Blue and purple belt women took over the mats yesterday. Let’s see what happened!
Star of the day was Kaori Asela Hernandez from Gracie Barra. With three amazing fights, all ending in either a triangle or triangle/armbar submission, she made it all the way to the final. This match started off with Kaori pulling open guard. Her grips weren’t good enough and her opponent, Laetitia Boes, passed her. Laetitia secured a tight side control, where she submitted her opponents before, but not too long after Kaori was able to recover her guard and set up a perfect triangle. Laetitia tapped and Kaori got gold!
Sophia Flores, student from AOJ Academy, showed very solid jiu jitsu through the day, with very good technique. She stabilized positions and scored a lot of points all the way to final. In the final she met Clara Fellman from Atos Jiu Jitsu. Sophia pulled open guard, swept and secured 10 points and 2 advantages during the fight until she submitted her opponent the very last seconds of the fight.
Two very tough girls met in the final, with the total amount of 30 competitors, the largest amount in the female blue belt division. They both faced tough opponents on their way to the final. Rafaela Da Rosa from Carlson Gracie started the fight by pulling guard and setting up a triangle attempt. Her opponent Miranda Galban from Nova União defended, but ended up being swept. From there she defended Rafaela’s attempts to pass her guard. With only 30 seconds left of the fight and Rafaela with 2 points + 2 advantages ahead, Miranda swept Rafaela and tried desperately to score some last second points. That was not enough and therefore Rafaela could secure the win and go home with the European Champion title. Very good job from both of the girls, they were true warriors.
The light weight division had a total amount of 25 competitors, a lot of really good and entertaining fights. One of the stars of this day was the student of Caio Terra, Nicole Evangelista. She submitted all her opponents on the way to the final, showing some very fast set ups for triangles, which were very impressive. The final was against Jane Soodla from SBG International, who also showed off some nice submissions on her way to the final. The final started in a high pace and Nicole pulled guard, working toward to get Jane’s back. Jane defended, but Nicole scrambled her way towards the submission and got an armbar within the first minute of the fight.
This division was a lot of fun to watch through the day, with strong girls with good stand up game. The final was between Ingrid Franco from Over Limit BJJ and Bogdana Golub from Atos Jiu-Jitsu. Bogdana had an intense semifinal with a very strong and explosive opponent from Malícia Team, Marion Staats but Bogdana secured her way to the final by points. The whole final between Bogdana and Ingrid was kind of ‘a pass or not to pass’ war. Bogdana showed some very impressive skills defending her guard moving her hip in every possible direction but after about 4 minutes hard work and Ingrid’s very explosive and intense passing attempts mainly from double under, she passed Bogdana’s guard and kept holding north-south position. Ingrid ending up going home with the gold medal.
Aida Daniel from Gracie Humaita and Ashley Florens from BJJ Team Basel met in the medium heavy final. Aida pulled guard early in the fight and had several attempts trying to sweep from closed guard and also setting up an omoplata early in the fight. Looking very strong and solid in her guard game, Aida won this division.
The winner of this division was Rebecca Azevedo de Albuquerque from Fight Club / Antonio Lima.
Standing up from the start of the final, grip fighting and giving each other a hard time going for the takedown, Katiscia Yasmira Pires Dias from Brazilian Power Team eventually chose to pull guard. Working from closed guard Katiscia sweept her opponent Vasiliki Lymperopoulou from Rio Grappling Club and got two points. The fighters were up on their feet shortly after and Vasiliki did a very nice throw. However, Katiscia was fast up on her feet again and pulled guard one more time. Sweep attempts from Katiscia in the closed guard and very good defense from Vasiliki made the last minute exciting to watch. Katiscia won this division.
The roosterweight final featured Henna Launistola against Giovanna Ebuerno. Giovanna managed to omoplata sweep her opponent. Being ahead on score in the last 4 minutes, Giovanna managed to sweep again but Henna quickly set up a triangle. Giovanna frantically tried to escape, with only 50sec left on the clock. Henna switched to an armbar, but unfortunately time was up and Giovanna won the division.
The light featherweight girls were quick and fierce this year! Georgina Gallego, who armbarred Solene Lebredonchel in the quarter final with a score of 10-0, lost on points to Larissa Carvalho in the semi finals. On the other side of the bracket, Lavinia Barbosa fought Ana Rodrigues in a very exciting semi final. Lavinia was passing against a tight guard game from Ana. The score went up to 4-4 in the last minute, and then the time was up. By referee decision, Ana won the semi final.
A very close final between Larissa and Ana resulted in multiple double guard pulls. Both girls had 2 points and 3 penalties against them as a result of this. Larissa decided to stand up after the last possible double pull and it was a heated fight from there on. Ana scored an advantage too, equalizing the advantages. In the last minute, Ana scored another advantage, but Larissa quickly shot for a takedown! It was out of bounds, resulting in just an advantage for Larissa. Time was up with an equal score! The referee decided to give Ana the win of the division.
The featherweight division was stacked this year, with amazing fights to see! Madeleine Häkansson, who won the division last year, choked Kasia Yli-Paunu after a berimbolo battle in the quarter finals. In the semi finals, Madeleine went up against Liisi Vaht, who proved to have a vicious armbar, winning her previous fight under 30 seconds. Madeleine managed to sweep Liisi twice, earning her place in the final.
In the other semi final, Anja Bergo went against Zofia Szawernowska. Zofia showed strong passing skills and managed to pass Anja’s guard. Anja quickly recovered her guard and attacked the back. She almost got it but ended up in guard again. Trying to get ahead on points it was a crazy battle, with Zofia emerging as the winner.
The final between Zofia and Madeleine started with a quick guardpull by Madeleine. Going into a 0-0 score, Madeleine got a tight guard around Zofia and set up a triangle. She went for the armbar from there. Zofia tried to defend but cried out when it was too tight. Zofia injured, the win went to Madeleine.
The lightweight division had very dynamic ladies fighting. Renata Melo showed some serious takedowns, scoring a lot of points against her opponents by doing that. She showed agressive passing in the final against Margot Ciccarelli. With a score of 0-0, Margot managed to set up a triangle and from there a strong armbar. Forcing Renata to tap, Margot won the division.
Ane Svendsen beat Vedha Toscano with a score of 19-4 in the quarter final. In the semi final, she faced Vanessa Pereira, who had a very explosive and dynamic game. Ane stayed cool and managed to score 5 points and made her way to the final. On the other side of the bracket, Ambar Villagrán faced Hayley Carter, which was a very close match played by advantages. The advantages went up to 2-2, and in the end, Hayley won. Hayley against Ane in the final was 0-0 for the first 3 minutes. Ane managed to impose a triangle from guard on Hayley and eventually swept her from there into mount. By submission, Ane won the gold.
Laura Barker fought Laila Carneiro in the final. It was a very close match with 2 against 2 points until the very end. The crowd was cheering for both girls as the referee had to make his decision. The win went to Laura.
Marta Szarecka fought Izadora Silva in the final. With a tight score of 2-2 on points and 1-1 on advantages, Izadora won by referee decision.
Lama Qubbaj beat Katharina Araujo in an immediate final.
Day 3 of the Europeans is a wrap! We’ll be back this weekend with a coverage on the brown and black belt divisions! Keep an eye out!