EUG Results and Tournament Recap: Andy Murasaki Wins 10k in Black Belt Debut

On Saturday, April 3, some of the best featherweight and lightweight gi grapplers on the planet competed in the inaugural Evolve Ur Game (EUG) promotions event. The card featured an eight-man, 160-pound tournament with $10,000 in prize money on the line, as well as a handful of high-level superfights.

The big winner of the evening was Team Atos representative Andy Murasaki, who was making his black belt competition debut. Despite his relative lack of experience at the sport’s highest level, he looked nothing but prepared. In his first-round match, Murasaki used a steady mix of outside passing, pressure passing, and a threatening knee cut to secure a referee’s decision over Kennedy Maciel. Murasaki would use that aggressive and effective passing throughout the night on his way to the championship.

In the second round, Murasaki faced veteran berimbolo expert Gianni Grippo. Murasaki used a picture-perfect pressure pass to find his way to side control, where he quickly secured a triangle choke, handing Grippo his first submission loss in years.

In the finals, Murasaki squared off with Matheus Gabriel, who had used a dangerous De La Riva and lasso guard on his way to the finals. Again, it was Murasaki’s pressure and constant leg drag passing attempts that controlled the match. Despite a last-second near-sweep from Gabriel, it was Murasaki’s work throughout the match that earned him the decision win and $10,000 in cash.

After the match, Murasaki announced his plan to compete in the next EUG event, which is scheduled to feature 170-pound grapplers.

Here are the full EUG 8-man tournament results:

Round 1:

  • Andy Murasaki def. Kennedy Maciel
  • Matheus Gabriel def. Jonatha Alves
  • Marcio Andre def. Isaac Doederlein
  • Gianni Grippo def. Johnny Tama

Round 2:

  • Andy Mursaki def Gianni Grippo
  • Matheus Gabriel def. Marcio Andre

Finals:

  • Andy Murasaki def. Matheus Gabriel

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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