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Maia Matalon is World Champion

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 @ 1:33 am

11247079_1130925243589473_9130688085535375792_nMaia Matalon made her debut at the major events in her new belt level and did so in style, taking gold and bronze at the 2015 World Championship (Mundial) in Long Beach, California.

In the first round of the female heavyweight brown belt division, Maia submitted Maria Malyjasiak (Zenith BJJ) via clock choke and moved into the final round where she would face off against a tough opponent in Nivia de Souza Moura (Ribeiro BJJ), who had handled her opponent on the opposite end of the bracket. Maia found herself down 4-0 not long into the final, but showed her grit and commitment to fighting to the end as she stormed back to finish Nivia via clock choke to become world champion. A great start to the day for Ms. Matalon!

In the Open Weight (Absolute) division, which only allows medalists from each weight class to enter in an attempt to determine the greatest champion out of the bunch, Maia kept her submission streak alive with two more clock chokes in the round of 16 and the quarterfinal. In the semi-final, Maia faced off against an old adversary, Amanda Santana (Marcio Cruz JJ). Maia was able to control the first 7 minutes of the match, leading by 3 advantages, but gave up a sweep with less than a minute remaining to go down 0-2. Rolling through, though, Maia came up attacking her opponent’s back and the match scrambled to the feet, where Maia appeared to score a takedown that would win the match in the closing seconds, but a strange and new rule technicality saw the score remain the same and Maia end with the bronze.

With 4 submissions in 5 matches at the most important gi tournament of the year, and all the while sporting an ACL tear that required surgery, Maia continues to show improvement and is looking forward to being back on the competition mats as soon as she recovers.

Final results:
Brown Belt Adult Female Heavyweight Champion
Brown Belt Adult Female Absolute 3rd Place

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