Lima scores up­set win over Ju­nior

Abu Dhabi-based in­struc­tor hopes to ‘learn from mis­takes’

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Out­classed in their pre­vi­ous four meet­ings, Mauri­cio Hen­rique Lima pro­duced a stun­ning up­set to de­feat world No 2 Jose Ju­nior in the black belt 110-kilo­gram fi­nal at the Ras Al Khaimah Jiu-Jitsu In­ter­na­tional over the week­end.

Lima was de­clared the win­ner on the ref­eree’s ver­dict af­ter a score­less dead­lock in the All-Brazil­ian fi­nal. “It was sad for me as I was re­ally con­fi­dent that I would win,” said Ju­nior, who had beaten his ri­val in the semi-fi­nals of the Grand Slam Abu Dhabi at the Ipic Arena two weeks ago.

“It was a close fight and he won on the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion. He may have done some­thing bet­ter than me in the tie. It was good for me as I can learn from my mis­takes and not to re­peat it when I’m on a big­ger stage.”

The Abu Dhabi-based jiu-jitsu in­struc­tor has a busy sched­ule with three com­pe­ti­tions lined up in the next three weeks.

He trav­els for the Ecuador Na­tional Pro Cham­pi­onship on Fe­bru­ary 4 fol­lowed by the Brazil­ian Na­tional Cham­pi­onship on Fe­bru­ary 11 and the Ar­gentina Na­tional Cham­pi­onship on Fe­bru­ary 18.

Ju­nior is also hop­ing for a meet­ing with Gabriel Arges, an­other Brazil­ian, who tops the world rank­ing but com­petes in the 85kg weight class.

“Per­haps, I will get the op­por­tu­nity to meet him in the ab­so­lute di­vi­sion as he, too, is set to take part in th­ese three na­tional cham­pi­onships,” Ju­nior said.

“If it hap­pens, the world No1 spot will be at stake. Be­cause I don’t ex­pect him to lose many fights in his weight. So a meet­ing with him in the ab­so­lute di­vi­sion will give me an op­por­tu­nity to get even with him.”

Ju­nior said the race to fin­ish as world No 1 will go down to the wire, with the points on of­fer at the ninth stag­ing of the Abu Dhabi World Pro­fes­sional Jiu-Jitsu Cham­pi­onship in April at the Ipic Arena most on the cir­cuit.

“The win­ner of the Abu Dhabi World Pro will re­ceive 400 rank­ing points, the high­est in any com­pe­ti­tion,” Ju­nior said. “How­ever, we both have to keep win­ning and keep ac­cu­mu­lat­ing points to win this ti­tle.”

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