NAGA US Nationals 2001

December 8, 2001, Miami, Florida- Submission Fighters from Florida and many other states such as Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio made the journey to compete in the NAGA`s 1st Annual US National event. December 8, 2001, Miami, Florida- Submission Fighters from Florida and many other states such as Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Ohio made the journey to compete in the NAGA`s 1st Annual US National event. The event featured 56 Gi & No-Gi Grappling Divisions, along with several World Class Superfights.


SUPERIGHT RESULTS:

4-Man Tournament (Round 1)Roberto “Gordo” Correara vs. David Avellon

Roberto “Gordo” Correara, a two time world black belt absolute champion had a very challenging 1st match against local champion, David Avellon. Gordo started strong by getting the first half-guard sweep and getting side mount. Then Dave managed to get back up to his feet and proceeded to take Gordo down. The fight went back and forth with both fighters earning advantages. In the end, the judges selected Gordo the winner. It was a very close match that exhausted both fighters. Dave should be proud of his performance and we look forward to having both gentlemen back in competition next year.

Leonel Perez vs. Ryan Stout

NAGA representatives asked Leonel Perez, the US National Advanced Division Champion from the event, if he would step up and fight in the 4-man tourney. Leonel was more than happy to accept the challenge. His match against the IFC Middleweight Champion, Ryan Stout was very exciting. Both competitors showed tremendous strength and speed. The battle raged on for 6 minutes. Leonel’s submission skills proved superior as he finished the match at 6:11 via Arm Bar. Hats off to Ryan who flew in from Ohio and also took the match on short notice after teammate Chris Wells was unable to make the trip.

Superfight #2

Helio Moreiro “Soneca” vs. Jorge Jorgel

The crowd was given a special treat when World & Pan American Champion Soneca offered to fight in a NAGA Superfight. His opponent was a 6 Time Brazilian State Champion, Jorge Gurgel. The lightweight battle reminded me of Barret Yoshida fighting in Abu Dhabi with lighting fast execution of technique, reverses, and submission attempts. This match was governed by Abu Dhabi Rules, since no points were scored, the match was deemed a draw.

Special Thanks:

I wanted to thank all of the fighters and spectators who made the trip to Miami this past weekend. With Christmas being right around the corned, it’s hard not only to train but also afford to compete. I wanted to thank Marcos Avellon, our NAGA Florida representative for all his help this year. Marcos is absolutely the best promoter I have had the pleasure of knowing in the 15 years I have been involved with sport fighting. I also wanted to thank Gordon Hester for helping put together the Gordo Superfight. Gordon and Joe D’Arce ran all of the BJJ rings that day as well. As always, special thanks to Mary, Stephanie, Joe & Laura who made the trip to Florida and ran the show.


TEAM and INDIVIDUALS RESULTS:


NO-GI TEAM CHAMPIONS:

1st Place – Xtreme Jiu-Jitsu (53 Points) 2nd Place – Marcio Simas/Academia of Martial Arts (52 Points)

3rd Place – One Dragon (46 Points (br)

4th Place – Fracture (40 Points)

5th Place – Relson Gracie (38 Points)

6th Place – De La Riva (32 Points)

7th Place – JBA (21 Points)

8th Place – Bodycut Jiu-Jitsu

9th Place – Urban Survival Tactics

10th Place – Florida Karate Fitness Center <18 Points>

11th Place – Atemi-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu <17 Points>

Honorable mention teams:Carlos Gracie JR,CIJ, Inner Circle, Infight, Freestyle Fighting, & Team Edson Diniz.


GI TEAM CHAMPIONS:

1st Place -Academy of Martial Arts/Marcio Simas(90 Points)

2nd Place Tie -Florida Karate and Fitness Center (25 Points)

2nd Place -De La Riva (25 Points)

4th Place -Urban Survival Concepts (20 Points)

5thPlace Tie -Popovitch & Top Team (14 Points)

7thPlace Tie- Xtreme JJ & Infight (12 Points)

9th Place – Manimal (9 Points)

10th Place – C1J (8 Points)

Honorable Mention Teams: NHB Fights, Atemi-Ryu JJ, One Dragon



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NO GI INDIVIDUAL WINNERS


NO GI TEENS Ages 15, 16 & 17 Light Weight

Gold Medallist = Chris Steve Atemi-Ryu JJ

Silver Medallist = Shaun Cifferri Inner Circle


NO GI TEENS Ages 15, 16 & 17 Heavy Weight

Gold Medallist = Eric MarichOne Dragon

Silver Medallist = Richard Bilbao One Dragon

Bronze Medallist = Adam Fundara Kenpo Karate of Kendale


NO GI MENS NOVICE Fly Weight (144.9 & Under)

Gold Medallist = Carlos Calmet Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Chris Stuve Atemi-Ryu JJ


NO GI MENS BEGINNER Fly Weight (144.9 & Under)

Gold Medallist = Carlos Calmet Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Greg Padulo Florida Karate Fitness Center

Bronze Medallist = Marcos Concepcion Extreme JJ


NO GI MENS INTEMEDIATE Fly Weight (144.9 & Under)

Gold Medallist = Jared Bregstein De La Riva


NO GI MENS ADVANCED Fly Weight (144.9 & Under)

Gold Medallist = Richard Travis Carlos Gracie JR

Silver Medallist = Jared Bregstein De La Riva


NO GI WOMENS – Beginner

Gold Medallist = Michele Ziegler Popovitch

Silver Medallist = Lindsay Eichenmiller CIJ

Bronze Medallist = Eve Sapsford Infight


NO GI EXECUTIVE (40 yrs & Above)

Gold Medallist = Mark Thomas Relson Gracie

Silver Medallist = Anthony Tirzano Academia of Martial Arts

Bronze Medallist = Venancio Correa Florida Karate Fitness Center


NO GI WOMENS – Advanced

Gold Medallist = Barbara Kubilus Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Michele Ziegler Popovitch

Bronze Medallist = Misty Becker CIJ


NO GI MENS NOVICE Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Jesus Lastro Inner Circle

Silver Medallist = Leonardo Leite Edson Diniz


NO GI MENS BEGINNER Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Asher King Academia of Martial Arts

Silver Medallist = David Hall Academia of Martial Arts

Bronze Medallist = Boomer Goldman Popovitch


NO GI MENS INTERMEDIATE Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Michael Farvet Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Asher King Academia of Martial Arts

Bronze Medallist = Marco Stabile One Dragon


NO GI MENS ADVANCED Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Freddy Trillo Bodycut JJ

Silver Medallist = Andrew Cargill Atemi-Ryu JJ

Bronze Medallist = Ken Allen Fracture


NO GI KIDS 75 to 99.9 lbs. TEAM

Gold Medallist = Amanda Mohammed One Dragon

Silver Medallist = Andrew Grant One Dragon


NO GI MASTERS (30 TO 40 years) Light Weight (174.9 lbs. & under)

Gold Medallist = Mark Thomas Relson Gracie

Silver Medallist = Mike Harvey Popovitch

Bronze Medallist = Freddy Trillo Bodycut JJ


NO GI MENS NOVICE Middle Weight (160 to 174.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = James CollinsRelson Gracie

Silver Medallist = Marc ShapiroFlorida Karate Fitness Center

Bronze Medallist = Greg Kelly Extreme JJ


NO GI MENS BEGINNER Middle Weight (160 to 174.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Joseph Daugherty Relson Gracie

Silver Medallist = Sean Wells Infight

Bronze Medallist = Jhenssen Vega Marcio Simas


NO GI MENS INTERMEDIATE Middle Weight (160 to 174.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Guillermo Restrepo Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Andrew Smith NHB Fights

Bronze Medallist = Eric BentleyDe La Riva


NO GI MENS ADVANCED Middle Weight (160 to 174.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Shane Dunn Fracture

Silver Medallist = Anthony Talone Marcio Simas

Bronze Medallist = Ken Allen Fracture


NO GI KIDS 100 to 114.9 lbs. TEAM

Gold Medallist = Enrico Cocco Freestyle Fighting

Silver Medallist = Sean Gage One Dragon

Bronze Medallist = Sean Samson One Dragon


NO GI MASTERS (30 TO 40 years) Middle Weight (175 to 199.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Michael Mackey One Dragon

Silver Medallist = Clif Hutto Urban Survival Concepts

Bronze Medallist = Eddie Lirett Urban Survival Concepts


NO GI MENS NOVICE Heavy Weight (175 to 194.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Michael Danna Popovitch

Silver Medallist = Robert Mercado Edson Diniz

Bronze Medallist = William Edwards Inner Circle


NO GI MENS BEGINNER Heavy Weight (175 to 194.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Fabio Paulo Popovitch

Silver Medallist = Eddie Lirett Urban Survival Concepts

Bronze Medallist = Eric Marich One Dragon


NO GI MENS INTERMEDIATE Heavy Weight (175 to 194.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Dan Simmler JBA

Silver Medallist = Eddie Lirett Urban Survival Concepts

Bronze Medallist = Scott Trento One Dragon


NO GI MENS ADVANCED Heavy Weight (175 to 194.9 lbs)

Gold Medallist = Dan Simmler JBA

Silver Medallist = Efrain Ruiz Extreme JJ

Bronze Medallist = Mitch McElroy Marcio Simas


NO GI MENS NOVICE Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Adam Brown Popovitch


NO GI MENS BEGINNER Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Butch Bacon Florida Karate Fitness Center

Silver Medallist = Gerardo Sanchez Bodycut JJ

Bronze Medallist = Adam Brown Popovitch


NO GI MENS INTERMEDIATE Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Eric Simmons Marcio Simas

Silver Medallist = Jeff Zender Fracture

Bronze Medallist = Michael MackeyOne Dragon


NO GI MENS ADVANCED Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Lionel Perez Relson Gracie

Silver Medallist = Christian McLaughlin De La Riva

Bronze Medallist = Jeff Zender Fracture


GI DIVISION WINNERS


GI PURPLE BELT Light Weight (174.9 lbs. & under)

Gold Medallist = Anthony Tolune Marcio Simas

Silver Medallist = Steve Hall Academia of Martial Arts

Bronze Medallist = Freddy Trillo Bodycut JJ


GI BLUE BELT Fly Weight (144.9 lbs. & under)

Gold Medallist = Mike Nelson Manimal


GI BLUE BELT Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Mike NelsonInfight

Silver Medallist = Bobby Crabtree Top Team

Bronze Medallist = Andrew Cargill Atemi-Ryu JJ


GI BLUE BELT Middle Weight (150 to 174.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Eric Bentley De La Riva

Silver Medallist = Thor CastilloTop Team

Bronze Medallist = Dave Gatke Academia of Martial Arts


GI TEENS (15, 16, & 17) One Division

Gold Medallist = Shawn Gage One Dragon


GI WOMENS White Belt

Gold Medallist = Michele Ziegler Popovitch

Silver Medallist = Misty Becker C1J

Bronze Medallist = Lindsay Eichenmiller C1J


GI WHITE BELT Light Weight (145 to 159.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Asher King Academia of Martial Arts

Silver Medallist = David Hall Academia of Martial Arts

Bronze Medallist = Greg Padulo Florida Karate Fitness Center


GI WHITE BELT Middle Weight (160 to 174.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Andrew Smith NHB Fights

Silver Medallist = Sean WElls Weight

Bronze Medallist = David Hall Academia of Martial Arts


GI WOMENS Blue Belt

Gold Medallist = Anahi Baca Extreme JJ

Silver Medallist = Barbara Kubilus Extreme JJ

Bronze Medallist = Eve Sapsford Infight


GI PURPLE BELT Heavy Weight (175 lbs. & above) TEAM

Gold Medallist = Todd Broadaway Marcio Simas

Silver Medallist = Mitch McElroy Marcio Simas

Bronze Medallist = Christian McLaughlin De La Riva


GI BLUE BELT Heavy Weight (175 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Rob Darr Academia of Martial Arts

Silver Medallist = Fabian Reyes Marcio Simas

Bronze Medallist = Carlos Gomez Marcio Simas


GI BLUE BELT Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Christian McLaughlin De La Riva

Silver Medallist = Clif Hutto Urban Survival Concepts


GI MENS EXECUTIVE (40+) One Division

Gold Medallist = Anthony Tirzano Academia of Martial Arts

Silver Medallist = Vernancio Correa Florida Karate Fitness Center


GI MENS MASTERS (30 to 40 years) One Division

Gold Medallist = Eddie Lirett Urban Survival Concepts

Silver Medallist = May De Los Santos Bodycut JJ

Bronze Medallist = Clif Hutto Urban Survival Concepts


GI WHITE BELT Heavy Weight (175 to 194.9 lbs.)

Gold Medallist = Butch Bacon Florida Karate Fitness Center

Silver Medallist = Sandro Pemposelli Florida Karate Fitness Center

Bronze Medallist = Eddie Lirett Urban Survival Concepts


GI WHITE BELT Super Heavy Weight (195 lbs. & above)

Gold Medallist = Adam Brown Popovitch

Silver Medallist = Vinicius Correa Florida Karate Fitness Center

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