All photos by Kid Peligro (c)
The final day of the 2008 Pan was the coronation for 3 names: Andre Galvao, Kron Gracie and Luka Dias. Galvao won the Black Belt weight and Absolute, defeating Tarsys Humphries with an injury withdrawl and submitting Roberto Tozi in the Absolute finals with a choke. Kron took the weight and Absolute (yesterday) Brown Belt being the name of the tournament on that Belt division, Kron won all his 10 matches (weight and Absolute) by submission continuing a string that is above 40 and starting to worry father Rickson: "He is starting to catch up to me now!" Evergreen Luka Dias won both her weight and the adult ladies Absolute in perhaps the match of the finals against current World Champion Michelle Nicollini. Luka and Michelle tradede sweeps with Mchelle scoring a guard pass to reach teh final score of 8 x 7 for Luka. The 45 year old proved to everyone that age is just a number!
Other notables had Rubens "Cobrinha" winning over Bruno Frazatto, Celsinho Vinicius defeating Lucas Lepri in another great match. Fabio Gurgel took the weight and Absolute in his age group.
Super-Feather – Carlos Hollanda beat teammate Samuel Braga – Shared the podium but Hollanda won the coin toss (odds or even)
Feather – Cobrinha over Frazatto by advantages after 2 x 2 score
Light – Vinicius over Lepri pts 4 x 2
Medium – Gustavo Campos submitted Otavio Souza leg-lock
Medium-Heavy – Galvao over Tarsys Humpries – Shoulder injury withdrawl
Heavy – Rafael Lovato Jr over Roberto Alencar "Tussa" pts 6 x 0
Super Heavy – Roberto Abreu "Cyborg" over Arthur Jacinto pts 2 x 0
Super-Heavy – Luis "Big Mac" Theodoro over Bruno Paulista pts 2 x 0
Ladies Absolute – Luka Dias over Michelle Nicollini pts 8 x 7
Absolute – Andre Galvao submits Roberto Tozzi – choke from the back