Jon Blank - Welterweight Champion
Richie "Boogeyman" Martinez, 10th Planet Black Belt, MMA fighter and now BJJ promoter, presented the 2nd of his tournaments Saturday night at the San Diego Performing Arts Center. The atmosphere was kind of clublike with fog machines, music and stagelights, but for a tournament and featured fights. The tournament rules consisted of 10 minute rounds, no points or advantages and if needed, 3 overtime rounds, basically EBI-style rules. Along with all this, 42 stud fighters were ready for war.
In attendance were the crew from Verbal Tap Radio and the girls from Mat Therapy who were doing the live stream commentating, along with a GrappleTv presence.
Standout Fights of the Event:
Austin Baker (Gracie Barra) vs. Diego Vasquez (Carlson Gracie Temecula)
Usually when you have big guys fighting it isn’t the most action-packed match but these two, who just fought last week at the JiuJitsu.net Invitational, both came in trying to position themselves as THE guy to beat in their weight division. Diego gets back control and almost gets a kimura from side control. After Austin scrambles, he has a Kimura attempt of his own. Diego regains top control, gets to half guard, tries for another kimura transitioning to a knee bar attempt as Austin turtles. After a few more submission attempts, time ends. Diego wins in overtime by quickest escapes.
Anthony Aguilera (New Breed Academy) vs. Carl Boudro (Barum BJJ)
Anthony shoots in and grabs a single leg. Carl counters with a Kimura grip as Anthony slams him down and escapes the Kimura. After working to pass the half guard, Anthony makes his way to mount, then high mount and an Americana attempt which creates a scramble. He is able to retain his mount position and attempts a mounted triangle but is forced to transition into an armbar which Carl escapes. Going into overtime, Anthony chooses back control and gets a rear naked choke from the back mount position.
Honorable mention goes to Grace Gundrum and Zoey Chiles with Grace pulling out the rare Swedish twister.
1. Tyler Vankill (Baret Submissions) - Winner by arm triangle
Steve Flathers (Victory MMA)
2. Ricardo Rea (Alliance East Lake)
Joey Hauss (Jean Jacques Machado) Winner by double outside heel hook
3. Sloan Claymer (10th Planet Freaks) Winner in Overtime
Daniel Robledo: Baret Submissions
4. Jr. Ramos (Victory MMA)
Alan Sanchez (10th Planet Freaks) Winner by Baratoplata
5. Ronnie La Bella (10th Planet Freaks)Winner by heel hook
Mike Bravo (UFC Gym LBC)
6. Austin Baker (Gracie Barra)
Diego Vasquez (Carlson Gracie Temecula) Winner in Overtime
7. Kevin Melendez (MC BJJ Club)
Jay Jay Wilson (Alliance San Diego) Winner by knee bar
8. Angel Cruz (10th Planet Freaks)
Mike Flach (Millenia MMA) Winner in Overtime
9. Anthony Aguilera (New Breed Academy) Winner in Overtime
Carl Boudro (Barum BJJ)
10. Christian Aguilera (10 Planet Monster Squad)
Kevin Crane (Gracie Morumbi) Winner by heel hook
Welterweight Tourney – Elimination Round
11. Stephen Martinez (New Breed Academy) Winner by head and arm choke
Nathan Murphy (Barum BJJ)
12. Jon Blank (10th Planet Monster Squad) Winner by calf slicer
Damien Nitkin (Gracie Morumbi)
13. Sergio Rios - Winner by head and arm choke
14. David Zamdra - Winner by heel hook
15. Piter Frank - Winner – opponent can’t continue
16. Dom Hoskins
Chase Davis – Winner by heel hook
17. Josh Sapinoso
Noah Tillis – Winner by jumping armbar
18. Issa Able – Winner by heel hook
19. Isaiah Wright
Kyle Chambers – Winner by heel hook
Welterweight Tournament – Quarter Finals
20. Stephen Martinez
Jon Blank – Winner in overtime
21. Sergio Rios
David Zamdra – Winner in overtime
22. Piter Frank
Chase Davis – Winner by heel hook
23. Noah Tillis
Issa Able – Winner in overtime
24. Zoey Chiles
Grace Gundrum – Winner by twister
Welterweight Tournament – Semi Finals
25. Jon Blank – Winner by heel hook
26. Chase Davis – Winner by heel hook
27. Scott Epstein – Winner by Darce Choke
Welterweight Tournament - Finals
28. Jon Blank (10th Planet Monster Squad) – Winner by Triangle Armbar
Some GrappleTv Metrics:
7 Overtime winners versus 21 Submissions
10 Heel Hooks vs 11 Other Submissions
Darce Choke 1
Heel Hook 10
Head and Arm 3
Calf Slicer 1
Knee Bar 1
Can’t Continue 1
Look for Ultimate Mat Warriors 3 around January of 2018
Good job Boogey!
As many of the masters of the BJJ world are away fighting in Vegas, the Gracie Worlds were being held in Anaheim, California. On Saturday, it was No Gi day, which also meant 10th Planet would be in the house with their usual army and 10 Star General, Eddie Bravo. For the other non-10th Planet school participants, it's a chance to get to fight against Eddie's infamous rubber guard system.
Rose Gracie, the promoter of Gracie Worlds, has made her impression on the world of bjj with her Submission Only movement. EBI and USSGL as well as other organizations have joined the Submission Only movement and it's sure to attract others. Rose has adapted her rules along the way and now uses EBI overtime rules. The overtime rules basically allow each fighter a turn at getting a submission by either starting from their opponent's back or spider web control (armbar position). Basically, the person who submits the person the quickest or escapes the quickest wins the match.
This event held at the Anaheim Convention Center, seems to be growing in size every year. This year they also had a special guest, Rorion Gracie, founder of the UFC, one of the persons responsible for bringing the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the U.S. and one of few to receive the Grand Masters' Red Belt.
Today we're off to the Convention Center again to see the Gi competition. We'll report back later.
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Saturday August 19, 2017, San Diego, California, SubCon launched their first of many events in their Kids Pro Series, This event showcased many local boys and girls from San Diego and other SoCal schools. The card featured mostly yellow, some orange and some blue belts all doing superfights, the first time kids would be featured for SubCon. It seems the matchmaker managed to get the right competitors to make all the fights competitive. An exciting night for all those who were in attendance.
As with other SubCon promotions, there was a DJ, a stage with raised seating, and the voice himself, Tony Torres as the EmCee. Shawn Fowler, SubCon promoter said, "this was the pilot that set the tone for others to follow. And it was an amazing evening filled with young and talented Jiu Jitsu practitioners. this platform is for everyone to experience the future of Jiu Jitsu"
Ethan Webb Checkmatt 6 - 2 over Ian Ramos of Checkmat
Caleb Schroeder of ATOS refs decision over Jason Suetos of Carlson Gracie
LaDell Hampton of Nunez BJJ with an Americana over Shyrus Flores of Checkmat
Annalise Brinkman of AOJ with an armbar over Ashlin Neylan of 4S BJJ
Jacob Cusi of Stronghold wins by points over Frederick Atienza of Carlson Gracie
Michelle Garcia of MC Jiu Jitsu with an armbar win over Emily Leyva South Bay BJJ
Nathan Ramos of Stronghold wins on points over Omar Ojeda of Nunez BJJ
Dominic Manno of AOJ wins by triangle over Mason Savidan of Checkmat
Kanoe Lopez of Stronghold with referee decision Symone Atienza of Carlson Gracie
Alexis Barraza of Camarillo BJJ with a referee decision over Gisela Sliva of Gracie Humaita
John Brinkman of AOJ wins by loop choke over Andrew Ramirez of Carlson Gracie
Elijah Benevidez of Gracie Humaita wins by armbar over Dane Curran of Gracie Barra
Nolan Stuart of Brea JJ wins by lapel choke over Bryan Humberto of Carlson Gracie
Gede Baltierra of Honu BJJ wins by referee decision over Anthony Lopez of Checkmat
Richard Rodriguez of Selva Checkmat wins by points over Jimmy Araiza of Carlson Gracie
Jose Angulo of Apex wins by guillotine over Rommel Cordon of Checkmat
Xavier Silva of Carlson Gracie wins by Kimora over Chapman Lingle of Camarillo
Juno Lucero of Cobrinha BJJ wins by points over Jonathan Alvarez of Checkmat
As the promoters/judges were trying to determine who had the Submission of the Night, they were torn between Xavier Silva and Jose Angulo, the two crowds favorites. They then asked the crowd to determine who won Submission of the Night. As the promoter pointed to Xavier, the crowd in the front lower section cheered frantically. The promoter then pointed to Jose, and the crowd seated mid level cheered with equal enthusiasm. With the crowd still in a frenzy and evenly split between Xavier and Jose, the promoter decided to have them fight to see who'd receive the Submission of the Night Belt. Both competitors were eager to go to battle for the rights to the additional bet, while the crowd went wild with the announcement. And in the end, in a tough battle, Xavier defeats Jose by his 2nd Kimora of the night, to win the belt. An epic way to end the showcase, Expect more in this series from SubCon.
To gi, or not to gi?
That was the question on April 1 a the second installment of the new California-based submission-only promotion. In all, 23 purple belt and black belt athletes showed up to compete 2 Gi Or Not 2 Gi II for thousands of dollars in cash prizes.
Put on by Grapple TV’s Kenny Jewel and hosted by New Breed Mixed Martial Arts; Fitness in Santa Fe Springs, the event featured a 14-person double-elimination purple belt men’s division, a 4-person round-robin black belt men’s division, and a 5-person round-robin black belt women’s division.
As the name suggests, each match could be either in the gi, or no-gi… or both. A flip of the coin determined what the match would start in. Of course, submission reigns supreme. However, with no time limit and divisions full of tough, equally-matched athletes, to avoid a long day of marathons, the first to 13 points would also be declared the winner.
Oh, and there’s another twist. In the case of stalling or no points scored after a long period of time, the referee could decide to make the competitors switch to the other style - to gi if it started no-gi, and to no-gi if it started gi. This format created a very interesting day of jiu-jitsu, with a solid mix of lightning fast submissions, several longer endurance-testing battles, and a few insane marathons.
The purple belt bracket was the first to start, and the last to end. With a double-elimination format, every competitor was guaranteed at least two matches. David Fraser, from Gracie Barra Northridge, came out on top - and $1,500 richer - after four fights in the main bracket. The 19-year- old athlete had both the quickest submission of the purple belt bracket, as well as the longest match of the entire event. Interestingly, all of his matches were no-gi…
Going home with a cash prize and without sweaty gi funk? Double win.
He won his first match with a 59-second foot lock, his second by points after a nearly 57 minute war with Checkmat’s Matheus Luna, his third by points after 22:30 minutes, and his final match with a foot lock at 4:40 minutes.
Fraser’s teammate, Pedro Serrano, came away $200 richer with his second-place win, as well as Paragon athlete Javi Cardenas with his consolation bracket win. Although Checkmat’s Luna didn’t take any prize money home, he definitely earned some recognition last weekend, having spent a combined two hours and 12 minutes on the mat (in just four matches).
BLACK BELT - MALE
A last-minute addition to the 2 Gi Or Not 2 Gi event, the black belt male division nevertheless attracted four exciting black belts, who fought in a round-robin style division for a $400 cash prize. The four competitors included: Gracie South Bay’s Yago Espindola, BJJ Revolution’s Dom Hoskins, Millenia MMA’s Stephen Martinez, and Victory MMA’s Geoff Real.
After three matches - all in the gi - Espindola came out on top, with win by points against Hoskins in the first match, by bow-and- arrow in the second match against Martinez, and by points in the third match against Real.
BLACK BELT - FEMALE
The main event was the black belt female division, which offered some of the most exciting matches of the day. Five top-level female athletes compete in round-robin style for the chance at a $2,000 cash prize. Each athlete had the opportunity to fight each other, with two points awarded for a submission win, one point for a win by points, and the winner determined by who earned the most points.
The women’s division included: Alliance’s Talita Alencar, Atos’ Chelsea Bainbridge, Chris Engle BJJ’s Mylene Ramos, Gracie South Bay’s Ana Carolina Schmitt, and Gracie Barra’s Tassia Pimenta.
After three fights each - all won by submission - Alencar and Bainbridge were neck-and- neck coming into the finals. Alencar won her first match by kneebar against Pimenta, her second by rear naked choke against Ramos, and her third by toe-hold against Schmitt. Bainbridge won her first by kneebar against Schmitt, her second by armbar against Ramos, and her third with a 27 second toe-hold against Pimenta (the fastest submission of the event). Alencar had only slightly more mat time going into the finals, with an accumulated 28:51 minutes versus Bainbridge’s 22:19 minutes.
In an exciting 10:25 minutes match, Alencar gradually racked up 11 points on Bainbridge - forcing the Atos black belt to scramble for a submission attempt - before taking her back and securing a bow-and- arrow choke for the win.
Initially planned to feature just two women’s divisions - both black belt and brown belt - unfortunate last minute pull-outs in the brown belt division forced promoter Kenny Jewel to switch it out for a purple belt men’s division.
While the event received some mixed reviews - some thought the no-time- limit aspect promoted too much stalling - most were positive. Athletes used to short time limits were able to test both their physical and mental endurance.
However, with generous cash prizes, an undeniably interesting submission-only ruleset, and no shortage of exciting matches, the 2 Gi Or Not 2 Gi was certainly a success.