Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio: brown belts and purple belts put on a show during day 1 in Brazil
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour landed in Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, December 5, 2020. Day 1 of the ADGS Rio was devoted to adult and masters divisions in the purple belt and the brown belt.
First on the mats, the brown belts gave a great showing that they are ready for bigger challenges. In each weight class, champions had to negotiate tougher and tougher opponents. At the end of the day, here's how the gold medal matches went:
Adult Male Brown Belt
Light-Featherweight (56kg) – Nathannael Jackson built a 6-0 lead over Rodrigo Oliveira to claim the gold medal.
Featherweight (62kg) – Leonardo Mariano and Lucas Carvalho had a close match that ended with a 4-4 tie. Leonardo took the title for having scored last in the match.
Lightweight (69kg) – Raimundo Sodré came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Ademir Araujo 4-2 and secure the gold medal.
Welterweight (77kg) – Jhonathan Marques had no easy job in the final against Lucas Protásio. A 3-2 lead was enough to secure the title.
Middleweight (85kg) – From Dream Art Project, Salenco Coutinho finished his campaign with a 2-1 victory over Alehandro Mariano.
Light-Heavyweight (94kg) – José Neto made it to the top of the podium with a choke from the back on Vital Neto.
Super-Heavyweight (120kg) – Lucas Montalvão had a tough match against Leonardo Andrade, but was able to go ahead 1-0 and take the title home.
The purple belt division was another source of thrills. Both men and women in the division gave their all in search of the gold medal. The champions were:
Adult Male Purple Belt
Light-Featherweight (56kg) – Everton Souza (BRA)
Featherweight (62kg) – Anderson Duarte (BRA)
Lightweight (69kg) - Alessandro Botelho (BRA)
Welterweight (77kg) - Carlos Henrique (BRA)
Middleweight (85kg) – Uanderson Ferreira (BRA)
Light-Heavyweight – Rui Neto (BRA)
Super-Heavyweight - Horacio Antunes (BRA)
Adult Female Purple Belt
Roosterweight (49kg) - Melissa Britez (BRA)
Light-Featherweight (55kg) - Mayara Ribeiro (BRA)
Lightweight (62kg) - Ana Campos (BRA)
Middleweight (70kg) - Larissa Santos (BRA)
Heavyweight (95kg) - Tamiris Silva (BRA)
Click here for the full results of day 1. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio returns this Sunday, December 6, for day 2 featuring the adult and master male black belt division and the adult female brown/black belt division.