Joao Assis wins 32-Man Tournament, named "World's Best Grappler 2010"
Joao Assis of Team Chekmat captured the UFC Fan Expo Advanced Absolute $1,000 prize on May 28th, 2010 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada submitting Jeff "The Snowman" Monson but also earned his spot in the 32-Man Tournament at Tachi Palace Casino (July 10-11th, 2010) in Lemoore, California. The UFC Fan Expo would prove to be a tremendous turning point in Assis' career, just as Xande's major turning point in his career, ironically, was defeating Jeff Monson in the finals of the first superfight absolute at Grapplers Quest 2002 U.S. Nationals. Back then, Xande was a last minute replacement for his brother, Saulo Ribeiro and it was his first major no-gi submission grappling championship. The rest was grappling history...could Assis repeat Xande's success?
In the 32-Man "World's Best Tournament", Assis was seeded #2 behind ADCC World Champion, Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro on the opposite side of the stacked bracket. Assis went on to defeat Bruno Bastos in the Semi-Finals, Xande defeated Rustam Chsiev (K-Dojo) and the ultimate grappling showdown was set for the world stage, #1 seed and CBJJ and Abu Dhabi World and 2-Time Grapplers Quest Pro Champion, Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro versus 3-Time Grapplers Quest Pro Champion, Joao Assis. In an epic final bout that crowned "World's Best Grappler 2010", JOAO ASSIS in one of the most exciting battles in grappling's history, became, undeniably, The World's Best Grappling.
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The big name of the event was João Assis. The beast from CheckMat overcame the highly decorated Xande Ribeiro, a two-time absolute world champion in Jiu-Jitsu, in the final. To get past the stalwart, Assis first landed a takedown and followed up with a sweep to win by 4 to 2.
Prior to the final the fighter made it past opponents of the caliber of Bruno Bastos, who he beat by a single advantage point in the semifinals, and tapped out his other three opponents. Xande eliminated the likes of Leopoldo Serão.
Assis gets to cash in a check like this one
Although de dropped out in the semifinal when Xande Ribeiro caught him in a triangle choke for the finish, Rustam Chsiev returned to the mat to take third place over Bruno Bastos. The match went to extra time and, after ending in a draw, the judges rewarded Chsiev the win.
The event also featured a supermatch won by Ulysses Gomez.