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Ramadan Cup No Gi: Evangelista takes Gold

The Ramadan No Gi Cup showcased some great talent on all weight divisions

The Annual Ramadan No Gi Cup showcased some great talent from all belt divisions, the event was held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and this year definitely did not disappoint. the event it self was a testament to Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu initiative featuring the worlds best competing in various divisions. Amongst the talent present was World renowned Black Belt Ricardo Evangelista, Brown belt World pro Open weight champion Faisal Al Kitbe, purple belt world champion Mahamad Ali and many more. 


Pedro Duarte sweeps Faisal Al Kitbe in the last minute

Veteran Black belt Pedro Duarte was able to overcome Faisal Al Kitbe’s pressure passing game sweeping him in the last minutes of the semi-finals, after which he faced World renowned Black Belt Ricardo Evangelista in the finals, Evangelista won by maintaining a strong pressure game from top.


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Abdul Rehman taps Ziad Granduka in the finals

In the brown belt division Abdul Rehman from Dagestan was able to dominate his way through the division taking home gold. his final with Ziad Granduka from Jordan ended with a beautiful rear naked choke. Abdul Rehman who has recently been promoted o brown belt was the 2014 World Pro Champion, where he beat notable names such as Pedro Araujo.


Magomed Abdulkadirov

Magomed Abdulkadirov maintains strong pressure on World Champion Mahammed Aly

Magomed Abdulkadirov from Russia maintained a high paced guard passing game through out, dominating IBJJF Purple belt World Champion Mahamed Aly from Brazil in which he took home Gold defeating Mahamad Aly 6-0. Magomed Abdulkadirov was also the purple belt absolute champion.


Murad Asildarov was able to win gold after defeating Shamis Rashid Alshamsi (Second) and Max Abrahamyan (Third).



Up and coming blue belt Hussein Rasheed was able to go home with gold defeating judo specialist Shamil Kharsiev in the finals.

Fight analysis provided by BJJ Analyst Ricky Rout