ABU DHABI: Some of the world’s best grapplers and jiu-jitsu athletes participated this past weekend in the ADXC 4 championships at the Dojo de Paris in France.

The Grappling Main Event at the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship featured the long-awaited duel between UFC powerhouses Benoit Saint Denis and Marc Diakiese go the way of the home favorite.

Fighting in his homeland, Saint Denis used his grappling prowess to emerge victorious in the ADXC cage. Saint Denis almost submitted England’s Diakiese in the first round, but the latter managed to survive to go five rounds.

Norway’s Espen Mathiesen is now a two-time ADXC champion after defeating France’s Leon Larman in the Jiu-Jitsu Main Event. The Norwegian athlete played to his strength and defeated his opponent with a collar choke in the first round.

In the Grappling Co-Main Event, Wales’ Ffion Davies beat her opponent Morgan Black in the second round with an armbar, after intense pressure in the first round.

In the Jiu-Jitsu Co-Main Event, Khaled Al-Shehhi and Leonardo Mario found themselves evenly matched over the five rounds of three minutes each. Al-Shehhi started with a takedown, followed with a submission attempt and, when that did not work, used the single-leg to press Leonardo against the cage wall.

Mario applied pressure on Al-Shehhi’s guard, but the UAE powerhouse had a better run in the duel, using his technique to attack on top and even reach the side. Ultimately, Al-Shehhi did enough to convince the majority of the referees and won with a split decision.

In another matchup between MMA athletes, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady controlled Amin Youb throughout the first two rounds, even managing to mount in the third. Youb attempted to attack with a guillotine, but Al-Selwady managed to avoid the danger and convinced the referees, who unanimously decided in favor of the “Pride of Palestine.”

In a well-balanced fight between purple belts, the UAE’s Shamma Al-Kalbani took on Lina Grosset of France. The first round saw both athletes exchanging foot attacks while the following one brought a little more movement, with reversals and guard-passing attempts. The third and final round saw Grosset putting on pressure from the top, but Al-Kalbani dished out some sneaky attacks and won via split decision.


ADXC 4 results:

Main Event: Benoit Saint Denis defeated Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision.

Espen Mathiesen defeated Leon Larman via collar choke.

Co-Main Event: Ffion Davies defeated Morgan Black via armbar.

Khaled Al-Shehhi defeated Leonardo Mario via split decision.


Main Card

Abdul-Kareem Al-Sewady defeated Amin Youb via unanimous decision.

Cassio Silva defeated Marko Oikarainen via unanimous decision.

Nathiely de Jesus defeated Elizabeth Mitrovic via unanimous decision.

Nia Blackman defeated Magdalena Loska via split decision.

Steven Ray defeated Ibrahima Mane via guillotine.


Preliminary Card

Youness Bennouali defeated Florian Bayili via split decision.

Geo Martinez defeated Nicolas Renier via heel hook.

Kalim Mastouri defeated Luca Anacoreta via unanimous decision.

Kasper Larsen defeated Alexander Alexandrov via rear-naked choke.

Shamma Al-Kalbani defeated Lina Grosset via split decision.

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