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EBI 7: Cummings submits all to retain featherweight belt

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The king kept his crown with four submissions in four matches this Saturday evening, in Los Angeles, Califórnia. In a packed Orpheum Theatre, Eddie “Wolverine” Cummings (Renzo Gracie NY) proved he is a step (maybe two steps) ahead of the competition and retained his featherweight belt at the Eddie Bravo Invitational 7.

Fifteen of the toughest grapples in the division met once again in search of the ultimate glory and also a hefty prize of $20,000. Here’s how the matches played out.

Eightfinals

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Hernandez

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Hernandez

The champion had the honors of opening the night against Sergio Hernandez and despite Hernandez brave disposition, a RNC was quickly in place to end the match.

EBI 7: George vs. Real

EBI 7: George vs. Real

Chad George and Geoff Real fought their hearts out in the second match and went all the way to the end of the third overtime. George got the edge by taking less time to escape Real’s submission attempts.

EBI 7: Davila vs. Marinho

EBI 7: Davila vs. Marinho

Mike Davila and Brazilian João Marinho also put on a great show until Davila was able to connect the first heel hook of the evening to make it to the quarterfinals.

EBI 7: Yoshida vs. Eklin

EBI 7: Yoshida vs. Eklin

Baret Yoshida did great in his first match against Alex Eklin, catching the back and sinking the RNC to advance.

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Sanders

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Sanders

Back to the grind, the always entertaining Bill “The Grill” Cooper returned to the competition circuit with a RNC win over Ian Sanders in the first overtime.

EBI 7: Prokopos vs. Domingos

EBI 7: Prokopos vs. Domingos

Crowd favorite Denny Prokopos also needed to go to overtime to beat José Domingos with a RNC.

Domingos vs. Williams

Domingos vs. Williams

Also in the first overtime, Brazilian Rafael Domingos caught Ashley Williams with a RNC to advance to the quarterfinals.

EBI 7: Martinez vs. Main

EBI 7: Martinez vs. Main

The final eightfinal match saw Geovanny Martinez heel hook Mike Main to advance tlo phase 2.

Quarterfinals 

EBI 7: Cummings vs. George

EBI 7: Cummings vs. George

Eddie Cummings was as fast as a bullet to catch Chad George with a heel hook in only 20s and make it to the semifinals.

EBI 7: Davila vs. Yoshida

EBI 7: Davila vs. Yoshida

Mike Davila also made to the semifinals with a armbar on Baret Yoshida in the first overtime.

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Domingos

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Domingos

Denny Prokopos suffered a broken rib in his first match and could not fight the quarterfinals. He was replaced by José Domingos, who came back to fight Bill Cooper, but had no luck, getting caught with a heel hook.

EBI 7: Martinez vs. Domingos

EBI 7: Martinez vs. Domingos

In a thrilling match, Geovanny Martinez made his way to the semifinals with a triangle choke on Rafael Domingos in the final moments of the quarterfinal.

Semifinals

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Davila

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Davila

Cummings was really on fire and in under three minutes he worked his way to Mike Davila’s back and got a RNC choke in place to become the first finalist.

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Martinez

EBI 7: Cooper vs. Martinez

In the best match of the evening, Bill Cooper and Geovanny Martinez thrilled the crowd with multiple attacks and awesome escapes all the way to the first overtime, when Cooper was able to finish Martinez with an armbar to advance to the final.

Final

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Coopper

EBI 7: Cummings vs. Coopper

As soon as the clock started, Cummings went to work and in only 1:45 was able to get to his familiar heel hook position to force Cooper to tap and keep the belt.

After it was all over, Cummings said: “I am really glad all my hard work paid off. I felt like I was getting ready for this event for a long time. This belt is even sweeter than the first one.”

Special matches

EBI 7: Garcia vs. Johnson

EBI 7: Garcia vs. Johnson

Daniele Garcia caught Jasmine Johnson with a RNC in the first overtime.

EBI 7: Sek vs. Chiles

EBI 7: Sek vs. Chiles

Cora Sek finished Zoey Chiles with an armbar in the first overtime.

EBI 7: Gundrum vs. Tkaczuk

EBI 7: Gundrum vs. Tkaczuk

Grace Gumdrun beat Janelle Tkaczuk with an armbar.

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