Medusa 2 results and highlights: Sophia Cassella, Aislinn O’Connell win titles

The second Medusa female-only jiu-jitsu event took place on Saturday, March 12. Two new champions were crowned, as Sophia Cassella captured the EBI strawweight title, and Aislinn O’Connell won the combat jiu-jitsu (CJJ) bantamweight title.

The card featured a pair of eight-woman tournaments — an EBI rules tournament at strawweight, and a CJJ tournament at bantamweight.

After a tough opening round match that she won on escape time, Cassella made quick work of her semifinal and final-round opponents, quickly submitting them with leg locks. The Serra BJJ and Tom DeBlass-trained Cassella is quickly becoming a name to watch in the high-level no-gi scene. She can now add Medusa champion to her list of accolades that includes two Finishers Sub-Only titles and a purple belt no-gi Pans title.

And in CJJ action, purple belt Aislinn O’Connell turned heads with wins over dangerous opponents, including UFC fighter Vanessa Demopoulos in the first round and elite no-gi competitor Fatima Kline in the finals.

View the full Medusa 2 results and highlights below.

EBI rules strawweight tournament quarterfinals

  • Sophia Cassella def. Brittany Way via escape time in OT
  • Andrea Vazquez def. Alesha Zappitella via guillotine choke
  • Kiaya Jackson def. Macy Breaux via rear-naked choke
  • Sarah Elizabeth def. Mattie Brown via arm lock

CJJ bantamweight tournament quarterfinals

  • Claire North def. Nikki Sullivan via arm triangle
  • Fatima Kline def. Kayla Patterson via toehold
  • Aislinn O’Connell def. Vanessa Demopolous via rear-naked choke in OT
  • Jennifer Rivera def. Erin Johnson via armbar in OT

EBI rules strawweight tournament semifinals

  • Sophia Cassella def. Andrea Vazquez via heel hook
  • Kiaya Jackson def. Sarah Elizabeth via rear-naked choke

Special match

  • Randi Miley def. Alesha Zappitella via armbar

CJJ bantamweight tournament semifinals

  • Fatima Kline def. Claire North via heel hook
  • Aislinn O’Connell def. Jennifer Rivera via rear-naked choke

CJJ special match

  • Bre Stikkelman def. Jennifer Perez via rear-naked choke

EBI rules strawweight tournament final

  • Sophia Cassella def. Kiaya Jackson via Aoki lock

CJJ bantamweight tournament final

  • Aislinn O’Connell def. Fatima Kline via rear-naked choke in OT

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