IBJJF Europeans 2017: The Final Day

What a day! We saw so many exciting fights at the final day of the Europeans. Countless hard working and talented female athletes provided us with the highest level in brown and black belt to be seen in Europe. Here’s the full recap of what happened:

BROWN BELT – DIVISIONS 

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Arantzazu Pérez met Clarissa de Lacerda in an immediate final. It was straight away a heated battle with dynamic passing from Arantzazu against a technical guard from Clarissa. With a very close match, Arantzazu won, becoming European Champion.

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Light Feather

Mayssa Bastos made her European debut as a brown belt. She faced Matilda Frycklund who managed to defend and escape her notorious berimbolo-back attack. Mayssa bolo’d again though, this time with success, securing a win.

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Feather 

Without a doubt, Amal Amjahid was the star of her division, if not of the day. She managed to sweep her opponents, following with very fast transitions to side control and backtakes. Blinking when watching her fights could very well mean you would miss her passing: this girl was fast! Amal decisively submitted all her opponents on her way to the final. In the final, she met Christine McDonagh, who proved to be very tough and fierce in her previous matches. Amal pulled guard and quickly swept Christine overhead. Unbelievably fast, she kept spinning on top from side to the back. She went for a submission, but was out of bounds and got reset in the middle. Christine was able to keep playing top after another guardpull by Amal, but did not manage to break through her guard, making Amal the winner of the division.

Light

The lightweight division was the biggest of the women’s brown belt divisions, and had many good girls fighting. The final featured Charlotte von Baumgarten against Fiorella Segnini. Both girls had very hard fights on their way to the final, with names such as Erin Herle and Danielle Alvarez in their bracket. The final was very agressive and both ladies displayed serious skills. Charlotte seemed glued to Fiorella’s back as soon as she got the chance. Fiorella managed to escape and desperately tried to pass. Unleashing what was a storm of passing and toehold attempts, Charlotte remained composed and managed to get Fiorella’s back again! Running out of time, Charlotte won and Fiorella got second. The girls worked very hard for these well-deserved medals and made this match one of the best of the day!

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Middle 

Samantha Cook and Sophia Nordenö had faced each other before, so they knew this match would be a battle. Samantha managed to sweep Sophia early in the fight, but Sophia did not give her a single moment of rest, playing 50/50 guard. Sophia kept spinning and transitioning, going for submissions. Samantha kept her cool and managed to stay on top. Fighting till the end, Samantha won this semi final on points. In the final, she faced Folana Miller, who won dominantly over Hannah Rauch on her way to the final. The final was quickly decided by Samantha, who footlocked Folana in the first few minutes.

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Medium Heavy 

The medium heavyweight division was won by Claire-France Thevenon, who beat Jessica de Andrade in the final.

Heavy 

Due to a lack of competitors, there were no matches in this division.

Super Heavy 

Géssica Ventura won the final from Maria Leites, showing a solid game with nice work from closed guard.

BROWN BELT – ABSOLUTE 

The brown belt absolute division had the best of the best! Amal cut through the division seemingly effortless, submitting Natalia Cariello (in 36 seconds!), Arantzazu Pérez and Hannah Rauch. In the final, she met Géssica Ventura, who beat Claire-France Thevenon, Clarissa de Lacerda and Mayssa Bastos in her previous fights. The final started with a double guard pull, after which Amal stood up. Sweeps were exchanged and the crowd went cheering every time Amal swept. With a quick pass, Amal advanced to Géssica’s back, but didn’t get it. A scramble emerged, Amal saw Géssica’s arm, didn’t hesitate but went for it, and got the armbar! Amazing and well-deserved, Amal got double gold!

BLACK BELT – DIVISIONS

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The roosterweight division had two competitors: Outi Jarvilëhto from Brasa CTA and Serena Gabrielli from Flow. The fight started with a double guard pull and Outi was fast up on her feet, scoring two points. After that, both girls fought for the right grips and timing to attack, both of them showing patience for the right moment. Going back and forth playing guard and trying to pass, Serena managed to take Outi’s back in the last minute. Turning the score in 4-2 for her, Serena got the win.

Light Feather  

The light featherweight division provided us with a lot of entertaining fights to watch. Thamires de Aquino from GF Team had a very impressive spider guard, that took her to the semi finals against Kristina Barlaan from Brasa CTA. This was a tough battle, in which Kristina was the first to pull open guard. Thamires showed some very good attempts to break her spiderguard, but didn’t manage to pass. Kristina did a very good job moving her hips and find every angle to go for attacks. The fight ended with Kristina reaching Thamires’ back in the very last seconds of the fight, giving her a spot in the final.

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Gezary Matuda from American Top Team was seeded to semifinal against Sofia Amarante, who represented Fight Sports. Gezary, well known for her agressive fighting style, was very entertaining to watch. She didn’t cut Sofia any slack after Sofia pulled guard, and while Sofia tried to escape, she went for the back. Sofia did a very good scramble, from which she set up a kneebar against Gezary! They were reset though, getting out of bounds, and Gezary quickly passed Sofia’s guard. She pushed Sofia on her side and started working her way up to the back, grabbed the lapel and choked her out.

The final was between Gezary and Kristina. Again, this was proof of Gezary’s agressive passing skills and how well it worked. Gezary didn’t give Kristina any opportunity to move or escape, smashing her spiderguard, passing, scoring points for knee on belly and mount. For a few seconds, Kristina managed to replace halfguard, but Gezary smashed her again, passed her guard and won the final by 15-0.

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Feather 

The featherweight ladies put on some good action during the semifinals and final. The first semifinal was Maxine Thylin from Gracie Humaita against Yasmin Wilson from Roger Gracie. It started with a double guard pull and Maxine quickly set up a kneebar that looked pretty tight. Yasmin defended both the kneebar and her foot when Maxine changed her attack on that. After some intense attacks from Maxine, the fight was outside the mat and the girls were reset standing up. Maxine pulled guard, swept Yasmin from closed guard and scored a lot of points as the fight ended 13-0 for Maxine.

The second semifinal was Mackenzie Dern from Gracie Humaita against Caroline Carriello from Gracie Barra. Caroline started the fight by jumping closed guard. Mackenzie worked very effective opening the guard and started to pass. While Caroline turned, trying to avoid the pass, Mackenzie quickly got her back and choked her out with a bow and arrow choke, all within the first three minutes of the fight.

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Both representing Gracie Humaita, the final in the featherweight division was a fight from 50/50 position and attacks on the foot for both of the ladies. Both were awarded an advantage for submission attempts and Maxine and Mackenzie showed some very good defense as well as attacks. At the end of the fight it was up to the referees to decide the winner of the fight, which ended in a split decision of 2-1, in favour of Mackenzie.

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Light

Luiza Monteiro and Tammi Musumeci faced each other in this round. Luiza got takedown points as Tammi pulled guard. After a pass and defend battle, Luiza cut through Tammi’s guard with a beautiful toreando-leg drag combination! Her eyes were set on getting the back but in that attempt, Tammi managed to get on top, equalizing the points. Sweeps were exchanged, leaving Luiza with just 1 advantage ahead as the final minute of the match commenced! Both girls shot for a toehold and Luiza’s foot looked quite in trouble with only 20 seconds to go. Holding on, time ran out and Luiza made it to the final!

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Bia Mesquita was very dominant over Fabiana Borges and showed what looked like tremendous pressure as she passed her guard and took her back. Fabiana defended the best she could, but Bia kept moving with her from mount to backtake, back and forth, racking up the points as she went. With 12 points and 5 advantages, Bia won.

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In the final, Bia and Luiza started off with a double guard pull. With no action fast enough, the referee broke up the fight and restarted it, with Bia being the first to pull guard again. Defending Bia’s attacks, Luiza spun around but Bia got up on her feet. Luiza had a hard time with Bia staying very tight and not giving her space to work on any guard. Firmly closing her guard, Luiza tried to control Bia but Bia managed to break it open. The last minutes of the fight were very exciting, when Bia was still trying to pass and Luiza defending in guard. Bia was ahead on 1 advantage and kept the score that way, making her the European Champion of the lightweight division.

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Middle

The first middleweight semifinal featured Ana Carolina Vieira against Barbara dos Santos. Ana pulled open guard and dominated from the start with a sweep from open guard. Barbara tried to escape by moving to her side but Ana just kept working to get the back and smoothly secured an armbar from there.

Next up was Paivi Aittamaa against Amanda Loewen. Amanda jumped closed guard but Paivi managed to open it. A pass and defend scramble emerged in which Amanda retained guard and the rest of the fight was played from there. One advantage was rewarded during the fight to Paivi’s benefit, which gave her the victory.

The final was fierce! Paivi went in full force, trying to nail an armbar from open guard, but Ana defended well. After a few attempts, she passed Paivi’s guard and transitioned quickly to her back. Extending her hips and flattening her out, Ana got the choke and won!

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Medium Heavy 

After a short standup fight, Ida Fløisvik quickly pulled closed guard on Olga Lyashevska. Slow but steady, Olga got into reversed half guard and earned two advantages, but also two penalties for a lack of initiative. Ida fought hard and managed to settle the score by getting another advantage. This made the score 2-2 on advantages and 2 penalties for Olga, making Ida the winner.

On the other side of the bracket, Nathiely Jesus faced Karolina Zawodnik. Nathiely pulled very determined open guard and swept Karolina. Showing a very solid game, Nathiely scored points and secured positions. The fight ended with Nathiely getting Karolina’s back from closed guard and choking her out with about one minute left of the fight.

In the final, Nathiely pulled closed guard on Ida and showed the same solid game working positions and control. Ida did a very good job defending and moving, but Nathiely kept controlling her from top halfguard. With pressure and nice technique, Nathiely forced a submission on Ida, finishing the fight.

Heavy

Claudia Doval won immediate gold due to a lack of other competitors in this division.

Super Heavy

The super heavy final was a battle between Venla Luukkonen and Tayane Porfírio. With very strong grips, Tayane tried a takedown, but didn’t succeed and jumped closed guard instead. She swept Venla from there, smashed and transitioned to the back. Further advancing into mount and with Venla defending her arms, Tayane put some extra pressure, found space to take Venla’s arm and finished the fight with a solid americana.

BLACK BELT – ABSOLUTE FINAL

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The last female match of the day had Bia Mesquita going up against Tayane Porfírio. Both gold medalists in their own division and having met before in competition, we were excited to see this last match! Bia would not let Tayane take her down and set up her spiderguard. She was able to hold Tayane’s passing of in the first few minutes, but then Tayane cut through. Turtling to her back, Bia was one advantage behind and knew she was in trouble. Tayane tried getting seatbelt grips and Bia defended, turning into what could well be a kneebar set-up! The crowd cheered and Bia began to work her way to it, but Tayane defended well by smashing down the attempt. The time was now halfway up and both ladies tried to escape from each other’s attack, looking for grips and space to move. As the seconds passed, there was not much change in situation, going into a 1-0 score on advantages in the last few seconds! Bia frantically tried to move as she knew she had to catch up on score, but time was up. Bia did not seem to agree with the referee, but Tayane’s arm was raised, winning double gold!

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That’s it! Hands were raised, hugs exchanged and everyone left their heart and soul on the mat. We were happy to cover for you and hope you enjoyed it!

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