I competed in the 200+ Intermediate division. I got 2nd place. I was the heaviest guy in my weight class. I think outweighed the next person by 35lbs. Obviously, I was the strongest guy and maybe the most experienced as well. My game plan initially was to pull half guard, sweep, and go for either an armbar, kimura, or americana, but things changed quickly, since I was instructed to takedown my opponents, but I couldn't do so, because of my ribs.
My first opponent took me down via double leg. He got to side control and had an head and arm judo side control. I took him over and put him on his back. I initially set up my opponent's weak side arm for an arm bar, but he wasn't tapping, so I pulled over for a kimura and got the tapout.
My second opponent was a guy that beat me at the Legend's Tournament. This time, I pulled half guard, before any takedown attempts. I got to deep half and got my opponent over. I finished off on top with an arm bar.
At this point, my next two opponents were guys that I trained with before, so it was kind of weird, since I don't do well against friends in tournaments, but I tried though. I pulled half guard on the first one, but I couldn't get anything going from the bottom. Somehow, I ended up in the turtle position, and my friend got my back. I got over on top, and got stuck in his half guard with the lockdown. He was up back 3 points, since he passed my guard during the match. I went for several attempts on armbars, kimuras, and half guard passes, but I was stuck and I ran out of time.
At this point, I've had 3 heavyweights on top of me and I was ready to call it quits, because I was sore and I didn't want to get injured, but I was in the finals, so I decided to go for it. I pulled half guard again, but by this time, I was done. I couldn't get any sweeps, reversals, or submissions. I got submitted with an arm triangle. My ribs were done and I couldn't move for a bit, but I did get 2nd place, so that was good at least.
I would like to thank my instructors, training partners, family, friends, and sponsors for all their help and support in my BJJ journey. This week, I'm in it to win it. Master's Worlds is up next.