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It was the second time the female graced the EBI tournament and it didn’t disappoint.
The bantamweights took center stage Sunday night in San Diego, California for the Eddie Bravo Invitational’s 16th outing. Stars from the world of BJJ amd MMA took part in the tournament, with current ADCC and IBJJF champion Beatriz Mesquita taking home the title.
The pace was fast from the get go, as only two matches needing an overtime in the opening rounds. Invicta athletes went 1-1 in the opening stanza of the tournament, with the newly signed Luanna Alzuguir gaining an overtime rear naked choke, while current Invicta athlete, while 10th Planet qualifier Liz Tracy fell to Sophia Nordeno by calf slicer.
The quarterfinals saw all submissions, with Bianca Basilio gaining the most unique technique of the night with a Frank Mir inspired armbar.
The semi-finals saw three Brazilians and one American in the hunt. In a battle of ADCC champions, Beatriz Mesquita submitted Luanna Alzuguir by triangle. Bianca Basilio caught Hawaii’s Nikk Sullivan in an armbar to win her way into the finals.
Mesquita subbed every opponent within regulation but her finals opponent, gaining her $15,000 for her efforts. In the finals, she was able to hit an armbar in only 4 seconds in the overtime rules set in a rematch of her ADCC title bout with Bianca Basilio.
EBI announced that in December they would be introducing a female strawweight tournament.
Here are the full results and highlights.
- Beatriz Mesquita def. Miri Niedrauer by armbar at 1:57
- Amanda Leve def. Brooke Mayo by rear naked choke in overtime
- Talia Marie Vaughn def. Pamela Boveda Aguirre by arm triangle
- Luanna Alzuguir def. Jess Fleiciano by rear naked choke in overtime
- Bianca Basilio def. Kayla Patterson by toehold 1:39
- Sophia Nordeno def. Liz Tracy by calf slicer 3:32
- Nikki Sullivan def. Tracy Goodell by fastest escape in OT
- Lila Smadja def. Amanda Ribas by heel hook 3:22
- Beatriz Mesquita def. Amanda Leve by triangle 4:21
- Luanna Alzuguir def. Talia Marie Vaughn by heel hook 4:06
- Bianca Basilio def. Sophia Nordeno by straight armbar 0:40
- Nikki Sullivan def. def. Lila Smadja by heel hook 1:02
- Beatriz Mesquita def. Luanna Alzuguir by triangle 7:45
- Bianca Basilio def. Nikki Sullivan by armbar 1:55
- Beatriz Mesquita def. Bianca Basilio by armbar in OT