Sponsored athlete Edwin Najmi earns purple belt absolute world title with flying triangle

Edwin after he won the world absolute purple belt title. Photos: Ivan Trindade

Edwin after he won the world absolute purple belt title. Photos: Ivan Trindade

In what was the most depressing day of his life, purple belt Edwin Najmi found a way to make it his most memorable and proud. In the purple belt featherweight division at the 2014 World Championship, there were more than a few capable champions. As Edwin earned win after win with submission after submission his sights were set on the gold.

But he was met with defeat when he was outscored by the eventual champion, Rick Slomba. Edwin’s submission attempts at attacking Rick’s feet were not successful and the sweeps he gave up cost him the match. He earned the bronze.

Later that day Edwin began his trek through the open weight division. He made it further than the weight division and faced the one person perhaps considered the hungriest for gold– Nicholas Meregali. Nicholas earned double gold in every major tournament and had even secured the world title already in his weight class that day. If he was victorious over Edwin, he’d have been the second ever to earn the double gold grand slam title after Keenan Cornelius.

The match lasted less than a minute. With his signature move, Edwin flying triangled Nicholas for the win, the absolute world title and even his brown belt promotion on the podium.

Congrats Edwin!

See the match here:

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