Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles: brackets released; black belt division to feature epic matches
The brackets for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Los Angeles have been released on this Tuesday, September 10. The event is scheduled September 14-15, at the Azusa Pacific University. The adult male black belt division and the adult female brown/black belt division will both feature some of the most important names in Jiu-Jitsu today. The brackets reveal that the crowd on the stands and also those who watch online or on TV are in for some epic matches on the weekend.
In the female brown/black belt division, the thrills will be present in every division.
Mayssa Bastos is once again ready to defend her position as queen of the 49kg division. Thamires Aquino, Kimberly Anderson and Brenda Larissa will work very hard to give Mayssa all kinds of trouble.
In the 55kg division, ADGS Tokyo champion Hope Douglass will have a tough debut against Ana Rodrigues. Amanda Nogueira and Amal Amjahid are also in the mix.
In the 62kg division, Luiza Monteiro is back in the tour and will have a very tough division. Americans Nicole Sullivan, Alexa Yanes, Kayla Patterson and Nicholle Stoller want to win at home.
In the 70kg division, 2019 ADWPJJC champion Thamara Silva is back. ADGS Moscow and ADGS Tokyo champion Martina Gramenius wants to stay on top. If they meet in the final, the match will be epic.
In the 95kg division, 2019 ADWPJJC champion Gabrielli Pessanha and American Kendall Reusing are in line to repeat the 2018 ADGS LA final.
The male black belt division will also feature insane matchups all the way to the finals.
In the 56kg division, Carlos Alberto Oliveira is ready to add another gold medal to his collection. USA's Estevan Martinez and Brazil's Willis Nunes and Kalel Santos are ready to challenge the favorite.
The 62kg division will be one of the most interesting of all weight classes. ADWPJJC champions Gabriel Sousa and Hiago George are in the mix to repeat the battle they had so many times. ADGS Tokyo Jonas Andrade is after his second gold medal in the season.
In the 69kg division, Thiago Macedo wants his second gold medal in the season. Diego “Pato” Batista is also after his second gold medal after winning in Moscow. Rafael Mansur, Osvaldo Moizinho and Australia's Lee Ting and Ariel Tabak make things even more interesting.
In the 77kg division, after wins in Moscow and Tokyo, Diego Ramalho will have his toughest challenge of the season as the weight class is littered with big names, such as Jaime Canuto, Caio Caetano, Jonatha Alves and Victor Silverio.
In the 85kg division, the list of names is impressive. Gustavo Batista, Ronaldo Junior, Manuel Filho, Max Lindblad, Rudson Mateus, Nathan Mendelsohn and Marcos Tinoco are all contenders for the title.
In the 94kg division, Kaynan Duarte leads the list of big names ready for war. Guttemberg Pereira, Fellipe Trovo, Anton Minenko, Hygor Brito and Rafael Lima are also in the mix.
In the 120kg division, ADGS Tokyo champion Gerard Labinski is after his second title. Victor Hugo Marques, Ricardo Evangelista and Felipe Bezerra are also in the search for glory.
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