Marcus Dahl Rasmussen traveled to Rome again this year to compete at the IBJJF Rome Open and European Nogi tournaments. Last year he had good campaigns but did not make it to the final rounds. This year however he was on fire.
On Saturday, April 4th, he won the stacked blue belt adult lightweight division with amazing performances. Marcus submitted his first four opponents without having a single point scored against him:
Match 1: baseball bat choke after 7-0 up
Match 2: collar choke from the back after 16-0 up
Match 3: arm bar after 13-0 up
Semi-final: collar choke from mount after 7-0 up
The final was really tough as expected. He won 5x4 with a comeback after having his back taken in the early moments.
The next day, Sunday April 5th, he entered the European Nogi Championship. Surprisingly or not, despite having had less than five nogi sessions in preparation for the event, he also won gold in the blue belt adult lightweight division. He finished his first 2 matches with a brabo choke, third match he won on points 3-2 and the final was won by refs decision after a 1-1 on adv.
So he has won his weight class in both Gi and nogi with a total of six submissions in nine matches.
What a weekend! He had the support of teammate Philip Thomas who got all the matches on video. We will eventually post some of them here on the site. Stay Tuned.