Wednesday, September 11, 2013

American Nationals & Copa Podio Results

Copa Podio Results:

If you're unfamiliar with the competitors, here's a preview from over at
City Challenge:
Clark Gracie def Diego Borges collar choke 22.38 (one hour, submission only match). Going by the play by play that BE member Castleeb posted over in the Live Discussion post, Diego was dominating until he gave up an omoplata/choke exactly like Mafra did in the 2013 Pan Ams. This Clark Gracie guy might be for reals.
Green/Yellow Group Round Robin:
Round 1 Green: Renato Cardoso submits Travis Stevens via triangle/armbar at 1:11 of the match.
Round 1 Green: Paulo Miyao def Manny Diaz 2-0 on points by getting a sweep.
Round 1 Yellow: Felipe Pena def Alex Ceconi 7-0.
Round 1 Yellow: Diogo Moreno def Davi Ramos by getting 2 points with a sweep.
Round 2 Green: Paulo Miyao vs Jaime Canuto: Draw at 0-0 for both.
Round 2 Green: Manuel Diaz vs Travis Stevens: Travis had 1 advantage point and got the win.
Round 2 Yellow: Diogo Moreno def Kit Dale 5-2 with a last minute comeback by passing the guard.
Round 2 Yellow: Davi Ramos submits Alex Ceconi with a toehold 31 seconds into the match.
Round 3 Green: Manny Diaz def Renato Cardoso 2-0 on points.
Round 3 Green: Travis Stevens comes from behind to omoplata/keylock Jaime Canuto.
Round 3 Yellow: Felipe Pena chokes Davi Ramos from the back.
Round 3 Yellow: Kit Dale def Alex Ceconi 2-0 on points with a sweep.
Round 4 Green: Travis Stevens vs Paolo Miyao: 0-0 on points, Miyao gets 2 advantages to Travis's 1 and wins.
Round 4 Green: Jaime Canuto vs Renato Cardoso: 0-0 on points, Jaime gets 3 advantages and the win.
Round 4 Yellow: Alex Ceconi vs Diogo Moreno: Diogo 2-0 victory on points by sweep.
Round 4 Yellow: Felipe Pena def Kit Dale with a sweep for 2 points and held on for the win.
Round 5 Green: Manny Diaz vs Jaime Canuto: Manny armbars Jaime.
Round 5 Green: Renato Cardoso vs Paulo Miyao: Miyao wins with a collar choke from the back.
Round 5 Yellow: Davi Ramos vs Ki Dale: 2-2 draw.
Round 5 Yellow: Diogo Araujo vs Felipe Pena: Felipe wins by triangle.

So the standings were as such (by my calculations):
Green Group - Paolo Miyao, 10 points; Travis Stevens, 6 points; Manny Diaz, 6 points; Jaime Canuto, 4 points; Renato Tavares, 3 points. I believe Stevens moved on to the semi-finals due to tiebreak rules, but I'm not sure on that one.
Yellow Group: Felipe Pena, the maximum 12 points; Diogo Araujo, 9 points, Davi Ramos, 4 points; Kit Dale, 4 points; Alex Ceconi, 0 pts.
The leader from each group was slotted in against the second-place finisher of the other group for semi-finals, so we got:
Semi-Final #1:
Paolo Miyao vs Diogo Araujo: Diogo wins 4-2 by sweeping Miyao twice.
Semi-Final #2:
Felipe Pena vs Travis Stevens: Felipe wins 9-2 by getting past the guard repeatedly and was up so comfortably, he decided to stand with Stevens and get tossed around.
Leandro Lo vs Claudio Calasans in the 10 min no gi superfight:
Leandro Lo wins 7-0 by sweeping Calasans twice, with the second late in the match and combined with a guard pass. It's a very impressive win for Leandro and he remains undefeated at Copa Podio.
Third place match:
Paolo Miyao defeats Travis Stevens with a single advantage in a 2-2 points match.
Diogo Araujo vs Felipe Pena: Felipe gets Diogo's back for 4 points and despite giving up a sweep at the end, Felipe still wins 4-2 on points.
Pena's victory is very impressive. He got his black belt in the last year and looked like he was having a good start to his top-level career, but this bumps up the expectations for him considerably. Pena appears to have mostly romped through the group stage, with only the Kit Dale battle being particularly close. The semi-final saw him taking considerable risks standing with Travis Stevens due to a hefty points lead and the American couldn't capitalize, despite a very pretty brace of throws. The outlook for Preguica Pena's career is blindingly bright at this time if he stays in this form. His Twitter is and his Facebook is

American Nationals Results and such (AJ Agazarm wins the absolute/black belt):


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