ADCC Recap –

335_lgThe dust has settled on Barcelona, as a wild Abu Dhabi tournament came to the end. After all was said and done, the Brazilians Hannette and Luanna Alzuguir were crowned champions.

The opening day started with the over 60 kilo division. Shanti Abelha had an early triangle choke on Penny Thomas, who got out of it and battled back for a 3-0 decision. Hannette Staak gets an armbar on Hitomi Hiraiwa in their match.

Cyborg Santos was aggressive throughout her match with Ida Hansson, going into overtime. Cyborg was able to submit Hansson with an armbar. In what was a war on the feet and the closest match of the women’s division, Rosangela Concelcaoe defated Lana Stefanac via referee’s decision in overtime.

In the under 60 kilo division, which was the upset of the women’s tournaments, Hillary Williams defeated Megumi Fujii via rear naked choke. Williams was aggressive starting out, taking down Fujii. Williams continued being aggressive and took Fujii’s back for a rear naked choke right around the 4 minute mark. Sayaka Shioda defeated Bianca Andrade via negative points.

Luanna Alzuguir defeated Ina Steffensen via guillotine in the opening round contest. And Laurence Cousin defeated Ana Michelle Dantas via decision.

The second day was even more exciting. The semi-finals saw Penny Thomas and Cyborg Santos. Although Cyborg continued her aggression, both fighters got negative points, with Thomas defeating Cyborg -1 to -2 in overtime. In a double overtime battle, Hannette Staack defeated Rosangela Conceicao via judges’ decision to go into the finals.

In the under 60 kilo semi-finals, Hillary Williams was again aggressive in her match with Sayaka Shioda. Shioda used her butterfly guard to transition into an arm bar, to submit Williams. Another double overtime battle found Luana Allzuguir defeat Laurence Cousin via choke.

In the third place matches, purple belts upstaged the black belts. Hillary Williams rounded out her inaugural ADCC with getting a third place finish, defeating Laurence Cousin via points. Cyborg Santos defeated Rosangela Conceicao also by decision.

The championship round saw retuning champions Penny Thomas and Hannette Staack face off in a true best of the best from the last the ADCC. Staak submitted Thomas with a knee bar to take the over 60 kilo championship.

Luana Alzuguir and Sayaka Shioda went back and forth, seeing Shioda taking top position for the majority of the match. Alzuguir was able to fend off Shoida getting any points, and won the championship 3-0.

Overall, the ADCC had some exciting matches from the veterans, and we saw some new rising stars, who we will no doubt, will see in 2011.

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