After the champions had been defined for each weight division this Sunday in Helsinki, it was time for the absolute.
With little to no time to rest between matches, and with some athletes having just ended their weight division campaigns, the absolute division was a spectacle. Names like Marcus Buchecha, Xande Ribeiro, Celsinho Venícius, Mahamed Ali, Dillon Danis and Chael Sonnen were in the running, but none shone brighter than Felipe Preguiça.
Preguiça fought four times, following the two fights he had done earlier in the 99kg division. He beat Celsinho Venícius and Victor Honório in his first and second match to reach a semifinal match opposite over-99kg champion Marcus Buchecha.
Buchecha, the favorite, was visibly tired and couldn’t stop Preguiça reaching his back.
In the final, Felipe had to defend against some foot attacks by Gordon Ryan, a specialist. In one instance of doing this, Preguiça used his opponent’s position to slide to the back. From there, Preguiça worked to finish, but, unable to sink the RNC, he wound up winning 6-0 thanks to the hooks from the back.
This means Preguiça is the man who will try to put a stop to André Galvão’s superfight winning streak in 2019 — we can’t wait.
Last modified: November 9, 2017