In the semifinals of the brown belt Absolutes two super prospects clashed in Keenan Cornelius of Atos and Jackson Souza Dos Santos of Checkmat. Both won their weightclasses, Keenan the Medium-Heavyweight division and Jackson the Heavyweight division, and both where on a tear through the Absolute bracket and they collided in a very exciting match.
Keenan tries a berimbolo and Jackson is on his butt, trying to hop up over, but it's not working. Keenan comes up top and should get an advantage as Souza stands up. Souza is working within Keenan's spider guard. Jackson tries a toe hold, but it fails and Keen pulls back out. They restart on the feet and Jackson gets an advantage. Tie game. Jackson gets a stalling penalty and that could be decisive. Jackson trying to get past and Keenan works a sweep. Jackson back to open guard, pushing ankles down.
Keenan goes berimbolo and Jackson has his leg full down. I don't think the berimbolo will work here. Keenan somehow turns it into a near back take and Jackson stands up, tosses Keenan back down. Advantage to Keenan for the back take.
Keenan upside down, trying to get something on Jackson, who is very cautious all of a sudden. Jackson pushing for a knee slide, but Keenan is going inverted and sliding his legs across for guard retention. Jackson stands again.
Jackson tries to toss Keenan around, but it's not working. Time elapses and it looks like Keenan gets the point victory. That might have been the most anticipated brown belt match at this tourney and it turned out pretty good. Both acquitted themselves very well and Keenan's technicality wins the day.