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Rollapalooza 2014 Results



[nextpage title=” ” ]Rollapalooza has been making its mark in the local Jiu Jitsu scene as one of the most laid back, feel good tournaments in the Philippines. The event was held on August 31, 2014, at the Events Hall of Fishermall along Quezon Avenue in Quezon City. The event was sponsored by Crossfit Halcyon.

Some of the Philippines’ best Jiu-Jitsu athletes started their careers by winning medals in Rollapalooza including world champions Maybelline Masuda (DEFTAC), Eros Baluyot (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) and Meggie Ochoa (Atos Jiu-Jitsu).

Here are some athletes who had a splendid showing that day:

Jonathan Pulgar, Gio Mendioro, Kenneth Napolis (Ronin Jiu-jitsu) – The three dominated the white belt -64kg by closing it out for Ronin Jiu-jitsu, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Rey Lastra (Deftac) – Lastra won the -76kg in both Adults Division and Masters Division. Lastra also secured a silver in the white belt masters division.

Cyrus Gredona (Atos) – Having only started 6 months ago, Gerdona dominated his opponent in the male adults white belt -70kg division.

Michelle Masuda (Deftac) – After being crowned women’s absolute white belt champion in the Philippine Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Nationals, Masuda showed she is no fluke by bagging both gold medals in the women’s white belt -64kg and absolute division.

Abraham Alzate (Kamphuis Fabricio) – Alzate won two gold medals in Male Adults White belt -94kg and absolute division.

Charles Platon (Kamphuis Fabricio) – Platon submitted all of his opponents and was crowned champion of the male adults blue belt -82kg and absolute division.

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Male White belt Absolute:
Abraham Alzate (Kamphuis Fabricio) vs TJ Tiu (Deftac)



Female White belt Absolute:
Michelle Masuda (Deftac) vs Jamilla Cantos (Deftac)

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Adult Blue belt

Under 58.5kg Finals
John Rejano (Atos) vs Meggie Ochoa (Atos)
Rejano and Ochoa, both having no opponents in their respective divisions, chose to fight each other instead. Rejano won the match with a triangle choke.

John Rejano (Atos) vs Meggie Ochoa (Atos)

Under 64kg Finals
Paolo Tiu (Origins BJJ) vs Carlo Laurel (Ronin Jiu-jitsu)

Two of the rising stars of Philippine Brazilian Jiu-jitsu collided in this match up. Paolo Tiu won the match with a score of 11-6 over Laurel.


Under 70kg Finals
Michael Tiu (Origins BJJ) vs Third Guevarra (Deftac)

Tiu advanced to the finals after defeating Sherwin Yao (Deftac) with an arm lock, while Guevarra secured his spot by defeating Adrain de Leon (Atos) with a choke from the back. Tiu won the match with a score of 8-0 over Guevarra.


Under 76kg Finals
Stephen Salazar (Kamphuis Fabricio) vs Enzo Palacios (Deftac)

Touted as the Ezekiel choke king, Stephen Salazar won all of his matches with his trademark choke.


Under 82kg Finals
Round Robin format
Charles Platon (Kamphuis Fabricio) vs Martin Toledo (Deftac) vs Arthur Mori (Deftac)

Platon led the round robin by submitting Mori with a kimura and Toledo with an armbar. Toledo secured the silver with a win over Mori via an Ezekiel choke.

Martin Toledo (Deftac) vs Arthur Mori (Deftac)

Under 88kg
Round Robin format
Armand Cendana (Atos) vs Joseph Sentero (Kamphuis Fabricio) vs Allen Oblena (Origins BJJ)

Cendana defeated both Oblena and Sentero with a score of 2-0 for both matches. Oblena defeated Sentero with a triangle choke to finish second place.


Armand Cendana vs Allen Oblena

Absolute blue
Skip Leido (Atos) vs Charles Platon (Kamphuis Fabricio)

Skip Leido dominated early in the match. However, in the last few seconds of the match, Platon managed to secure a Gogoplata winning the absolute blue belt division.


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Under 64kg
Round Robin Format
Eros Baluyot (Atos) vs Mike Tabamo (Deftac) vs Ken Noda (Ronin Jiu-jitsu)

Baluyot defeated Noda with a score of 4-2 after a spectacular exchange of guard, sweeps and passing attempts by both competitors. Baluyot then defeated Tabamo with a choke from the Back. Noda secured the second place by submitting Tabamo with a Triangle Choke.

Under 70kg
Best of 3
Gian Dee (Atos)  vs Walter Barrios (Atos) 

Dee defeated Barrios in two consecutive matches with an ankle lock and an armbar.

Under 76kg
Best of 3
Neil Ferreira vs Rusty Ada

Ferreira won the division by finishing Ada with a choke from the back and a collar choke from side control.



Purple belt Absolute
Gian Dee (Atos) vs Eros Baluyot (Atos)

Baluyot and Dee closed out the purple belt absolute division with Baluyot stepping down for Dee.


** Thank you to Dany Ty, Joel Jayme, and Johan Janeo for the photos and videos, and to Amanda Garcia for the results.



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Fired-up Von Pessumal on Kiefer Ravena incident: ‘I’m not here to make any friends’



Will bridges be burned?

Von Pessumal was heavily-scrutinized Friday evening after an incident with fellow Ateneo lifer Kiefer Ravena.

It took place with 9:50 left in the final frame of the San Miguel Beermen’s highly-charged tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors. After Marcio Lassiter launched a trey, Pessumal looked like he was aiming for the rebound. Instead, he simply charged towards Ravena and pushed him down.

Lassiter’s three-pointer counted, while Pessumal, who was blocked by Ravena in a fastbreak and then received a staredown moments prior, was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul.

It was a surprising sight to see considering the amount of time he and Ravena have spent together — a bond that started ever since they were in high school. Even the second-generation star admitted that he did not expect that from his former running body.

“I did not expect that at all,” said the NLEX rookie.

But Pessumal downplayed such incident despite attempts by scribes to make him elaborate what had really transpired during that moment.

“It’s part of the game. It’s part of the game,” the league sophomore said after the match which they won 109-98. “I don’t wanna say anything, I’m sorry.

“It’s part of the game. Whatever move on. Not a big deal.”

Asked if he was motivated to face Ravena, whom he had shared three UAAP juniors titles, two UAAP seniors crowns, and a SEA Games gold medal with, the 24-year-old shared that he approached Friday’s bout the way he usually does.

“I wouldn’t say motivated [versus Kiefer], I mean, it’s just like any other game. When I play, I don’t see who’s guarding me, I just play,” said the 6-foot-2 swingman.

“I play to win all the time.”

The incident he and Ravena figured in shadowed his performance of 10 points on 50 percent shooting off the bench — the second time he had scored in double figures this season. After Friday, Pessumal is averaging 8.25 points.

“We have to sustain the level of excellence that they (starters) have. Our job is — I wouldn’t say support, but — when we get in, we should bring the level higher so when they come back, the game is easier for them,” he said.

Pessumal was then asked if he and Ravena met each other after the buzzer sounded as the two did not even shake hands after the contest. But, through a short yet strong response, the 24-year-old said that they did not.

“I wouldn’t say anything. I don’t know, after the game?,” he expressed.

“I’m a professional basketball player, I’m not here to make any friends.”

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’



Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao



Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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