Max Gimenes stole the spotlight at NY BJJ Pro. The 26-year-old showed up in good fashion as he defeated Vinicius Trator at the heavyweight division final to earn the prize of four thousand dollars in cash after a tough matchup without any scoring. In the end, Max fought his way to the unanimous decision from the judges.
The black belt from GFTeam spoke about the fight and only had good things to say about his opponent.
“The final match was a very tough one. Trator is one hell of a kid and he’s very hard to compete against. He just got to the black belt with a lot of gas in his tank, but I was attacking more and got the decision from the judges.
Max also explained how he’s going to invest his 4k dollars. As he just arrived in Maryland, this money will probably go to his attorneys as they are working to get his visa completed.
“I just moved to Maryland and I have to fix some stuff around here. First, I’ll have to get my American visa and this money will probably go to my attorneys as they are dealing with this process. I will have to buy some stuff for my house because my wife got here and wanted to buy everything (laughs). My routine around here is very tough. I’m teaching a lot of classes and dedicating myself to the school that I’m working for. I’m also taking care of my career on and off the mat. I’ve been focusing a lot on my cardio, which is very important for us, fighters.”
He celebrated this new chapter for BJJ, which is a way more professional one for everybody, especially the athletes.
“I’m excited about jiu-jitsu becoming more professional. Now we’re seeing a lot of events with matches being made before, UAEJFF investing in their athletes and IBJJF starting to pay at their bigger events. We’ve been fighting for a long time and only now we’re starting to get paid. We’re on the right track. Jiu-Jitsu has turned pro.”