Galvao-Estima To Clash for 88-kg Gold
2009 will see one of the world's best grapplers finally get their
first ADCC title in the finals of the 88-kilogram category.
BJJ world champions Andre
Galvao and Braulio Estima both advanced to the final with
impressive semi-final performances against David
Avellan and Rafael Lovato Jr. respectively, allowing for both
men to vie for their first divisional ADCC crown.
Estima made short work of Lovato Jr., quickly catching him in a
nasty footlock for the tapout. Lovato Jr. was in visible pain after
the submission, and had to be helped off the mat by Saulo
For Galvao, the shoe was on the other foot. David
Avellan was able to thwart his butterfly and deep half game,
and initiate a leglock battle. Avellan found a deep heel hook, but
Galvao was able to sit over Avellan's leg and peel his grip,
forcing a scramble. In said scramble, Galvao finished a clean
single-leg takedown, which gave him a 2-0 points lead which he
would carry to the end, winning his way to the finals.
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