It was an historic night of grappling as the women took center stage at the Eddie Bravo Invitational this past Sunday.
Champions were crowned in a sixteen woman no-gi submission only tournament and the innovative four woman combat jiu-jitsu tournament in Los Angeles, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
18 year old sensation Erin Blanchfield make a huge mark in the jiu-jitsu community taking home the first ever flyweight no-gi title. She also took home $10,000 for getting 2 subs in regulation during the event.
Blanchfield started her run with an overtime rear naked choke over Livia Gluchowska. She faced fellow purple belt and teenage phenom Katherine Shen in the quarterfinals, getting a kimura just before regulation expired. Shen had the upset of the tournament, defeating black belt Pati Fontes by submission in overtime.
Blanchfield would armbar Eddie Bravo protege Lila Smadja the semi-finals. Smadja submitted both her first round and quarterfinal opponent in under a minute.
The finals say the battle of teenage prospects as Blanchfield faced 19 year old Gabi McComb. Blacnhfield would take her to overtime, and got an armbar to win the initial EBI women’s flyweight title. Blanchfield expressed her interest in making the transition to MMA, and had been preparing for the past 4 year.
For the first time, women competed in Combat jiu-jitsu as it was a battle of Bellator and InvictaFC vets. Under Combat jiu-jitsi rules, slaps are legal when engaging on the ground.
In the semi-finals, Celine Haga evened the score with Amy Montegro as she avenged her MMA loss in Invicta. Haga was able to submit Montegro by rear naked choke in overtime to make her way to the finals.
The second semi-final saw top MMA flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane defeat fellow Bellator fighter Broke Mayo by Triangle Choke in overtime.
MacFarlane would get the kimura over Haga to win the first ever female Combat jiu-jitsu title. She is using her win money to help with travel expenses and is looking to bring a 10th Planet Academy to Hawaii.
Here are the complete results.
Flyweight No-gi Tournament
- Talita Alencar def. Ffion Davies by Rear-Naked Choke
- Rachel Cummins def. Crystal Demopoulos by Dead-Orchard Armbar
- Gabi McComb def. Kayla Patterson by Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
- Gabby Romero def. Kristina Barlaan by Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
- Katherine Shen def. Pati Fontes by Armbar in Overtime
- Erin Blanchfield def. Livia Gluchowska by Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
- Lila Smadja def. Olympia Watts by Guillotine Choke
- Nikki Sullivan def. Fiona Watson by Scissor Choke
- Talita Alencar def. Rachel Cummins by Armbar
- Gabi McComb def. Gabby Romero by Armbar in Overtime
- Erin Blanchfield def. Katherine Shen by Kimura*
- Lila Smadja def. Nikki Sullivan by Heel Hook
- Gabi McComb def. Talita Alencar by Fastest Escape Time in Overtime
- Erin Blanchfield def. Lila Smadja by Armbar*
- Erin Blanchfield def. Gabi McComb via Armbar in Overtime
* – Blanchfield earned $5000 for every submission in regulation
Combat Jiu-jitsu Tournament
- Ilima-lei MacFarlane def. Brooke Mayo by Triangle Choke in Overtime
- Celine Haga def. Amy Montenegro by Rear-Naked Choke in Overtime
- Ilima-lei MacFarlane def. Celine Haga via Kimura**
**- MacFarlane earned $5,000 for her submission in regulation