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Junior finished the night collecting the $10,000 dollar grand prize and also a $500 bonus for finish of the night with a satisfying armbar from the back.
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Junior finished the night collecting the $10,000 dollar grand prize and also a $500 bonus for finish of the night with a satisfying armbar from the back
Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL.
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
Photo by: @ronaldojuniorbjj
After winning bronze at the IBJJF World Championships, Junior snatched an impressive cash prize at EUG 4. Defeating his opponents in an eight-man black belt grand prix at Evolve Ur Game 4, the bronze medalist seized the $10k prize with wins over Alexandre Jesus, Shane Shapiro, and European and Pans champion Levi Jones-Leary on the night.
Submitting Shapiro via armbar and de Jesus by decision, Junior met Unity’s Jones-Leary for the final match of the night. Junior swept early and continued attacking in a back-and-forth scrambling flurry with the Jones-Leary until the match’s final moments.
A last-minute fill-in for Jackson Nagai, Levi got his shot in the final by defeating Rodrigo Lopes via points, 6-0, before gaining a referee’s decision in his next match over Manuel Ribamar. Finishing out the bracket were Austin Oranday and Lucas Gualberto.
Also grabbing a spot on the night’s card were four colored belt super-fights: a teen title fight between Champion Jalen Fonacier and Gui Balmante, and super-fights featuring Helena Crevar vs. Sienna Alicia, Shye Lilly vs. Emily Leyva, and Carolina Viera vs. Sonja Tsiorious.
The Monday after, EUG threw the carrot out with the announcement of EUG 5 in a low-key insta post for their fans. The fifth card of the promotion will look to be a No-Gi event; however, fighters and a specific date have yet to be released.
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