Cebuana siblings pursue BJJ mastery in UAE


PROUD PARENTS. Cebuana jiu-jitsu medalists Ellise Xoe (2nd from left) and Elliecha Zoe (2nd from right) receive kisses from their parents after winning a gold medal each in their respective categories at the AJP International Tour-Asia Continental Pro-Gi 2022. | Photo added

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Malilay sisters once again showed off their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) prowess after winning a gold medal each in their respective categories at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) International Tour-Asia Continental Pro-Gi 2022 at Jiu-Jitsu Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE this weekend.

Eliecha Zoe and Ellise Xoe Malilay, who represented Atrixion MMA Academy in Dubai, UAE, topped their respective categories to finish with a gold medal each in the tournament.

17-year-old Eliecha Zoe topped the 40-kilogram youth women’s blue belt category by defeating Abu Dhabi‘s Merah Talal Alsaeedi via a kimura armbar submission after going from a triangle choke in the round to the gold medal.

Eliecha Zoe qualified for the gold medal round by defeating local jiu-jitsu athlete Alghala Alhosani.

Meanwhile, Alsaeedi qualified for the gold medal round by defeating Eliecha Zoe’s rival, Rauda Nasser Alshamsi of Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club, by points, 6-3.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Ellise Xoe took on a familiar opponent, Latifa Ismail Alali, in the gold medal round of the teenage 40kg yellow belt gi category. Before that, she faced Alali in the qualifying round and beat the latter, 9-3.

Alali bounced back by defeating Latifa Bamadhaf to advance to the gold medal round.

However, Ellise Xoe, who defeated Alali last September 26 at the Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu Cup, scored a repeat to win. Ellise Xoe won on points, 4-2, in retrograde fashion to win the gold medal.

Alali was leading by two points at the start of their match, but the young Cebuana jiu-jitsu prospect turned it around by pushing past his guard and going for side control to earn enough points to beat his opponent.

Additionally, Edman Pole of Ormoc City picked up a bronze medal in the men’s gi black belt masters 2 62kg category.



The Malilay sisters collect medals at the Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi

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