HOUSTON, TX, October 30, 2011 – The 2011 edition of Elbert Hebron’s Battle of H-Town took place yesterday at Humble High School with roughly 400+ competitors in attendance to enjoy a day full of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling competition.
While many fought hard at all levels, the highlight of the day featured two superfights, one at both the brown and black belt.
In the main event of the annual Houston tournament, 2010 BJJ World Champion Pablo Silva representing Gracie Barra Texas fought a hard-fought match against San Antonio’s Gustavo Carpio of Marra Senki BJJ. The two open guard experts would spend much the time on the floor in Carpio’s spider guard as they jockeyed for position. Each would come up with a sweep and an advantage. In the end, it was Silva who was able to do just a little more with an added advantage as he sought to take Gustavo’s back towards the end of the match to give him the victory.
As for the brown belt attraction, Solis Martial Arts representative Spenser Gilliam was able to win his match by impressive armbar submission over Urban Jungle grappler Robert Lopez.
Full results are forthcoming but there were many other impressive performances to cap off the competition. A few competitors specifically impressed in the advanced divisions. In the GI, Steve Austin of Alliance was able to take the black belt open class by winning all three of his matches while Igor Santos of Paradigm / GF Team also put in an impressive performance when he beat Alliance’s Marcus “Wrecking Ball” Hicks by points, and with a takedown no less! Meanwhile in the no GI class, Paradigm’sReed Shelger was able to take the day with an impressive showing in the absolute division capped off by a point victory over TX3CMMA’s Jason Soliz.
Here are the links to all the event photos, exclusively on our TXMMA Facebook Page, along with where to find the top advanced match videos from this tourney along with hundreds of videos from grappling tourneys from all around the Lone Star State on the Texas Grappling Channel.
Battle of H-Town 2011 – Grappling Event Photos by Mike Calimbas