APRIL 04, 2021, LAS VEGAS, Nevada hosted the first jiu-jitsu tournament provided by EUG Promotions, a new effort led by Rubens Charles’s black belt, Hector Vasquez. The event included the cream of the feather crop and the light parts.
The EUG Promotion featherweight tournament did not have a clear champion, and with all 8 athletes having all the right tools to win this historic tournament on a “right day”. Although very uniform across the board, the athletes took risky positions and the competition provided solid moments of entertainment for the fans.
Without a doubt, the champion of the tournament – Andy Murasaki, of Atos Jiu-Jitsu had a night to remember. Making his debut in the black belt, the Brazilian athlete – who traditionally competes as a lightweight – showed the maturity of an experienced veteran on the mats. Pushing forward at the right time and playing defense when needed.
Murasaki had two very close fights against Kennedy Maciel and Matheus Gabriel, finding himself in almost impossible positions to escape, but always finding a way out. When he was on the attack, Andy played mostly from the stand.
The highlight of the event, for Andy, was definitely the passage of his guard over veteran Gianni Grippo, continuing to deliver the American legend with a triangle from lateral control. To get an idea of how big this pass of the guard was, we only saw Gianni’s guard pass by two athletes as a black belt: Rafael Mendes and Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” – the two most successful wings in the history of the sport .
WHO IS LEFT FOR MAYSSA BAT?
In the main super fight of the event, we saw the world champion Mayssa Bastos dominating the rising star of AOJ, Jessa Khan. Many believed that Jessa would pose many interesting problems in Bastu’s game, this did not happen. Bastos wiped, passed, positioned and grabbed the back of the talented grappler with relative ease, especially after half the race.
In 2.5 years as a black belt, Mayssa went through the rooster section with her only loss in this weight class going to Brenda Larissa, at the 2019 AJP Grand Slam (a loss that has since been avenged) Who stays for Basto in this weight class? This is a question that we hope supporters will be able to answer.
FEBRUARY TOURNAMENT RESULTS EUG
– Matheus Gabriel beat Johnatha Alves 4 × 2
– Andy Murasaki beats Kennedy Maciel by decision (0x0)
– March Andre d. Isaac Doederlein by decision (0x0)
– Gianni Grippo beat Johnny Tama through 4 × 2
– Matheus Gabriel beat Márcio André by decision (0x0)
– Andy Murasaki wins Gianni Grippo has reached the triangle
– Andy Murasaki beat Matheus Gabriel by decision (0x0)
– Mayssa Bastos def. Jessa Hahn through 21 × 2