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TXMMA Tournament Season Recap – The 2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open

IBJJF Dallas Open 2013 - Event Photos by Mike CalimbasDALLAS, TX, May 10, 2013 – The 2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open went down at TWU’s Kitty Magee Arena in Denton last Sunday and the prevailing opinion is that the tournament was a great success topping their 2012 effort.

To expound on that, IBJJF tournaments are always well-run and organized but grapplers seem to think the talent pool this year at most levels divisionally was much deeper making for plenty of competitive matchups at all levels. It would have been even deeper but the 2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open registration actually reached capacity a day earlier than anticipated so plenty of grapplers missed out on the chance to showcase their skills in Dallas.

Hint: Register early next time.

As for the overall team standings for the 2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open, it comes to no surprise that Nova União won by a comfortable margin at this tournament. The Bruno Bastos-led team boasts a strong presence in DFW with schools like Alvarez BJJ, Team Lutter, and several others all competing under the same banner.

Highlighting their performance individually were blue belts Horlando Monteiro and Jordan Shepler who claimed double gold in the adult and masters divisions respectively. Meanwhile at the higher ranks, team rep Arnold Monterroso took first in his purple light feather division while Abu Dhabi World Pro Absolute Champion Kaue Damasceno added to his accolades with a gold in the brown heavyweight division as well.


2013 IBJJF Dallas Open – Overall Team Standings

1 – Nova União – 243

2 – Gracie Barra – 198

3 – KG BJJ – 127


As for additional individual highlights in the black belt divisions, there are several worth noting:


IBJJF Dallas Open 2013 - Event Photos by Mike CalimbasGabriel Vella (Street Sports) won a close and thrilling absolute final over Roberto Cyborg Abreu (Fight Sports) in the men’s adult final while Mackenzie Dern (Gracie Humaita) did the same on the women’s side over Fabiana Borges (Gracie Barra).

► Meanwhile in divisional action, Carlos Diego Ferreira (Team Ferreira) won a stacked middleweight division with Albert Hughes (Fight Sports) and Marcus Antelante (Soul Fighters) coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The opposition in that one also included guys like Leonardo Iturralde (Alliance), Jake Mackenzie (GFTeam), and others so props to all the Texas-based guys for holding down the fort in this one.

► GFTeam’s Ítalo Lins and Denilson Pimenta closed out the feather division while Marra Senki reps Gustavo Carpio and Sergio Marra ran unopposed at light feather. Last but not least was Roberto Abreu winning at Ultra-Heavy over Luis Rubalcava and Gabriel Garcia to close out the action at faixa preta.


Check out the complete results from the 2013 IBJJF Dallas Open here.


2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open Photo Galleries


Here are high-resolution photo galleries for the 2013 IBJJF Dallas Open broken down by belt level via mikecalimbas.com. Order your prints today!

Black Belt | Brown Belt | Purple Belt | Blue and White Belt | Podium Photos




2013 IBJJF Dallas International Open Video Coverage


Good news! In addition to shooting photos of all the action, we managed to scoop a full nine hours and 105 matches worth of footage for our readers as well! Check them out via the playlist below or watch them all individually here. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more!