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RESULTS! - Abu Dhabi King of the Mats- the Middleweights

RESULTS! - Abu Dhabi King of the Mats- the Middleweights

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Mubadala Arena, in the United Arab of Emirates (UAE), as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, the Abu Dhabi King of the Mats- the Middleweights tournament took place.   

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The event invited ten of the best middleweight BJJ competitors to battle it out for a chance to challenge the middleweight belt holder Charles Negromonte at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championships, being held in April 2019 in Abu Dhabi.  

Gracie Barra's Gabriel Arges had a very impressive performance, winning 5 out of 6 matches the win the title.  Isaque Bahiense finished second and Manuel Ribamar finished third in this stacked middleweight tournament.

Results:

Group A

  • Gabriel Arges 
  • Espen Mathiesen 
  • Caio Caetano Soares 
  • Rudson Mateus
  • Lucas Barbosa 

Group B

  • Roberto Satoshi 
  • Isaque Bahiense 
  • Manuel Ribamar 
  • Diego Ramalho 
  • DJ Jackson

Match Results:

Opening Round

Group A: Gabriel Arges defeats Espen Mathiesen Submission

Group B:  Isaque Bahiense defeats Roberto Satoshi – 2-0

Group A:  Rudson Mateus defeats Caio Caetano – Submission

Group B: Manuel Ribamar defeats Diego Ramalho – Submission

Group A:  Lucas Barbosa defeats Gabriel Arges – 3-0

Group B:  DJ Jackson defeats Roberto Satoshi – Submission

Group A: Espen Mathiesen defeats Caio Caetano Soares – Submission

Group B: Isaque Bahiense defeats Manuel Ribamar – Referee's Decision

Group A: Rudson Mateus defeats Lucas Barbosa  – Referee's Decision

Group B:  DJ Jackson defeats Diego Ramalho – 0-0 (1-0 adv)

Group A: Gabriel Arges defeats Caio Caetano Soares Referee's Decision

Group A: Rudson Mateus defeats Espen Mathisen – 4-0

Group B: Isaque Bahiense defeats Diego Ramalho – Submission

Group B: Manuel Ribamar defeats DJ Jackson – 9-0

Group A: Gabriel Arges defeats Rudson Mateus  2-2 (1-0 adv)

Group A: Espen Mathiesen defeats Lucas Barbosa 2-2 (2-1 adv)

Group B: Isaque Bahiense defeats DJ Jackson  0-0 (referee's decision)

Semi-Finals

Gabriel Arges defeats Manuel Ribamar – 4-2

 Isaque Bahiense defeats Rudson Mateus 2-2 (1-0 adv)

Final

Gabriel Arges defeats Isaque Bahiense 6-2

Gabriel Arges Biography

Gabriel Arges was born on January 29, 1993 in Belo Hortinzonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Throughtout his childhood, Gabriel played a number of sports- even being the captain of his school's footbale (soccer) team.  His first martial arts was Thai-boxing, which he took for a short time when he was 14 years old. He eventually joined a nearby Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy when he was 16 years old, after watching a few friends compete in Jiu Jitsu tournaments.

At this academy, Gabriel's instructor was Fernando Fialho of the Gracie Barra Belo Horizonte (GB-BH) team.  After 18 months of training, Gabriel earned his blue belt. At this time, Gabriel wanted to compete more- however, Fernando's academy was relatively new (he was still a brown belt), and only had 3 classes per week.  With Fernando's permission, Arges began to train additionally at the GB-BH headquarters led my Marcelo "Uirapuru" Azevedo.

At the headquarters, Gabriel met and befriended Felip "Preguica" Pena, who was still a purple belt at the time.  They soon became close friends and regular training partners. In 2012, Pena decided to return to Romulo Barral's academy (Gracie Barra Northridge) in California, where he had prepared for the 2011 Pan Ams and World Championships.  When he moved, he invited Arges to come along as well, and he made the move.

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After Gabriel moved to Romulo's academy, he decided to dedicate himself to becoming a professional jiu jitsu competitor.  After winning his first Gi World Championships, Romulo promoted him to brown belt. Additionally, after he won the No Gi World Championships in 2015, Romulo (with Pena) promoted him to black belt on the podium.  

Main Black Belt Titles:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2017/2016)
  • ACB 4 Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2017/2016)
  • UAEJJF King of Mats 85 kg Champion (2019)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Los Angeles Champion (2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)

 

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