is just too solid. Ref time out to re-center them.
Back into open guard for Lepri and the energy is picking up as over half the time is gone and he is still down. Lepri cannot break Leanadro's grips. Lepri is trying going back to the knees and standing, nothing is working against Leandaro's guard as he fights for superior grips. Lepri is trying to get his knee in the middle and take one of Leandaro's legs out of the game, but his hips are too active.
Seconds left and Leandro is still up by virtue of that early sweep. Super impressed by Lepri's base and balance and how technical Leandro's guard and grip fighting is!
Leandaro Lo defeats Lucas Lepri via points (2-0)
Middleweight Final: Victor Estima vs Calasnas Claudio Jr.
Fighters start out in low crouches and both attempt to pull guard. Vitor already looking for a footlock and as he rolls he fell off the footlock, very close. Claudio holding on to Victor's left arm with both hands to prevent ankle lock. Claudio is working his foot out of danger, but Victor's leg lock assault is relentless and he has a very clever grip on Claudio's lapel to keep him from slipping away.
Warning for stalling issued. Claudio trying to roll to an inverted 50/50 guard, but Victor is sticking him in place with a lapel grip. Another stalling warning issued. Claudio rolling for a kneebar, both fighters break away out of bounds. Both have an advantage point, the bout is dead even.
Both sit guard again, but Claudio being very careful about footlocks. Victor looking for a footlock but Claudio stands and gets credit for a sweep, Victor's getting aggressive now that he is down two points. Claudio moves to half guard, and Victor is working a deep half guard. Claudio goes for kneebar, Victor sweeps, but Claudio goes for another kneebar. Victor escapes but gives up sweep and Vitor reverses but doesn't get sweep points. 4-2 Claudio right now.
Victor playing guard and looking for an arm drag sweep and then switches to another leg lock. Claudio back on top but Victor looks for toe hold. Both stand and Victor looks for throw and then pulls guard trying to get a sweep, but they go out of bounds. Victor looking for takedown but Claudio pulls guard to seal the match.
Claduio Calasnas Jr defats Victor Estima via points (4-2)
Medium-Heavyweight Final: Vitor Toledo vs Kayron Gracie
Kayron Gracie looking to be Gracie Barra's first male black belt god today. Both come out in crouch, Vitor pulls guard, Gracie gets to half guard and puts his shoulder into Vitor's neck. Gracie brings Vitor's lapel behind his head but Vitor swims for underhook. Gracie is able to work his leg out and getting to side control with a lot of pressure. Pass is awarded and Gracie establishes side control.
Vitor attempts to escape and gives up back, Gracie jumps on back and locks up a choke.
Kayron Gracie defeats Vitor Toledo via collar choke.
Heavyweight Final: Lucas Leite vs Yuri Simoes
All Checkmat final here, not match here. Lucas Leite is declared winner on gentleman's agreement.
Lucas Leite defeats Yuri Simoes via forfeit
Super-Heavyweight Final: Antonio Carlos Jr vs Bernardo Faria
Time for a rematch from yesterday's Open weight match up. Carlos pulls guard and Barnardo goes right to the double undershooks stack pass. Carlos is keeping his legs heavy and not giving up pass, hooking his legs into Bernardo's hips to keep him from stacking. Bernardo still driving for pass, but Carlos is staving off the pass.
Carlos is locking up an omplata and sweeps Bernardo into side control. Bernardo puts him back in guard, but Carlos passes to side control. Bernardo gets to deep half guard and sweeps Carlos over and his now looking to pass. Carlos rolls to turtle and Bernardo is looking to take the back now.
Only hook in but Bernardo is look for a ezekiel choke but can't quite finish it. Second hook is not in yet, so Carlos still up on points, 5-2. Body triangle locked on but that doesn't earn back points, but Bernardo is looking for a collar choke, not points here. Hooks come in and now Bernardo is up 6-5 and he is working on a choke from the back.
Carlos only defending choke with one hand and trying to get rid of hooks with other hand. They roll around the mats, Bernardo working hard on that choke. More back points awards as Carlos escapes only to be put back into back mount, 10-5 Berandro.
One minute left and Berandro is in control. He switches to bow-and-arrow choke but Carlos rolls back into guard as time expires.
Bernardo Faria defeats Antonio Carlos Jr via points (10-5)
Ultra-Heavyweight Final: Marcus Buchecha vs Alexander Trans.
Another all Checkmat final here, but a real match is anticipated as these two are not training partners.
And they are fighting, both are looking for grips standing. Marcus shoots and pulls guard. Trans smashing down Marcus' leg to set up a pass. Marucs gets back to guard and rolls for kneebar and then rolls again for toehold, Trans slips out.
The medics have been called out and are talking to Marcus Buchecha, not clear what happened. They appeared to be checking his eye and we are starting up again.
Now in 50/50 guard with Marcus sitting up and Trans laying back, they are grip fighting. Marcus slips out and rolls up looking for side control but Trans pops up and Marcus goes to an open guard. Trans getting to half guard and as Marcus tries to take the back, Trans slips to side control. Marcus goes to tornado guard, elevates Trans, tries for triangle and goes back to tornado guard. Don't see ultra-heavies using this dynamic of a guard this often, very fun.
All tied at zero still, Marcus tries to get inverted guard but Trans stuffs with his head. Marcus rolling to a traditional open guard. And now Trans is circling trying to pass, but there is nothing there for him. Marcus trying to hold on to guard as Trans gets closer and closer to a pass.
And just like that Marcus gets a sweep from half guard and gets two points and now Trans is working and a deep half guard sweep of his own. Marcus is smashing the half guard and Trans rolls for a kneebar, very close for a second and Trans switches to a single leg. Trans sits for some reason and gives up any chance at points.
Marcus Buchecha defeats Alexander Trans via points (2-0)
Open-Weight Final: Antonio Carlos Jr vs Marcus Buchecha
As predicted Carlos and Marcus are both Checkmat teammates and will not fight this match. A gentleman's agreement pending, but one of them has to change into a blue gi first as per rules.
Antonio Carlos Jr defeats Marcus Buchescha via forfeit
thanks for sticking with me guys! Had a great time and event wrap up will be coming out sometime tomorrow.