#1 ranked adult female black belt Gabrieli Pessanha returned to competition this past weekend at the Dublin Open. Gabrieli, who has not lost a single match in 2022, won the open class with two victories. In 2022, Gabrieli won double gold at the Europeans, Pans, Brazilian Nationals, Worlds, and at many open tournaments around the world. Though she has only been a black belt for a few years, she has already put her name in the record books and will look to continue to make her mark on the sport in 2023.
The adult male black belt open class winner was Guilherme Guedes of CheckMat. In regards to his performance, Guilherme commented, “It was a good day. I missed fighting at IBJJF tournaments. I fought the Europeans where I took second, the Worlds where I lost in the quarter finals, and now the Dublin Open. I’m living in Sharjah now, training the Royal Army Guard. But for sure next year you guys are going to see my face more, especially in the Grand Slam events. My performance today was good, but not my best. I put my heart into the fights like always. I was really looking to win my first IBJJF absolute as a black belt. My next competition is going to be the Europeans at the end of January.”
GF Team’s Ademir Barreto de Araujo won black belt lightweight gold after three matches and three submissions. “I felt really good today. I had three fights. I was able to finish all my fights without having a single score against me. I fought this tournament to get the points to fight in the Europeans, which at the moment is my main focus.” Super heavy champion Rafael Dutra also had a tremendous performance in Dublin. “I’ve spent one month in Europe and it’s been amazing so far. I competed in three IBJJF opens and won four gold medals in three different countries and I’m feeling like it’s only the beginning.”
No-Gi divisions also took place on Saturday December 3rd. Karol Kania of Rio Grappling Club Europe put on one of the best performances of his career and won the black belt no-gi open class. “I had three fights. The first one I won on points with an ultra-heavy opponent. I won the second match by toe hold and the final by heel hook. It’s my first IBJJF gold, so I’m very happy today.”
The overall gi and no-gi team results were as follows.
2022 Dublin Fall Open team results:
2022 Dublin Fall Open No-Gi team results: