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The UAEJJF 2017 Rio Grand Slam is just one week out, and while many divisions are waiting for late registrations to fill the brackets out, the Men’s 94kg Black Belt division is already shaping up to be an exceptional affair.
The Top 2 UAEJJF Ranked Belts Are In The Same Division
Barbosa, victorious. Photo: Chase Smith
Adam Wardzinski and Lucas Barbosa are ranked 1st and 2nd (respectively) in the UAEJJF. Though the brackets haven’t been drawn up yet, there is a decent chance these two will meet at some point during the event.
Wardzinski sinks in the choke. photo: Gentle Art Media
The two have already faced each other once this year: Barbosa came out on two advantage points at the LA Grand Slam in September. We’re certain Wardzinski took home some lessons from that match and will be eager to stop Barbosa from biting any further into his lead on the top ranking position.
Watch Barbosa vs Wardzinski 2017 LA Grand Slam
Xande Ribeiro Back In Action
Arguably one of the top 3 performances at ADCC cam from the veteran Xande Ribeiro, who had 3 savage submissions and looked exceptional in his matches with Gordon Ryan and Buchecha. We’re looking forward to him giving ‘free’ lessons in classic jiu-jitsu.
Watch Xande Ribeiro vs Gordon Ryan ADCC 2017
Patrick Gaudio Enters the Fray
Patrick Guadio has had a monster 2017 - 1st places at Pans (with a win over Barbosa in the final), 2nd at Worlds, the rising GF Team star shows no signs of slowing down. Guadio’s game could be characterized by his ungodly strength, but that would be doing a disservice to his technique, which he has in spades.
Patrick Gaudio is... strong. Photo: Chase Smith
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