Combat Sports

Veteran MMA referee Joey Lepiten bags double gold in IBJJF Manila Open


Filipino MMA referee Joey Lepiten was among the victors at IBJJF’s Manila Open this weekend.

There’s no rest for veteran combat sports referee and judge Joey Lepiten. Fortunately, it was all worth it.

After completing his duties in Friday’s One Championship event, Lepiten competed at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s Manila Open. This took place at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall this weekend.

Lepiten bagged double gold in the male master’s brown belt category. He finished on top both at middleweight and openweight divisions.

A pioneer of the Pinoy fight scene, Lepiten is no stranger as far as the sport is concerned. He has represented the country and won various BJJ tournaments since year 2000.

The Deftac – Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu representative joins other notable names in the winner’s circle. This includes the likes of National Team standout Annie Ramirez, Rian Serranilla as well as coaches John Baylon and Hansel Co. Ramirez finished first at the Female adult purple belt open division. Serranilla, on the other hand, reigned in the male purple belt lightweight division.

Co, representing the De Been 100% Jiu-Jitsu club, finished second in the male masters middleweight black belt division while Baylon claimed bronze at lightweight black belt.

At the end of the competition, Atos Jiu-Jitsu bagged the most medals with 165. They were followed by Gracie Barra with 150 and Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu with 101.

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