After a long day of fights and excitement the Black Belt Absolute finals are set, a repeat of the 2006 finals, Roger Gracie v Xande Ribeiro. Both fighters appeared to be at another level defeating everybody along their path. Roger defeated Andre Galvao ina great semi-final match while Xande beat Gabriel Vella on the other side of the bracket. Tomorrow the rematch is on, the two best fighters of the day meet up for the Gold
Kron Gracie’s debut in the Black Belt division did not go as he had hoped to say the least. After quickly falling behind to Sergio Moraes takedowns Kron seemd out of his game while Sergio was presing the issue in full form. After passing the guard Sergio moutned Kron and took the fight with a choke submission for side/back control. Moraes went on to defeat another early favorite in Augusto "Tio Chico" Vieira on his next match. Other notables in the category Victor Estima subbed his first two opponent’s while Lucas Leite and Cassio Werneck advanced as well on that side of the bracket. Bill Cooper and Alan "Fifou" Nascimento advanced on the other side.
Kyra Gracie is in the ladies absolute with a stellar performance. Kyra had the "eye of the tiger" look and beat a tough field to close in on the Gold closing the bracket with her teammate Ana Laura Cordeiro.
Weight Ins are serious business . . . no exceptions: To those "conspiracy theoristics" who think there is any favoritism on BJJ the myth wasdispelled today as Gregor Gracie was eliminated by the scale for being 1/2 over the weight. Gregor missed the weight and since there is only weight chance he was not allowed to compete!
Now go train Jiu-Jitsu,