2011 Mundial Women’s Brown/Black Divisions Review

Penny Thomas

Penny Thomas

The women’s divisions did not disappoint this year! The feeling on the budovideos chat log was that the women’s division finals were much more interesting than the men’s. These ladies came out to fight and by all appearances were not satisfied to squeak out a win by advantages if they could help it. Whether the match actually ended by submission, points, or ref’s decision, it was clear that each woman on the mat was playing for keeps.

* Please note that they didn’t show all of the women’s matches so I don’t have exact play-by-play for all of them other than the finals.

Gezary Matuda Kubis finished her first two opponents (Tove Sodersten and Claudia Martinez) by triangle/armlock and armlock respectively to meet up with Leticia who had a bye first round before besting her first opponent on the way to her match with Gezary. Leticia and Gezary battled it out with Leticia coming out ahead 8-6. On the other side of the bracket, Nyjah Easton bested her first 2 opponents before beating Jennifer Sutingco by a large point margin in the semifinals.

The final pitted the experienced black belt and reigning champion, Leticia Ribeiro versus Brown Belt, Nyjah Easton. Nyjah quickly pulled guard at the opening of the match. After a long stalemate, Leticia finally forced her to open and Nyjah quickly switched to De La Riva Guard. Leticia managed to secure 3 points for a pass before Nyjah exploded with a bridge and managed to roll Leticia over. Leticia managed to base out and in the scramble land back on top. Nyjah was able to secure a sweep to give her 2 points towards the end and the match ended 3-2 in favor of the current champion, Leticia Ribeiro.


Michelle Nicolini defeats Kyra Gracie

Michelle Nicolini defeats Kyra Gracie

Fabiana Borges won her first match when her opponent was DQ’d for reaping the knee. Next she came up against Sayaka Shioda, coming off a win over Alliance’s April Robinson. Fabiana secured the win over Sayaka earning the spot against the legendary Kyra Gracie who was entering the match after a bye and a 15-0 then submission win over Heather Reynolds. On the other side of the bracket Michelle Nicolini and Ana Carolina Lebre would meet in the semi-finals, both coming off a bye in the first round and wins in the second. Michelle snapped a quick triangle on Ana from her signature spider guard and finished it fast. To no one’s surprise Michelle and Kyra were to meet in the finals on Sunday.

Kyra initiated the action by going in for a throw, but Michelle managed to pull closed guard. Michelle went to her signature spider guard and shot a triangle, it looked close for a second but Kyra managed to escape quickly and turn it into a pass. Michelle rolled out of the pass and landed back in open guard. Michelle hit a sweep and knocked Kyra down but fell back for a toehold instead of securing. She wasn’t able to secure the toehold and based out to come up for the sweep. She was now up 2-0 but landed in Kyra’s best spot, her closed guard. Kyra shot a triangle/omoplata combo but Michelle shook it off. She goes for another and a sweep but Michelle manages to sweep right back. Kyra comes up on a sweep, but lands in Michelle’s triangle. Kyra seemed to be attempting to feed the omoplata to get out but Michelle Nicolini didn’t take the bait and just kept working to keep the triangle until time ran out and she became the victor. I’m not sure if this can be claimed an upset since both are multiple time champions at different weights.

Shanti Abelha bested Ana Maria Gomes (known as Ana India) before succumbing to the superior Luanna Alzuguir in the semifinals, who entered the semis on a bye. On the other side of the bracket, Beatriz Mesquita had a bye while Luiza Monteiro fought Kiri Liao. Louiza managed to upset Bia and win a spot in the final against Luanna.

Luiza pulled De La Riva guard. When Luanna went in for the pass, she forced Luiza to turn away to avoid it. From there Luanna progressed to methodically take the back. First, she moved to a control position with a harness while Luiza was on her side. She then worked her second hook in while attacking the choke, sure to secure one or the other. Luanna Alzuguir finished Luiza with a bow and arrow choke.

Hillary Williams and Ida Hansson met in the semifinals after beating Vanessa Oliveira and Emily Kwok respectively. Ida hip threw Hillary, then took her back and choked her. On the other side of the bracket Hannette bested Carolina Kowarick.

Hannette Staack wow’ed the viewers securing the gold medal with a flying armlock after a 3 minute long standoff on the feet. This should win her submission of the tournament!

Penny Thomas first handled business with Karen Miller, then bested Fernanda Mazzeli in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Tammy and Talita Nogueira met in the semifinals after overcoming Tracy D’Arcy and Kay Stephenson. Talita, still a brown belt, came out the victor and went on to meet Penny Thomas in the finals.

Talita pulls guard and Penny drops for a toehold. She loses it, Talita takes the top and receives 2 points. Talita manages to move to Penny’s back. But Penny escapes and lands passing to mount. As she’s trying to get Talita’s arm to take the back, a scramble ensues and Talita lands on top again. She’s now up 4-0 with about 7 minutes and 30 seconds down. Desperate, Penny shoots a triangle, but Talita easily gets out. Penny is able to come up on a takedown but for some reason the points are waived away (perhaps the knees were on the ground nullifying it – bogus rule in my opinion). Talita Nogueira surprises everyone with an upset win over Penny 4-0.

They didn’t show these matches. But Emily Wetzel and Gabriella Garcia met in the finals beating Lana Stefanac and Katrian Weilbacher on their way. Emily pulled guard but Gabi was able to pass pretty quickly. Gabi Garcia progressed up and tapped Emily with shoulder pressure/choke from side control.

I missed the earlier divisions of the absolute but Beatrize Mesquita won all her matches on her way to the semis against Lana, who she beat to earn her slot against Gabi in the finals. Gabi beat Penny Thomas to secure her spot against Bia.

Poor Bia had little to offer the much larger Gabi during the Absolute Division. She seemed to adopt the strategy Tammy Griego used at the Pan Ams earlier this year, turtling up and waiting for Gabi to get frustrated and over commit, giving her an opening. Bia was able to return to guard a few times but couldn’t get much going before repeatedly being forced to turn away and turtle. It comes as no real surprise that once again, Gabi Garcia was the Absolute Division victor.

Full Mundial Results can be found here: 2011 Mundial Results

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