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Santos, Miyao bags gold at Jiu-Jitsu World Tour
January 12, 2019
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Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour second day, saw some exceptional energetic fights between some of the world’s best black belts in the finals.

In the much-anticipated match between Erberth Santos and Ricardo Evangelista in the Adult 110kg finals, Santos won after a tough fight and Joao Miyao took the Gold in the Adult 62kg against Hiago George.

The event began in the presence of Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, Chairman of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union and Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Deputy Chairman of UAEJJF, Yusuf Al Batran, board member of UAEJJF and Fahad Al Shamsi, CEO of UAEJJF.

The Mubadala Arena was at full capacity with over 2000 energetic fans in attendance at Zayed Sports City, who at times, created an electric atmosphere in cheering on the superstar black belts.

Commenting on his win, Santos said “I am obviously delighted with the gold medal today; it is very rewarding to win here, one of the best Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the world. I would also like to thank my team, coach and especially the Abu Dhabi fans, they were really amazing and the atmosphere was electric.”

Miyao, who is one the best jiu-jitsu black belts in the world, and has enjoyed a series of incredible performances this season in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, winning gold in all of them. He brought the crowd to its feet, after he defeated Hiago George in the Adult 62kg black belt finals.

Miyao said, “This season has been great for me, especially at the Grand Slam events, I would like to thank my team mates, coaches and the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, I am very happy to have performed so well here, with the gold medal being an added bonus. I look forward to coming back to Abu Dhabi in April for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.”

Emirati Faisal Al Ketbi, who surprisingly did not make it past the quarter-finals in the black belt Male Adult 85kg category said “First of all I would like to thank God, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, my team mates and coaches for their continued support. My journey as a jiu-jitsu player representing this great country will continue and we want to reach bigger goals in 2019.”

Earlier, the Jiu-Jitsu World Tour fourth leg in Abu Dhabi began with the Teen category (all belts and weight classes) and also the male and female white belts at the Mubadala Arena on the nine mats.

The day of the competition began with the youth division followed by white belt competitors with some interesting fights in the juvenile, adult and master categories.

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