The second day of competition at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam saw the conclusion of the black belt finals. There were upsets, submissions, and more than one referee’s decision. Here is the list of some of the most impressive fights.
62kg division. Joao Miyao faced his teammate Hiago George yet again in the UAEJJF Grand Slam series. Per the federation rules, there can be no closeouts and the two must fight — which worked out great for Joao, who simply seems to have George’s number. He was able to secure the toehold a few minutes into the match for the finish.
69kg division. One of the most anticipated finals of the day was between UAEJJF standout Tiago Bravo and Paulo Miyao, and it did not disappoint. Miyao was all over Bravo early with his relentless De La Riva game and constant Berimbolo threats.
94kg division. Adam Wardzinski’s crafty butterfly guard game seemed to place him in the driver’s seat for a majority of the 94kg final against Helton Silva Junior, but the Unity Jiu-Jitsu representative from Brazil never gave up and was able to earn a last-minute advantage that tied the score. The judges believed the Brazilian had outworked Wardzinski during regulation and awarded him the decision.