Road To Black Belt Absolute Gold: Victor Hugo Turns The Tide

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Four months ago, Victor Hugo was a freshly promoted black belt and a last-minute entrant to the IBJJF No-Gi Heavyweight Grand Prix.

His opening match was against the legendary Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu, and while the Ribeiro jiu-Jjtsu athlete demonstrated strong potential, the match was one-way traffic for the veteran competitor.

The pair met for the second time in the ultra-heavyweight semifinal; it was a razor-thin match that saw Cyborg take the lead after Hugo was penalized for going out of bounds during a scramble — again, Hugo’s dreams of gold were dashed.

Victor Hugo vs Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu - Ultra Heavyweight Semi-Final

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But Hugo did not shrink from the challenge. He stepped up to face Abreu for the second time on the same day for the no-gi world championship black belt absolute title, and this time he didn’t let points factor into the equation.

Hugo pulled guard instantly, spun beath Cyborg’s legs with a kiss of a dragon and finished the Fight Sports leader with a fierce kneebar in less than two minutes, earning him his first black belt world title. 


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