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Combat Sports Report For Dec. 7 - Debut of IBJJF Pro League

Collin Van Ooyen / December 6, 2012 - 11:57pm

IBJJF Pro League Debuts This Weekend

The much anticipated debut of the new IBJJF Pro League is finally upon us with the first ever event going down Saturday Dec. 8 in Long Beach, California. The strictly Gi-Only tournament will feature four weight divisions comprised of eight competitors each. The champions of those divisions will each take home a $5,000 prize. Earlier on in the day will be the Long Beach Fall Open, held at the same venue, where last-minute qualification spots in the Pro League tournament will be up for grabs. It's a format that should make for some exciting stories, and features some top-end BJJ talent like Caio Terra, Romulo Barral, and Leandro Lo. Here's a look at the full lineup:

Up to 64 kg (141lb):

  1. Caio Terra
  2. Koji Shibamoto
  3. Laercio Fernandes
  4. Daniel Beleza G. de Andrade
  5. Rafael Freitas
  6. TBD
  7. First place Long Beach Fall rooster division
  8. First place Long Beach Fall light-feather division

Up to 76 kg (167.5lb):

  1. Leandro Pereira do Nascimento
  2. Lucas Alves Lepri
  3. Samir José Chantre Dahás
  4. Augusto Lopes Mendes
  5. Osvaldo Moizinho
  6. TBD
  7. First place Long Beach Fall feather division
  8. First place Long Beach Fall light division

Up to 88.3kg (194.6lb):

  1. Otavio Ferreira de Sousa
  2. Rômulo Claudio Barral
  3. Rafael Monteiro Barbosa
  4. Bruno Augusto Togni Antunes
  5. Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira
  6. André Luiz Leite Galvão
  7. First place Long Beach Fall middle division
  8. First place Long Beach Fall medium-heavy division

Over 88.3 kg (over 194.6lb):

  1. Gustavo dos Santos Pires
  2. Bruno Bastos Cruz
  3. Ricardo Ferreira Evangelista
  4. Roberto Camargo de Alencar
  5. Stephen Hall
  6. First place Long Beach Fall heavy division
  7. First place Long Beach Fall super-heavy division
  8. First place Long Beach Fall ultra-heavy division

TKD Canada Announces New Coach

Canada's national taekwondo program has a familiar face taking on a leadership role. Master Shin Lim was recently appointed as national coach with Canada's High Performance Program, and brings a lot of experience to the table. A 30-year veteran of the sport, Lim has represented Canada multiple times as a member of the national team and boasts three national championships. Along with his winning pedigree, his selection was largely influenced by his efforts as the founder of the HPAC program, which focuses on the extensive training of coaches and athletes nationwide to help in the long-term development of the sport. Now in his first week on the job, Lim said of his appointment, "Canada has tremendous potential to be a top taekwondo nation and I am looking forward to working with coaches and athletes on a regular basis to support their development towards reaching their full potential in taekwondo on the international stage."

NCAA Wrestling Quick Hits

According to University of Northern Iowa head coach Doug Schwab, junior wrestler Joe Colon has been dismissed from the UNI roster for not fulfilling his social and academic requirements as a student-athlete. Colon was suspended earlier in the semester for not meeting those obligations. "Joe failed to honor the conditions he agreed to in order to be eligible for reinstatement as a student-athlete," said Coach Schwab. "If that happens, we would welcome Joe back for his senior season."

Lehigh University traveled to the University of Iowa only to get beaten handily in a dual meet. Iowa took seven out of ten total matches by a final score of 26-9. The day was highlighted by an opening matchup that saw Matt McDonough of Iowa quickly on a pair of first-round pinfalls. Tony Ramos and Mark Ballweg followed that up with back-to-back major decisions that built an early 14-0 lead that Iowa would never relinquish. The win marked Iowa's 200th inside of their massive home, the 15,000+ seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Wrestling legend Dan Gable is making himself the prize in a brand new online charity auction called "The Dan Gable Experience. Fans will bid on a chance to meet the iconic Iowan with all proceeds going to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, a not-for-profit organization based on stimulating the growth of the sport. The auction will go down on February 3rd during the dual meet between the University of Iowa and Penn State, the two universities that have combined for the last five NCAA national championships.

Kung Fu Expert Beats Up Angry Mob

In what resembles the plot of a kung fu movie, a Chinese kung fu expert is being accused of fending off around "30-50 men." 38-year-old Shen Jianzhong claims that he had been the victim of mob bullying for months leading up to the incident. People in his neighbourhood were being forced to sell their properties to make way for a mob-funded development, but Shen held out from signing off on it. Finally, after months of threats, the large group of men showed up at the door ready to force him to comply. When the men pushed his wife to the ground, Shen, along with his 18-year-old son, who is also a kung fu expert, sprung into action. The two fought off their attackers, leaving seven of them nearly unconscious in the hallway. Shen claims that only seven were injured because the mob of men fled after they saw what they were up against.

Draft the script and cast Jet Li, this is the plot of a movie I would pay to see.

Upcoming Events

December 6-7 Judo – IJF World Cup – Jeju, Korea

December 6-9 – Taekwondo – 7th World TKD Poomsae Championsips – Tunja, Colombia

December 8 - BJJ - IBJJF Long Beach Fall International Open - Long Beach, CA, USA

December 8 - BJJ - IBJJF Pro league - Long Beach, CA, USA

December 8-9 - Karate - Karate 1 Premier League - Salzburg, Austria

December 15 – Kickboxing – K-1 World MAX Final 8 – Athens, Greece

December 15 - BJJ - NAGA World Jiu Jitsu Championship - Richland Hills, TX, USA

December 21-22 – Taekwondo – 24th Fajr Open – Tehran, Iran

December 22 - Kickboxing - Superkombat WGP 2012 Final - TBA

December 31 – Kickboxing – Glory 4 Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

January 19-20 - Karate - Karate 1 Premier League - Paris, France

January 26-27 - Grappling - NAGA New England Grappling Championship - West Warwick, RI, USA

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